Just think of it…..frozen-solid chicken breasts ready in minutes, tender beef and pork roasts cooked in less than an hour, perfect long grain rice start-to-finish in just 10 minutes. And how about a pinto bean side-dish that’s ready in just 25 minutes….no soaking involved? Let’s face it: you need an electric pressure cooker! #youneedanelectricpressurecooker #instantpot #electricpressurecooking
Here’s Why You Need an Electric Pressure Cooker!
If all that sounds way too good to be true, then you’re exactly like I was at first….highly skeptical about how great electric pressure cooking is. But that was years ago, folks, and I’ve never looked back. Now I’m a total convert; a huge electric-pressure-cooker-thumping believer. No matter which brand or style you use- Instant Pot, Cuisinart, 6-quart, 8-quart, WHATEVER. You need an electric pressure cooker because it will change your life. Here’s why:
- It is a huge time saver
- Makes for easy cleanup
- You’re able to cook from frozen
- It rescues HOME dinners
- The appliance energy efficient and cool
- Cooking in it requires mainly whole foods
- It can potentially replace several small kitchen appliances
Still not convinced that you need an electric pressure cooker right now? Read on while I share IN DETAIL how this magic machine has changed my kitchen.
It’s A Huge Saver of Our Most Precious Ingredient: Our Time.
One of the greatest things I love about electric pressure cooking is how it saves so much time. On average, I can cut my cooking time in HALF, and still produce delicious, healthy meals for my guys. Who doesn’t want to spend time doing other things rather than all evening in the kitchen making dinner? I value my time and so does my electric pressure cooker, thankfully.
It Offers Easy-Peezy Clean Up.
Because you can do multiple things in the electric pressure cooker, an entire meal can be created in one pot, making clean up after dinner minimal. (Yay! There’s not multiple pots and pans to wash.) My electric pressure cooker pot is Teflon coated, so it washes up wonderfully with just a swish of soap and my dishcloth……I really like that quality in an electric pressure cooker, don’t you??
You Can Cook From Frozen….and I don’t mean the movie!
(It’s true. You can. But please don’t tell anyone you heard that from Chef Alli.)
If I happen to forget to put meat in the fridge to thaw throughout the day for dinner, I can still get dinner on the table in a quick fashion by cooking from frozen in my electric pressure cooker.**
As an example, a frozen 2 lb. block of ground beef can be thawed by cooking it under high pressure for just 5 minutes, then you can proceed with your recipe as directed.
**Why do I NOT recommend the method of electric pressure cooking from frozen?? Because we can’t brown off frozen meat. And that essentially means we are cheating ourselves out of flavor. We always have to remember: “Brown is not a color, it’s a flavor.”
It Rescues Dinner at Home.
Everybody knows how it feels to get home too late to prepare dinner in a timely manner, thus requiring pizza delivery or a run through the local drive-thru. This is fine occasionally (after all, it’s real life out here!) but if we’re soon making that a habit….there goes the neighborhood, so to speak!
With an electric pressure cooker, you can pull out a few chicken breasts or pork chops (even if they are frozen, remember?) plus some vegetables and still have a super tasty dinner on the table within 20-30 minutes, hands down.
5. It’s Energy Efficient, Cool, and Quiet
One big advantage of an electric pressure cooker is that since it prepares food much quicker, it’s a very energy-efficient method of cooking. And, with electric pressure cooking, all the heat is kept inside your pot, a plus during the summer months when we are trying to keep the kitchen cool.
Because electric pressure cookers don’t have that hissing, rattling valve on top like the pressure cookers of Grandma’s day, they are completely quiet when being used. As a matter of fact, if your electric pressure cooker is making any noise as it cooks, a valve adjustment is likely needed!
It Gives Fast Food a “Whole” New Meaning.
Cooking in an electric pressure cooker or an Instant Pot let’s us cook foods in a very fast manner, just as it requires us to use real foods such as meats, poultry, vegetables, beans, grains, fruits, etc. In my opinion, the fact that we’re eating whole foods and not processed foods is a huge win, no matter what we’re cooking for dinner!
It Replaces Multiple Kitchen Appliances….and Saves Marriages
When I got my first electric pressure cooker, I was thrilled to learn I could retire both my slow cooker AND my rice cooker to the small appliance graveyard! I had never been a huge fan of my slow cooker meals anyway, so it felt great to move away from something I did mostly out of desperation. Plus, the electric pressure cooker also provides me an extra burner for cooking when I’m not using it as a pressure cooker.
Spouses can run late for dinner, we all know that. My rancher husband has been late to dinner plenty of times and I love how my electric pressure cooker keeps his dinner at a safe, hot temperature when using the Keep Warm setting. No matter when he makes it home, his dinner is warm and ready. Score!
Alright… you convinced me. Now what?
If you’ve decided that you need an electric pressure cooker NOW, congratulations! You are going to LOVE it. But first, there will be a moment of trepidation. You may get that shiny new contraption out of the box, plug it in, and panic: “What if I ruin it? What if it explodes? What if it blows my house up? What if…” Don’t worry. I’m here to help!
First of all, click below and download my FREE Guide to Instant Pot Pressurization Problems! Print out this quick checklist and tape it to your cabinet door. If (and when) you run into a problem, don’t panic! Simply go through this troubleshooting checklist and get back on your feet.
Secondly, join me each month on my Facebook page where I share FREE Live-cast Electric Pressure Cooker cooking classes. During these 30 minute sessions, I share my favorite tips for working with an Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker, I answer your burning PC questions, and we make some really delicious food in not a lot of time. Are you ready? Let’s get you pressure cooking!
Ready to get started? Here are some easy, delicious meals you can make RIGHT NOW to set you up for Electric Pressure Cooking Success:
- One-Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes Supreme
- One Meat, Five Meals: Instant Pot Secrets
- Electric Pressure Cooking Basics: Hard-Boiled Eggs
Let’s Get You (Pressure) Cookin’,