When you homeschool, using an electric pressure cooker can help streamline your daily routine. Not having to take time out to prepare dinner can be a life saver when certain projects go over or you end up going down an unschooling rabbit hole.
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You really can’t go anywhere without hearing about the Instant Pot or even the COSORI Electric Pressure Cooker and if you havn’t already jumped on the bandwagon, you may be wondering what the heck is everyong going on about?
What are the Benefits of Electric Pressure Cookers?
- Food cooks much faster than other methods
- Less energy is used than when boiling, steaming or cooking in an oven
- Food reaches it’s cooking temperature faster
- Less water is needed in recipes so vitamins and minerals aren’t dissoved away by the water – healthier option
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What’s the Big Deal About the Instant Pot?
The Instant Pot has eight preset buttons that allow you to pressure cook things like meat and stew as well as beans and chili and also has a slow cook feature. The stainless steel inner pot is consistently easy to clean and maintain and is dishwasher safe.
The Instant Pot comes with a steamer rack, ladle, rice spoon, measuring cup and recipes. The main difference between the Instant Pot and the Cosori Pressure Cooker is that the Instant Pot does not come with a glass lid but one can be purchased separately.
Instant Pot also offers a mobile app that helps you rate and share recipes with other users.
How to Use The Instant Pot or Cosori Electric Pressure Cooker
One of the most important aspects of cooking with an electric pressure cooker are the various pressure release methods; these different release methods control how long food is going to cook and how it’s going to cook.
On the lid of the Instant Pot or Cosori Electric Pressure Cooker is a steam release handle that should be set to “sealing” This will seal the appliance so that it can build up pressure – moving the dial to “venting” will safely release built up steam within the inner pot.
What is the Quick Release Feature on my Instant Pot?
Once the cooking cycle has finished, pressing the “cancel” button and swithcing the steam release handle to “venting” is called a Quick Release. This option is best for quick-cooking vegetables like Broccoli, Corn on the Cob, “baked” potatoes.
What Does Natural Release Mean on my Electric Pressure Cooker?
This release method is best for items like soup, stews or oatmeal – items with a larger liquid volume or high startch content. These foods are known to splatter out with the steam so letting the pressure release naturally is the best option. Depending on how much food is in the Instant Pot or COSORI, it should take about 15-20 minutes for this to happen.
How Do I Learn More About Electric Pressure Cookers?
The electric pressure cooker trend isn’t showing any signs of waning any time soon. IP and COSORI fans can find helpul tips, recipes and support in Facebook communities. Both the Instant Pot Community and the COSORI Cooks are excellent places to get started!
Is the Cosori Electric Pressure Cooker Any Good?
The Cosori Premium 6qt Pressure Cooker definitely has more preset and cooking buttons than the Instant pot as well as a pasta/boil button and of course you’re able to slow cook, pressure cook, bake, brown and saute like the IP.
One bonus to the Cosori Electric Pressure Cooker is that it comes with a glass lid which is incredibly helpful when you’re slow cooking. You can use it during cooking or when serving to keep food warm.
When using the Keep Warm function, food will stay warm after it’s finished cooking for 6 hours which is helpful. I liked this feature because when I am slow-cooking I like to be able to see what’s going on in the pot and sometimes taste test as it goes along.
The Instant Pot does offer this as a separately purchased accessory but it’s nice that Cosori includes the glass lid. In addition to the lid, Cosori includes a spoon, measuring cup, steamer rack and ladles. The stainless steel inner pot and steam rack are both dishwasher safe and clean fairly easily.
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