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At first blush, it seems as though once you have a pressure cooker, you’re good to go. For the most part, that is accurate. But as with most cooking methods, there are some accessories that can make even the most difficult jobs a little easier. Once you start to get a handle on all the different dishes you can make in your pressure cooker, you’ll find that a variety of pressure cooker accessories are exactly what you need.
What Can You Use?
Inside your pressure cooker you can use just about any heatproof dish that fits and that allows the pressure cooker to seal and to build up steam. Some materials are better than others, of course, just as they are in the oven. Glass and stoneware heat up more slowly and therefore transfer heat more slowly. Metal pans offer the added benefit of additional browning since metal conducts heat much more rapidly. Any time that you do use an extra internal container, it needs to rest on a trivet or a rack so that it isn’t in direct contact with the interior of the pressure cooker for safety reasons.
The Best Steamer Trays for Pressure Cookers
Steamer trays make it easy to cook side dishes right along with your main dishes. The meat or main entrée cooks in the main portion of the pressure cooker, while the steamer sits a little bit above the other food. You can even use the steamer tray to serve as a shelf of sorts for ramekins or even a larger dish that still fits in the pressure cooker. Once you have a steamer tray, you can experiment to find even more uses.
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Pressure Cooker Springform Pans
Most people don’t realize that they can bake in a pressure cooker. It takes a little more practice for some folks, as well as finding recipes that are tried and true. With the right springform pans, you have exactly what you need to bake just about anything. The best ones to invest in are mini springform pans, so that you can fit more than one in the pressure cooker at a time.
Egg Poachers You Can use in a Pressure Cooker
Another surprise for home cooks who are new to pressure cooking is that you can poach eggs in your pressure cooker. Unlike poaching eggs in a standard pot of boiling water, or even a microwave, you don’t have to babysit the eggs nearly as much. While you’re busy getting the rest of the dish ready, your eggs are safely poaching and keeping warm until you’re ready for them. With the right trays for poaching, you make the entire process even easier.
Best Pressure Cooker Dividers
Every now and again, you may find that you want to cook two very separate dishes in your pressure cooker at the same time. Without a divider, those two different recipes run together, making a huge mess. If you have a pan divider, however, you can keep each recipe on its own side of the pan and still take advantage of pressure cooking at its finest.
You won’t be using a timer inside your pressure cooker like you would the other accessories, but you’ll definitely need a timer, especially if you aren’t using a whistling Indian pressure cooker. Timing your recipes starts from the time that your pressure cooker comes up to the right pressure, which is usually 15 PSI. Look for a timer that has multiple timer settings, so that you can keep track of several different dishes if you’re using your pressure cooker along with another cooking method. Of course, if your cooker comes with a timer you can pass on this accessory.
Once you start adding accessories to your pressure cooker, you’ll realize how much time and effort they help you to save. The best part is that the majority of the accessories you can find for your pressure cooker are usable in a variety of other ways, too.
Also: Korean Rice Pressure Cookers here.