I’ve taken the plunge! After years of hearing everybody else talk about the joy of pressure cooking, I finally decided to try a pressure cooker for myself. Breville recently sent me their Fast Slow Pro multi-cooker to try. This neat little machine is a pressure cooker and a slow cooker, plus you can steam, sauté, sear, and reduce in it too!
For those wondering how a pressure cooker works, it’s basically a sealed vessel with a valve that controls the pressure inside. Boiling liquid inside the sealed pot creates steam which raises the internal pressure and allows the cooking temperature to rise higher than it can in a non-pressurized pot. The extra high heat cooks everything faster and simulates the effects of braising which helps tenderize tougher cuts of meat and deepen the flavours as well. There’s one more neat little perk: as food in a pressure cooker cooks faster, it also saves energy!
To be honest, I was initially a bit intimidated by the eight different pressure levels (1.5 psi to 12 psi) and steam release settings. Which combo should I use for which food? Fortunately for me, the Fast Slow Pro comes with 11 Pressure Cook presets for vegetables, rice, risotto, soup, stock, beans, poultry, meat, bone-in meat, chili & stew, and dessert which make it simple enough even for a complete novice like me to use. The LCD screen even changes colour to show you when the cooker is pressurizing, cooking, or releasing steam.
The Slow Cook setting also has 9 presets, but I’m familiar enough with slow cooking that I didn’t need the extra help. If you’re new though, those will help make things even easier, especially if you’re not using a recipe that already has the heat level and cooking time specified.
Unlike the super heavy and awkward ceramic bowl in my old slow cooker, the Fast Slow Pro’s six-quart cooking bowl is nice and light. The ceramic coating doesn’t contain PFOA or PTFE, so it’s safe (and environmentally-friendlier) for my family. Plus it’s dishwasher safe!
As I mentioned earlier, the Fast Slow Pro is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, frying pan, and sauce pan all in one. The cooker comes with a stainless steel rack and steamer basket so you can steam right out of the box. It’s a great, quick way to cook healthy steamed veggies. And if you love Chinese dim sum dumplings like I do, the steam setting works great for these as well.
I have to add that the Fast Slow Pro does a fantastic job at replacing my rice cooker too. Rice takes about 30 minutes in my rice cooker (not including rest time), but on the Fast Slow Pro’s rice setting, it only takes 5 minutes once the pot is pressurized. This Chinese mama loves this time saver!
Today I want to share with you a new family favourite recipe I’ve been making in our Fast Slow Pro. This pork roast with sweet balsamic sauce can be made on either the pressure cook or the slow cook setting, and I love that I can sear the roast, cook it, and make the sauce all in the same pot. You want to save me from doing more dishes? Yes, please!
A roast like this takes about 6 hours to cook on low on the Slow Cook setting. That’s all well and good when I plan ahead and get it in the pot early enough, but I’m famous for forgetting, and that’s where the Fast Slow Pro shines.
Using the Pressure Cook setting, this same roast cooks in half an hour! Even including the time to sear the meat beforehand, time to bring the pot to full pressure, and time to reduce the sauce afterward, the whole thing can be done in around an hour.
Everybody loves the sweet balsamic sauce drizzled over the roast. It’s a reduction of the liquid the roast cooked in, so it’s full of flavour from the rich meat juices, balsamic vinegar, and the caramel sweetness of dark maple syrup.
- 2 pound pork roast
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary)
- 1/3 cup water
- Season all sides of pork roast with garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
- Use Sear setting. Allow bowl to pre-heat, then sear on all sides about 2 minutes per side.
- Pour balsamic vinegar and maple syrup over top and sides of roast.
- Add rosemary on top.
- (A) Use Pressure Cook setting and cook on high pressure (12.0 psi) for 32 minutes with natural steam release. OR (B) Use Slow Cook setting and cook on low heat for 6 hours.
- Remove roast, leaving juices in bowl, and allow to rest while sauce reduces.
- Use Reduce setting. Cook down juices for 8-10 minutes until thickened.
- Drizzle sauce over sliced roast and serve with preferred side dishes.
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