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What is the best pressure cooker to buy?q

Answered on March 23, 2016
Created June 28, 2012 at 6:23 PM

What type of pressure cooker is best. aluminum? Stainless? Do I have to go high end?

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on May 02, 2013
at 02:41 PM

Why stainless over aluminum? Leaching? Ease of use?

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on May 02, 2013
at 01:44 AM

I would totally get that as a pressure canner, but I would only use a stainless steel pressure cooker, preferably a Swiss-made Kuhn Rikon.

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on May 01, 2013
at 11:54 PM

I have this one, the Instapot, and it is awesome! It can be both a pressure cooker or a slow cooker, and you can even use it with the top off to saute. I think it was about $100, so not too bad. Frankly, it has changed my life! I used to just do bone broth on the stovetop for 24 plus hours with my family terrified we would all die in a grease fire.

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on June 28, 2012
at 07:09 PM

I second to kuhn rikon. Doesnt went as much as other pots, makes the most flavourful stock. Also the seals last the longest. (I know this for a fact when i was in culinary school a bit) I have 30 years old Kuhn rikon, and they still got the spares for my model!

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on June 28, 2012
at 06:52 PM

I also have a Kuhn-Rikon... worth every penny. I doubt there's anything better.

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on June 28, 2012
at 06:45 PM

Looks amazing... I may have to get one. Can replace my cruddy pressure cooker pot, old as hell crockpot, and rice cooker that releases all the starchy water all over the counter. And now I wouldn't have to buy a steamer. Interesting.

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on June 28, 2012
at 06:45 PM

Swiss-made Kuhn-Rikon is the high-end way to go. I've had a seven-quart model for at least 10 years, and it still works perfectly. It's built like a tank from heavy-gauge stainless steel.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on June 28, 2012
at 07:09 PM

I second to kuhn rikon. Doesnt went as much as other pots, makes the most flavourful stock. Also the seals last the longest. (I know this for a fact when i was in culinary school a bit) I have 30 years old Kuhn rikon, and they still got the spares for my model!

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

(5959)

on June 28, 2012
at 06:52 PM

I also have a Kuhn-Rikon... worth every penny. I doubt there's anything better.

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on June 28, 2012
at 06:31 PM

Stephan Guyenet just reviewed one on his blog and it comes highly recommended. Apparently there is only one "third generation" pressure coooker that has a stainless steel insert and not a non-stick insert. He recommends the Instant Pot LUX-60. His blog post is here:

http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2012/06/pressure-cooker-for-21st-century.html

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on June 28, 2012
at 06:45 PM

Looks amazing... I may have to get one. Can replace my cruddy pressure cooker pot, old as hell crockpot, and rice cooker that releases all the starchy water all over the counter. And now I wouldn't have to buy a steamer. Interesting.

Ef32d6cc543a74319464e2100e5a9ffd

(1205)

on May 01, 2013
at 11:54 PM

I have this one, the Instapot, and it is awesome! It can be both a pressure cooker or a slow cooker, and you can even use it with the top off to saute. I think it was about $100, so not too bad. Frankly, it has changed my life! I used to just do bone broth on the stovetop for 24 plus hours with my family terrified we would all die in a grease fire.

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6d64cd6dc98d6ab763bd03678a317964

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on May 02, 2013
at 01:14 AM

http://www.amazon.com/All-American-921-2-Quart-Pressure/dp/B00004S88Z

Nothing even comes close to the All American line of pressure cooker/canner. Don't just take my word for it, take a look at the popularity and number of reviews on Amazon.

Lasting 20 years is very routine for this line of cookers. I love mine.

6d64cd6dc98d6ab763bd03678a317964

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on May 02, 2013
at 02:41 PM

Why stainless over aluminum? Leaching? Ease of use?

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

(5959)

on May 02, 2013
at 01:44 AM

I would totally get that as a pressure canner, but I would only use a stainless steel pressure cooker, preferably a Swiss-made Kuhn Rikon.

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23664493ce94247496d6a4acefd5169c

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on May 01, 2013
at 11:35 PM

Aluminum pressure cookers tend to be less expensive and distribute heat evenly better the stainless steel cookers. However stainless steel cookers tend to be more durable and often have an aluminum plate attached to the outside bottom of them which helps distribute the heat uniformly.

You can find a lot more information about pressure cookers here:

http://www.nichepage.com/n/kitchenware/best-pressure-cooker/

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on June 28, 2012
at 06:50 PM

Funny you should ask. I bought the same brand, IP-CSG50, from Amazon, with almost identical specs, for $100 (instead of the $150 at the link). The difference? It has 5 programs instead of 6. Since I prefer to choose my own cooking time, I don't need programs anyway! Same stainless insert, so no functional difference except for the price :-)

I love mine. I have had many pressure cookers, but this is my first electric one. Never again will I fool with trying to keep the pressure steady...always electric from now on, and stainless insert too! Set it and forget it!

The nice thing about these is that you can also use them as slow cookers! I would recommend them without reservation.

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on March 23, 2016
at 05:07 PM

I'd reccomend a pressure cooker made from all natural material like pure and tested clay. Miriams Earthen Cookware has great pots that work as pressure cookers as they trap steam in and cook food slowly and evenly. Since they're made from 100% tested pure clay theyre naturally non stick and you dont have to worry about possible chemicals and coatings leaching into your food.

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