I have discovered the world of pressure cooking and I gotta tell you, I am super impressed. I was scared to try to the Breville Canada Fast Slow Pro. Why? Because I have heard pressure cooking can be dangerous but there is nothing dangerous with the Fast Slow Pro. When I told my mom I was going to try a roast with my pressure cooker, she was like, “Be careful! I almost blew the house up”, well that was the 80’s and pressure cookers have evolved. THEN the butcher at Sobey’s was like “My Nonna always used a pressure cooker. Then she blew it up one day and has never gone back to using one”. I was like…..Hmmmm. Should I be using this? Well, I picked up two packs of Alpen Ridge chuck roasts and followed the instructions in the Breville recipe booklet and watched their Youtube video. The Fast Slow Pro comes with a beautiful recipe book and I referred to their Classic Pot Roast recipe. The device itself is a reasonable size and I can fit it nicely on the kitchen counter in my tiny kitchen. The KEEP WARM function maintains hot foods at safe serving temperature (140°F/60°C or above) until you are ready to serve. The default KEEP WARM time is 2 hours and it can be adjusted up to a maximum of 4 hours.
What is a pressure cooker?
Some foods are tender with time, others are tastier under pressure. Pressure cooking is the process of cooking food, using water or other cooking liquid, in a sealed vessel, known as a pressure cooker. Pressure cookers are used for cooking food faster than conventional cooking methods, which also saves energy.
I made the best pot roast I have ever cooked! I was blown away(pun intended). There is nothing scary about using a pressure cooker. It’s so easy and I made a delicious dinner in 40 min compared to a slow look cook that would have taken 6-9hrs!
This pressure cooker releases the pressure by itself and you can adjust the cooking time. It comes with a stainless steamer basket – cook proteins, vegetables and seafood in minutes AND a stainless rack – supports the steamer basket and also raises food out of the cooking liquid. I made risotto the other day as I was running late with dinner and had it ready in 12 min. It was cooked perfectly.
Features we love:
~ It’s a 6 in 1 Multi Cooker (sear, saute, steam, slow cook, risotto maker, steam)
~ Dual sensors at the top and bottom monitor ingredients for more accurate temperature and pressure control,
~ Hands free steam release
~ Removable cooking bowl with PTFE and PFOA free ceramic coating
~8 pressure levels range from low to high
~ 3-Way Safety System – safety locking lid, automatic hands-free steam release, safety valve.
Using & Cleaning the Pressure Cooker
The hinged lid lifts to the right so lefties, unite as you’ll love using this. I am right handed and I never had an issue with the lid, I can easily move over and when I am stirring, serving or sauteing my hand doesn’t bump into the lid. It’s also easy to clean. The lid can be wiped down and you remove the lid by unscrewing and remove the sealing nut from the center of the lid and you pull the lid away from the lid arm, wash with soapy water. The removable pot comes out for easy cleaning and can go in the dishwasher. Wipe the LCD screen with a soft damp cloth.
TIP: To help eliminate food odors, combine 2 cups (480ml) hot water, ½ cup (120ml) lemon juice, 1 tablespoon lemon rind and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract in the removable cooking bowl. Pressure cook at 12.0 psi for 5 minutes using Natural steam release.
It’s very straightforward. All the steam from cooking gets retained inside the vessel, building pressure. This increase in pressure raises the temperature of the liquid and steam inside to well above boiling point, allowing food to be cooked up to 70% faster. Place food into the removable cooking bowl. Ensure there is at least 1 quart (1 liter) of combined food and liquid in the bowl. Close the lid and turn the lid knob clockwise to lock the lid into place. The cooker alert will sound when the lid has been locked. Check that the safety locking pin is properly aligned with the opening in the lid arm and is not restricted in any way. Once the cooker has reached pressure, the ‘PREHEATING’ indicator will go out, the cooker alert will sound, the timer will start counting down and the pressure bar will stop climbing, indicating the current pressure in the vessel. At the end of the PRESSURE COOK cycle, the cooker alert will sound, the STEAM RELEASE cycle will automatically begin and the steam graphic will flash. I love the handsfree release, it’s got a good power of steam release-it’s not overly loud. The chime of the lid closing is nice. As you can see it has cooking options for you to choose whether you slow cook or pressure cook. When you preheat or saute you can adjust the settings from low to high. It’s very easy to use and makes food taste really delicious, I think I pressure cook about 3x a week now thanks to the Fast Slo Pro.
Steams 3 different ways:
Auto Quick: Pressure is released quickly to minimize overcooking of foods or recipes with short cook times
Auto Pulse: Pressure is released in bursts to reduce disturbance to the food inside, as well as prevent foam from starchy foods from spraying out of the release valve.
Natural Pressure: It subsides naturally without releasing steam through the pressure release valve to prevent the churning up or breaking apart of sensitive ingredients like stocks and beans during pressure release. The desired steam release method can be selected using the RELEASE button on the control panel. The selected steam release method will automatically start at the end of the PRESSURE COOK cycle. Pressing and holding the RELEASE button while the unit is pressurized will open the pressure release valve for 30 seconds.
You see with the above there is nothing to fear when using a pressure cooker. As a busy family, this is a great addition to my kitchen. I love it! I love that I have a quick meal done and have it tasting delicious thanks to pressure cooking by infusing delicious flavours. Make soups, stocks(chicken stock ready in 5 min!), cook grains(risotto in 10min), bake beans & veggies(ready in 10-15min), cook meat and poultry like beef & Guinness pies, classic pot roast(pictured above, ready in 40min), chicken adobo, Provencal Beef Stew(ready in 20min) and even desserts like Chocolate Pots de Creme or cheesecakes and bread puddings!
HAVE YOU EVER USED A PRESSURE COOKER?