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Quick tips for faster meals with pressure cookers

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The EPC6000 Pressure Cooker comes with various safety features such as a lid that can only be opened after pressure has been released.A pressure cooker is ideal for creating tender, moist and delicious dishes out of cheap cuts of meat

One of the handiest tools you can have in the kitchen, a pressure cooker is a great appliance for cooking quick, nutritious meals. Pressure cooking helps to preserve vitamins and nutrients in food by using less liquid as well as a shorter cooking process.  It is also virtually fat-free, as the food is cooked by steam that builds up in the pot, allowing even the cheapest cuts of meat to come out juicy and tender.

Modern pressure cookers like the Electrolux EPC6000 Electric Pressure Cooker are designed with a slew of safety features that prevent any kitchen accidents, while operating less obtrusively than their predecessors. The EPC6000 even comes with different cooking options and program settings which can be set with a push of a button.

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The EPC6000 Pressure Cooker comes with various safety features such as a lid that can only be opened after pressure has been released.

With the myriad of meals you can cook in a pressure cooker however, it does pay to get more creative and look further than just the pre-set options. Here are some tips for better meals with a pressure cooker.

Cook with liquids

Using a pressure cooker requires less liquid than conventional cooking methods, since steam is kept in the pot.  While you can use more liquid than recommended in the recipe, never use less, since steam is needed to build pressure. If you have too much liquid left after cooking, just bring the liquid to a boil with the pot uncovered.

Generally, at least one cup of cooking liquid should be used, but the cooker should never be filled past the halfway mark. Do refer to your recipes or appliance manual for guidelines.
Should you want to mix the flavours of the foods being cooked, let them come into contact with the liquid, as this will help transfer flavours.  Or, if you prefer not to mix your flavours, simply place each type of food on a rack above the liquid.

For foods that need to be browned before cooking, scrape out any bits clinging to the bottom so that they are loose when the liquid is added. This discourages scorching and makes it easier when cleaning the pot later. The EPC6000 comes with a dishwasher-safe trivet and non-stick cooking pot for more convenience when cleaning.

Manage your quantities

Never overfill the pressure cooker with food, since space is needed to build pressure in the pot. The cooker should never be more than ⅔ full with food or half full with liquid. For ingredients that expand like rice or dried foods, always leave at least half the cooker empty.

As pressure cooking concentrates flavours, the amount of herbs and seasonings may need to be reduced if you are referring to a recipe that calls for conventional cooking methods. Fresh herbs will impart more flavour than dried herbs.

To ensure all your food is cooked evenly, do cut meats and vegetables into uniform sizes before cooking.
Time it right

Timing the cooking may be as important as developing pressure in this method of cooking. Overcooking food in a pressure cooker can result in tough, dry and tasteless meat whose nutrients and juices have been cooked out into the gravy. Modern pressure cookers like the EPC6000 come with handy LED timers that make it easier to track cooking times.

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A pressure cooker is ideal for creating tender, moist and delicious dishes out of cheap cuts of meat.

It is always better to undercook than overcook with a pressure cooker. If it needs to be cooked longer, just do so in one to five minute intervals. Pressure cookers can cut cooking times by up to half, so keep that in mind when using conventional recipes.

For mixed foods, begin with meat. Cook it halfway, release pressure, then add harder vegetables like carrots and potatoes.  Cook to ⅔ of the recommended cooking time before adding quicker cooking veggies.

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