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Extremely popular in countries such as Brazil, pressure cooking is finding its way into the UK as more people look to get more flavour from their food.

What Is A Pressure Cooker?

Saucepans and cooking pots let steam evaporate when cooking; a pressure cooker has a sealed lid to keep steam locked in, creating very high pressure and temperature inside.

How Does A Pressure Cooker Work?

The high pressure and temperature inside a pressure cooker means cooking takes a fraction of the time. Rice takes just 3 minutes to cook, and you can put a tender roast on the dinner table inside of an hour, instead of leaving in the oven for most of the day. This of course makes pressure cooking more energy efficient, and you can buy cheaper sides of meat (brisket, anyone?) and turn them into tender masterpieces.

The speed of cooking doesn't compromise the flavour either. High pressure cooking environments force liquids into food, making meats tender and vegetables fully cooked. You also use much less liquid; since the pot is sealed your food cooks in its own juices, resulting in more concentrated flavours.

How To Use A Pressure Cooker

Pressure cookers come in 2 "flavours"; stove top and electric. Stove top pressure cookers sit on your stove like any other pot, and you can control the pressure by increasing the heat or by turning it down. Stove top pressure cookers have a pressure gauge displaying the intensity.

Using a pressure cooker on the stove is a quicker way of cooking, but you need to watch over them and adjust the heat as the pressure builds.

Electric pressure cookers function just like slow cookers - just press a button and leave it to do its thing. There's usually a wealth of settings for cooking different kinds of foods, and the electric pressure cooker looks after pressure regulation on its own. They can be slow to start cooking though, and have less control over searing meats or browning vegetables.

Pressure Cooker Recipes

You can cook pretty much anything in a pressure cooker, from meats and vegetables to sweets and desserts, like cheesecakes and rice pudding.

Find more pressure cooker recipes on our Pinterest board.

Want a pressure cooker?

We can thoroughly recommend the Tower Pressure Cooker, made for all hob types (including induction).