Pressure Cookers for the Win!

This is my pressure cooker and I love it!

During the past year I kept hearing about this thing called an Instant Pot and how amazing it was. A few months ago I finally looked into it and found out it was a pressure cooker. I started asking my friends who had one why they thought it was so great. Over and over again, I heard that it was a great way to cook food without it having to take forever. I finally caved and bought a pressure cooker of my own around the holidays. (Different brand, but who doesn’t love a great sale?) I now wonder what I ever did without one.

The first thing I ever made in one was less than successful, but I blame the recipe. (Chicken that tastes like it was cooked in catsup is not on my list of things to eat.) However, it was great in one regard: I was able to verify that the pressure cooker cooked the food the way that I wanted it to. The chicken came out fully cooked and juicy, just like it was supposed to. The next dish I made has become a favorite for my husband and me. It was a potatoes side dish that was ready in about half the time it normally took in the oven. The potatoes came out soft but not mushy, which is just how I like them. If you want to give it a try, check out How to Instant Pot: Mastering All the Functions of the One Pot That Will Change the Way You Cook.

One of the other things that I think is really cool about current pressure cookers is that many of them are more than just pressure cookers. Many modern pressure cookers have the ability to work as a rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer and yogurt maker. Once I started using my pressure cooker, I also was very pleasantly surprised to discover that the library has a variety of cookbooks specifically for pressure cookers, both as physical cookbooks in the Cooking Neighborhood as well as ebook versions I can check out from Overdrive onto my Kindle. It’s so convenient!

I’m loving experimenting with new recipes with my pressure cooker and I would love to hear what you like about them. What pressure cooker recipes or cookbooks do you like?

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Abigail Siemers

Abigail is the Community Services Librarian. Some of her favorite genres are young adult fantasy, inspirational fiction, and chick lit. She loves to listen to music, crochet, watch DIY television, and eat pretty much anything that involves potatoes or chocolate.