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The Ultimate Guide to Pressure Cooker & How to Choose One

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A pressure cooker is a kitchen appliance that can be used to cook food quickly with steam. The first question you may be asking yourself is: what are the benefits and disadvantages? There are many different pressure cookers on the market- slow cooker, electric pressure cooker or stovetop. This guide will cover questions like these and give you tips for buying a new one!

What is a Pressure Cooker?

A pressure cooker is a cooking pot that seals food in airtight cookware and uses the weight of water to raise the boiling point. This allows more heat to be applied, which cooks your food much faster than other methods like steaming or boiling. It’s perfect for those who don’t have hours on end to wait for their meal! Pressure cookers are also very good at preserving nutrients in foods because they’re cooked under intense conditions without any liquid evaporating out of them (unlike with regular pots).

How does it work?

A pressure cooker cooks food by raising the boiling point of water to 240°F so that it can reach 250°F when in contact with steam from the pot of liquid inside under high pressures. The increased temperature kills bacteria found on meat or vegetables while retaining their natural flavour, vitamins and minerals better than other cooking methods.

Why Should You Buy One?

A Pressure Cooker can be used for lots of other things besides just making soup. I use mine when I’m preparing my brown rice or beans because they cook up so much faster and retain more nutrients that way too! They’re also great if you are short on time but still want an awesomely nutritious meal. This recipe for Chicken Fajitas made with Cumin Lime Rice Easy Spanish Beans and Ancho Chile Sauce is super easy and amazingly flavorful!

I don’t know about you guys, but some days after a long day at work, I just don’t have the energy to cook a big meal. But with my Pressure Cooker, I can quickly whip up an easy and nutritious dinner in minutes!

It cooks food faster than conventional methods.

The flavour is enhanced by cooking under pressure, which reduces the amount of soy sauce needed to achieve an adequately flavoured dish.

When should you use your pressure cooker?

Pressure cooking can be used for both meat and vegetable dishes (though not fish). However, there are many different factors when deciding what type of dish will work best with a pressure cooker: like when you have large amounts of food or multiple kinds. You may also want to consider using a power cooker if you have limited space in your kitchen because they take up less storage than other types of cookware.

What are the different types of pressure cookers?

There is a variety amongst different types of pressure cookers. Here, we discuss three popular options: stovetop models, electric hybrids and all-inclusive multi-use units.

Stovetop models work just like any other pot or pan you would have in your kitchen but with some additional safety features that allow them to release extra steam if something happens while cooking. So, there is no need to worry about an exploding volcano taking over your dinner table.

Electric models are very similar, except they come with a corded base unit plugs into the wall outlet and has a larger, more versatile cooking surface.

All-inclusive multi-use units are the most expensive option and offer all of the features that you would need for your kitchen or restaurant: they cook food faster than stovetop models with an indicator light to show when it reaches pressure; the heat is regulated automatically, so there’s no worry about anything burning or overcooking; and because these are usually propane powered, the unit includes a built-in burner if you want to do something else while waiting on dinner!

How to Choose the Best Type for Me

Pressure Cookers are available in various shapes and sizes, from stovetop models to electric hybrids to multi-use units. Each type has its benefits, so it’s important to know what you need before you start looking for a pressure cooker.

Stovetop Pressure Cookers: Stovetops take up more space than other types because they have the pot and cooking vessel combined into one device, but this is also their main advantage as well–they can be used anywhere, anytime, without any electricity or gas!

The downside with stovetops is that some foods may release too much liquid when cooked, which causes an overflow when opening the pressure cooker lid (not dangerous, just messy). On top of these disadvantages, another issue is that you can’t open them and check their contents without letting all of the steam escape because they are on the stovetop. This means it may take longer to cook some dishes or vegetables.

Electric Pressure Cookers: These pressure cookers have many advantages over other types, such as setting a timer for cooking time and temperature, which will allow you to walk away from your food while it cooks! Another benefit is that since electric models don’t need any heat source, people with gas ranges who cannot control high temperatures like those in an oven easily do,  allowing for more variety when cooking. The downside with these units is that there’s no way (without opening) to know how much water is inside, making it difficult to determine if the food will overcook and what you need to do about this.

All-inclusive Multi-Use Devices: This type has many advantages over other cooker styles, including great versatility. These units often serve as an electric pressure cooker, a rice maker, a slow cooker, and an oven. Their downside is that they tend to be more expensive than other types because of their extra features, which makes it hard for people looking for an affordable option.

Tips on Buying a New One

  • If this is your first time using a Pressure Cooker, then either electric or stovetop varieties will work best for you; if you want something that’s both safe and convenient, go with the Electric Pot variety. The only downside of these is that it requires more energy use within your home since most are plugged into outlets, but otherwise, they’re great because they heat up quickly too without much fuss! If there’s a downside to one of these options, it’s that they’re not as durable over time and are more likely to dent or scratch from other pots. This is why we recommend you go with stovetop varieties if you need something less energy-consuming in your home since this type can be on the smaller side, which means fewer worries about space!
  • Size does matter because there are different shapes and sizes available, from small to large.
  • The material also matters because it affects the weight of the pot and how quickly it can heat up. If you’re looking for something that heats up fast or needs less energy, then stainless steel is a good option to go with too! It’s more durable than aluminium and copper, so if someone in your family has butterfingers (or are just really clumsy), this could be an excellent option as well. There are benefits to both – but we recommend going with one that matches what you need at home.
  • You might want to consider which colour of pot would work best for your kitchen space. Copper pots may tarnish over time, and some people find them harder to clean. Stainless Steel options have a polished metal look, ranging from subtle light reflections in brushed stainless to shiny mirror-finishes on some models, ranging from chalky white to high-gloss dark ones. Aluminium pots usually have an epoxy finish, so they’ll also vary depending on the colour – and we recommend going with one that matches what you need at home!


In conclusion, the pressure cooker is a versatile kitchen appliance that can steam vegetables or cook rice. The most common pressure cooker in Malaysia today is the electric one and has an automatic timer which will make your life easier. You should purchase this best-selling product as soon as possible because it’s worth every penny! Don’t forget to buy some of our popular recipe books for inspiration too!

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