I remember my grandmother’s pressure cooker. It was this big old pot with a rattling lid that I just knew was going to take flight across the room one day followed by the pot’s contents of boiling hot chicken stew. I was fascinated with it because she’d throw everything in there and something else would come out, but you really had to be brave to go near it while it was rattling and whistling!
Years later, pressure cookers are designed to be safe and effective parts of our kitchens. Sure, you have to have respect for them just like any other kitchen appliance, but for the most part, any cook can use them and your risks of UFO’s in the kitchen are very low.
I use a pressure cooker a lot, especially around the holiday season. With nonstop work, household chores, shopping, and entertaining, it’s super helpful to be able to make dinner in 70% less time. A pressure cooker comes in handy for the rest of the year too. Since my boys are at the age where they’re always running somewhere, the ability to have dinner on the table fast when we get home is very appealing.
The Power Pressure Cooker XL 6 Quart might just be my kitchen’s new BFF. It can be used as a pressure cooker, a canner, a soup maker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a steamer, and even cookware. I love it for making soups, stews, and comfort dishes like macaroni and cheese in no time flat.
In case you’re new to pressure cooking, here’s how it works: The pressure inside the pot forces the moisture and the heat to move throughout the food faster and with more intensity than it would if you were simply cooking it on the stove or in the oven. The end result is more flavorful and tender food in a much shorter amount of time.
My grandmother would have loved this pressure cooker and if fact, she’s the inspiration behind my Coffee- Crusted Pork Tacos recipe (below.) She always made the most tender and flavorful pork loin and her secret? – a pressure cooker!
The one touch buttons of the Power Pressure Cooker XL are so easy to use. You put the food in and press the preset button. That’s all there is to it. Note: It does take a few minutes for the pressure to build up in the cooker, so be sure to calculate that into your cooking time. Once the food is done, you simply release the pressure valve with a pair of tongs and let out the steam. Then you eat! It’s that easy. While it’s cooking, the nice bright digital display lets you know how much longer you have to wait.
Cleanup is a snap too, which is huge for us during the holiday season. Simply wipe down the cooker and put the inner pot in the dishwasher. Done. Even washing by hand is easy thanks to the nonstick surface. The unit is a time saver all the way around.
The Coffee-Crusted Pork Tacos I made too me less than 5 minutes to prep and 40 minutes to pressure cook. Yup, only 40 minutes in the pressure cooker and they were more tender and flavorful than if I’d left them in a slow cooker (at low heat) for 8 to 10 hours! That definitely justifies the title of “time saver.”
The Power Pressure Cooker XL is available in 6, 8, and 10 quart sizes for larger families and the 8-quart version is available in cobalt, copper, or cinnamon colors as well as classic black. It looks great on a counter, and you’ll want to leave it there so you can use it frequently!
I’m going to get a lot of use out of my Pressure Cooker XL in the next few months. Do you use a pressure cooker?