Most of us have heard about pressure cookers but have never used one. Some of us heard scary stories about them exploding and blowing food as high as the ceiling when our grandparents were young. Some of us remember the wild sounds they made and the fact that adults would not let us in the room when a pressure cooker was in use. That might be what has scared us off then, but today’s pressure cooker has been completely re-engineered and is the perfect small appliance for camping.
They are much quieter and safer now with locking lid handles and are designed in such a way that pressure cannot build up as it did in the past. They won’t open until the pressure is released and new users are raving about them.
Convenient enough to use everyday, they clean up easily and will cook your food in a fraction of the time. It has been said they can cook your food up to 70% faster than any other option you currently use. They are very useful for one-pot meals and you can place meat in them while it is still frozen solid. You’ll barely get the table set and dinner will be ready.
Foods will retain most of their nutrients and will taste better. This is due to the shorter cooking time required and the fact that they use less liquid. Foods will keep their color and the flavors may even be enhanced from this new-old way of cooking.
It’s an energy saver and the kitchen won’t heat up. Instead of having several pans on several burners going, you have your whole meal in one pot. And since it takes such a short time to cook, you won’t burn much electricity or gas. At the end of the meal it saves your energy as well when you only have one pan to clean. Your cooking area in the kitchen stays cleaner when you are cooking in a sealed pressure cooker rather than open pans on the stove.
If you’re someone who enjoys canning, you can get a cooker/canner combo and use it for both purposes. It’s easy enough to do if you have a burner on your outdoor grill. You may find some nice ripe berries and decide to can them quickly before you go home. If so, this would work well for you.
Today’s pressure canner shortens your meal cooking time so you can get more time with friends and family, and who doesn’t want more of that?