What is a Pressure Cooker?
Pressure Cookers, also commonly known as “instant pots”, are airtight cooking devices that use a sealed chamber to trap steam heat to quickly cook food. By trapping the heat from boiling water in a pot with a sealed lid, high pressure steam is produced and permits cooking temperatures to reach as high as 266° F (130° C).
With these higher temperatures, pressure cookers significantly can shorten cooking times – often between half and a quarter the time for conventional boiling. Since there is no evaporation, pressure cookers are also known to extract flavor more efficiently from foods with minimal to no loss of nutrient content.
This “high-speed” cooking method has gained interest with kitchen novices and professionals alike, given its ability to cook food quickly in today’s age of speed, efficiency, and optimization.