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Reasons to Use a Pressure Cooker

by Pam Hutzler

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Reasons to Use a Pressure Cooker

What one kitchen tool can save you time, money, and energy? It's the pressure cooker. If you've never explored the wonderful world of pressure cooking, then now's the time for that to change. Pressure cooking is a fast, economical, and healthy way to cook a variety of foods, including dried beans, brown rice, and inexpensive cuts of meat. Need a little more encouragement to try a pressure cooker? Well, then read on for several reasons to buy and use one.

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Pressure Cookers Save Time

There are certain healthy foods that many avoid because of the time commitment in making them. For instance, brown rice generally takes about 45 to 50 minutes to make on a stovetop from start to the flavorful, wholesome finish. But what if you could cut that time to 15 minutes (about what it takes to make its less healthy counterpart, white rice)? In the same amount of time, your family could indulge in a side dish that's packed with protein, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and potassium. Seems like a pretty good deal, right? You're still not convinced? Well, then consider the fact that dried beans will cook in a pressure cooker in 12 minutes and your delicious Sunday pot roast will be on the table in less than an hour.

Related: Cooking with a Pressure Cooker

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Pressure Cookers Save Money

After the initial purchase of your pressure cooker, you can save by buying dried beans instead of canned, whole chickens (cook in less than 30 minutes in a pressure cooker) instead of the more expensive chicken parts, and the tougher cuts of meat that you used to avoid. Now, those inexpensive cuts will be fall-off-the-bone tender in little time because of pressure cooking.

Related: Using Cheap Cuts of Meat

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Pressure Cookers Produce Great Tasting Food

When food is pressure cooked, very little steam escapes during the cooking process. This translates into food that is packed with maximum flavor. You'll find that pressure-cooked meat is flavorful and tender. Plus, if you decide to use your pressure cooker for dried beans, you can leave that weird canned bean aftertaste behind.

Related: Pressure Cooker Recipes and Resources

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Pressure Cookers Produce Healthier Foods and Promote Healthier Lifestyles

Pressure cookers produce shorter cooking times. When you combine this fact with the enclosed cooking environment, more nutrients are retained in pressure-cooked foods. Plus, due to the shorter cooking times, it's more likely that the foods used will be less processed, which we all know is better for our health.

Also, let's face it... Life can be crazy busy. Between work, school, and extracurricular activities, it's not at all unusual for families to find themselves running for fast foods or buying processed foods that take less time to prepare. These less healthy foods are filled with additives, salt, saturated fats, and high calorie counts. The good news is that all this can be avoided because you can now quickly get a nutrition-packed meal in front of your family because of your pressure cooker.

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Join the Pressure Cooking Community

You know that great recipe you found that you want to try but just haven't had the hours of cooking time it requires? Well, remember these reasons to use a pressure cooker, pull yours out, and give it a try. You'll find that it is possible to put a great meal on the table in little time for little cost. Once you start pressure cooking, you'll never go back.

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