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Pinterest Pin - 7 Practical Reasons to buy a pressure cookerEveryone’s talking about pressure cookers, but what is all the fuss?  Is it just a lot of marketing hype? Is it worth spending $100 or more to buy one, especially if you already have a lot of pots and pans and a really good stove?

The short answer is YES! We love pressure cookers and there is a reason why they are so popular. Pressure cookers will not only help you save time, money and energy, but they can also help you cook a much wider range of recipes (sounds crazy right!). Here are seven reasons to buy a pressure cooker, and why you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one.

Pressure Cookers Save Time

Need to have dinner ready in 30 minutes? No problem! Pressure cookers can shorten cooking time by as much as 70%. Even chunky stews or sauces that required hours of simmering on the stove can now be prepared and served on the table in less time than ordering takeout.

It’s the perfect kitchen appliance for busy couples or tired parents, who don’t have a lot of time or energy to slave in the kitchen. And the best thing is that you still get the full, deep flavor of a dish that’s been cooked for hours!

Pressure Cookers Help Save Money

If you want to cut your monthly costs, a pressure cooker is a smart investment. It can make cheaper and tougher cuts of meat very tender, without drying it out.

It’s also more convenient to make your own broth, which is cheaper and healthier than buying it canned. Homemade stock is not just healthier and more flavorful but you can control the amount of salt that goes into it.

There are many other ways pressure cookers can help you cut down on the cost of food ingredients. You can buy dried beans and cook them yourself. You can stew your own tomatoes, then freeze them to turn into pizza or pasta sauce at a moment’s notice. You can even make preserves!

Once you add up all the money you’ll save on your monthly grocery bills, you’ll soon realize that the pressure cooker pays for itself.

It will also save you a lot of money on your energy bill (see #5 below)

Preserve Nutrients for Healthier Meals

Many vitamins and minerals break down when exposed to heat. So, when you cook vegetables, you naturally lose a lot of the beneficial nutrients. However, pressure cookers can preserve more nutrients than other cooking methods. In fact, cooking some vegetables in a pressure cooker increased (yes increased) their nutrients. Sounds unbelievable right? Check out this video called Does Pressure Cooking Preserve Nutrients by the fabulous Dr. Greger of nutritionfacts.org

A study published by the Journal of Food Science found that broccoli that was cooked with a pressure cooker was able to preserve 90% of its vitamin C. This is higher than the usual recommended method of steaming (78%) and boiling (66%).

Not only that, but you also get more flavor and texture. Some people find steamed vegetables to be bland, and boiled vegetables can get mushy. Pressure cookers retain the nutrients and the color and crunch, and allow you to experiment with different kinds of recipes — from vegan burritos, to vegetable curry.

One mom said, “My kids used to hate vegetables. But since I started cooking them with a pressure cooker, they not only eat them, but they’ll get second or third servings!’ (Happy Kids = Happy Parents)

You Can Cook Anything & Everything

Spare Ribs - Which Pressure CookerThe old pressure cookers could only be used to boil ingredients. But the best pressure cookers today have more features, which let you cook pretty much anything, such as: rice, bread, cakes, roasts, noodles, and even yogurt.

You can find a treasure trove of free pressure cooker recipes on the Internet. Whether you’re an experienced cook who just wants an easier way to prepare traditional dishes, or a newbie who wants a fast and fool-proof recipe, you’ll never run out of ideas of what to serve tonight.

Why not check out some of our favorite Pressure Cooker Recipes to help get you started

Pressure Cookers Use Less Energy

Pressure Cooker Save EnergyA study by Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) found that cooking appliances like ovens account for 10% of your home’s electricity! Switching to an energy-efficient cooking device can make a big difference in your energy bill — and pressure cookers win, hands down.

For example, a pot will need 190 wh (watt hours) to bring 1.5 liters of water to a boil. If the bottom is uneven or slightly warped, which leads to heat loss, it will need 290 wh. However, a pressure cooker only needs 60 wh — less than 1/3 of the energy used to boil water on an electric stove.

Research by the Department of Energy Labs also found that pressure cookers are twice as more energy efficient than gas ranges. That’s because the gas also has to heat up the pot and the surrounding air, before it actually heats the food.

However, pressure cookers are designed to trap heat and concentrate heat on actually cooking whatever you put inside. That’s why food is cooked faster, while using less energy.

Pressure Cookers Are Safe & Simple to Use

We all remember the pressure cookers that our mothers and grandmothers used to use. These clunky, heavy pots made ominous whistling sounds, and everyone cleared the kitchen when it was time to open up. We were all afraid that it would blow up!

Electric pressure cookers are extremely safe and even modern stove top pressure cookers are very safe and easier to use than they used to be. Electric pressure cookers couldn’t be easier to use, you switch the dial to pick the cooking time, then it automatically switches off when the food is ready. No fear, no stress!

Less Cleaning Up & Less Mess

Many people enjoy cooking, but hate washing the pots and pans left in the aftermath. But modern pressure cookers let you do everything in just one pot. You don’t have to brown the meat in a pan and then transfer it to another pot — just do it all there!

Our Top Picks

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Recipe AppThis is a tried and tested favorite. It has over 161,634 Amazon reviews and an average 4.7/5 star rating, all from people who swear that it’s the best kitchen appliance they’ve ever bought.

It cooks food 70% faster, and has a wide range of functions — perfect for people with small kitchens!  It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer and yogurt maker. It can also cook rice and warm food.

You can also download the Instant Pot app or visit their online communities to get tons of recipes. The 14 smart programs also ensure fool-proof cooking accuracy.

Read Our Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker Review Here

Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus Pressure Cooker

Hailed as the “Next Generation Multi-Cooker” it now has 10 functions, an improved inner pot, 48 programs or presets, and a cooking progress indicator.

Should you get this one or the original Instant Pot Duo? It really depends on the kind of cooking you imagine doing. If you love trying different recipes, then the increased functions are worth paying an extra $40. The Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus also comes with a lovely looking LCD screen which details how long it left of the cooking process and also an inner pot with handles which allows you to remove the pot without scolding yourself.

Read our Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus review here

Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 Multi-Cooker

Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker ImageTorn between getting a pressure cooker or an air fryer? Get this instead! It allows for a multitude of cooking varieties, such as: pressure cook, air fry or air crisp, slow cook, steam, roast, bake, broil, sauté, sear, and even dehydrate food.

While it’s more expensive than the Instant Pot, it is more powerful. It’s ideal if you ever plan on cooking a variety of recipes. And honestly, this is the best way to get restaurant-style chicken at home: it’s TenderCrisp technology will lock in the delicious flavors, then cook them to crunchy, crispy perfection.

Read Our Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 Multi-Cooker Review Here

Yedi 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker

This is a more affordable version of the Instant Pot, with a similar range of functions but at about half the price (in fact the Yedi and Instant Pot are made by the same people).

While it comes with set programs, you also have the option to choose pressure levels and set the cooking time manually. And another bonus is the specially designed steamer basket where you can cook two kinds of dishes at the same time.

Read Our Yedi 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker Review Here

All American 921 Canner Pressure Cooker

This pressure cooker and canner is perfect for people who want to make preserves, jams, jellies, compotes, or chutneys. It can hold up to 19 pint jars or 7 quart jars. It is also available in smaller sizes.

Read Our All American Canner Pressure Cooker Review Here