The pressure cooker has been a common household equipment that almost every kitchen has it. Well, you can't deny the fact that it makes cooking stews and chunky soups more convenient with the added convenience of tenderizing tough cuts of meat. The pressure cooker offers the advantage of cooking your food at a faster pace since high temperature is trapped inside the pot.
If you have been using your mother's or worse your grandmother's hand me down pressure cooker, don't you think it is high time you buy a new one to replace it? Sure, you can't let go of your old reliable pressure cooker since it brings back good old memories of the dishes you use to prepare in it. But if you need to run it under cold water just to be able to release the pressure and bring down its temperature, I think that you would prefer the convenience that current pressure cookers offer.
When looking for a new pressure cooker, I suggest that you select one with a timer. This is a very important accessory because you don't want your vegetables to get mushy now do we? The extra minutes may not affect other types of dishes but it can definitely ruin a very delicate meal. It is best also that you choose one that has a quick release option because it takes less time to lower down the temperature and release the pressure, rather than waiting for about 10 to 20 minutes running the pressure cooker under cold water. Other types even come with a detachable pressure regulator.
So once you have decided on your pressure cooker and have bought it, it is important that you handle it properly so that it can be useful for you for many years to come. The first thing that you should do is to read the user's manual and be familiar with how to use it. After every use, thoroughly wash it. It is best to store it with the lid separated to avoid trapping the smell inside the pot and ready for your next use.
When using a pressure cooker to cook your dishes, it would be more suitable to cut the food into uniform sizes for even cooking. It would help if you would cut those types of food that would cook longer into small pieces while those that would cook at a shorter time in much larger pieces in order that they cook at the same time more or less.
Having a good and reliable pressure cooker definitely offers its advantages for easy cooking in the kitchen. Enjoy cooking.