Pressure cooker, what are the advantages?

I admit that I am a food show junkie. From Iron Chef America to Top Chef, each and everyone one is set to record on my DVR. The shows give me inspiration for meals that I want to cook for my family. Actually, these shows have been a great tool to introduce my kids to different foods. From vegetables to proteins, the kids would consider trying new foods because they saw them on television.

Since my kids have a sense of adventure, I thought that I might take a jump too. All these television shows use a pressure cooker. This device seems like a busy mom's dream. Cook an entire meal in one pot in less time. Perfect for me. Still are these appliances good for the house. Here's what I've learned.

So, why would the home cook use a pressure cooker?

First, a pressure cooker is fast. The Fagor Pressure Cooker reduces cooking time up to 70%. For example, cook risotto in 7 minutes, meatballs in 4 minutes, chicken soup in 15 minutes. This reduced time translates into less energy used.

Second, a pressure cooking retains vitamins and nutrients that can be lost in traditional cooking methods. Also, low fat meals are easy to make. With a pressure cooker, you can use less fat and oil.

Lastly, a pressure cooker is versatile. Appetizers to entrees, and even desserts, can be made in this single device.

I am seriously considering purchasing a pressure cooker for our family. Right now I'm researching the types, sizes and colors available.

Do you have a pressure cooker?  Tell me which one you have and why you like it.


  1. I don't have one becaue my mom's old-fashioned scary beliefs about their safety are so drilled into me. I KNOW they're safe now, but she did a number on me.

  2. My grandmother had one and used it all the time. For whatever reason, they sound intimidating to me. Let me know how well you like yours, maybe I'll try it too!

  3. I have a pressure cooker at home and love it!

  4. I have never owned a pressure cooker. Like Liz who commented above, my mom always told me they weren't safe.