Getting the Most From Your Cooking

Don’t you just love it when you prepare a meal that fills your kitchen with wonderful aromas, tastes great, and makes everyone happy? I love to cook for others even more than for myself. It’s a special way of sharing.

Delicious, nutritious, and satisfying are all very worthy goals in our cooking.

The very best way I know of to cook foods properly is by cooking them to a correct (doneness) temperature or temperature range, in some cases.  It is the only way to know if your food is undercooked, correctly cooked, or overcooked.  Undercooked can be dangerous.  Overcooked, you are losing nutrients and pleasing textures.

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Thermapen Taking A Reading

Knowing when food is correctly cooked is a special challenge with pressure cooking because your food is locked inside a chamber and you cannot check it until the cooking process is complete.  That is frustrating, and requires experimentation in order to figure out what time for what food will get you in the ‘properly cooked’ zone.

A good instant read thermometer is your best friend here, as well as having a reliable goal “doneness temperature” (can be found online, usually).  After that, it depends on your palate; your own sense of what tastes good and feels good in your mouth.

Instant read thermometers can be found at very affordable prices.  A Google search on “<food item> doneness temperature” will usually get you a goal temperature to shoot for.

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This quiche was tasty, but overcooked! (quiche is done at 160°F)

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