A pressure cooker is different from a normal cooking pot and a steam pot. It is a high pressure steam pot that requires water based foods to be cooked in it at a high temperature where it minimizes the cooking time.
It is ideal for food that contains meat (beef and mutton) which has to be cooked at a liquid intensity or have a bit of a soupy base. It is certainly not ideal for dry cooking or dry food since it’s very easy for dry textured food to burn.
It uses high pressure to cook and goes up to temperature over 100°c. The best example to explain the use of a pressure cooker to a beginner or a student is just like when a student searches online for someone to do my online class and you pay them to take your classes,
the same is with a pressure cooker, you put in every ingredient that your recipe requires and let it cook on its own without opening it in between and in a few minutes you’ll have your food cooked without any stress.
Slow cookers are normal pots which use low temperature steam and take much longer time to cook whereas pressure cookers take around 12 to 15 minutes to cook meat and around 6 to 7 minutes for chicken however a normal pot requires 3 to 4 hours of cooking for proper soft meat (beef and mutton) and around an hour for chicken to be tender.
Pressure cookers have tight caps that are sort of locked up and are air tight with a little whistle that shows the pressure inside.
There are two types of pressure cookers:
- Stove top Pressure cookers
Stove top pressure cookers have been in use since years and many are experts with it. According to many people these cookers are better as compared to Instant pots. These pots require heat under them to be used or even hot plates.
- Electric pressure cookers which are also known as “Instant pots”
Instant pots are cookers for the new generation that do not require heat at all from the stove. They’re totally based on electric use, however instant pots require more attention while cooking as the heat needs to be adjusted throughout.
It for surely is easy to cook in pressure cookers but it has its own advantages and disadvantages too.
Advantages of Pressure cooking:
- Reduces cooking time
It definitely is a time-saver. It saves hours of cooking and also you from standing and checking on your food if it’s done yet or not.
- Healthier than other meals
Food that is cooked in pressure pots has more steam as compared to the one that is cooked in normal pots. Hence the steam retains nutrients that are 99% of the time not found in food that is cooked and stirred for longer time on the stove top.
- Less messy
Since all you need to do is put everything in a single pot, cover it up tightly, let it cook on its own without opening or stirring it in between, it would absolutely create no mess since cooking in normal pots can be messy at times because of the food splashes that occur because of high heat. Also less cooking utensils are used while cooking in pressure cookers.
- Energy saver
Pressure cookers for sure save energy since they take half of the time to cook as compared to normal pot cooking.
- More Flavorful
Meals prepared in pressure cookers are tastier than the ones cooked in the normal ones because of high steam pressure. Flavors are mixed up all together and stand out in the best way possible.
Disadvantages of pressure cooking:
- Difference in cooking time
Every food has a different cooking time and at times it’s not easy to remember that which food takes how many minutes to get done.
- Overcooking issues
At times the food overcooks which makes the texture a bit weird and the meat shreds out from the bones which may ruin the taste and the presentation. If you mess up the cooking time your food may also have a very robust taste that may not have any nutrients or flavor left in them.
- You cannot check on your food
You cannot open a pressure cooker in between and check on your food. It is neither safe nor possible to do it since it has high pressure and if you open it before the steam is released it might burst which may result in serious burns or high grade injuries which at times are fatal.
Below are listed the Top 5 Pressure Cookers (Stove top and instant pots)
Instant Pot Ultra by the brand Instant Pot (3QT)
Ratings: 4.7 out of 5 stars, 22,568 ratings
Instant Pot Ultra by the brand Instant Pot (3QT) is a multi-use programmable pressure cooker that not only is used for making typical foods but can also be used as a slow cooker, steamer, sterilizer, a rice and egg cooker, a yoghurt maker and the list could go on and on and the best feature is that it replaces 10 kitchen appliances.
Smart Pressure Cooker by the brand CHEF IQ (6QT)
Ratings: 4.5 out of 5 Stars, 1095 ratings
Smart Pressure Cooker by the brand CHEF IQ (6QT) is also a multi-use cooker which has 10 special cooking functions and 18 unique features. It comes along with an amazing book of 600+ recipes with proper explanation and guidance. It also has a built-in scale, an auto pressure release system, cooking presets along with wireless updates.
P45007 Clipso Stainless Steel pressure cooker by the brand T-fal (6.3QT)
Ratings: 4.6 out of 5, 6216 ratings
It is one of the most durable stove top pressure cookers that are dishwasher safe. It is also Cadmium free and cooks up to 70% quicker than other pressure cookers. It also has an advanced one handed system that lowers down the risk of any danger caused while opening and closing.
EZLock Stove-top Pressure Cooker & Canner by the brand Zavor (12.7QT)
Ratings: 4.6 out of 5, 745 ratings
A high level stove top multi pressure cooker which has a common locking mechanism which is strong. Has easy cooking and handling options which are versatile and reliable. It is faster and much more reliable than other cooking pots and is also in made in stainless steel. It comes with a recipe book, user manual, steamer basket and mason jars that can be used with the canner.
OS101 Foodi 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer with Nesting Broil Rack by the brand Ninja (5QT)
Ratings: 4.8 out of 5, 2434 ratings.
An all in one pressure cooking pot along with an air fryer that will make your life easy may it be in cooking heavy meals or air frying something crispy and dry. It is also used as a food warmer and keeps the food fresh for up to hours without burning it.
It is dishwasher safe and comes along with a cook and crisp (c&c) plate which is also dish washer safe. It comes with a broil rack, c&c plate, cooking charts and 15 recipe guides.
There are many more brands available in the market but these are the top 5 pressure cookers on Amazon that are reviewed by the public and are mostly out of stock at times.
Contributor: Amelia Jones