Why a pressure cooker: 8 benefits

Updated on 25 Jul 2023
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A pressure cooker is a pan that you use to cook foods under high pressure. This means that you cook them at a temperature higher than 100 degrees Celsius. As a result, your dishes are ready a lot faster. A pressure cooker is also called a pressure cooker. The high pressure is created because you seal the pan hermetically. In most cases, a slide system is used for this purpose. A pressure cooker offers you numerous advantages. Despite this, the pan is not found in most Dutch households. We list the 8 advantages for you.

1. Time savings

For those who use a pressure cooker, this point is number one. With this pan, you only need two-thirds of the time usually allowed for cooking with a regular pressure cooker. Especially when you are pressed for time, the pressure cooker is a godsend.

2. A savings in energy costs.

Contrary to popular belief, a pressure cooker does not consume more energy than a regular saucepan. So with the shorter cooking times, you save significantly on your energy costs. Take potatoes as an example: instead of cooking them in 15 to 20 minutes, a pressure cooker does it in just 6 minutes.

3. Preservation of vitamins and minerals

Using a pressure cooker means that oxygen is squeezed out of the pan during the cooking process. As a result, vitamins and minerals are better preserved. Especially considering the current way of farming and the impoverishment of the soil, this is an important advantage. Moreover, it also makes your food a lot tastier.

4. Easy to use

When you compare it to a regular pan, a pressure cooker may look a little intimidating. Appearances can be deceiving! All you have to do is fill the pot with water, close the lid and use the pressure regulator to indicate the correct setting. The pressure regulator shows you the status of the cooking process. After cooking, you release the pressure through the pressure regulator. Once all the pressure is gone, you can open the pressure cooker.

5. Minimal maintenance

It is better not to clean the pressure cooker in the dishwasher. A soak of warm water and dish soap is enough to get it clean again. The only part that requires more maintenance is the rubber ring.

6. Suitable for a wide variety of foods

A pressure cooker is used for a wide variety of foods: potatoes, vegetables, stews, soups and rice, for example. It is also easy to cook several foods together in a pressure cooker.

7. Suitable for all heat sources

Of course, you always check this extra carefully when you possibly buy a pressure cooker, but most of them can be used on all heat sources: gas stoves, electric hobs, induction hobs and ceramic hobs are no problem at all.

8. Available in many different sizes

Are you looking for a pressure cooker? This type of pan is available in different sizes. The smallest versions, suitable for one to two people, have a capacity of about 2.5 liters. The largest pressure cookers have a capacity of more than 10 liters.

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