One of the marvels of speed cooking, a pressure cooker is a small kitchen appliance that cuts cooking time in half or more. In all the 30 Minute Meals episodes I watched, I cannot recall a time where Rachael Ray uses a pressure cooker.
The pressure cooker is a welcome addition for the busy professional who usually gets home late from work and ends up eating cereal or ordering take out…again… The food is cooked with a healthy dose of steam which is great for tenderizing meat. Along with a rack for separating foods that you can cook at the same time in the cooker, this small appliance also comes with its own cookbook. Recipes have been specially formulated for use with the appliance, so there is no guesswork about converting recipes over. Pressure cooking takes a little skill, but it is easily an acquired one. Achieve your own 30 Minute Meal or even a 10 minute meal with this wondrous tool.
Another kitchen helper to put time back in your pocket as well as nutrition in your body is a food processor and blender combination. Use the food processor to chop vegetables quickly and without risking cutting your finger or crying over an onion. The blender part is for easy salad dressings and cold or hot soups. Incidentally, the blender is also handy for breakfast smoothies. The design’s two-in-one appeal makes this a smart choice in the small kitchen appliance family and especially a welcome addition in a counter-challenged kitchen.
Every cook no matter if they are a novice or professional needs kitchen tools at hand. There is no telling where the egg will land if you attempt to flip it with a fork. Spatulas are therefore necessary. When dealing with frying foods, such as chicken, it is best to use tongs when turning it over to continue searing on the other side. A small handheld grater is great (pun intended) not only for grating fresh parmesan cheese over a bowl of macaroni but also for zesting lemons, oranges for french toast, and limes for guacamole. Having a complete kitchen tools and gadgets set handy at all times while cooking will motivate you to open those cookbooks that have been collecting dust.
So even if Rachael Ray does not use a pressure cooker, she does use all the other essentials to home cooking. However, if you just want the basics to creating a fast and healthy meal without a lot of pots and pans, give the cooker a try. Once you start cooking, processing and blending, you will find yourself eating healthier and taking pride in cooking your own food not to mention wanting to add other wonderful and nifty gadgets to your kitchen repertoire. It’s addictive!