Pressure Cookers

A slow cooker or the oven can take a fraction of that time in a pressure cooker. The newest models of pressure cookers have many safety features built in to avoid becoming a pressure-cooker situation themselves.


What to Look For

* '''Safety''': Very important when using a pressure cooker. Be sure the model you choose has redundant safety systems: ** Good valves with pressure regulators (five or more pressure release mechanisms), and a quick-release mechanism. ** Pressure indicator to adequately measure proper timing. ** Heavyply base for even, consistent heat. ** Foolproof moving parts for ultimate durability. ** Stainless steel will be your best bet. * '''Capacity''': When buying a pressure cooker you will see them listed by capacity in quarts (from 5 to 24) or in liters. Usually size will correlate with price, starting at about $30 and reaching $200. * '''Electric vs. Stovetop''' ** The main difference is the price (electric pressure cookers are more expensive). ** What gives electric models stand out is their timer. * '''Pressure''' : Most recipes for pressure cookers assume a pressure of 15 psi, which is fairly standard across the board. If you buy a cooker that uses a different pressure, you will have to alter recipes accordingly. * '''Warranty''': Look for long warranties to guarantee a quality product. * '''Special Features''': Timer, gadgets, etc. Browning and steaming functions. Non-stick finishes, though often they are not able to withstand the heat and intense uses of a pressure cooker.

Major Manufacturers

* Presto * Fagor * Kuhn Rizon * Jobar * Miss Vickie's Learn EVERYTHING about pressure cookers. Lots of diagrams, recipes, timing recommendations, and more.

International Resources

For this resource in your home country, please see: ! NL: Snelkookpannen Shopgids