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6 Reasons for Buying an Electric Pressure Cooker

Pressure cookers are very smart kitchen appliances which use some simple laws of physics to cook food 70% faster than conventional cooking methods. In addition to saving time, they also save cooking energy by 70% thereby resulting in long term savings on your utility bills. Electric Pressure Cookers are the newest modification to the original design of pressure cookers that have further added convenience to the whole cooking process. If you are thinking about buying one and having second thoughts about it, here are 6 reasons why you definitely need an electric pressure cooker in your kitchen:

Faster Cooking:

The biggest reason to use an electric pressure cooker is to save time spent in the kitchen. Tough cuts of meat which take hours to cook using conventional methods, take less than 20 minutes to cook in an electric pressure cooker.

Cheaper cuts of meat:

Since meat turns out so tender when cooked in a pressure cooker, you don’t have to waste money buying expensive qualities of meat. Even the tougher, cheaper cuts will cook perfectly and turn out as tender as the expensive ones would.

Saves nutrients:

Electric pressure cookers save nutrients of the ingredients by cooking them faster. The faster the food is cooked, the lesser the nutrients it will lose. Also, by trapping steam inside the sealed container, it prevents the essential nutrients from escaping the meal with the steam.

Convenience of use and versatility:

Its pre-programmed settings make it even more convenient to use than the conventional stovetop pressure cookers. Most electric pressure cookers provide you with a wide range of cooking options to choose from for instance rice cooking, slow cooking, steaming etc. All you need to do is select a suitable option and leave the electric pressure cooker to do its job. No need to supervise the cooking or be vigilant to turn off the appliance when the food is cooked. The appliance will turn off automatically when the work is done.

Safety features:

Electric pressure cookers have multiple safety mechanisms which make them completely safe to use even by amateur cooks. Conventional pressure cookers come with 2 or 3 safety mechanisms whereas most high quality electric pressure cookers come with a lot more than that number (for example Instant Pot comes with 9 safety mechanisms).

Noise free cooking:

The sophisticated design of modern pressure cookers eliminates all the hissing and rattling associated with the conventional pressure cooker. Electric pressure cooker provides you with a quiet environment to work in. In addition there is no steam escaping from the valve on top of the lid as was the case with conventional pressure cookers, hence no heat or smell spreads around the kitchen or your house.

Cream of Chicken Soup in Your Blender

Who doesn’t love a big bowl of hot, creamy, chicken soup in a winter evening? Imagine being huddled around the fireplace on a cold winter evening sharing your day’s stories with your family with a bowl of your favorite creamy chicken soup for everyone. Can you think of any better way to spend your evening? At least I can’t. It is not even that hard! You just need your trusty blender and it will do much of the job for you! Follow these simple steps to make cream of chicken soup in your blender:

Serving Size:

Makes enough for 4 to 6 persons

Ingredients:

  1.      Onions, 2 (cut in cubes)
  2.      Potatoes, 2 (cut in cubes)
  3.      Carrot, 1 (cut in cubes)
  4.      Butter, 2 tbsp
  5.      Flour, 2 tbsp
  6.      Chicken broth, 3 cups
  7.      Milk, ¾ cup
  8.      Cooked chicken breast, 175 gram
  9.      Cream, ½ cup
  10.  Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1.   Place a large pot in the stove and turn the flame on.
  2.   Add butter and allow it to melt.
  3.   Now transfer onion, potatoes and carrot to the pot and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until the vegetables become soft. The onion should become translucent but none of the vegetables should brown.
  4.   Transfer flour to your ingredients and cook on low flame while stirring the ingredients continuously. Flour will form lumps if you do not stir.
  5.   Now add the chicken broth and milk while stirring continuously.
  6.   Once you’ve added all the broth and milk, let the mixture come to boil. Stir at intervals.
  7.   Now add the cooked chicken to the mixture and let it cook for a further 10 minutes.
  8.   If you have an immersion blender, you can immerse it in the pot directly and puree the mixture until smooth. If you don’t have a best immersion blender, check out blender reviews to read more soups recipes to make with your blender along with reviews. And allow the contents to cool. Once they have cooled down, transfer them to the jar of your countertop blender and blend until smooth. Blend in batches if the capacity of the jug is not large enough to blend everything in one batch. Transfer the blended soup back to the pot.
  9.   If our soup is cold, heat it and add salt and pepper according to your taste.
  10.  Stir it so that the soup heats evenly.
  11.  Turn the flame off. Now add cream and serve immediately.

Once you’ve tried this easy recipe at home packed with healthy vegetables and chicken and fed your children with it, they will come begging for more! You can also try many other soup recipes as well, all made easy with your blender.

Fixation on waist training – all you need to know!

Celebrity fixation on slimmer waists and voluptuous hourglass figures, have inadvertently influenced all of us. Yes – our obsession with the likes of the Kardashian clan – if we were to name some of today’s modern icons – and even in much earlier times, celebrities and iconic figures like Betty Brosmer and Nerina Orten, the much-admired and loved 50’s pin up girls, were always admired for their ethereal body figures.

As we delve deeper into this age-old obsession with waist trainer for women: corsets and cinchers, we need to know what exactly waist training is. If we look at it from a traditional perspective, it literally refers to steel boned corsets which bring out the typical exaggerated hourglass shape we yearn to have! The circumference of your waist can be manipulated through the use of these corsets. By clenching them tightly around your upper torso, a corset can contract a woman’s lungs and even adjust a few of her internal organs to drastically reduce her natural measurements. Since this look is transitory, repeated corseting is required to maintain this beautiful, heavenly appearance!

In more recent times, some celebrities have religiously started a fashion roar – trying to lace up to slim down! Celebrities have redefined the idea of waist training with a new addition to body enhancement: latex waist cinchers. If you are an avid Instagram follower of Nicole ‘snooky’ Polizzi, Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose and Jessica Alba, you would see their obsession with waist training during workouts. These cinchers have become a constant staple in the lives of the rich and famous, where they are now beginning to sport it more frequently (and for longer hours), as opposed to traditional corsets.

The million-dollar question remains: which waist trainer works better – corset or cincher. A corset, as mentioned before, is made of steel that has a grizzly-bear-hug-like feel around your waist – jokes aside! Many celebrities in the past have revealed that wearing a corset is not everyone’s cup of tea. Therefore, modern innovations have now given a new name and shape to it and it is called “cinchers” The latter is made out of mesh and is 100% breathable; it can be used throughout the day easily under your attire, definitely making you stand out of the crowd!

Today, when we hear women discussing “Waist taming”, they are most likely referring to it as their daily workout regime. Gym enthusiasts have added this as part of their fitness routine, as it is believed to make women more comfortable in their skin, help them shed those extra layers of that dreaded fat around their waist and to reduce the appearance of embarrassing love-handles!

Recently, Lily James – the female antagonist in “Cinderella” came under severe speculation regarding her unreal waistline, bearing accusations of using the help of photoshopping tools. However, it was later revealed that she donned a corset which gave the illusion of this perfect waist.

Our beauty ‘ideals’, very much remain the same – that is – flatter stomachs and a well-rounded derrière, albeit with a few changes in the materials used in making of these enhancers– from steel boned ones to using breathable mesh ones, but the idea is still very much ripe among women of all age demographics.