The Instant Pot, an electric pressure cooker, is all the rage. Many folks are finding how useful it is to have an appliance that cooks good food fast. If you’ve been thinking about getting one, I’d love to share my observations of it with you, so that you can decide if it’s worth the investment.
Now, some of these benefits come with any kind of pressure cooking, and it is worth considering if stovetop pressure cooking might work better for you. (I have a stovetop pressure cooker, too, that I also love.) A little-known fact is that stovetop pressure cookers cook your food faster. This is because they build up and release pressure faster than electric pressure cookers, and they cook at a higher pressure level. So if you want dinner on the table in the least amount of minutes, consider a stovetop pressure cooker. You might also prefer a stovetop pressure cooker if you don’t like machines with lots of buttons. I also appreciate the ability to easily see on the gauge how much pressure has built up in my stovetop pressure cooker. But again, keep in mind that you have an open flame with a stovetop pressure cooker, and will need to monitor it during the cooking process, as with any stovetop pot.
If you’ve settled on purchasing an electric pressure cooker, there are other brands on the market, but the Instant Pot is the only one with an uncoated stainless steel inner pot. Other brands have non-stick coatings, which concerns many folks for health reasons.
If you have any hesitations about the safety of pressure cooking, know that today’s pressure cookers – whether electric or stovetop – have safety mechanisms that didn’t exist in the pressure cookers of yore. Certainly, make sure to read the instruction manual before using it, but overall these appliances are quite safe these days.
While I don’t advocate for buying appliances that you will never use, the right kind of appliances can save you lots of time – and often money – and are well-worth it. For my family, I have been using my stovetop pressure cooker at least weekly for the last 12 years, and now that I have an Instant Pot (and kids to watch), I have come to really appreciate the automation and convenience of the electric pressure cooker.
Chef Hilla Abel helps busy parents prepare healthy food easily and enjoyably. She's a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, and currently serves on the faculty of Bauman College, a holistic nutrition and culinary school.
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