Sometime in late 2016 Facebook seemed to have tons of people talking about electric pressure cookers. Heck my Mom even bought one after reading a discussion about how well and quick they can cook a full meal. So I got interested in learning more about them and if it would be a good purchase for my own kitchen.
And well since I am a writer by trade and foodie by passion I decided to do some research and share it here to help you out too in selecting the best electric pressure cooker for yourself. And finding out what all the hype is about.
Seriously these things aren’t hard to work and with a little bit of explaining here I promise you will understand how to operate your own cooker or soon to own if you haven’t purchased yours yet (you should though =) )
Need to know pressure cooking “terms”. Easy to understand FAQ
First are two most common ones because they deal with releasing pressure from your cooker when you are done cookin’
Question: What is quick release and what does it do on an electric pressure cooker?
Answer: Quick release is one of the two setting you can choose from once you are done cooking with your electric pressure cooker. Quick release means that you will release pressure immediately once you are done cooking. This is usually used when you want to stop cooking the food inside of it right away. For example say you are cooking eggs. Well you don’t want to over cook them so you would be using the quick release feature. Which lets out a loud burst of steam. This is the most common option of the two and usually takes about a minute or so.
Question: What is natural release and what does it do on an electric pressure cooker?
Answer: Natural release is the other option you have to choose from once you are done cooking your tasty recipe. Natural does just like it sounds and that is it lets the pressure slowly drop from your cooker. On most cookers this happens without having to select anything and is done automatically. Natural release is the best method when cooking stuff that might foam up during cooking. This method can take up to ten or more minutes to complete.
High, Medium and Low Pressure
These three pressure settings are common on most cookers. Although some may not have a medium setting. You need to consult your brand and model specific to find out the optimal setting to use when cooking.
This is a container on your cooker that will capture all of the condensation buildup during cooking.
Finally there is a:
Steam Basket and Trivet Basket on some electric pressure cookers. These do not come on all models but are very effective for cooking many things so I suggest look for a cooker that has this option. Ok, ok, enough of the boring stuff lets get to the reviews of some of the best and worst electric pressure cookers of 2017!
The first main point we are going to cover here is what size electric pressure cooker is the best for you.
The three main sizes are as follows:
Four Quarts, Six Quarts and Eight Quarts
A 4 Quart electric pressure cooker is perfect for college kids, single people and couples. They work great for cooking a single side dish. (example: steak and potatoes)
A 6 quart cooker is great for most families and is the most popular size and also the most popular size you will find recipes for online.
Finally there is the 8 quart cooker which is best for big familes. So if you have lots of kids to cook for then this is the ideal size.
Please not there are also 16, 18, 23 quart sizes also but they are not nearly as common so we didn’t cover them here at the moment. But if we get enough request we will for sure update this with more about them too.
(User update) I have been using my Insta Pot all year now. And at least 3 times a week. I swear this was the best kitchen investment I have made. I make healthy meals for me and my kids quick and easy. You seriously got to try this cooker!
Instant Pot 6 Quart IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker! This cooker is seriously amazing! I have made so many different recipes with it that I have found online. Seriously I think between this machine and my coffee maker these are the only two items that get any use in my kitchen anymore.
I found this wonderful long-term review from Kelli at here blog here. She really loves it too!
She says “This single appliance has made cooking faster and more convenient. (Even my husband has taken to using it!) I love that I can cook steel-cut oats for breakfast in a fraction of the time it would take on the stovetop, make rice to go with a last-minute stir-fry is in minutes, and slow-cook a stew. In fact, it’s even taken the place of my slow cooker, which has since been moved out of the kitchen.” read more here
Goes To: Cuisinart with their CPC-600 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker This is a gold standard cooker that has been around a VERY long time. The CPC-600 is updated though and does a wonderful job cooking anything you can throw at it or in it (hehe).
Graduated from the Univ. of Oregon with a degree in Business. I now live in Portland Or. and enjoy gardening and blogging. I work at a local coffee shop and enjoy time with my two puppies (annabelle & barkley).