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Are Pressure Cookers Good

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Daniel Brown
• Wednesday, 16 December, 2020
• 7 min read

If you live in places at high altitude and you’re not pressure-cooking, start NOW. For example, it took us less than an hour to cook dried beans in the pressure cooker compare to overnight soak + 2 to 3 hours of cooking on the stove.

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You’ll end up using less energy with shorter cooking time too. There’s a myth that the high heat used in pressure-cooking kills the vitamins and minerals.

We’re by no means food scientists, but it’s proven from scientific research that pressure cooked food retain more nutrition value than boiling and steaming. Not only because the cooking time is shorter, but it’s able to trap the nutrient from escaping through the steam.

Melt in your mouth Beef Brisket More delicious food?! The extra high heat used in pressure-cooking promotes caramelization and browning of the food.

This brings out the depth and complex flavors of the food AND creates a deliciously rich broth at the same time. One of the reasons why we love our pressure cookers is that you can EASILY cook moist and fall off the bone meat in a short time.

Yes, it works on cheap tough cuts of meat! Cooking in a hot kitchen in the summer is like working out in the sauna room.

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Plus, if you’re using an electric pressure cooker, you don’t even need to stay in the kitchen while it cooks. Since the pressure cooker is tightly sealed when cooking, you don’t have to worry about filling the house with a certain smell of food.

The modern day pressure cookers don’t create much noise. After a long day of work, all you have is frozen meat and hungry kiddos.

Pressure cookers make it easier than ever to cook quick, delicious meals: simply load up the pot with your favorite meats, ingredients, and broth, hit the timer or the stove top, and you’re good to go. Once you review the best practices and understand how these appliances work, however, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to operate one safely.

Likewise, if you’re using an electric pressure cooker, you can easily cook food perfectly each time by using the preset timers and letting the pot do all the work. Likewise, if you find your pressure cooker doesn’t have a timer that matches your prospective dish, don’t fret: many manufacturers now offer online instructional and applications to help you determine the best way to cook your meal with their models.

Doing so may pose a risk of food particles clogging or blocking vital ventilation and regulators designed to keep you safe. If you’re not sure of the specific marking to hit, check your instruction manual for a guide or your pressure cooker for an internal max fill line.

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For dryer dishes, though, it may be worth adding extra liquid to ensure the cooking process goes smoothly. The often-cited metric for standard pressure cookers is one half cup of liquid or water for a full pot of food.

You may need to experiment with amounts with your first few dishes, but make sure you’re setting your meals up for success by ensuring there’ll be enough steam to penetrate the food during the cooking process. Be sure to avoid oil entirely when using a pressure cooker or simply aim for a scant amount whenever possible.

Now that we’ve gone over a few dos and don'ts, here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about owning and operating a pressure cooker: You’ll typically find that most pressure cookers, either electric or stove top, top at around 15-20 pounds per square inch, or PSI.

The safest PSI for your pressure cooker, however, is going to depend entirely upon your manufacturer and model number. Always be sure to know the highest PSI allowed by your pressure cooker, and make sure you keep that number in mind when cooking or using recipes involving pressure cookers online.

You may need to adjust certain recipes and cook times to match your pressure cooker PSI. These gaskets are designed to maintain the highest PSI allowed, so their activation won’t stop the cooking process.

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On stove top cookers, you can often lift the gasket (using a glove or other utensil) completely to release the internal pressure. Cleaning your pressure cooker is going to require focus on two elements: the pot itself and the gasket and ventilation systems.

While cleaning the pot is relatively straightforward, you need to make sure the pressure release valves are free and clear of all food particles. You can use a wire brush or included cleaning supplies with your pressure cooker to clear these sections out.

It’s often recommended that you replace your rubber seals and gaskets annually provided you use the pressure cooker somewhat often. When working in the kitchen, it can be easy to need to move the pressure cooker off of the heat or to another stove top.

While this feature is common among modern pressure cookers, you may want to make sure that any older cookers come with this option. Electric pressure cookers come with simple controls, a host of instructions and sample recipes, and are often backed by fair warranties and guarantees.

I am frequently asked by email and in the comments section of recipe posts if a pressure cooker to prepare meals or bone broth is a safe way to cook food. The equipment and method we choose to cook food definitely have the potential to impact not only the nutritional profile but also overall exposure to toxins.

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Hence, the higher boiling point of water inside a pressure cooker means the heat transfer through the food occurs more rapidly. This reduces cooking time because the liquid water is hotter before it reaches a gaseous state at the boiling point.

A 1994 study published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, discovered that the antinutrient physic acid which blocks mineral absorption in the digestive tract was reduced 54% in peas soaked and then pressure cooked versus peas that were soaked and then boiled (29% reduction) (3). My friend Kristen has written this excellent article that summarizes the effects of a pressure cooker on food if you’d like to learn more.

The heavy metal leaching dangers of cooking acidic foods in stainless steel cookware is very real. Secondly, I passed on a pressure cooker because I have not found conclusive research that refutes my concern that pressure-cooking may, in fact, dramatically increase the glut amine in cooked foods, most particularly the potential for MSG in bone broth.

Glut amine is a conditionally essential amino acid that is critical for gut, brain and immune health. It is found naturally in healthy foods and should theoretically not be a problem in normal metabolic situations.

Glut amine is supposed to convert as needed to either glutamate, which can excite neurons, or to Gaza, which has a calming effect. MSG differs from glutamate by a single sodium atom attached to the molecule.

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MSG is widely added to processed, packaged and fast foods in order “wake up” flavors. There are up to 50 MSG aliases used by food manufacturers, with new ones being constantly created to stay ahead of the consumer.

As a result of so much MSG in the food supply, many people have become overly sensitive to it to the point where even the natural glut amine in traditional foods like bone broth can trigger headaches (most common symptom), gastrointestinal upset, fatigue or other problems. The glut amine content of broth increases with cooking time as do the levels of other amino acids.

In addition, how pressure-cooking affects the nutrients in bone broth is also up in the air. We’d love to do lab testing for a long lists of nutrients, but that gets very expensive very fast.

Until a specific study is done to comparatively test the nutrients, heavy metals, and glut amines in pressure cooked broth, then stay with the tried and true for the time being.

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