If you have not yet jumped on the pressure cooker bandwagon this is one of those posts where I am gonna try and convince you that you need one. Remember back to how deep your love was for the slow cooker when you first discovered it ? Set it and forget it, right? It was magic, and the slow cooker still has it’s place, maybe… I have fallen fast and hard into love with my pressure cooker and I think you might too when you see why I feel this way. Busy busy moms whether they work outside of the home or work at home love to get help, that is exactly what the pressure cooker does, gives you a hand when you are short on time and can also even rescue you from your forgetfulness. Let me get started with my reasons…….
7 Reasons You Need An Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
- Convenience- Like it’s slightly less attractive and much slower cousin -the slow cooker, the pressure cooker is here to make your life more convenient. Toss in your ingredients, the minimum amount of liquid, push a button, walk away for a very short time and your meal is ready to go. You can convert many of your favorite slow cooker recipes into pressure cooker recipes with the right amount of liquid.
- Speed- Instead of spending 8 hours making a roast how about 60 minutes, yep I did it. Check out my recipe for that HERE. Forget to thaw out meat but need a good hearty dinner on the table? The pressure cooker can still handle it super quick. No more overnight soaking for beans.
- Versatility- This baby can be used to brown meat, then cook it. You can can in your pressure cooker, make bone broth, yogurt, steam, some have slow cooker settings, and the list goes on. You can toss out several other appliances when you have a slow cooker which takes me to my next point…..
- Space saver- Because modern pressure cookers do so much you can get rid of your rice cooker, slow cooker, and yogurt maker. This reason alone saves on counter space which is always at a premium. You can also use it as your big stock pot so that can go in the donation pile too.
- Safety- In case you were worried..There is a difference in your grandma’s pressure cooker and modern ones. While I am terrified to use an old fashioned one for fear I will have one of those freak pressure cooker accidents I feel much safer using an electric pressure cooker. Most come with safety features that will not allow your machine to come to pressure without the lid being properly secured, you also can’t open them until the pressure has been properly released.
- Nutrients- You might think that pressure cooking would leach the nutrients from your food but it actually does the opposite. Because the pressure cooker uses the lower heat more efficiently you actually get more nutrients in your food. Many of the nutrients that are “lost” are in the liquid so it is a good idea to just use the minimum that you need and use up that liquid anyway you can to get all the benefits.
- Flavor Infusion- The pressure and the cooking speed work together to infuse your food with delicious flavors. Use fresh herbs, minimum amounts of liquid, and the awesome browning feature of your pressure cooker to get the most flavor from your meats.