Pressure cookers are able to cook meats quickly and thoroughly while keeping them moist and delicious. The meats are placed in water or some cooking liquid and the lid is typically tightly sealed with a gasket, which allows for steam to build up to facilitate quick cooking under high pressure.
But why choose an electric pressure cooker over a traditional stovetop one? There are several benefits. One is the ability to program an electric one to control the process of pressure cooking and another is the enhanced safety features. Many electric cookers also come with options to steam, brown or slow cook the food. Some of the best electric pressure cookers automatically turn off when cooking is done or automatically switch to keeping the food warm.
When shopping for an electric cooker, make sure that it is large enough to cook the amount you need on a regular basis. Know what you will be using the cooker for to ultimately determine which one will best fit your needs. Also keep in mind that while most stovetop pressure cookers are able to reach 15 psi, electric ones won’t. That doesn’t mean that they won’t work great. All you have to do is adjust cooking times. If you like to do slow cooking often at really low temperatures over a long period of times, a proper electric slow cooker is a great appliance to have and is superior to the slow cook option on a pressure cooker.
The following top rated electric pressure cookers run the gamut in price and number of features, so you should be able to find one that fits your specific needs and budget. If not, go to Amazon now to see a large range.
Cuisinart 1000-Watt 6 Qt Electric Pressure Cooker (CPC-600)
This Cuisinart CPC-600 is a best selling electric pressure cooker and provides two different settings for pressure cooking (high and low), plus browning, sauté, simmer and keep warm functions and operates at 1000 watts. In addition to its main function, you can also cook everything from rice to stews to stir fries and desserts in its electric non-stick cooking pot. You can pre-set temperatures for the jobs that don’t require pressure cooking, and the built in digital thermostat helps control the temperature at which food cooks. It has an automatic keep warm function that it will switch to when cooking is done. After choosing the method of cooking, if you select the pressure setting and close the cooker, you can then set the timer for up to 99 minutes and the LED panel countdown will display.
Its safety features include cool touch handles to prevent burning your hands and pressure cannot build up unless the lid is properly locked in. You also cannot release the lid until pressure reduces to zero after the end of cooking.
The included trivet and the cooking pot are easy to clean and dishwasher safe.
Most users rate this cooker with 5 stars but there are a few complaints that pressure stops building in the cooker after a few months. This is easily remedied by removing and cleaning the gasket and opening up the valve and thoroughly cleaning that with a toothpick.