Heat-proof containers are another awesome accessory to consider. Especially if you have a bit of a sweet tooth. Why? Well, read on my dear sweet-toothed friend.
What they’re for
They work wonders with both steamer baskets and pressure cookers to create desserts that are sweet yet low in grease, butter, and oil. Some desserts you can make include…
- Rice pudding
- Cake (including cheesecake… absolutely delightful)
- Pie filling
- Crème Brule
- Fruit medleys
And the list is certainly not limited to these! I’ve also cooked fish as well as other types of meat in heat-proof bowls.
Why they’re awesome
Heat-proof containers will forever change your perspective on pressure cooking. The versatility they provide you is absolutely amazing. Especially since pressure cookers are already immensely versatile on their own.
And as mentioned above, desserts come out a lot less greasy when made in the pressure cooker. This is because baking sheets require a hefty amount of grease, lard, butter, or oil to ensure that the dessert doesn’t stick. But with a pressure cooker, you just put them in the heat proof bowl and leave it to do its thing.
Plus, desserts made in a pressure cooker require so much less work and can be made so much faster than traditional desserts. And best of all, a heat-proof bowl and steamer basket is all you need to get the job done (more about that below).
The best heat-proof containers
You don’t have to be a chef to know that heat-proof containers come in lots of different shapes and sizes. They could be to-go containers. They could be mugs. They could be bowls. They could be ramekins (a fancy bowl).
Really, they could come in the form of anything.
And so, there isn’t a certain brand or product that I recommend to get the job done. I do, however, caution you to be wary about the material used to make them. For your safety, never ever use plastic or glass that hasn’t been tempered. They could leech harmful ingredients into your food or even explode if used improperly.
Safe heat-proof containers include ones made of…
- Stainless steel
And that list is exclusive. Don’t use anything but those magic 6 materials or you may just blow your kitchen to smithereens. (I’m probably being a little overdramatic, but I’d really hate to see what would happen…)
How it works
I’ve probably got your head spinning with all this information. I need a steamer basket? How does the heat-proof crap fit into this equation? I know, I know. It’s been a little confusing up to this point. Let me clear up exactly how this all works…
The first step in creating awesome desserts is to fill your pressure cooker with at least 1 cup water (or whatever the recipe says/minimum is based on your pressure cooker). Then, the steamer basket gets lowered into the pressure cooker and the heat-proof container with all your wonderful ingredients goes on top.
Basically, you’re steaming your dessert to a light and delicate finish…
As for a lid, some recipes will require you use one. But do not – I repeat do not – use a tightly sealed lid that may come with the container. Run-of-the-mill containers have not been designed to deal with high pressure. So while cooking your dessert with a lid tightly sealed over top would be fine, removing the lid most definitely would not be. You may just blow your face off. (Again, I’m not speaking from experience and am probably being a little overdramatic. But it is scary to think what could happen!)
Instead, tightly wrap some tin foil over top of your container. It will protect your delicate ingredients, but it won’t blow your face off when you open it up. Win-win.
I should have some recipes coming out soon to accommodate both the steamer basket/pressure cooker and steamer basket/heat-proof-container/pressure cooker combos. If you make the smart decision to pick up these accessories, keep your eyes peeled for those posts! And if you don’t want to keep your eyes peeled (I can hardly keep mine open some days…), sign up for my newsletter instead. I’ll let you know when the recipes come out along with other handy tips, tricks, and updates. 🙂