Pressure cookers are large saucepans with locking lids that cook food on the hob. A pressure cooker is usually heavy as it has to be strong. A pressure cooker works by sealing in all air and liquid so as the hob heats it and the contents expand the pressure increases.
Why cook at pressure?
As the pressure increases so does waters boiling point. Pressure cooking allows you t0 cook food at a higher temperature than normal cooking. The advantage of this is that food cooks much more quickly than normal. For example a whole chicken only takes around 20 minutes. Pressure cookers are also used to give the effect of braising or simmering but in much shorter time periods.
Cooking under pressure sounds dangerous, but it isn’t. Many modern pressure cookers have an interlocking lid which is prevents you from opening the cooker while it is pressurised. Also they have a safety valve which releases excess pressure.
Pressure Cooker Picks
The Salton Tower 4 litre Pressure cooker is a good entry level cooker with a low price point. It holds 4 litres, has an auto locking mechanism and a 10 year body guarantee.
The WMF Pressure cooker is slightly larger at 6.5 litres. It has Four safety features to prevent over-pressurizing, scalding and damage to the pressure cooker, importantly it is also suitable for any heat source including Induction hobs as it has a “TransTherm” Base. This cooker has a 3 year Guarantee.
Here is an interesting You Tube Clip looking at how pressure cookers work and their history.
You may be wanting to buy a pressure cooker cook book also or you may have a pressure cooker and want to expand your recipes. Here are a couple of our picks.
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