Pressure cooker adds browning function to increase flavor

The West Bend 82011 Pressure Cooker combines multiple functions for versatile cooking. The countertop appliance is capable of slow cooking, steaming, sautéing, and more.

One-pot meals just got tastier.
One-pot meals just got tastier. West Bend

Browning creates flavor. It is a simple statement, but one with deep-toned implications. The effect is what is called the Maillard reaction and it is what occurs when amino acids and sugars get together with a heat source. The resulting party creates new flavor compounds, and that all equals delicious. Achieving this deliciousness is as easy as getting out a sauté pan. Or in this case, the multicooker.

The West Bend 82011 Pressure Cooker may be appropriately named, but pressure cooking is only one of its capabilities. The versatile countertop appliance is really a multicooker that combines five appliances in one. In addition to the pressure cooker setting, the machine can also be operated as a slow cooker, a rice cooker, and a steamer. And when the browning function is employed, possibilities increase; it can be used to build flavor or just simply sauté some vegetables.

The encloseable device uses a simple push-button interface to supply cooking options. An integrated timer makes quick work of setup and allows for worry-free operation. Along those lines, the appliance does include "7 built-in fail-safe safety features" to help ensure that food cooking under pressure stays under pressure (at least until dinner time). And considering all that this multitasker can do, the cook is sure to stay cool under pressure, too -- or whichever cooking mode happens to be on.

About the author

    Brian is the author of the culinary based novel Stealing Food Road. A lifelong Californian, he has been consistently exposed to some of the best food in the world. With a deep appreciation for the kitchen, he is always on the lookout for that perfect appliance that combines style and grace with the ever-popular ability to save time.


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