Pressure cooking is a fast, energy efficient, healthy method to cooking; whether the objective is to maintain moisture and nutrients in vegetables, get the most out of your electricity bills, or just use the amazing kitchen appliance to prepare your meals in up to seventy percent of the time, giving you all the time you need to make sure that you have the final budget drafted for the early meeting tomorrow.
While our homepage covers a vast amount of pressure cooker reviews, we wanted to dedicate this post reviewing the best electric pressure cooker.
With a capability to cook numerous different types of foods, it’s no wonder that so many people all over the world have fallen in love with pressure cooking; no longer do you have to drag out umpteen different machines in order to prepare a three course meal, with an electric pressure cooker, you can prepare your starter, main and pudding all in the same pot (but at different times of course).
Electric pressure cookers work in a way similar to the more traditional stove top pressure cookers (pressure gauge, pressure release valve etc.) but there are several advantages that put the electric pressure cooker in particular, above and beyond the rest: safety – gas can be unstable, whereas if there is a fault with the electrics, some pressure cookers will automatically remember what program they were set to, how far they have cooked, and resume cooking from that exact point; multi-functionality – many of the best electric pressure cookers will operate as more than just a pressure cooker (such as slow cooker, rice cooker) giving you the best value for your money; and the electric pressure cooker is also easy to understand – very rarely is there any guesswork involved in your cooking and you don’t have to stand around the hob wondering what psi or kilo-pascals mean.
What To Watch For In A Great Electric Pressure Cooker
A good electric pressure cooker should be from a tough durable metal to allow the food to cook evenly (aluminium or stainless steel, and sometimes chrome are generally good metals for this purpose) with ample safety features, including heat resistant handles which makes it very easy for you to manoeuvre the pot around.
It should also come with a heat insulating stand or trivet to minimize the potential damage to your worktop from the heat (especially when you have it on either a low temperature and pressure, or a keep warm option) and last but certainly not least, a good quality product should either be from a brand you trust, or have lots of positive comments about it.
MaxiMatic EPC-807 Pressure Cooker
The MaxiMatic EPC-807 is an ingenious little machine designed for all of your theoretical culinary needs. With fourteen multifunctions (reheat, brown rice, white rice, wild rice and grains, vegetables and fish, desserts, potatoes, pork and ribs, chicken, beans, stew, beef, soup and browning or keep warm) that control the temperature and pressure to such a high level of accuracy that each individual function has the optimum conditions to ensure that your meals come out perfect time and time again.
The twenty four hour delay timer allows you to function the best time for the cooking to start so that it’s always ready for your convenience: after work, for breakfast, before lunch so that you can take it with you etc.
With a stainless steel cast and non-stick interior with an eight quart capacity for food and liquids to make the meal as filling and hearty as you need it, or just ideal for leftovers so that you’re not needlessly running around in the morning gathering your packed lunch together – with the MaxiMatic EPC-807 you’ll only need lunchboxes.
Cuisinart CPC-600 Pressure Cooker
The Cuisinart CPC-600 1000-Watt 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker, Brushed Stainless and Matte Black is the electric pressure cooker for you if you’re looking for a simple to use, medium size that includes safety features to reduce heat conduction and risk of burning – including cool-touch handles and a trivet to protect your precious countertop.
With a range of functions that include browning, simmering, sautéing, warming and pressure cooking – with both a low and high pressure for maximum control; that allows you to produce mouth-watering dishes such as chili, soup and even a traditional pudding and custard!
With dimensions of twelve point two inches wide by twelve point two inches high and thirteen point two inches deep, the Cuisinart CPC-600 electric pressure cooker is the ideal size to fit on your worktop, and with a dishwasher safe interior, it’s also ideal to fit inside your dishwasher saving you time – and money in the form of your water utility bill.
Never mind the fact that the Cuisinart CPC-600 also comes with a limited three year warranty, giving you peace of mind when you cook, knowing that you’ll have it working in its best condition for a long time.
Cuisinart EPC-1200PC Pressure Cooker
If you’re looking for an electric pressure cooker that gives you the freedom to be able to cook multiple dishes; one dish entrees, casseroles, roasts etc. then look no further than the Cuisinart EPC-1200PC.
The Cuisinart EPC-1200PC is a six quart capacity electric pressure cooker with the revered capability to be able to reduce the cooking time by up to seventy percent.
With an easy to read digital display so that you always know how far along in your cooking you are, push button controls (for browning, simmering, sautéing, warming and pressure cooking – with both low and high pressure) that keeps a tight control on the precision thermostat, for accurate and delicious results; and a lid that stays locked until the pressure inside the cooker has decreased to a safe amount (close to environmental pressure).
The Cuisinart EPC-1200PC also has cool-touch handles and a timer to delay the automatic cooking (once it has been programmed by you) to the most opportune moment for you to have your meal ready and waiting at the dinner table, or just piping hot porridge waiting for you in the pot when you get up – either way you will find the integration of the Cuisinart EPC-1200PC into your household, the most natural thing of all.