Several months ago I was in the market looking for a new pressure cooker, since the model I had just gave up on me. Well, no one can blame it for that, since it was 10 years old and I was already beginning to worry about it blowing up in my face sooner or later. So as I was saying, I was looking for a pressure cooker and while I was in a hurry to buy one, I had second thoughts about this. I didn’t buy anything that day and decided to just go home and do some research on the things I should bear in mind prior to purchasing a pressure cooker. Well, I already have one that I use very often now, so I think it’s time that I pass my knowledge on to you so that you can also get a model that’s going to perfectly fit your needs.
Aluminum vs. stainless steel pressure cookers
If this is the first time you plan on buying a pressure cooker or maybe you have a model that you already use, but aren’t happy with it, then you’re going to be faced with a wide range of choices. Now there are two main types of pressure cookers you can get, including aluminum and stainless steel. Aluminum pressure cookers are in my opinion a good choice for those who don’t want to spend too much money on a pressure cooker. On top of that, they’re also lightweight and provide uniform heating performance. But the thing is that if you’re planning on using your aluminum pressure cooker a few times a week, it’s going to pit and stain pretty fast.
For those who are after quality, a stainless steel pressure cooker is what I personally recommend. These are of course pricier, a bit heavier and are nonporous. Given the fact that stainless steel is very durable, the pressure cooker is going to maintain its beautiful luster even after many years of use. Keep in mind though that stainless steel isn’t a good heat conductor, so you may want to get one that features a layered base.
What size should you get?
I was also fooled by this the first time I get a pressure cooker, so let’s make sure you get the right size: the majority of pressure cookers will be marketed based on the size of their total liquid capacity. However, their usable capacity is a lot lower than that, based on the type of food you plan on cooking in it. The extra space doesn’t go to waste though, since it’s vital for the formation of steam which cooks the food. To include some of the most popular sizes pressure cookers can be purchased in, they include four, six and eight quart liquid capacities.
Well, I think this is enough for now and this information should certainly be very helpful in your journey towards finding the right pressure cooker for your needs. I know I would’ve loved to know all of this before shopping for my own pressure cooker many months ago, but hey, you live and learn, right?