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All About Pressure Cookers – Know about pressure cookers!! 

What You Should Know

You have probably heard horror kitchen stories about pressure cookers going out of control, exploding, and erupting loads of sauce everywhere – quite the messy image. But those ar stories are most likely as old as your grandma’s tales. The pressure cookers of today are designed to prevent such events from happening. So get on the bandwagon and start cooking great meals with pressure cookers, if you have not yet.

What it does for you

This is probably the best reason why you need a pressure cooker – it makes scrumptiously, tenderly cooked meat! And no other cooking tool or equipment can do it the way pressure cookers can. It is what is responsible for that soft texture of meat of melts in your mouth. But of course, meat is not the only ingredient you can cook with it.

The best pressure cooker is available at online sellers to have the best quality at affordable rates. You can learn about comments and feedbacks of the product to purchase them and have benefits. The cooking of food is excellent in the cooker with delicious taste. 

So how is this miracle possible? Unlike regular pots, frying pans, and ovens, pressure cookers do not only cook with heat. In addition to heat, it cooks with pressure. This heightened pressure forces heat into the core of the meat for example, which allows even cooking inside and out. It also traps the juice and flavor since it cannot escape from the pot’s air tight and water tight construction.

Safety measures

Alright, that introduction was a little bit scary right? Well, that was mostly a product of imagination, though based on real life stories. But this does not mean you can now let your guard down. As with any kitchen tools, there are dangers and you need to be informed about the safety measures.

Generally, you need well-built and durable pressure cookers. Having a safety valve is a plus because it releases excess pressure. Also, most modern pressure cookers have pressure control which you can use to reduce the pressure buildup. Learn to use these. Another thing you need to learn is proper food and water level. Generally, food level up to ¾ is safe. Any more than this and the valves could be blocked and lead to pressure buildup.

Foods you cannot cook

As part of safety measures, you need to be aware also about the foods that you must not cook with pressure cookers. Number one is oil. You cannot use the pot to pressure fry. It cannot be stressed enough. Also, foods that froth are a no-no. These include applesauce, pasta, and rhubarb. Check other foods that froth. You can also check your memory.

Additionally, there are some foods that you can cook but you must do so with extra attention and focus. Examples are foods that swell or grow in size as you cook them. Good examples are beans. Also, grain products like rice tend to swell. When dealing with such foods, keep the initial level lower than the standard safe level to allow for rising.

Buying smart

And lastly, moms need to buy smart. You need to know the right things to look for. For example, materials are ideally stainless steel or aluminum. Anodized and non-stick coated is also good. The handles must have heat resistant materials and the overall built must be durable. It does not have to be overly expensive of course, but you should be suspicious if it is too cheap.

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Business

Do I Need To Write A Business Plan 

Yes and no. Perhaps the best answer ever, right?

Tradition, university classes, and most experts will tell you that it is a necessity to have a complete business plan before you start a business. I’ve been asked this many times as well and it is indeed a good question.

Having a goal in mind is a must. You need to be able to answers these questions before you start: “What need am I filling?” or “How am I going to create sales from this business?” I’m a big fan of Bobb Biehl’s “Masterplanning Arrow.” Bobb has created a entire business out of advising organizations on how to be strategic and fulfill a goal. His books and materials are worth the read, and the Master Planning arrow is a simple but profound concept.

On the right hand side of the arrow in the direction where the arrow is pointing, answer the questions above: What need am I filling? What am I deeply burdened by and uniquely qualified to do? On the left hand side of the arrow, you list ideas. In-between you fill in, from left to right, your milestones, roadblocks, 1 month goals, 1 year goals, 5 year goals, 20 year goals until you get to your ultimate need. You should always start filling in the arrow from right to left and work backwards from the big picture to the practical action items and then ideas.

When do you need a full business plan? When you need someone to read it: An investor, a colleague, a bank, a partner. I’ve wasted many hours on writing 30 page business plans at the start of an idea only to find a flaw in my own plan, or the inability to sell or materialize the first stage of the plan. I quickly learned that a lot of the leg work should be done at the strategic level before zeroing in on the details. That said, there are many times when a comprehensive plan is necessary.

As an entrepreneur, I would recommend starting with a Master planning arrow or something of that nature in order to get the concept for your business in writing. Different methodologies include a pyramid, mind mapping, etc. Do whatever works best for you. Figure out the need, the solution, the moving parts, and how you need to get there. Spend the time researching, talking, thinking and perhaps even testing or pre-selling the plan before you go very far with it. Once you have the overall plan in mind, then build the “business plan”. There are lot of great templates available for free or for cheap online that will give your business plan a professional look and feel as well as walk you through the details of how to flush it out.

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Business Tips

The Baby Boomer Reinvention 

Most of my friends are baby boomers, and I fall at the tail end of that generation. As I looked closer, I realized that at my age, my friends had also started to look for a new career and lifestyle alternatives and most of their decisions led them down the entrepreneurial path.

My closest friend is in energy worker in addition to being a full time social worker. About 10 years ago, I encouraged her to seeing private clients in addition to her day job. As of today, she has a thriving word of mouth clientele, and will be on the verge of going full time as an entrepreneur soon. She let her business grow organically, at the pace that she was ready for.

I have another friend who has been an entrepreneur for most of her life but chose to refocus her energies from being a business consultant to writing romance novels. I reached out to her and found her motivations for her new career were about using her vast well of creativity in a new way. She has built a thriving business as a self- published author, using her well honed business skills to produce, publish, and market her books. She was quite the inspiration for me, and still is. Listening to her forced me to open up my brain and consider new possibilities for my future. After all, she went from being a business consultant to a romance novelist! She also told me how much fun she has speaking with other romance novelist on how many synonyms they can come up with for human genitalia…

I was beginning to see that a new life awaited for me if I could open my mind to it. There were definitely ways to transition into entrepreneurship, using creativity and intellect, and I knew I could do it too. But what would I do? What could I offer? What problem could I solve for others?

I knew I could do and become something else, but I didn’t know what. I’ve never been a specialist, but I am an awesome generalist. I’ve consulted an eight different industries, held positions in every corporate department you can think of, and a long time ago, I was one of the core group of people who helped design a global package distribution system that you probably use frequently. Let’s just say it’s difficult to put a label on me. The two best comments I received about my abilities are ” you simplify complex problems “, and ” you get s*** done “, and finally, “people trust you “. It’s hard to put a job description together for me, but I do love those comments about me.

I wasn’t sure specifically what I could do, but I just knew I wanted to do more of it, and work for myself, so I could create a career that was ultimately very freeing for me.

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Business

Recovering From A Business Failure 

I did have some trepidation to get over while going down the entrepreneur path. And some days I still deal with it. It wasn’t the general riskiness of getting into my own business. It was getting over the disappointment of a previous entrepreneurial attempt that went sour.

About 20 years ago, I left a large consulting firm to move across country and start a business as an independent consultant. I was very excited, especially when 3 consulting contracts came forward the first week I was in business. This is another example of the Universe and the Law of Attraction making a step toward me as I took a risk in a new venture.

A former employer encouraged me to accept a long term contract with them. I would support their West Coast customers and business partners, and I was relieved to have the long-term work. It provided a consistent paycheck for both me and my then husband.

Company X was happy with my work and supported me for several years. But I became complacent and didn’t spend much time creating other business relationships that would support my business. I made excuses. I was too tired from working, I’d do it later, etc., but basically I was scared and didn’t know anything about sales, marketing, networking, or creating opportunities. I was a good worker bee, but didn’t take ownership of my business and run it like a CEO.

One day, company X disappeared. My contact no longer answered my phone calls or my emails. And my entire income dried up.

I was scared. I tried to get work as a part-time consultant, but the economy was in difficult shape and jobs were scarce.

At my all-time low, I got a job as an executive assistant at a consulting firm. I worked hard, proved myself, and became longtime friends with the women who hired me. That job started my next 10 years in full time jobs, where I continued to prove myself, build my income and security.

Those 11 years in my own business taught me a lot, and scared me a lot when it came to an end. I thought I’d failed not just in business, but had failed myself.

But I am in a different place now where I’m truly ready to be a successful entrepreneur and face those things that scare me. There’s more at stake now, but I like many of my fellow entrepreneurs of a certain age, am ready to take the plunge.

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