Gather Ingredients And Pressure Cooker To Make Weekend ‘Meal Prep’ A Breeze

one pot pasta with basil, cherry tomatoes, red onion, garlic, parsley mushroomsBeing starved for spare time doesn’t have to leave you starving. Given the ever-increasing list of daily responsibilities — from an 8-hour work day to commuting there and back plus having to take care of affairs for friends, family and yourself — we know how busy you are. Factor in finding the time to sit down and eat a decent  meal and you’ve barely got enough time left to sleep. It’s no wonder then that “meal prep” has become a favorite activity of home cooks everywhere. Taking a few hours out of a Saturday or Sunday to prepare food for the coming week has many benefits: Saving money through grocery shopping and not impulsive buys, eating healthier through pre-planned meals and not splurging for lunch and spending quality time at home with family or just yourself.

 

One of the most effective tools you can buy to help you along with this process is a power pressure cooker. These appliances simplify the cooking process by using an air-tight lid that makes cooking with steam a reality. Moreover, the pressure inside the cooker forces liquid into the foods you’re cooking  and locks in flavors. These appliances are also supremely simple to use, with just a handful of preset cooking options that allow you to select the type of food you’re cooking. The time you’ll actually spend in the kitchen waiting for a main course to finish cooking is dramatically decreased thanks to the way these power pressure cookers work. In fact, the appliances are known to cook meals up to 70 percent faster than by using a conventional oven.

 

If you’re looking to save time and money while not skimping on quality ingredients and meals, then a power pressure cooker is likely the way to go. These appliances can cook everything from pot roasts to soups to deserts like bread pudding. We encourage you to take time out this weekend and spend a few hours in the kitchen. We’re sure you’ll appreciate the benefits you’ve reaped throughout the week!

What Are The Best Pressure Cooker Meal Cook Times?

For many aspiring home cooks, the addition of a pressure cooker is an extremely welcome addition. The idea that meals can start to be prepped faster without sacrificing flavor is obviously extremely exciting. However, the truth is the pressure cooker is only as good as the cook utilizing it. It’s important to understand how long something should be pressure cooked and what ingredients should be utilized. In order to help those new or old to the pressure cooking game, we’ve compiled some of the best pressure cooker meals, and their ideal cooking times, that are sure to wow your dining guests.

Best Pressure Cooker Pot Roast – Utilizing a pressure cooker is a great way to put a new twist on a family classic. In order to get the most out of a pot roast in a pressure cooker, it’s suggested to cook it for 45 minutes. 45 minutes in the best pressure cooker will provide a tender pot roast that is juicier than a 20-minute pot roast, because there is more time to break down the connective tissues in the meat. Also, the sauce will be perfectly flavored. Going longer than 45 minutes, will cause the pot roast to become overly chewy and dry.

Best Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork – What’s the secret to the best pressure cooker pulled pork? Knowing how long to cook it based on how many pieces you cut your pork shoulder into. For instance, eight pieces will take 55-60 minutes while two pieces will take roughly 75-80 minutes to cook through. Also, there are a lot of options when it comes to the dry rub on the pork shoulder, but be sure to turn over the meat frequently in the early going to get browning going to perfection. Keep the skin side face down to maximize the juiciness of the pulled pork.

Best Pressure Cooker Meatballs – The best thing about making meatballs in a pressure cooker is it’s such a versatile dinner item. You can make plenty of leftovers and have a spaghetti night, a slider night, a pizza night and more. All you need is a simple sauce, lean ground beef, bacon, garlic, onion, egg, milk, cheese, oregano, fennel seed, Worcestershire sauce and panko bread crumbs to make your meatball mixture. From there, it’s five minutes in the pressure cooker and you are left with moist, cheesy goodness that the whole family is sure to love.

There’s no denying the versatility provided by the pressure cooker, but be sure to research the best pressure cooker cooking times to get the most flavor for your pressure cooker dollar!

 

 

 

Tips for Having an Energy-Efficient Kitchen

Something that everybody wants is the ability to save as much money in the home as they possibly can.  Luckily, with advancements in technology over the course of the last few decades, we are now in the golden age of kitchen appliances that will save you energy costs.  The ability to work faster with an easier workload is something that everybody wants, especially when it comes to the tediousness of cooking.

Energy-Efficient Refridgerator

What’s great about an energy-efficient refridgerator is that it keeps your food just as cold, but with much less energy.  Many fridges today are rated by Energy-Star, which certifies that it will be using much less energy during its operation.  More modern fridges may use  less than half of the energy that their outdated counterparts use, which saves you a nice chunk  of change off of your energy bill.  Your wallet will be much happier with an energy efficient fridge, and your food will be just as fresh.

Energy-Efficient Dishwasher

 Dishwashers are one of the most energy-consuming appliances in your kitchen, using energy to heat water, rinse, and dry dishes.  With modern energy-saving technology, the operational cost of a dishwasher in the home decreases significantly, limiting energy use, as well as water use.  Upgrading to an energy-efficient dishwasher doesn’t only save you costs on your electricity bill, but also on your water bill.  Most modern dishwashers are designed with efficient water use tactics in mind, saving plenty of gallons per year.

Electric Pressure Cooker

Using a traditional pressure cooker on the stove wastes time, and energy, while using an electric pressure cooker will save you both.  By using electrical power as a heating system, these pressure cookers heat up quicker, and cook faster than their traditional counterpart. An electric pressure cooker is an absolute must-have for energy saving costs.  Cooking meals in an electric pressure cooker will save you costs on your gas bill, and serve up food that’s just as delicious!

This Power Pressure Cooker Recipe Will Make Take-Out Favorite In Your Own Kitchen

Chicken TeriyakiWho doesn’t like going out to eat? It’s a communal experience that provides a great opportunity to break bread — or anything else on the menu for that matter — with friends and family.  Problem is, it can get a little expensive so the valuable time spent at the dinner table opposite those important to you may be bound by your finances.

Therefore, there’s nothing wrong with trying to recreate some of your favorite restaurant and take-out dishes at home. While some of those items may be a little easier to make from scratch than others, we’ll bet that classic Chinese items have often eluded that store-bought taste you’ve tried endlessly to replicate. With the help of your Power Pressure Cooker XL, you’ll be one step closer to creating everyone’s favorite, teriyaki chicken. Just gather the ingredients below and follow these six easy steps for that take-out flavor in your own kitchen.

Ingredients: 6 boneless chicken thighs, .5 cups of potato or corn starch, .5 cups of diced red peppers, .5 cups of diced green peppers, 6 ounces of diced pineapple, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 inch of minced ginger, 6 ounces of teriyaki sauce, 1 cup of chicken stock and a pinch of white pepper.

Directions:

1: Dredge the chicken in cornstarch

2: Place the inner pot into the pressure cooker. Press the “soup/stew” button and set to 10 minutes.

3: Add all ingredients to the inner pot.

4: Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock. Switch the pressure release valve to “closed.”

5: Once the timer reaches zero, the cooker will switch to “keep warm.” Press the “cancel” button and switch the pressure release valve to “open.” Remove the lid once steam has been completely released.

6: Serve over rice.

Hungry yet? For more information on the Power Pressure Cooker XL, call 973-287-5159.

Create Crowd-Pleasing Holiday Ham With Help From Pressure Cooker Recipe

Fresh ham and bread on wooden backgroundA holiday favorite that’s arguably an essential, Easter ham can certainly be considered a staple dish as part of this fast-approaching spring holiday. With help from your pressure cooker, preparing a ham for family and friends who are coming over to celebrate has never been easier.

Pressure cookers are uniquely positioned to not only prepare this dish quickly, but will impart and infuse a flavor sure to please guests. These kitchen appliances, which are becoming more popular as users realize the benefits and ease of use, use steam created from high pressure within the cooker to speed up the cooking process. For those looking to create a quality dish for all to enjoy, just gather the ingredients below and follow these nine easy steps.

Ingredients: A 10-pound ham, .5 cup of brown sugar, 30 whole cloves, 1 cup of pineapple juice, 1 cup of brown mustard.

Directions:

1: Place the inner pot into the Power Pressure Cooker XL.

2: In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients together except for the ham and cloves.

3: With a paring knife, carve thin lines down the ham and place the whole cloves within approximately a half-inch apart.

4: Pour half of the ingredients mixture into the inner pot and place the ham within.

5: Place the lid on your pressure cooker, lock it and switch the pressure release valve to “closed.”

6: Press the “chicken/meat” button and then the “cook time selector” button twice until the time reads “1 hour.”

7: Once the timer reaches zero, the cooker will switch to “keep warm.” Press the “cancel” button and switch the pressure release valve to “open.” Remove the lid once all the steam has been released.

8: Remove the ham from the inner pot.

9: Slice ham for serving. Pour glaze from the pot over the ham.

Hungry yet? For more information on pressure cooker recipes, call 973-287-5159.