Looking For The Best Pressure Cooker? Here Are Some Options To Consider Before Buying

When it comes to the best pressure cooker currently on the market today, there are a lot of factors to consider. Overall however, the kitchen appliance generally works like this: Pressure builds inside the pot after the lid is locked and heat applied, creating a lot of steam that speeds the cooking process. A valve controls the steam pressure inside the pot where the cooking is taking place. It’s those inner workings that can brown some foods easier while making others tenderer due to the introduction of moisture.

Sounds pretty straightforward, right? We think so, too, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a plethora of options out there — each with slight variations on the process. Below, we break down some things to consider before purchasing the pressure cooker that’s best for you.

- Size matters: If you’re only cooking for yourself or one other person, a 6- to 8-quart pressure cooker should suit your needs. Even on the lower end, a 6-quart cooker is capable of creating a pot of soup or nearly all of a chicken. Those with experience when it comes to buying and using pressure cookers say the downside to going larger is that you’ll have to cook larger batches of food due to filling the pot with required amounts of water.

- Aesthetics: Many experienced pressure cooker chefs will tell you that stainless steel is the way to go when it comes to what material the appliances should be constructed out of. Besides the modern appearance, stainless steel construction guarantees a strong product.

- Inner workings: A non-stick guarantees an easy clean-up and may need an insert replacement later on down the line. Stainless steel construction will require a little extra elbow grease when it comes to cleaning, but may last longer and be more resistant to scratching.

- The perks: The speed of pressure cooking compared to traditional methods when preparing common dishes is the first perk. It also uses far less energy, cutting down on electricity and gas bills as a result. The valves and release mechanisms also mean a safer service compared to stoves.

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