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. Then there’s bone broth prepared in only 90 minutes….instead of days simmering on a back burner. And how about corn-on-the-cob cooked in 3 minutes, as well as a pinto bean side-dish that’s ready in just 25 minutes….no soaking involved? #instantpot #electricpressurecooking
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 4 years ago, folks, and I’ve never looked back. Now I’m a total convert; a huge electric-pressure-cooker-thumping believer. Here’s how and why:
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 EPC, thankfully.
It Offers Easy-Peezy Clean Up.
Because you can do multiple things in the EPC, 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 EPC 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 EPC.**
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 EPC, 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 EPC 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 EPC is making any noise as it cooks, a valve adjustment is likely needed!
It Gives Fast Food a “Whole” New Meaning.
Cooking in an EPC 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 EPC, 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 EPC 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 farmer husband has been late to dinner plenty of times and I love how my EPC 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!
Here’s hoping you’ll give this life-changing small appliance some serious consideration for your kitchen – you’ll be glad you did.
Let’s Get You (Pressure) Cookin’,