A pressure cooker is my new best friend! If you don’t own one of these magnificent kitchen contraptions go out right now and get one because it is going to make your life a whole to easier.
I had a serious relationship with my slow cooker for about a year but I have to admit that after just the first couple of month everything started to taste… well… slow cooked and kind of the same. I experiment with different recipes, different seasonings and even tried a variety of slow cooker bags that claimed add flavour. It was all to no avail, my food kept coming out like the meal equivalent of a toddler paint pallet; yes there were individual flavours in the pot but for the most part, they had melded together to create a sort of uni-flavour that wasn’t necessarily bad but it wasn’t great either. Now, slow cookers give you the benefit of chucking stuff in before work and then by the time you get home you have dinner ready to go. After a hard day at work, it is great to come home back to a ready made dinner, unless you forgot to turn on your slow cooker… The convenience of a slow cooker is reliant on you being prepared enough in the morning to get it going. If you do forget to turn it on there is not much you can do about it.
After one too many times of forgetting turn on the slow cooker and being struck by power cuts, I deiced that the slow cooker method was perhaps not the convenience method for me. Step in the wondrous pressure cooker! Pressure cookers are able to cook foods at a much quicker rate because once the lid is secured they are completely sealed and can build up pressure which raises the temperature inside the pot to over 120 degrees. The upshot of all this is that you can boil perfect potatoes in 7 minutes, make lamb and feta meatballs in a little under 10 minutes and even cook a whole chicken in 45 minutes. You can make a fresh meal in a pressure cooker in less time than throwing a frozen pizza in the oven! Similarly to a slow cooker, your meal gets cooked in one pot, but unlike a slow cooker, the flavours stay distinct and tasty!