DECATUR, Ill.- Busy families looking to save time and stress are purchasing electric pressure cookers, a safer alternative to the traditional stovetop pressure cooker. But while electric pressure cookers might be safer, learning how to use them is often a daunting task.

Illinois Extension's Cookin’ In An Instant is a free, six-week virtual program that offers the opportunity for anyone to learn how to safely use an electric pressure cooker and the built-in features. The series is designed for beginners, but all levels are welcome.

This weekly virtual series meets from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning April 1 and ending May 6. In between each meet-up, participants' "homework" is to make the week's recipe and report back on successes and challenges. Participants will need to provide their own pressure cooker and food supplies.

Week 1: Introduction to Electric Pressure Cookers (homework: Applesauce)

Week 2: Using the Sauté Feature (homework: Pulled pork)

Week 3: HI and LOW Pressure (homework: Hard-boiled eggs)

Week 4: Automated Buttons (homework: Rice)

Week 5: Recipe Brainstorming (homework: Self-selected recipes)

Week 6: Final Sharing Session

There is no cost to attend this virtual series, but pre-registration is required. Register by March 29. For more information, contact Caitlin at (217) 877-6042.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact (217) 877-6042. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access need.

Source: Caitlin Mellendorf, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, University of Illinois Extension

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

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