MONTICELLO, Ill. — Electric pressure cookers have been finding a place on kitchen counters for the past couple of years. A safer alternative than the traditional stovetop pressure cooker, the electric pressure cooker offers busy families the ability to save time and stress when preparing meals. DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt 4-H invites junior high and high school youth and their caregivers to join a virtual 4-H cooking club specifically designed to learn the ins and outs of the electric pressure cooker.

Cookin’ in an Instant is a weekly virtual 4-H club that will meet via ZOOM from 4 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays Jan. 20 through Feb. 24.  Each week, club members will be provided a shopping list and recipe for a dish, and then encouraged to make that dish at home using an electric pressure cooker. The following week members will be given the opportunity to share their cooking experiences as well as tips and tricks for using the electric pressure cooker.

Baked potatoes, chicken rice, and pork BBQ are just some of the Cooking with 4-H recipes that members will have the opportunity to make. Participants will need to provide their own food and equipment for the recipes provided. No equipment or materials will be provided by 4-H.

For more information contact Jamie Boas at (217) 762-2191 or email There is a $20 fee which includes a 4-H membership. Register online at by Jan. 15, 2021. A ZOOM link will be emailed once registration is complete.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact (217) 762-2191. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access need.

Source: Jamie Boas, 4-H Extension Educator, University of Illinois Extension

Writer: Maria Lightner, Marketing & Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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