Cooking With a Pressure Cooker
Reducing cooking time and even turning the toughest meats into tender and tasty meals can be very easy when cooking with a pressure cooker. It’s something that will definitely come in handy so brush up on those pressure cooker recipes.
How a Pressure Cooker Works
Cooking with a pressure cooker has come a long way in terms of functionality and safety. Looking a lot like a large saucepan, a pressure cooker has a lid that is able to lock on tight on top of the cooker, creating a tight seal. When placed over heat, the liquid inside the cooker boils and creates steam, which is trapped inside. As more and more steam is trapped inside, the pressure builds and increases the temperature as well. Increased pressure and temperature result in cooking food faster.
Tips on Using a Pressure Cooker
1. Be careful
Some steam does escape through the regulator on top of the lid so be very careful when opening the lid. Make sure that the pressure is released.
2. Don’t overcrowd
The pressure cooker that is. You should leave enough room inside the pot for steam to collect.
3. Read up
Before you go trying out those pressure cooker recipes, you should read the instructions that come with your pressure cooker. Make sure you understand how your brand of pressure cooker works before you even attempt to use it.
Pressure Cooker Italian Chicken Soup
This is one of the easiest pressure cooker recipes available, as well as a good place to start learning. If this is too easy, there are other pressure cooker recipes available online. Serving 8, this meal is great when you are having friends and family over for dinner.
- 1 skinned, bone-in chicken breast, halved
- 4 Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 cup green lentils
- 1/2 cup pearl barley
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 cup mild salsa
- 1 bag fresh spinach leaves, chopped
- 1 can chickpeas, drained
- Over medium heat, add a teaspoon of olive oil in a pressure cooker.
- Add sausage, breaking into pieces and cook until browned. Plate sausages and drain oil.
- Heat another teaspoon of olive oil in the pressure cooker.
- Cook onion and garlic before adding the barley, stir for a minute.
- Return sausage meat to pressure cooker.
- Add chicken, parsley, lentils, and chicken stock.
- Make sure the chicken is covered with stock.
- Close pressure cooker.
- Bring to full pressure over high heat, then reduce medium high heat.
- Cook for ten minutes.
- Adjust heat so that regulator maintains a slow steady rocking motion.
- Remove from heat and wait till pressure goes down before opening the cooker.
- Remove chicken and shred meat.
- Return shredded chicken to soup. Add beans, salsa and spinach.
- Stir before serving.