Buying A Pressure Cooker – Part One
It seems like more and more people are buying pressure cookers. Which is really no surprise. After all, these machines have come a long way over the past few decades. They are no longer they ticking steam powered time bombs that your grandmother’s machine used to be. Pressure cookers are more sophisticated and safer than ever before. They are also more convenient than ever before as well. But with that being said, you still have to do due diligence and do a bit of research. This guide will give you some tips that will help you buy the best model available.
One of the first things you’ll need to do is to pour over some pressure cooker reviews. You can then compile a list that of all of the models that fellow consumers have been happy with. You may also learn of additional features each model has that isn’t included in the description.
Now that you have a list of the top models, you can then decide whether or not you want an aluminum pressure cooker or a stainless steel one. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, as you can see below.
Aluminum-Aluminum cookers costs less, don’t weigh a whole lot and provide better heating conduction than stainless cookers. The cons of pressure cookers made from this material is that this metal is very prone to staining and pitting. Now, that won’t affect how it functions, but is something that needs to be considered.
Stainless Steel-These cookers are generally more expensive, weigh a lot more and don’t conduct heat as well as aluminum ones. However, they are also sturdier, have a more durable finish and last a long time.
There is also a third choice you need to consider. One that combines the durability of stainless steel with the heat conduction of aluminum. And that is a stainless steel model with a bonded aluminum base that allows for more even heating and prevents hot-spots. If possible, you should consider one of the models.
After you consider model popularity and construction, it is now time to think about what size pressure cooker you need. Remember, even the best pressure cooker might not be right for you if it is the wrong size for your cooking needs. Below are some of the most popular pressure cooker sizes and their recommendations:
4 Quart Models-If you are just cooking for yourself—or one other person—then this is the perfect size cooker for you.
6 Quart Models-This size is good for families that consist of 2-4 members
8 Quart Models-This size is great for bigger families that consist of more than 4 members. It is also a good size for those people who make large quantities of pasta sauce, gravy or soup stock.
16-23 Quart Models-These cookers are bigger than what most people need for cooking. People who plan to use it for canning vegetables or meats, or have an extremely large amount of people to feed.
Now that you have narrowed down your selection of models according to the above characteristics, it is now time to decide which features you need. You can read how to select a pressure cooker with the features you need by checking out the second part of our buying guide.