How Pressure Cookers Work

As a cook or a student of culinary arts, you probably don’t use a pressure cooker too often. Pressure cookers can actually be quite useful in the process of cooking. While many people choose to use pressure cookers, they don’t really know the science behind it.

Pressure cookers are quite old, they were invented in the 1600s. The cooker relies on high pressure that builds from the evaporation of water to steam. Steam builds up inside the cooker which forms pressure and allows the food to cook from the pressure of the steam. This is actually a wonderful way of cooking as it allows a lot of the nutrients that are usually lost in the cooking process to remain within the food.

How Pressure Cookers Work

What can you cook in a pressure cooker?

The wonderful thing about pressure cookers is the fact that you can make almost anything in them. From rice to boiled eggs to stews, a pressure cooker is a great way to cook. It saves you time and a lot of effort, making it an easier way to cook.

It can be tricky

If you haven’t used pressure cookers before then we recommend you read instructions properly. Electric pressure cookers tend to work better than stove but either one gets the job done. The process of cooking with the cooker is simple. You add water in the pressure cooker, wait for it to heat up then add the food and the lid. Sounds simple enough? Well, you need to be aware not to overfill the cooker with water and ensure that with the food and the water, there is enough room on the top for steam to really build.

You can try it out and test it, it isn’t rocket science and with experience, you will learn how to use it properly.

If you are now thinking about getting a pressure cooker, we recommend you do your research before you go and get one. We recommend getting something like the Cuisinart pressure cooker, it’s easy to use, safe, and cleans easily also. However, you have tons of pressure cookers to choose from so do your research and see which one fits your budget and needs. Be sure to pay attention to the materials used in the build of the pressure cooker, you want stainless steel, and also the size. You don’t want a pressure cooker that rusts and is tough to clean while also too big.