How to Choose Pressure Cooker

How to Choose Pressure Cooker

How to Choose Pressure Cooker

Cooking with pressure cooker helps food cooked faster than conventional cooking methods.  Food can be prepared in a shorter period of time and preserved vitamins and minerals.  Having a good pressure cooker would make the cooking process be much easier and convenient.  To choose a good pressure cooker, look for one that has the following options:
  • Made of high quality durable stainless steel.  Premium quality 18/10 stainless steel is the most sanitary and healthy means of preparing foods because of its scratch and corrosion resistance, non-reaction to acidic or alkaline foods.  Also, stainless steel cookware does not require any special handling or cleaning.
  • Has accurate pressure indicator and quick release.  The pressure indicator will clearly indicate when the pressure has been built up to the accepted cooking standard.  Most pressure cookers have a working pressure setting of 15psi (pounds per square inch).  Some pressures cookers have the quick release option built into the pressure regulator.  These types of pressure cookers allow this structure to quickly lower the pressure inside the pot without losing the heat.  With the pressure quickly get steady, this option will allow the addition of other ingredients from the recipe and then allow the cooking to resume with the switch back to pressure cooking.
  • Has safe release.  If overpressure occurs, some pressure cookers vent excess steam from a valve stem with an audible "hiss".  If pressure were to continue to rise, the sealing gasket on these pressure cookers would be pushed out through a designed safety hole in the lid safely venting the pressure.  New designed pressure cookers usually have two or three redundant safety valves as well as some additional safety features, such as an interlock lid that prevents the user from opening the lid as long as the internal pressure exceeds atmospheric pressure.  If any of the safety mechanisms are not correctly in place, the pressure cooker will not pressurize the contents.

How to Choose Pressure Cooker

Depends on the portions you're cooking, select the right size of pressure cooker that would fit your needs, but be sure to always keep in mind that pressure cooker should never be filled to more than 2/3 the interior height with solid food, half full for liquid and foods that foam and froth, and no more than 1/3 full for pulses.  To experiment pressure cooking, browse pressure cookers today to find a good one.