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Since it came up in the daily topic and some have asked for more information, here's my take on pressure cookers and air fryers.

Pressure cooker (commonly used brand: InstaPot).

I have Pampered Chef's version, have never had another brand, although I hear for the most part many are comparable, some have features others don't, they might have the same process but a different term for it (for example, sear vs saute).

I will admit I was terrified to use it for the first time. I'm sure everyone has seen this pic or a variant of it somewhere.

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Turns out, that terror was very unfounded. Now, some of the key things to remember are:

  • Make sure you have enough fluid (and not super thick fluid- that BBQ sauce that doesn't flow doesn't count) to create the steam that is needed for pressurizing
  • Keep the steam release valve out from under any cabinets- you can warp the wood.
  • Don't sit it on the stove. Accidentally hitting the burner knob will cause your pressure cooker to melt.
  • Go ahead and get some of the add ons. I have a bundt cake pan that is perfectly sized to go into the pressure cooker. I've used it to make cake and an omelet ring.
  • Remember that while it may say to set the timer for 20 minutes, it does take a few minutes longer because the pressure has to hit a certain level before the timer starts.
  • Get creative! Try things! Hit up Pinterest for recipes! Know that some of those recipes will be failures but you'll find ones that you'll make over and over and over and over.
  • Pressure cookers are not just for the main dish

Air Fryer (I don't really know of any brands other than the one I have- it's the same as my pressure cooker)

  • Much like the pressure cooker, many have a variety of settings. I can air fry, roast, rotisserie, bake, reheat, and all sorts of other things.
  • Don't assume any of the settings are the same as using them on other appliances. My first frozen pizza run was a failure- I treated the air fryer exactly as the oven and set it for the same temp and time. My pizza looked like this:

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Oopsie! So I learned I needed to play with the settings. Turns out dropping the temp by 15 degrees and dropping the time to 1/3 produces the perfect pizza. The cheese is starting to brown and the crust is the perfect mix of crispy but not too hard. Fortunately I figured that out with the second one and only destroyed a single pizza.

  • Get creative! Try things! Hit up Pinterest for recipes! Know that some of those recipes will be failures but you'll find ones that you'll make over and over and over and over. (Wait, didn't I just type this?)
  • Air fryers are not just for the main dish either

Whether you add one or both to your kitchen:

  • Sell your range and make more counter space. You won't need the cooktop or the oven. I'm only half joking.
  • Don't be afraid of failure. Just like you have recipes that bomb with baking or anything else, you'll have bombs with these guys too. Sometimes it's the recipe, sometimes it's trial and error and you do the same recipe with some little changes.
  • Read the manuals that come with the appliance. Many will have instructions for use that include a quick test before you cook real food for the first time. Better to find defects in a short test than when it's full of food. Most will also include times for common foods and tips to make it safer.
  • Share your recipes. I need more 🤤

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11 hours ago, No Stars In My Eyes said:

Oooooooh, that pizza! 

Fastest 800+ calorie burn!

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