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I am madly in love with one-pot cooking. I mean, the dishes taste great. And the dishes, there are less of them to wash if you’re only using one to cook with! Recently, the folks behind the Power Pressure Cooker XL asked me if I’d be willing to give their 6 quart model a try. I adore kitchen gadgets and appliances so I happily accepted.
I received a 6 quart Power Pressure Cooker XL. The box contained the pressure cooker, the inner pot, ac power plug, steamer tray, and steam collection cup. The product is a electronic pressure cooker with a digital display panel. It has a variety of one-touch preset buttons, making use fairly simple. Presets include one-touch settings for Chicken/Meat, Fish/Vegetables/Stew, Beans/Lentils, Rice/Risotto, and Soup/Stew, as well as Slow Cook and Canning/Preserving.
The unit itself features a safe lock lid with a manual steam release. This means that you can’t accidentally open the lid while the unit is pressurized. The unit cooks approximately 70% faster than a conventional oven, making it perfect for those with a busy lifestyle. The air-tight lid traps extremely hot steam inside, forcing the liquid and moisture into your food, thereby locking in flavor and essential nutrients. My favorite feature about the Power Pressure Cooker XL is the inner pot that holds the food. The inner pot is non-stick and dishwasher safe.
When I first heard about pressure cookers I heard stories of how cooking with them could be messy, complicated and even scary. I wouldn’t even think of using one for years, they intimidated me. Fortunately, I didn’t miss out on the goodness that is a pressure cooked meal forever. Technology has evolved to the point where a pressure cookers are affordable and are a fit for any kitchen. The Power Pressure Cooker XL boasts a slow cooker option and an automatic keep warm mode.
It didn’t take long to get a feel for how to use the product. Here is a tip that you might find helpful if you’re just getting started pressure cooking. Recipes will say a certain amount of minutes. The number of minutes is not how long it takes to make the dish from start to finish. The number of minutes is how long it takes the recipe to cook after it’s been pressurized, which takes approximately 10 minutes to do.
The one-touch preset buttons are programmed with the following cooking times (all of which can be increased if needed with the time adjustment button):
- Chicken/Meat – 15 minute cook time
- Fish/Vegetables/Steam – 2 minute cook time
- Beans/Lentils – 5 minute cook time
- Rice/Risotto – 6 minute cook time
- Soup/Stew – 10 minute cook time
I do suggest you be fairly sure of how much time you need something to cook, because there is no ‘minus” button to easily subtract minutes like the other well known pressure cooker the Instant Pot has. Also, there is no brown/saute button, so you’ll need to select a different button if you need to to that. I chose the chicken/meat setting, since it has a fairly lengthy cooking time. Since browning is something commonly done in one-pot dishes, I personally think that a button for this should be added if the product gets an update.
The 6-quart pot is a nice size but if you’re into making dishes with the intent of having left overs or if you have a large family, then the larger 8-quart or 10-quart will be for you. The product is actually really versatile and capable, I’d recommend it and say there’s a place in every kitchen for one.
The Power Pressure Cooker XL is available to order in 4 options:
- 6-quart ($99.99)
- 8-quart ($129.96)
- 8-quart deluxe ($159.93)
- 10-quart ($159.93)
The Power Pressure Cooker XL can be purchased at powerpressurecooker.com, as well as through select national retail stores and websites including Amazon.
Here’s one of the recipes I’ve made in the Power Pressure Cooker XL.
Pressure Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta
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- 1.25 lbs ground beef
- 1/2 cup real bacon bits (I used Oscar Mayer)
- 4 cups medium shells pasta
- 4 cups beef broth
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 12 oz Velveeta
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
Plug the Pressure Cooker XL in and turn the power on.
Select the chicken/meat setting. (Most settings would probably work, since you’re only making this choice to get heat going to the pot so you can brown the meat.)
Place the ground beef in and saute until it’s browned.
Add the broth, pasta, ketchup, bacon and seasonings to the pot.
Choose the rice setting (because it defaults to 6 minutes which is how long you need to cook this for.)
When the time is up, do a manual release of the steam. Be sure to use an oven mitt and tongs so you don’t burn yourself.
Add the Velveeta.
Stir frequently until the Velveeta is melted.