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5 Uses for a Pressure Cooker

July 11, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu San Francisco 0 Comments

5 Uses for a Pressure Cooker

Most of us have memories of coming home to our mother’s kitchen to find a pressure cooker bobbing and whistling away on the stove. This versatile cooking appliance is one of the best kitchen aids that most of no longer have in our homes. If you enjoy learning new culinary techniques similar to those taught at San Francisco cooking schools, then this is one kitchen wonder that you will come to rely on again and again.

Why a Pressure Cooker?
This one little pot is so versatile that it can replace half the pots and pans in your kitchen. Not only does it preserve up to 55% more of your foods vitamins and nutrients than other cooking methods, it can cook your food in ⅓ the time.For those who remember being frightened that a pressure cooker might explode at any moment, the models available today are not only affordable but extremely safe. With new valve systems, multiple safety mechanisms and easy to read gauges these are not your mother’s pressure cookers. If you are still not convinced, keep in mind that these new pressure cookers are extremely energy efficient using up to 70% less energy than other cooking methods.Not sure how to get started? Read on to learn 5 uses for a pressure cooker that just might surprise you.

1. Roaster           
One great way to utilize your pressure cooker is for roasting meats and vegetables. Dinners that would usually take hours will be done in minutes. Even cheaper cuts of meat will come out moist and tender because of your pressure cooker’s ability to retain liquid.

2. Rice/Risotto Cooker
Make perfect rice every time with your new pressure cooker. Its ability to cook at high temperatures will have dinner on the table in ten minutes and your rice will have the perfect consistency whether you use chicken stock or water.

3. Steamer
Whether you like your veggies al dente or well done your pressure cooker will make beautiful brightly colored nutrient rich vegetables in just minutes.

4. Canning
If you have ever wanted to make your own jams and jellies your pressure cooker can be used as a boiling water bath. This is a great method for making pie filling and fruit butters as well.

5. Water Purifier
Perfect for power outages and camping trips, your pressure cooker can be used right on a camp fire to turn nearly any water into fresh drinking water. That’s why pressure cookers are a very popular RV accessory. They save space and can truly be used anywhere.

This is just the beginning of all the things you can do once you bring home your own pressure cooker. From baking bread and making desserts to cooking whole potatoes in minutes, you will find that this one cooker will become the busiest little appliance in your whole house. If you would like to learn more about this and other cooking methods that you can use at home perhaps you would enjoy enrolling in a San Francisco cooking school and in the meantime get that pressure cooker out and start experimenting.

This article is presented by California Culinary Academy. California Culinary Academy offers culinary arts and pâtisserie and baking training programs in San Francisco, California. To learn more about the class offerings, please visit Chefs.edu/San-Francisco for more information. 

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