Pressure cooking vs clay pot cooking – Foolproof way of cooking?

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For me, Cooking is a culture ridden ambulance because a good meal has the ability to touch the human soul and has the possibility of bringing back someone’s memories. So, food has the magic of retrieving someone’s memories that people love to cherish. That can be a childhood memory, a memory you shared with someone special or it can be a memory you have been eagerly waited for. Culture and cooking are embedded to each other because it is no wrong to say that culture and cooking are the same.

When cooking a meal, the main attention goes to the nutritional value of the food, the tase of the food and the way the meal is presented. All these factors depend on the method of cooking. Cooking can be done in pressure cookers and in clay pots. There is a different taste and a different nutritional value when you cook a meal from these two different methods. Pressure cookers can be known as the easiest method of cooking because the time taken by the pressure cooker is really low when compared with the other pots. Pressure cookers can be categorized as electric pressure cookers and general pressure cookers. These are made of either aluminum or stainless steel. When talking about general pressure cookers, they considered to be the normal pots with lids but the lid has special rubber or silicon made gasket to prevent from pressure coming outside. With the gasket it is easy to lock the pressure and gas inside the pot. There is a rod on the top of the lid which is created to release the pressure inside the cooker once it reaches its’ highest pressure. When you want to boil or cook something you can simply put the relevant ingredients with a liquid such as water or broth. Then you have to lock the pressure cooker with the lid. When you put the pressure cooker in high heat it starts to create a pressure inside the cooker and there is no escape because the cooker has been locked with a lid. When the cooker reaches its’ highest pressure, it starts to release the pressure inside through the vent. Since the pressure cannot be released, it starts to boil and cook quickly than the time taken by a normal pot. So, the cooking will be totally conducted with the pressure inside the cooker. Despite of all these advantages, there are some disadvantages like emitting a whistle like noise when the pressure cooker is releasing the inbuilt pressure and this is considered to be a little dangerous equipment. It has the possibility of exploding if you didn’t follow the given instructions. Burns, bleeding, eye injuries are some of the cases reported because of the pressure cooker. Because of these safety limitations and noise generated by the general or traditional pressure cookers, electric pressure cookers have been invented and the it is the safest cooker when compared to the traditional pressure cookers.

When cooking with the Pressure cookers the time taken is really low. To cook the same meal the time taken by the normal cooker may be two hours but the time taken by the pressure cooker is extremely low as fifteen minutes in average. Because of this less time in heat, some essential heat sensitive nutrients can be preserved. When cooking meat, the best solution is the pressure cooker because the tenderness comes from the chicken cooked from pressure cooker is unbeatable. On the other hand, the ingredients become mushy. When you boil two different things at once, the taste tries to blend with each other and finally, the output tastes different. Secondly, the nutrients in the food tries to get destroy because of its exposure to excessive heat and pressure. There are some nutrients that solves with water, all these nutrients tend to destroy because of the heat. When cooking in pressure cooker, all the seasonings has to be added in the beginning and no chance of stirring. If it is really required to stir, the opening of the lid is required. For this it is required to wait until the pressure is released through the vent but this pressure release, more important water-soluble nutrients get destroyed. If not released the injuries and explosions can be occurred. Sometimes it is said that the metals used in the pressure cookers tend to mix with food and it is caused to be really harmful.

The traditional clay pots are made out of pure clay. When compared with pressure cookers it is really easy to handle the clay posts because there is only two pieces for the clay pots including the lid. It is easy to handle and it is very simple and easy to clean. People use to say that the food made in traditional clay pots have a unique taste and considered to be healthy. The food cooked in the clay pot become really soft and it doesn’t become mushy. Clay pots have the possibility of securing the moisture of food. If it is required to add seasonings or if it is required to stir, it can be done without any hesitation and without any danger. Since the clay pots are made up of 100% pure clay there is no toxins in clay. Therefore, there is no tendency of mixing unwanted toxins with the food. When cooking in a clay pot with a lid, the steam rises up and touches the lid and again falls to the food as water droplets. Therefore, all the nutrients that solves with water again falls back to the pot. Therefore, the harm made to the nutrients are extremely low and the negative impacts of the clay pots are considered to be really or we can conclude it as 0%. Recent studies found that clay has the ability of absorbing all the unwanted chemicals in food and will provide us with heathy and toxin free food. Though the time taken in clay pot cooking is considerably high it is good to use clay pots in cooking to get the maximum benefits from food.

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