How to Choose the Best Pressure Cooker

Prized for their convenience and ease of use, power pressure cookers are becoming an increasingly common kitchen appliance. Pressure cookers prepare tasty, wholesome meals far faster than conventional cooking methods, and they do a better job of retaining a food’s flavor and nutrients. Considering buying a pressure cooker for your kitchen? Follow these tips to choose the best pressure cooker.

Stainless steel trumps aluminum

When shopping for pressure cookers, you may notice some are made of stainless steel while others are constructed from aluminum. Though aluminum cookers might be cheaper, stainless steel is of higher quality and is a better investment. Additionally, aluminum is reactive, so it can alter the flavor of acidic foods, such a lemon, tomato and wine.

Electric vs. stove top

Opt for an electric pressure cooker, rather than a stove top one. With an electric cooker, you don’t have to constantly fiddle with the heat settings and keep an eye on things. An electric cooker does all the work for you. All you have to do is put the ingredients in the pot, close the lid, press the appropriate button, and wait a few minutes for your meal to be ready. They also have “keep warm” and “delay” settings so that your food will be warm and ready when it’s time to eat.

Avoid non-stick

It’s recommended to avoid non-stick cookers. The non-stick surface doesn’t last as long as the alternative. Non-stick surfaces can be more easily scratched and damaged.

What size should I buy?

When choosing what size pressure cooker to buy, consider the number of portions you usually prepare. Keep in mind that pressure cookers are only filled two-thirds of the way full. If you have a large family or often entertain, then consider the 8-quart or 10-quart size.

Buy from an established manufacturer

Only buy a pressure cooker from an established and reputable manufacturer. Overtime you may choose to purchase accessories or replacement parts for your cooker. Each pressure cooker is different, and buying from an established manufacturer ensures you can get the parts you need when you need them.