Pressure Cookers

I Tried the Instant Pot. Here’s What I Think About It, 8 Months Later. — Appliance Love

I first heard about the Instant Pot at the very beginning of this year when Cambria polled readers to find out their favorite slow cooker. Instead of a traditional slow cooker, many of you raved about the Instant Pot, but I'd never even heard of it. My curiosity led me to Amazon, where I found pages and pages of glowing reviews. Was I the only person who didn't know about the Instant Pot?

A few months later, I reviewed the Instant Pot on the site. I approached it with a mixture of excitement and curiosity, along with a large dose of skepticism and disbelief. I mean, can one appliance really do the job of seven? That was eight months ago. After much use, here's what I think about it now.

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5 Important Things to Know About Using Your Pressure Cooker — Tips from The Kitchn

A pressure cooker isn't the most intuitive kitchen tool, but once you have the basics down and get the hang of it, this appliance is a total game-changer. It drastically reduces cooking time for thick cuts of meat, beans, rice, and well, just about everything.

But before you jump into pressure cooking, and even if you already have, here are five important things to know.

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Electric Pressure Cookers Are Your Answer to Fast and Easy Cooking — Appliance Love

I was introduced to pressure cooking earlier this year by way of the Instant Pot, and eventually started using a traditional electric pressure cooker. Admittedly, I was skeptical about pressure cookers right off the bat; I just didn't quite understand why I might need one. I already have a slower cooker (which felt far safer to use), and while some people sing the praises of this appliance, I didn't know a lot of people who actually owned one. It made me wonder if pressure cookers were a little out of fashion.

It took some time to learn the ropes of pressure cooking, but its ability to radically speed up cooking won me over — big time. It answered my question of how do I get dinner on the table, fast? Pressure cookers may have fallen in and out of favor over the years, but this is one appliance that certainly has a place in today's kitchen.

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How To Cook Eggs in an Electric Pressure Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Kelli Foster)

The pressure cooker is an old-fashioned appliance that is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and there are many good reasons why. Chief among them is the fact that it just cooks so many foods so well; if you have a pressure cooker, you know what I mean. You probably had a gateway experience that made you say Oh! This is what this thing can do.

For me, that gateway cooking experience was simple and elemental: soft- and hard-boiled eggs. The pressure cooker makes them better than any other method I know. Here's how!

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Cuisinart, Fagor, and Breville: Which Electric Pressure Cooker Is Right for You? — Product Review

For the past couple weeks I've been up to my ears in electric pressure cooker manuals. My kitchen smelled like chicken and delicious onions for days at a time while testing. I've put these three electric pressure cookers from Cuisinart, Fagor, and Breville to the test — so how do they stack up against each other? And which one is right for you?

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Breville’s Fast Slow Cooker Is a Great Pressure Cooker for Beginners — Product Review

Item: Breville The Fast Slow Cooker
Price: $179.99
Overall Impression: If you're intimidated by using an electric pressure cooker, this is the one for you. The manual and settings make it super easy to understand what you're doing. I also love how the steam release button is away from the valve – it makes it much more safe for a first-time user.

Breville is known for making higher-end appliances, and that includes The Fast Slow Cooker. This machine is a slow cooker and pressure cooker, and as a result, is more expensive than other cookers that just have the pressure cooker function. Is it worth the extra cash? I ran it through three tests to find out.

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