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The Advantages of Pressure Cooking

Here at Circle B Ranch, I love to cook, and I do so as often as possible. Whether braising, baking, or boiling I’m having fun in the kitchen. But I also like for my meals to be as healthy as possible. I am constantly on the lookout for a new tip or technique to improve the dishes you see on my site. And like my recipes, I want to share these tips and techniques with you.

While there are many methods you can use to prepare a meal, and every single one has its own advantages, I want to discuss one in particular. Pressure cooking. Pressure cooking could be one of the healthiest and most efficient techniques.

First, let’s talk about the health aspects of the method. The longer you cook a food, the more nutrients you destroy. A pressure cooker cooks food quicker (in less water than boiling)—you keep more nutrients, the good stuff, in your food. Some studies also show that pressure cooking reduces the amount of unsaturated fat content and aids with the digestion of legumes and grains.

When it comes to efficiency, pressure cooking is a fantastic method. Less cooking time means using less energy (saving money on the electric bill), and you spend less time in the kitchen (giving you more time with family). As well, pressure cooking does not heat up the kitchen because the appliance retains all the heat and steam. No more sweating over the hot stove, and no cleaning the stove either. Simply clean the pressure cooker, and you are done.

If you have a pressure cooker, or if you decide you want to give pressure cooking a shot, here is a delicious recipe to try out:

Three-Bean Chili

I have also included a couple of links here to give you more information about the cooking method.

This article gives you a little history on the pressure cooker and explains exactly how the appliance works if you are unfamiliar with the process:

http://www.thekitchn.com/a-primer-on-pressure-cooking-193715

For readers who are considering purchasing a pressure cooker, this comprehensive blog reviews many different brands while just giving you the facts. The review covers all aspects of the machine, from the positives to the negatives, without showing favoritism:

http://wonderstreet.com/reviews/the-best-pressure-cookers

Other Resources:

http://learn.eartheasy.com/2012/09/top-6-benefits-of-pressure-cooking/

http://www.eatingwell.com/article/15711/what-is-the-effect-of-pressure-cooking-on-nutrition/

http://www.healwithfood.org/health-effects/pressure-cooking-nutrient-loss.php

 

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