If you’re trying to eat a healthier and more natural diet that includes things like beans, rice and soups, cooking time is challenge you’re ultimately going to face. And if you’re cooking dried beans or slow cooking soups, you may have to have a pot on the stove all day, which ultimately consumes far more energy than if you had gone to the store and bought a canned, pre-made option.
One solution to this energy intensive problem is to use a pressure cooker – and we had the chance to review one provided by IMUSA, along with a kitchen handy from Zabada to clean up the mess when the meal prep was done.
The IMUSA Pressure Cooker
The IMUSA 6 quart stainless steel pressure cooker reduces cooking time (and therefore energy consumption) by up to 70% compared to traditional cooking methods. The pressure cooker’s seal locks in flavours and uses the trapped steam to cook the meal quickly. The pressure cooker has two cooking settings (low and high) and the safety lock and cool touch handles ensure there won’t be any escaping heat or burns to the chef.
In our case, we used the pressure cooker to prepare risotto – a dish that we normally avoid due to its time requirements. But with the pressure cooker, the meal was fast and easy to prepare, and the flavour would never have given away that the meal was pressure cooked.
When the meal was finished, it was time for cleanup. Luckily, we had a Zabada kitchen handy to assist with the task.
The Zabada Kitchen Handy
The best part about the Zabada kitchen handy is that it doesn’t require any cleaning chemicals in order to be effective – you just need to add water. While some people may be more inclined to use chemical-based solutions for fear of bacteria, the Zabada kitchen handy actually removes 99.9% of bacteria.
The cloth has two different cleaning sides, both made with advanced microfibres. The ‘grease’ side is designed to be ideal for cleaning cooking surfaces, ovens, stove tops and pots, while the ‘grime’ side is ideal for sinks, appliances, baking trays, pots and pans, and generally removing food residue.