Recipies to cook with your Pressure Cooker
We are all under more and more pressure these days trying to make better use of our time. A simple way to save time and money is by cooking with an electric pressure cooker. We all see companies advertising Slow cookers, Rice cookers and we know how cumbersome and how much space these items take up in our cupboards.
Houses are getting smaller yet the products we cook with are increasing in size. That's why I bought myself an Electric Pressure cooker because it not only cooks quicker, it does the job of the Slow cooker and the Rice cooker and you can still cook a roast chicken, soups, stews and many other kinds of meals.
The beauty of the pressure cooker is that you can cook these meals in five to fifteen minutes and then it keeps it warm when finished. So if you have to dash out at the last minute for that bottle of wine for your visitors your meal will still be ready to serve hot when you get back.
You will save money and hours of electricity by using a pressure cooker. With a slow cooker you prepare the meal and turn on before you go to work in the morning so its cooked when you get home. That will take approximately eight hours of electricity instead of ten minutes in a pressure cooker.
Are Pressure cookers Dangerous?
Not if used correct. You need to be aware that a pressure cooker is under a lot of pressure. Never try to lift the lid until the pressure has been released. Read all the instructions before using.
The Benefits of cooking in Pressure Cookers
- Tastes great
- Saves you time and money
- No need to defrost meat
- Cooks everything a slow cooker can
- Variety of Recipies you can cook in Pressure cooker
1 cup of Rice
1-1/2 cups water
Wash Rice and place in pressure cooker. Add water close lid and push button for rice. A buzzer will sound when cooked and then switch to keep warm.
2 cups Chicken or vegetable stock
3 tblsp butter or margarine
1 onion chopped
1 cup rice of your choice
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
Black pepper or season to taste
Melt butter in base of pressure cooker, add onion and stir until soft add rice and saute for a minute add the stock, stir and close lid and press the rice button.
Chicken, Lamb or Beef Stew
500 grams Diced Beef or chicken pieces (no need to thaw)
1 tsp salt , pepper and seasoning of choice to taste
2 tbs oil
1 chopped onion
2 garlic cloves
Add vegetables of choice- carrots, potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potato, capsicum, brocoli, cauliflower.
Flour for thickening
Add oil in base. Place diced meat (if thawed) in plastic bag with tablespoon of flour and shake. Add to oil brown to seal juice in. Add vegetables and close lid. I select soup but it will depend on model of cooker. Buzzer will sound when cooked. Release pressure before opening, serve and enjoy.
Thickening Soups and stews
I have often mixed a small quantity of plain flour and gravy mix. Add just enough water to mix or use juice from soup and return to pot. heat for 1 minute then stir and serve.
Use ingredients as for normal roast. Place small quantity of oil in base of pressure cooker, heat add chicken top side down and brown. You can sprinke with worcestire sauce to add color. Add vegetables and cook on Roast chicken button.
Golden syrup Dumplings
Mix dough as for normal dumplings, Place cup of water in base of cooker, heat then add 1 tablespoon golden syrup. When boiling add dumplings and set timer for five minutes. Serve and enjoy.
1 Pkt Split yellow or green peas
1 bacon bone (or chopped chicken)
1 tbs oil
1 chopped capsicum
1 chopped onion
2 pieces of chopped celery
1 tbs sugar
1 bay leaf
Place all ingredients into pot, season to your taste, close lid and select soup function. Leave for ten minutes on warm to make sure peas fully cooked. Serve and enjoy.
Pea Soup will take hours on a normal stove. You can cook this in about 15 minutes this way. And like any soup or pea soup it always tastes better the next day. You can cook any type of soup this way another of my favorites is Pumpkin soup.
With a little practice or trial and error like any new appliance you will soon learn how to cook smarter and quicker and save time and money on electricity by using a pressure cooker. Here are a few ideas on the pros and cons of a pressure cooker
Remember to cook double the quantity so you can eat one and freeze one meal for another day.