A pressure cooker is a piece of cookware that cooks your food faster by using excessive steam pressure. Before opening the lid, all the steam has to be released through a vent. Its design is rather complex. It consists of a metal pot made of Aluminum or Stainless Steel and has several:
- A metal pot handle covered with either rubber or silicone
- A lid and its handle with a locking mechanism
- Gasket or a rubber sealing ring
- Steam vent and release valves
While a traditional pressure cooker cooks your food fast, it comes with some cons:
Metal Ions Leaching into your food:
Since the pot is typically made from metal, which is reactive to food (this is innate property of metals). At cooking temperature, it leaches ions that are reactive to the biochemical entity it is in contact with – food. The nutrients are in the form of acids, bases and hydrogen halogens which react with metal ions. These metal toxins contaminate the food and are ingested with it. Over time, they start accumulating in tissues and organs where they affect the immune system and create a foundation for various illnesses and diseases.
Low Nutritional Value of Food:
Most essential nutrients are very delicate – they barely survive the harsh heat from these metal pots created under excessive steam pressure. As all the steam has to be released through the vent, the water-soluble nutrients also evaporate as steam. Food thus cooked doesn’t only taste bland, it is nutritionally depleted as well. Obviously, this way of cooking is not the best if you are trying to cook something healthy and nutritious.
Tips to Choose the better Alternative:
The same recipes can be cooked in a healthier cookware in almost the same time – pure clay pots. The material used is certified primary clay that is harvested in its natural form where it is free from chemical toxins and other pollutants. It is naturally inert and doesn’t leach anything into food. You can do an alkaline baking soda test on any cookware to test their toxicity.
Here are a few more features that make them the ideal pressure cookers. They do not mess with the health of your ingredients by contaminating them. Adding to the benefits, they radiate a unique far-infrared heat that cooks without damaging the delicate nutrients. Pure clay pots and lids are ergonomically designed in concentric circles so that steam that leaves the food condenses and settles right back instead of leaving the pot completely. In this way, the water-soluble nutrients are retained.
In USA, Miriam’s Earthen Cookware make these amazing healthy pure clay pots. They DO NOT use any chemicals or glazes in the manufacturing process so that they stay healthy and non-toxic. Try them to experience the difference: miriamsearthencookware.com