Pressure Cooker GIVEAWAY! Mom’s Best Friend
For the past few weeks, we’ve been experimenting with our new Fagor Duo Pressure Cooker. Like many people, our comfort level with the pressure cooker had been less than cozy. After all, we’re old enough to remember the stories about exploding pressure cookers — though perhaps they were nothing more than urban legends. The new, modern-day pressure cookers are safe to use and turn the dinner hour in to the dinner minutes.
Recently, after speaking with pressure cooker guru, Jill Nussinow, we decided to give this handy kitchen tool a try. We’ve been so impressed with our dinner results that we decidedto give away a fabulous Fagor Duo Pressure Cooker to one randomly selected winner. That’s a $100 value! To enter, all you have to do is post a comment below sharing your favorite pressure cooker recipe or why you want one. The giveaway ends at 5:00 PM on Friday, February 20th.
Now, for more tips on using your pressure cooker, please enjoy the following guest post from Jill Nussinow, MS, RD, The Veggie QueenTM
I began using a pressure cooker when my son was three. I say that it changed my cooking life, and probably the rest of it, too. I felt like the best mom in the world because my then-vegetarian son loved lentil soup. (My omnivore husband will eat just about anything.) I could make the soup in 20 minutes, from start to finish. Thus began my love affair with the pressure cooker.
My son had a biweekly play date when he was almost four. His friend would ask me every week, “Do you have any risotto?” I would always answer slyly, “I don’t but I can make you some.” About 12 minutes later, he’d have his “plain” risotto which included only onions or leeks and vegetable broth. It became his favorite risotto. His mom wanted to know my secret so I told her about my pressure cooker. She bought a pressure cooker, and then her risotto became the best in the world. I could go on about why you might want to pressure cook but I will just share five of the many reasons.
Cook Healthier Foods More Easily and Quickly: Legumes, whole grains and vegetables are a snap to cook. Beans become soup or chili, seasoned to your liking, in less than an hour. Barley, brown or wild rice cook in less than 25 minutes. Instead of microwaving, pressure cook fresh vegetables and get flavorful one-minute broccoli or carrots in two. No added fat needed in these triple-ply bottom stainless steel pots.
Boost Nutrition and Cook Big: A Journal of Food Science study revealed more nutrition in pressure-cooked broccoli compared to other cooking methods. Colors stay bright and food stays firm. Batch cooking is easy; freezing leftovers such as 3-minute steel cut oats or lentil soup is a breeze.
Save Money: One hundred dollars or less buys a pot that lasts a lifetime. Home cooking pressure-perfect soup, stew, chili and pot roast is fast and inexpensive. Pressure cooked beans beat the canned version for cost and taste.
Save Energy and Time: Cooking temperature rises to 240 degrees+ versus 212° F, reducing cooking time by 50% to 70% over stovetop cooking. Cook on gas, electric, glass top or induction. Energy saving for you and the planet.
Clean-Up is a Breeze with One Pot Cooking: Start by sautéing or browning, then add the remaining ingredients at once, or in stages, with the modern pressure cooker quick-release feature. Clean the pot, rinse the gasket, and you’re done.
Cooking meat is easy. A whole chicken takes about 25 minutes at pressure and a 3-pound pork roast comes out fork tender in just 45 minutes at pressure (plus release time). I’ve also successfully made meat loaf, beef stew, Asian beef tips with vegetables and fajita chicken and rice. The modern pressure cooker is safe, quiet and efficient, relieving you of the nighttime pressure involved with making dinner.
You may be wondering, though, why you’d want to use this instead of the crockpot. For the answers take a look at my November 24th blog post. For more information about pressure cooking you can check out my website where you can see me in action with the modern pressure cooker.