Pressure cooking is the process of cooking food, using water or other cooking liquid, in a sealed vessel known as a pressure cooker. This simulates the effects of long braising within a shorter time.
Almost any food that can be cooked in steam or water-based liquids can be cooked in a pressure cooker.
The cooker works by trapping the steam produced from boiling the cooking liquid inside the vessel. This causes internal pressure and temperature to rise quickly. After use, the steam is slowly released so that the vessel can be opened safely.
- Steamer basket
- Trivet for keeping the steamer basket above liquid
- Metal divider, for separating different foods in the steamer basket e.g. vegetables
Pressure cookers are typically made of aluminum
(aluminium) or stainless steel
. Aluminum pressure cookers may be stamped
, or anodized
, but all are unsuitable for thedishwasher
. They are cheaper, but the aluminum is reactive to acidic foods, whose flavors are changed in the reactions, and less durable than stainless steel pressure cookers.Features
3 safety valvesAuto lock handleSelf-sealing silicone gasketEnhances flavorPreserves valuable vitamins and nutrients Cut cooking time in half