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Saving With The Small Pressure Cooker

I love pressure cooking. I have two, a large one and this tiny one.
Remember the smaller the appliance, the less electricity it takes to operate.  I believe I paid $19.99 for this and I have more than gotten my money’s worth.

I use this over and over again especially to cook rice.  Hubby loves rice and I hate the mess it makes when I cook it on the stove. I usually end up with a spill all over my burner.

Besides rice it makes just enough macaroni and cheese for two to three. I no longer eat pasta or rice but it is perfect for 2-3 servings when we have the grandchildren.

It is also perfect to make those rice mixes or even Kraft macaroni and cheese which I do sometimes for West. Many days I have made soup in it. It is just enough for us.

It takes so little energy over what it costs to use a burner on my stove. I  measured it with my KWH meter and it is just a few cents to operate. I only use my larger pressure cooker when I am cooking a larger piece of meat, making a stew, a pot roast, or when we have company.

So if you want to save money on electricity, think about the size of the appliance that you are using. Use the smallest one that will cook what you want efficiently.  And remember in the heat(summer or longer where you live), use it outside on your patio, porch, or garage.

Do you use any small appliances to save on energy costs? Please share with us in comments so that others can learn from you. 

10 replies on “Saving With The Small Pressure Cooker”

Hi AD, this is Chris. I appreciate this series you are doing on small appliances you think are worth having and how you use them. I don't really have a lot of them other than the usual toaster, blender, hand mixer, crock pot and electric skillet.

I wanted to share how I make rice in the microwave. My mother in law taught me this method when we were first married and I have made it this way for 37 years now.

Put 1 c rice (not instant), 2 c water, 1 T vegetable oil and 1 t salt in a 2 qt. covered casserole dish and mix. Put the lid on. Put in the microwave on a paper towel for just in case. Cook on high for 6 min. After that, cook on level 3 for 14 min. I like this way b/c other than listening for when the first time is up, you don't have to watch anything. hope this helps some of your readers.

The only small appliance we use is a crockpot, and we don't use it terribly often. My husband won't eat soup, which is one of the easiest things to make in a crockpot.

We're lucky in that the weather in the bay area is typically pretty moderate (we have a week or so of 90+ degrees) & we get a nice breeze at our house.

Lately we've been using our screen doors in the early part of the day to cool off the house.

Hi Hawaii Planner,

Is your weather also not humid? 90 isn't bad when there is low humidity. I loved AZ with the dry heat. Thanks for sharing.

I would like to have one of these, but hate to have to store appliances. I do own a rice cooker tat I use when ever I have to cook rice.

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