Pressure cookers come in different sizes just like they are made using different materials. You will get the small pressure cookers and the large portions as well.
I always say however that it’s better to buy a large item because you can use it to cook your small amount of food as well as the large amounts.
Whenever you are searching for a pressure cooker, consider the carrying capacity. This is especially that you can’t fill it to the brim with water. It only goes to the two-thirds of the container living space from the food to bubble and froth.
The need for pressure cookers continues to be high. This is for a good reason, people are too busy to cook. therefore, anything that will reduce the cooking time is welcomed.
HOW BIG OF A PRESSURE COOKER DO I NEED?
In this subtopic, we are asking for the size of the pressure cooker. But we aren’t concerned about the exterior size or the size of the accessories it comes with rather, the inner part/space of the pot. This is where you place your food.
You will find the measurements in quartz or liters. So, before we determine the size you need, how many people are you planning to cook for in this pot. Also, what kind of food will you cook in it and the food size as wells as the personal preference for the size.
Although we had mentioned that you can go with a large size, you should understand that this size shouldn’t compromise on efficiency. I mean if you have a very large pressure cooker, yet you cook for only two people the cooker will remain half-filled and thus you will be underusing.
On the other hand, if your cooker is so small making you cook your meals twice to satisfy your family, it turns into a waste of resources.
There are those who believe that larger cookers offer a variety of cooking functions which is true though you may limit some cooking techniques with this cooker. For example, if you have a large pressure cooker, your minimum water volume is higher.
This means that if you intend to braise a small piece of chicken, the amount of liquid you need for the process in the cooker makes it impossible to braise. You will find yourself boiling the chicken instead.
Don’t forget that cleaning is harder for a larger cooker than it is for a smaller one. Another determinant you shouldn’t ignore is the canning ability. If you would love to use your cooker for canning option then go for the medium to large pressure cookers.
Canning is best done in larger cookers.
WHAT IS A QUART
This is a medieval form of measurement that is used for both dry and liquid items. The unit of a capacity was initially used in British and USA systems. However, today it’s a global form of measurements. For the Britons, a unit quart is equivalent to two imperial pints.
On the other hand, the American unit quart is equal to two pints of both the dry and liquid measures. A unit quart is also equivalent to 0.95 liters or 1.16 liters.
HOW TO CHOOSE LARGE PRESSURE COOKERS
Of course, when it comes to pressure cookers, you need to conduct a market research. However, the research should be done with the following pointers in mind.
- The material
If you want durability, choose a cooker that is made using the highest quality material, in this case, the stainless-steel. Remember that you don’t just go and pick a pressure cooker assuming that since it’s made using stainless steel it must be of great quality.
Not all the stainless steel is good quality. Look for a label or at the bottom of the cooker, it should be indicated 18/10 stainless steel. This means 18% chromium and 10% nickel make up of the metal used on the cooker.
Why go for the 18/10 stainless steel?
It’s the reason for the corrosion and stain resistance in stainless-steel items. For this feature to function effectively, you need about 10.5% chromium. This chromium also makes the material durable.
Chromium also gives it the shining feature using both the nickel and chromium. Nickel will give the chromium forms a protective layer. It then adds the gleam and shine.
- The size
The topic is about the large pressure cookers, however, there are varying sizes for you to choose from as you will see below. The size is determined by the intended use of the pressure cooker and the number of people you are cooking for in it.
The popular sizes
If you are a student or a single person this is for you. Practically it suits one or two people
This is the standard size cooker giving you an increase function ability. You can use it for 3-5 people.
For those of you with a reasonable family or you love to welcome guests’ home this is for you. It serves more than 6 people.
10 quarts and more
Here is where our interest lies today. The cookers here are mostly not meant for domestic use as you will see. It serves more than 15 people or you want it for the canning process.
- The pressure indicators and pressure release
This part is often taken for granted yet a good pressure cooker should reach at least 15 PSI or pound per square inch. If you didn’t know, this is the standard pressure you need for the pressure cookers.
You also don’t want guesswork so go for an item that clearly indicates when that level is reached. Also, go for the modern pressure cookers that have a quick release option which lowers the pressure in the cooker. This is flexible and allows you to add more ingredients.
- How about the safety
A good pressure cooker should have various safety features. They have valve stem to help release excess steam. They should be cool to touch the exterior surfaces and handles if they have them.
- It’s better to avoid Teflon
PFTE-Teflon is a chemical compound used in various cookware. It has eased cooking and cleaning. However, since this item exposes the food to high temperature, its best to avoid Teflon.
This is because scientists have indicated that Teflon, when exposed to high temperature, may be hazardous.
How to use a pressure cooker
THE 7 LARGE PRESSURE COOKERS
The pressure cooker cooks food evenly in less than 10minutes. The cooker is made from buffalo clad with an even thermal conductivity. This makes it better than the conventional stainless steel in regards to heat distribution.
The item is ISO certified and owns a safety certification from Japan. This is to mean that its design and structure is suitable for use in the kitchen. You can use it to make stewed beef brisket, steamed dumplings, veggies, desserts and more.
It has the safety features that keep you safe through the cooking process. This includes the pressure indication valve which helps to release pressure with ease. It works as an emergency pressure relief device for your safety and comfort when cooking.
Its safe to use on the stove top, induction cooker, electric stove and ceramic furnace. It features the German gear that has tenon joint design and mortise. It further has a simple switch for easy operation. It comes with a removable gasket and it’s hygienic, durable and easy to clean.
The item doubles as a great item for canning your veggies, fruits, seafood and meats. It will work as a boiling water can which also preserves fruits jams pickles and jellies. It has been approved by the USA department of agriculture as the best method for canning your veggies.
The pressure cooker is designed using the heavy gauge and safe aluminum. It’s not only warp resistant but it also ensures you have an even cooking. It will work on your regular or smooth heating surfaces.
Its deluxe pressure dial gauge registers the range of processing temperatures. This gives you the precise temperature range whenever you are at high altitude. Notably, since it’s an extra-large cooker it’s best used for canning.
For safety, it uses the air vent which allows the pressure to build up when securely covered and then only opens when the pressure reduces to avoid burns. This happens because the sturdy constructed lid locks during the canning and cooking process. Its handles remain cool to touch
It further has a steam ring that keeps the steam within the pot. Presto has the safe pop up pressure indicator with an easy steam release mechanism like most other pressure cookers. Moreover, it uses its overpressure plug to release the steam that has built up excessively.
The pressure cooker is made using the handcrafted aluminum and its finishing is done using satin that makes it easy to clean. It’s a mix of a 30-quart pressure cooker and a canner of 19 regular pint jar holders. It’s large enough and thus suitable for all the canning you needs.
It offers an on and off cover with positive clamping action wing nuts to ease the opening and closing the lid. Moreover, it has a metal to metal sealing system that offers the tight seal to keep the steam within.
It features sturdy phenolic handles that ease the movement. The steam gauge is further easy to read and control and it reaches the 15PSI as per the requirements of the pressure cookers. Its automatic pressure release ensures the pressure doesn’t over-accumulate in the pot.
It features a 19-inch height and 15 ¼ inch diameter large enough for the perfect canning of fish, veggies and meats. It further has double thick edges to protect your pressure cooker. The large item is further easy to clean and use.
Use your pressure cooker on gas, electric or flat stove top surfaces.
Both the lid capacity and base capacity add to 63 quarts. Its exterior surface is made using aluminum with a smooth shiny surface. It’s large in capacity and you can use it for commercial reasons.
You can use it on the stovetop although it never works on the induction source of heating.
Its certified for meeting the international standards of safety. You can use it to cook 2 to 3 items at a time and it cooks faster. The pressure cooker design retains all the flavors and nutrients of your meals. The cooker is airtight thus keeping your food from dust and germs.
Its gasket features a special material that will last long. This gasket acts as a pressure release system when the pressure is high. Also, its pressure gauge whistle alerts you when the food is cooked.
This features the buffalo clad technology that will conduct the thermal heat quicker and distribute it evenly compared to the conventional stainless-steel cookware. The extra-large design features a sleek and stylish pressure cooker.
It suits the canning needs with its removable gasket that will give you easy maintenance and cleaning. You can use it on the gas stoves, induction cookers, ceramic furnace and electric stovetops. It further has a certification for safety of the item as well as being ISO certified.
This is a high-grade commercial item which means its mostly used in restaurant settings and that calls for the extra cost. Although it has a high capacity, worry not because it is lighter in weight than most other pressure cookers in the similar class.
The stainless-steel item is best used by those who love canning and cooking stewed pork knuckles, stewed beef brisket and desserts and dumplings. All these in large quantities.
Its pressure indication valve releases pressure and it also has the emergency pressure release valve for use when there’s steam build up. Its handles stay cool for easy handling as you are cooking. The pressure cooker further features a sturdy construction that is also durable.
It features a sleek design with a shiny outer surface that suits any commercial kitchen décor.
Extra-large pressure cooker
Now, this could very well be the largest pressure cooker available in the world today. The best part about this item is that you can use it oniony kind of fuel. It’s a lightweight item but featuring a strong design that can stand high pressures.
It’s easy to operate the machine especially for it features a sturdy construction. Its handles offer you a cool and firm grip making it easy to move when the need arises. Since its big, it has enhanced safety features which make it unparalleled.
- It has a pressure and gauge meter.
- Its whistle is special making it easy to alert you when your food is ready or there’s a build-up of steam.
- It has an indicator valve that’s spring loaded.
- It also has a safety valve for enhanced safety.
- It further has the gasket release system.
You might think that since the item is large the quality of the food is affected but that’s not the case. It retains the natural flavors and goodness of your meal. What’s more, like other pressure cookers, it cooks faster and saves 50% of your fuel.
At a glance, you will notice that the pressure cooker has a pressure gauge dial. It monitors the pressure of the cooker for effective operation. It has 3 pressure cooking options 5 PSI, 10 PSI or 15 PSI.
It further offers you the option of canning your foodstuff. I like the two cooking racks that come along it because they increase the space for canning while preventing food from sticking on the pan for easy cleaning.
It features a heavy gauge aluminum which is corrosion resistant. The material will offer durability and give your kitchen worktop surfaces an aesthetic value since it will fit any design. Such a large item must have enhanced safety feature for easy operation.
For safety, it has a locking lid, overpressure steam release system and a pressure monitoring tool. Thankfully, the pressure cooker will only work if the cooker is well locked.
Moreover, it has a cooking guide for easy operation and recipes to get you going. Do you have a large family gathering like the Thanksgiving Day, Halloween or Christmas? Use this item to cook for your family some healthy recipes.
One thing I realized is that the larger pressure cookers are fewer than the those below 10 quartz. This we may attribute to the fact that in this era not many people cook for such large gatherings.
Making a decision based on the ideas above will guide you to the right item. All the above items are easy to use and they provide value.
Note that when operating the pressure cooker, the timing begins when the cooker reaches the set temperature so set your timer with extra delay time.