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Busy cooks, take note: The one piece of cooking equipment you need is not a slow cooker. Sure, using that trustworthy kitchen appliance to prep dinner in the morning is great. But if you wake up late-or just aren’t that into meal prep-and still want tender, fall-off-the-bone-style meat at the end of the night, my latest obsession can totally help you out.
Meet the pressure cooker, it’s the speediest culinary gadget around. Mine allows me to make the same meals I would normally make in a slow cooker at a fraction of the time. If your favorite short rib recipe normally takes upwards of eight hours, the pressure cooker version will be ready for your consumption in 30 to 50 minutes. Yup. Chew on that.
It’s been a dinnertime game-changer for me. And when it comes to choosing your machinery, you have a couple options: You can either choose between the classic manual model, which will put you out about $25 and will require a bit of elbow grease to assemble (you will need a screwdriver, but that’s all). Or, you can opt for an Instant Pot: This handy tool will cost you a bit more ($115), but it’s an excellent space-saver because it also doubles as a slow cooker and a rice cooker. And here are a few more models that our friends at Bon Appétit recommend.
Once you’re ready to get cooking, using it is generally pretty simple. Instructions vary per model, so you’ll always want to thoroughly read the manual (or double-check the manufacturer’s website) before making a meal. And remember, this is not the type of equipment you can just set and forget. If left over heat for too long, the manual model can become extremely hazardous. As long as you’re careful, a satisfying meal will be on the table in no time.
I’ve been spending a lot of quality time with my pressure cooker lately, and really enjoy finding new delicious recipes to make. Start your pressure cooker adventure with these five insanely speedy and delicious recipes below. Cook fast, eat slow!
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