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Pressure Cooking: Your Stovetop Time Machine

No need to wait on hours of simmering—a pressure cooker can fast forward you right to the eating part!

 

Slow cookers get all the glory. There they sit, bubbling away for hours on the countertop, making you hungry with aromas of a meal that isn't quite ready yet. Who has time for that?

There's no need to wait hours for your stew to bubble to perfection. With the ability to cook foods in much less time, pressure cookers are ready to step out of the shadows and become your new favorite kitchen appliance. With everything cooking so quickly, you'll be able to add more scratch-cooked variety to your weeknight menu.

Let's just see how much time a pressure cooker can save you in the kitchen.

Pressure Cooker Carnitas

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Tender chunks of pork for tacos and burritos only takes an hour with Pressure Cooker Carnitas instead of ten hours in the Slow Cooker Carnitas version.

Simple Beef Pot Roast admirably demonstrates the slow cooking technique of slowly baking a chuck roast in the oven until it's fall apart tender. The problem with making this a weeknight meal is the fact that it's a 3 1/2 hour recipe. Perfect Pressure Cooker Pot Roast cuts the time down to just an hour, making from-scratch pot roast a Tuesday night possibility.

Chef John's Pressure Cooker Beef Chili is ready in an hour from start to finish—less than half the time required for the stovetop version: Beef, Green Chili and Tomato Stew. Plus, his all-beef chili comes with its own video. Let Chef John show you just how easy it is!

Cooking Black Beans from scratch used to be an overnight task, with a full day of soaking needed before you can even begin to cook them. No soaking is needed with a pressure cooker. Pressure Cooker Black Beans take only 50 minutes start to finish.

One hour start-to-finish for lentil soup might not sound like much of a time saver until you consider that this includes MAKING THE FREAKING HAM BROTH from scratch! Jana's Pressure Cooker Lentil Ham Soup shows just how much you can get out of simple ingredients even on a tight schedule.

Chicken Stock normally takes 5 hours on the stovetop. Rapid Chicken Stock is ready in only two hours with a pressure cooker. Toss in the chicken bones from tonight's roasted chicken dinner, and you'll have stock before bedtime. Use this fresh stock for tomorrow night's soup. Two meals from one chicken, you can't beat that!

If, after reading all this way, you are still not utterly convinced that a pressure cooker can change life as you know it, let me leave you with these three little words: Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake.


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