How to Choose the Best Pressure Cooker

Pressure cookers are one of the most important kitchen cookware and if you don’t have one in your kitchen you are missing out on what they offer. We live in a world where almost everyone is in a hurry trying to keep up with their schedules and living with the hassles of every day life. Anything that can speed up something is welcomed in our homes. And a pressure cooker can do just that. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend more time eating dinner with your family? With a pressure cooker, you can! You won’t be spending too much time preparing the meal, and the time you save can be spent with your family or even just on yourself.

Pressure cookers not only speed up the cooking process, they are also healthier to cook with. They help lock in the food’s nutrients, flavor and juices. They also require less water and energy as compared to other methods of cooking. With these benefits, who wouldn’t want to own a cooker? With that in mind, here are a few matters you should look into when you are looking for the best cooker.

Looking for the best pressure cooker can be confusing and intimidating because you have a lot to choose from, so always start with thinking about your needs. Not all cookers are created the same way and they have varying features. For example, think of how much food you usually cook and how many mouths you frequently feed. Pressure cookers have varying sizes and you will be able to choose one that is just right for your needs. If you frequently cook for two to three then a four-quart one is enough. And if you want to cook for more people, then you will need a bigger one. You can even several different sized cookers if you want because there are several brands that offer affordable high quality ones.

The next thing to look into is how often you plan on using a pressure cooker. This will help you decide whether you need an aluminum or stainless steel one. Cookers that are made of stainless steel are more durable and easier to clean, however they can cost a little more. They do look much better and are even warp, scratch and corrosion resistant. Aluminum ones can conduct heat better but they can react to acidic food like tomatoes. They are also easily dented and scratched so you need to be more careful with them. If your budget allows you to opt for the stainless steel ones, I suggest you get them and choose one with a base that has a layer of aluminum in the center. This helps improve heat conduction so you can get the benefits of the two types of pressure cookers in a single one.

Another option is to get an electric pressure cooker. Now these ones cost a lot more but they really make a great investment. They are also made of stainless steel and the best part is that they are multipurpose. You can use them as a rice cooker, slow cooker or to steam and brown food. If you already have these in your home though, then a stainless steel cooker would be the wiser choice.

Once you have decided the type and size of pressure cooker you want, you should check out reviews from customers about specific brands and models. They can tell you which ones are worth buying. Remember though, the best cooker is one that will fit your needs. Reviews can narrow down the search for you but the choice is still up to you.