I got a pressure cooker long before I started thinking about kids, back when I was just a busy person who loved being able to cook quick weeknight dinners. Then I had a baby and realized that a pressure cooker is even more essential for new parents, with uses I never even thought about before I had an infant.
Although I have other tools in the kitchen that can accomplish the same tasks as the pressure cooker, what makes it unique and particularly useful after having a baby is that it does it all in a lot less time. And during that tumultuous first year, even a little extra time feels like everything.
Here are a few reasons the pressure cooker is a key appliance for new parents.
There’s a universal law for caramelized onions: The longer they take to caramelize, the tastier they’ll be.
Like all universal laws, this one is meant to be broken.
Caramelized onions are great for enhancing burgers, pasta, salads, and starring in the classic dish, French onion soup. Cooking them to perfection usually takes some time, but a pressure cooker can speed up the process.
…there are also times when I’m in a hurry and I want that great chicken stock NOW. Likewise, there are days when I need to step out for a while and I don’t want to leave an unattended pot simmering on the stovetop. This is when I think about pulling out the pressure cooker or the slow cooker. But how do the results compare?
Don’t forget that you can alter the body by adding gelatin.
- The author set his slow cooker on low. He should have made a fourth batch with it set on high.
- Different slow cookers reach different temperatures. Mine reaches a good simmer on low and a boil on high.
- He doesn’t say whether he started with cooked or raw chicken scraps. A couple of the best batches of stock I’ve ever made were from the carcass of my Thanksgiving turkey done in a slow cooker which I started right after the meal an let simmer all night. I wonder if using cooked bones makes a difference.
But my pressure cooker is being used to make meth…. I mean bottle jam… jam that’s it. Jam.
There’s nothing that beats the simple, sweet pleasure of corn on the cob, but a good corn soup comes in a close second. As an added benefit, it also eliminates the need to pick at your teeth to remove stray corn skins after you’re done with it, an act that is as annoying for the picker as it is unsexy for the one who must observe the picker in the act of picking. In other words, corn soup is the corn preparation of choice for date nights.