How to use a pressure cooker
Pressure Cooker- At L.S. Livewell January is “Soup Beautiful Soup” month. We are spending this whole month going through the ins and outs of making beautiful, delicious, and nutritious soup. A pressure cooker is a fantastic tool for making soups with greatly reduced the cooking time. Think of this- tasty black beans in savoury, cilantro scented broth, or maybe creamy red lentils with the punch of garlic and chilli. That sounds fine right about now! Soups are great if you are diabetic, trying to live a low carb lifestyle,or just want to eat more healthy. Those yummy soups can be ready in the time that it takes to listen to a podcast. For busy people, such as myself, using a pressure cooker can great.
With this amazing tool you can prepare home cooked meals in a fraction of the time. The pressure cooker is fine for cooking hard pulses, such as beans, and hard root vegetables like potatoes, squash and turnips. It is also works great for situations where you want the melding of flavours, but don’t have a few hours to cook the ingredients together.
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For more detailed information about pressure cooking I highly recommend Lorna Sass’s wonderful book ” Recipes from an Ecological Kitchen”. She has charts of cooking times for beans, veggies, and grains, as well as many great tips and recipes. It is really worth investing the time, as it will save you lots!
How to use a pressure cooker
Healthy, home cooked meals are easily made more quickly using a pressure cooker. From start to finish, you can have tasty, made from scratch soup on the table in the time it takes to listen to the news.
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Cook Time: 20 min
- Total Time: 25 min
- Yield: 8 oz
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Pressure Cooking
- Cuisine: Dinner
32 oz quality water
8 oz. beans (turtle, chick, kidney, white or black-eyed)
Pour beans into cooker, add water. Do not include salt, as it will effect the cooking process. Seal the arm. Bring the cooker up to high pressure. When you hear the sound of the steam and it is on the high pressure mark, slightly reduce heat to medium, while still maintaining high pressure. Let the beans cook for twenty minutes. You should smell them cooking at that point. Reduce pressure and open the cooker. Taste the beans to make sure that they are soft. If they are perfect proceed to the next phase by adding your seasoning.
You can cut down on cooking time by soaking your beans before cooking. Place them in a glass jar full of high quality water. Leave uncovered over night. The next day when you are ready to cook discard the water. Use the soaked beans as you would dried beans. Make note of the time the soaked beans need to cook as it will be shorter than dried beans. Time will vary depending on your altitude and climate.
If you are cooking for dinner in the morning and don’t have enough time to cook the beans fully try this simple trick from the pioneer times. After cooking, turn off the stove. Keep the beans sealed in the cooker. Wrap the pot with towels and leave it. The heat that is in the cooker will be insulated and will keep the beans cooking all day.
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