Anyone who loves the convenience of one-pot cooking but whose schedule doesn’t allow for the use of a slow cooker should own a pressure cooker. Just add your ingredients to the pot with the right amount of liquid and in a matter of minutes you’ll have a delicious, fully cooked dinner — and, if you’re cooking meat in the pressure cooker, it’s guaranteed to be fall-off-the-bone tender in a fraction of the time it would take to cook using a “low and slow” method.
There is still a popular misconception that pressure cooking is difficult and unsafe. While there are, of course, safety protocols to follow, modern, electric pressure cookers take all of the uncertainty out of this quick-cooking method.There are a number of great electric pressure cookers available, but we like the Cuisinart CPC-600 Pressure Cooker. With push-button controls and pre-programmed cook settings, it’s easy to use and monitor. It also features variable settings that allow you to brown, simmer, and sauté. With a non-stick cooking pot, dishwasher-safe pot and trivet, and cool-touch side handles, this economical 6-quart pressure cooker is the perfect choice for any home cook.
This pressure cooker also features a locked lid (that stays locked until the pressure in the pot is fully released) for added safety.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal's Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.