So you have heard all about the wonderful benefits of owning a pressure cooker, and have decided that you want to invest in one- what do you do now?
Well the market is flourished with different models, designs, and brands of pressure cookers these days, and we realize that it may be so overwhelming to choose the best pressure cooker.
So in order to spare you cost, hassle, and time- we have comprised a helpful list of tips to help you choose the best pressure cooker…
Choosing the Best Pressure Cooker for YOU!
Choosing the best pressure cooker is very important, because you want it to suit all of your cooking needs and also be one that is worth the money you spend on it. if you are new to pressure cookers we have organized a list of tips to help you to select the one that will work best for you below:
First: What Do you Need?
Before even shopping for a pressure cooker, you should figure out what you need from it. Do you want something that is low maintenance, easy to cook with, safe, and that has all of the functions you would ever want? Do you absolutely need a pressure cooker that you can use for canning? How many people are there in the family- are you thinking a 6 or an 8 quart which is a sufficient size?
So ask yourself these questions and really consider how you are going to use it, what you are going to use it for, and everything else between. Once you have a better idea of what you need and are going to use the pressure cooker for you can weed out the other types of cookers that do not have the features you are looking for.
Stainless Steel or Aluminum
Modern pressure cookers are typically comprised of stainless steel whereas older pressure cookers are made out of aluminum. The difference of the two materials is huge.
The price of the aluminum made pressure cookers will always be lesser than the newer stainless steel ones, and for good reason. Stainless steel is more durable is stain resistent, rust resistant, and more chic’ looking than aluminum ones.
Also aluminum has many points that make it not a great choice such as it sometimes impacts the flavor of food, can get stained, and experiences more wear and tear after extended use.
Choose the Right Size
Pressure cookerscome in all sorts of sizes and capacities! From 6-8 quarts to even 12-24 quarts, there is the perfect size to suit what you need- you just have to decide which size you want and if you are willing to pay the big bucks for the larger, enormous ones.
Typically 6-8 quarts can prepare enough servings for about 4-5 individuals and anything larger 1 QT- about 2 servings. Obviously if you prepare meals for a large amount of people consistently you will want to purchase and choose a larger quart size and if you prepare small meals for 2-3 people you will want to get a smaller capacity pressure cooker size.
Verify the Safety Features
The older rice cookers or pressure cookers were known to be very dangerous. However, with advanced technology the new pressure cookers on the market actually are 100% more safer.
It is still wise for you to make certain that any pressure cooker you select or buy possesses the following specific safety features that are an absolute must:
- Seal and Lock Lid or Cover
- A Quick Release or Emergency Release Button
- Steam Release Safety Valve
- Pressure Indicator
Note: The more of these aforementioned safety functions the pressure cooker possesses the safer the pressure cooker most likely is to use and cook with!