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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.

Healthy Cooking, Hale and Hearty Life!

Cooking is an exclusive passion. A passion that some possess while others do not. Therefore, it is widely believed that only those who have an interest in the culinary arts turn out to be good cooks. In other words, cooking is an art.  A recipe is like a piece of an orchestra which a clever chef plays well and mediocre ones fail to perceive. Here are some brilliant tips to help you become the next best chef, even if you do not enjoy cooking much.

Healthy Cooking, Hale and Hearty Life!

  • Cook what you are fond of:

It is always good to cook your desired cravings. It is the best way to take pleasure in your cooking skills. Cooking what you like to eat is also a way to lessen your angst. If you spend a good time in the kitchen cooking your favorite meal, you will feel like going back into it again. Your favorite food stimulates your taste buds and gives you a delicious mealtime experience.

  • Eat healthily and live long:

We all know that eating healthy is the key to the healthy lifestyle. If you surround yourself with healthy foods in the kitchen, it will surely keep you healthy and in shape. It is a widely believed notion that you are what you eat. If you eat healthily, you are expected to live to a ripe old age. Moreover, eating healthy helps keep your body in good physical condition and gives your skin a natural glow.

It is an age-old adage to eat lots of greens, in other words; vegetables as they the healthiest of foods. Now there are several ways to make yourself enjoy eating vegetables even if you do not have a particular liking towards them.

You can learn to grill and steam them. You can even add some toppings to enhance the taste and to add flavors to your vegetables. There are a variety of palatable dressings which boost the savory taste of your food.

For instance, your food can be refreshed with flavored butter, lemon, garlic, virgin olive oil, vinegar etc. Getting a hold of grilled fish is also a healthy eating. Healthy food and quality life go hand in hand. Therefore, one way to becoming a good cook is to start eating healthy.

  • Choose on the right cutting knives:

Each tool in the kitchen has its own purpose, perhaps one of the most important tools in the kitchen is the knife. Picking the right knife will make your job easier in the kitchen. A chef’s knife is comparatively bigger than the paring knife, however, a paring knife is sometimes more helpful than a chef’s knife.

A paring knife helps you to cut smaller pieces of vegetables. It helps you to top up your salads with the julienned vegetables such as carrots. You may add flavor to your food with julienned ginger with the help of a paring knife.

These come in different sizes and comprise of different shapes. These usually come in the three general shapes; bird’s beak, classic, and sheep’s foot, each designed for your ease. You have to choose the paring knife that is most comfortable in your hand.  The right knife can make your job easy and unproblematic in the kitchen.

  • Opt for the right utensils to cook:

Nonstick pans are a way to go in the kitchen. They require less oil, energy, and are easier to clean. Nonstick pans are made to aid you to cook without any hassle in the kitchen. They save your food from getting stuck to the bottom of your utensil. As less oil is used in such pans, less cholesterol is consumed which increases the life expectancy of the individual.