Kitchen Basics: Pressure Cooking
The price of fuel just seems to get higher and higher, and the cost of food is following the same trend. The problem with cheaper cuts of meat is that take longer to cook, and that means you need to use more fuel to cook them. A pressure cooker is a handy piece of kitchen paraphernalia that helps you to cook food in a fraction of the time normally required.
A pressure cooker works by creating a high pressure environment for the food. The higher pressure inside the cooking vessel means that the food will cook more quickly than it would in a conventional pot. Soups and stews can be cooked in approximately 30 minutes, and tougher cuts of meat can be cooked for an hour in the pressure cooker and then transferred to an oven to brown.
Potatoes and other vegetables can be steamed together inside a pressure cooker, kept together by small wire baskets. Cooking the vegetables together like this reduces the amount of gas or electricity required, and can be a useful technique if you find that you are running out of hobs to cook on.
Nothing comes close to a traditional boiled dinner with chicken, beef, or ham and parsley sauce. When using a pressure cooker to prepare this meal, the meat becomes so tender that it will fall away from the bone, and any excess from the succulent joint can be put into a meat press and used for making sandwiches.