Cooker, Food

How to Make the Most Out of a Pressure Canner

Pressure canners can be a bit tricky at use. But believe me, once you get a hold at it, you are going to be one standing aside in the crowd. Yeah! There is a wide variety of food that can be canned but not everyone knows it. It’s very convenient as a lot of homemade food can be canned and used with homemade pressure canning. It’s also a great way to store food and have your own pantry. All kinds of non-acid foods should be canned in pressure canners like beef, poultry, vegetables, sea food, etc. Even tomato sauces can be canned which is really great. So, all of you excited pressure canning maniacs, just prepare to be amazed because here are some great ways to make your pressure canner more into use.

  • Basics in Pressure Canning

Pressure canners are best for low acid foods. This is one hurdle most canning enthusiasts face. Vegetables, fruits, meat, poultry and sea food are low acid foods recommended for pressure canning. Also this food serves purpose for everyday meals and is best to be preserved. It’s economical and also proves to be a well balanced diet. Such low acid foods are easy to preserve but also be checked for spoilage. Thus, pressure canning is the process which eliminates rotting and ensure health.

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  • Equipment Used in Canning

As complex as it sounds, pressure canning doesn’t require much tools. It’s just some factors like your family size that would matter. If you are single or a couple then it’s better to choose a smaller canner and a family with kids would surely require a bigger canner to meet everyday needs. Different c canning jars are also needed like pint sized jars and quint sized jars which are the quintessential role players. Gaskets too need to be replaced in a Pressure Canner from time to time. It takes a long time till it wears out but still you need to check it once in a while for any cracks and even oil it occasionally. It is also essential to buy jar lifters, lids and even rings to hold the lids to the jars.

 

  • Sweet Canning

There are also some other garden fresh fruits that can be canned for jams and jellies which are craved no less than other canned items. At different levels peaches, pears and nectarines can also be canned. Plums, tomatoes and applesauce don’t lag behind in the same because if there is more than enough fruit for the family in your garden then these sides will surely give a sweet, delicious taste to the food you eat.

 

  • Measures while Canning

While Canning may seem a bit exciting from afar and it really is but there are certain measures which need to be looked at. Try being careful after canning, the steam is too hot and can do damage. Even there can be malfunction in the dial which is risky because it may go bad anytime. Finally, there also is a need to check the canning jars for any damage on the caps.

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Look, here you are, all ready to become a canning addict with such resourceful content. After canning, just sit back and enjoy people having the best food ever.

Cooker, Recipes

3 Beginner-Level Electric Pressure Cooker Recipes To Try

Cooking without an electric pressure cooker is actually like eating spaghetti without meatballs. Seriously, electric pressure cooker has made cooking so much easier for us that nothing else is more appealing. Resented for being unhealthy but it actually isn’t that bad. It retains like 70% of the nutrients. How good can it be? For beginners who are reading this, trust me, there are amazing recipes you should try with electric pressure cooking and which are given in detail in the follow up. Let me first inform you that this method takes up less of your time and also uses a little oil to cook. So, just keep following for some mouth-watering dishes.

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  1. Applesauce

INGREDIENTS

  • Jonagold apples
  • Apple juice or water
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Sugar

DIRECTIONS

  • Peel the apples and quarter then accordingly.
  • Place them in the pressure cooker along with apple juice, sugar and cinnamon and stir to combine them.
  • After selecting high pressure, set the time for 4 minutes.
  • After the beeping, quick release it to release the pressure.
  • After a while stir the mixture until it reaches the desired form.

 

  1. Dried Beans

       INGREDIENTS

  • Pinto beans
  • Water
  • Oil

DIRECTIONS

  • Take the beans and look for small stones and get rid of them.
  • Rinse them properly under water and then drain.
  • Take the pressure cooker and put oil in to it, followed by the beans and water.
  • Make sure to fill the pressure cooker up to the halfway mark and not above that.
  • Now cook for 22-25 mins.
  • For firm beans cook for the minimum time mentioned.
  • For softer beans, cook for 2 extra minutes under high pressure.
  • After the cooking is done, quick release to release the pressure.
  • Put the beans under cold running water immediately after quick release.

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  1. Boiled Eggs

INGREDIENTS

  • Half dozen large eggs
  • 1 cup water

DIRECTIONS

  • Insert the steamer basket in the pressure cooker.
  • Pour one cup of cold water into it.
  • Add 6-7 eggs into it.
  • Lock the lid properly and set the pressure to low. Eggs require low pressure to cook.
  • There are different timings for different types of boiled eggs.
  • If you want soft-boiled eggs, then set the timing to 3-4 minutes.
  • If you want medium-sized eggs, then set the timing to 5-6 minutes.
  • If you want hard-boiled eggs, then set the timing to 8-9 minutes.
  • After the time is up, quick release the pressure and quickly put the eggs in an ice bath.
  • Let them cool there for 5-10 minutes and then put them into refrigerator.

 

These recipes are quite simple as these have been especially composed for starters. But try these. You will get to k ow more about pressure cooking in stages. Later, you can try recipes like risotto and even beef. But for now, this is the best you should do. There is no need to overdo any of the steps, just go with flow. You will need certain attempts to master the art but you will reach there sooner. I hope it will be useful for those who try it. Go ahead. The time is now.

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Cuisinart CPC 600 vs EPC-1200 PC

The art of cooking in homemaking is the quintessential process as it not only ensures a healthy living but also a better lifestyle. With such an overrated remark on cooking, provision of some knowledge must be there with regard to pressure cooking as the perks and benefits of it are quite important to be considered. For all you health conscious older people, Cuisinart has a great collection of electric pressure cookers each with different attributes. Most of you believe that pressure cooking is not such a good option for a healthy meal. But with Cuisinart’s electric pressure cookers, these stereotypes just vanish into thin air. You can easily cook a healthy and delicious dinner with little oil and even boil vegetables without losing nutritional values. It is news but here is a follow-up on Cuisinart’s CPC 600 vs EPC-1200 pressure cookers. Choose what is best for you and your health.

 

  • Cuisinart CPC 600 Pressure cooker

Belonging to one of the top home brands, this electric pressure cooker is the best-rated pressure cooker amongst its kinds. With an easy control panel and touch buttons, it is quite in demand among buyers. It is very capable of providing a tasty and nutritious meal and also ensures safety at use. The cook time is 99 minutes at any heating level – low or high. For starters and first timers, it is advisable to keep track of the time and practise a recipe while pressure cooking. Being cheaper than the EPC 1200 gives it an advantage over it. The kind of fast cooking people look for is right here in this cooker. It is capable of maintaining pressure and cooking perfect food for all big and small occasions. There is also a quick pressure release which can release the pressure within the cooker in about 15-30 minutes. So, it is quite easy to use with the know-how. Also, the machine requires attention while being used as it is electrically conducted. But benefits for the first timers still persist because it switches its low-high or warm-hot modes according to the food that is being cooked. Having a non-stick pot with a fairly good thickness, it is easy to clean. It has all the good features an ideal electric pressure cooker possesses and can cook the right meal for the right moment.

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  • Cuisinart EPC 1200 Pressure Cooker

 

EPC 1200 is yet another model of the UK’s top home brands with features similar to that of the CPC 600. But both of these have their differences of cosmetic. One has silver handles and the other has black ones. So, if you are looking for a good looking model, go for CPC 1200. The functions and complexity the models bear make no difference. With the same pressure release system and the ease of wash, both of these cookers play the same part in a homemaker’s life. The CPC 1200 model is also sold through this American company COSTCO, otherwise it is expensive and a little difference in the size as it being bigger remains.

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If you are not that spendthrift and luxury oriented person, then what is the wait. CPC 600 is the cooker you ought to be using your platinum cards for.