How To Slow Cook In The Power Pressure Cooker Xl
There is a lot to know about electric pressure cookers, and that includes the Power Pressure Cooker XL. Most of them have similar features. To be honest, I even had to check to see if mine did slow cook (it does!).
The first question many people ask is, “Why would I want to slow cook in a Power Pressure Cooker XL? I have a slow cooker!” Yes, so do I. My slow cooker is thirty-four years old, and frankly, it is now an “if it cooks” cooker. That said, most of us get a pressure cooker for the “instant” part of the term. Why would I use it for slow cooking?
There are a few answers to that. One is that most of us have older slow cookers, and they are even slower than they were when brand new. Others don’t want to have multiple pieces of equipment where one will do many more actions. I fit into the latter end.
Each pressure cooker and that includes the Power Pressure Cooker XL has a set of instructions. Every piece of equipment, whether it’s a cast-iron skillet or the latest and greatest (read Power Pressure Cooker XL here) gadget, has instructions for its use. *Always* read these instructions, even if you have to look them up online. The internet is a great resource for home cooks.
There is one massive difference between using a pressure cooker and the original slow cooker, aka crock-pot. If you click “low” as the setting, you aren’t going to be cooking anything. Low on these pressure cookers mean “keep it heated until it’s ready to be served.” Low on a crock-pot means cooking at the lowest temperature setting. By now, my crock-pot is pretty much like the pressure cooker. Low will not cook the food anymore.
The next step to slow cook in the Power Pressure Cooker XL is knowing that the first few times you use it, you should not leave it alone. Many cooks have learned this the hard way. The lucky ones had ruined dinner. The not so lucky ones came home to a fire. Neither is pleasant, and until you are familiar with how your unit works, being home is safer.
Now it’s time to look at the recipe. Most slow cooker recipes will work in these pressure cookers. That said, make sure there aren’t adaptations recommended by the instruction manual. One of those adaptations will include making sure that there is sufficient liquid in the cooker. Even though it won’t be using pressure, it requires liquid for safe cooking.
Pressure cookers usually come with one lid, the one used for pressure cooking. We can use this lid for slow cooking. However, it isn’t see-through. Some companies sell glass lids for the times when you desire to slow cook. If you are a hands-on, must-see cook, it is a good investment. Like all slow cookers taking the lid off too often changes the cooking time.
Most of all, use your senses. Do you smell it burning? Can you hear it boiling/cooking to fast? That will be the best help until you are familiar with the cooker.