1) Steam heat makes fall-off-the-bone meat
Pressure cookers work by generating "wet steam" that's hotter than boiling water. The steam quickly infiltrates tougher cuts of meat. The result? You're eating deliciously tender pot roast in an hour.
2) Side dishes in minutes
Carrots cook in 4 minutes, green beans in 3 minutes, broccoli florets in 2 minutes. Making potato salad for a picnic? Takes 10 minutes.
3) Feed a crowd fast
In a large pressure cooker, you can make enough pulled pork for 16 people in an hour.
4) Eat healthier without even trying
Everything you make will be lower in fat, since you can cook meat and vegetables with less (or with no) fatty oil or butter.
5) Taco bar in one happy hour
Pressure cooking is perfect for making Mexican food. Beans, soaked overnight, cook in minutes. You can cook pounds of meat in only an hour. Taco bar? Heck, you might have enough food for a taco truck!
6) Homemade hummus, fast and cheap. (With no soaking!)
No more $5 supermarket deli counter hummus for you. Make hummus from dried garbanzo beans in just 90 minutes, for a fraction of the price.
7) Cook with confidence
Thanks to modern safety modifications, newer pressure cookers are just as safe as your other kitchen appliances. This isn't your father's pressure cooker...but you can use it to make your father's potato soup.
New pressure cookers start at about $50. The manufacturer's instructions are a must-read, and will help you get started safely and quickly. The big question is: What are you going to do with all the time you save?