by Dana Angelo White in Product Reviews, November 26, 2016
by Victoria Phillips in Giveaway, September 4, 2013
Your grandma’s pressure cooker is getting a reboot. The Instant Pot has helped make the electric pressure cooker trendy, but in a safer and more user-friendly way. Find out all there is to know about this old-school cooking tool.
Pressure Cooking 101
A pressure cooker is essentially a chamber of steam that quickly heats to a high temperature, rapidly cooking food within a moist environment. While there is a bit of a learning curve when using a pressure cooker, it is fairly simple to operate. Newer models have sophisticated dials and built-in safety mechanisms to help avoid the feared explosion of piping-hot food all over the kitchen.
Cooking via this speedy method offers not only culinary convenience but also better nutrition, because the high heat and fast cooking allow food to retain nutrients. Pressure cookers also do their part for the environment, offering up to a 70 percent energy saving compared with slower cooking techniques.
The Instant Pot
At the forefront of the pressure cooker revolution is the Instant Pot. Created by a Canadian company, this updated version of the classic machine offers an all-in-one system that allows for pressure cooking, as well as slow cooking, rice cooking, sauteing, steaming and yogurt making. Read more
The pressure cooker isn’t just a fancy gadget used by Iron Chefs in Kitchen Stadium; it’s also the perfect tool for getting dinner on the table in no time. Cook long-braise dishes like this Pressure Cooker Beef Stroganoff any night of the week in under 40 minutes, or check out one of Alton’s easy pressure cooker how-to videos.
The Vitaquick pressure cooker adjusts to two speed settings for delicate ingredients like fish and long-cooking dishes like soup. With an easy locking indicator and positioning aid, releasing the pressure when you’re done cooking is as easy as pressing a button.
You can buy your own Vitaquick pressure cooker or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite dish to make in a pressure cooker. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, September 6 at 5 p.m. EST.
We’re giving away one Vitaquick pressure cooker to one randomly-selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.
You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on September 4 and 5 p.m. EST on September 6, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $249.95. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.
So tell us, what’s your favorite dish to make in a pressure cooker?