What Makes the Best Pressure Cooker?

There are several different types of electric pressure cookers on the market, but what features and benefits are included with the best pressure cooker?

We’re here to help answer that question and review some of most helpful and convenient features some pressure cookers have. Nearly any pressure cooker you buy is going to save you time, energy and money when it comes to preparing meals, but when shopping around for the right pressure cooker to buy make sure it includes all of the following benefits:

Non-Stick Inner Pot: Having the inner pot of your pressure cooker be a non-stick surface is a must. This will make using and cleaning your pressure cooker much easier.

Safe Lock Lid: One of the best safety features a pressure cooker can have is a safe lock lid. This will prevent accidents from happening and pressure from being released while cooking.

Stainless Steel Housing: The outer housing of your pressure cooker should be something versatile and sturdy like stainless steel. This will help extend the life of your pressure cooker.

One-Touch Preset Buttons: The best pressure cookers come equipped with one-touch preset buttons to make cooking as quick and easy as possible. Don’t waste time figuring out what setting to cook your food on. Your pressure cooker should do all of that work for you.

Digital Display Panel: A digital display on your pressure cooker will be able to tell you exactly how much cooking time there is left. Other electric pressure cooker models that have dials instead of digital displays can keep you guessing and be less accurate.

Steam Release Valve: One of the most important steps when preparing meals in a pressure cooker is the releasing of the steam at the end of the cooking process. An electric pressure cooker with a steam release valve allows this to be done efficiently and properly.

So next time you’re in the market for a pressure cooker, look for one with these awesome features and your life in the kitchen will be made so much easier and safer.


Kitchen Appliances that Make Cooking Easier & Faster

Life in the kitchen has never been easier! That’s because of the many innovative cooking appliances and products that have made food prep as efficient as ever.

The days of slaving away over a hot stove or oven are practically gone. There are now numerous kitchen appliances that are discrete and versatile. Using them helps save us time and energy, and makes cooking much more enjoyable. To highlight some of these products, here’s a list of some kitchen appliances that make cooking easier and faster.

Slow Cooker: A slow cooker isn’t necessarily going to cook your food faster, but that’s not the point. A slow cooker allows you to put food in it early in the day and let it sit as you go about your business. Cooking doesn’t get much easier than letting something stew in a slow cooker.

Microwave: Now this is where speed comes into play. With the touch of one button, a microwave can have your food ready in minutes, perhaps even seconds depending on the item. Microwaves can be used to heat up or cook a wide range of foods, from meats and pastas, to popcorn and oatmeal.

Electric Pressure Cooker: Pressure cookers are incredible because they’ll produce food that’s more delicious than usual but it will cook it up to 70 percent faster than other kitchen appliances. There are also many great electric pressure cooker recipes online for you to try.

Toaster Oven: If a meal you’re making requires an oven but you’re short on time, a toaster oven is a great alternative. It cooks food practically the same way as an oven, but does so much faster. Toaster ovens are great kitchen appliances for making food like toast or frozen pizza. Toaster Ovens are also great for reheating and keeping food warm.

Electric Pressure Cooker Recipes to get you Through the Holidays

If you own a pressure cooker, you’re in luck because cooking this holiday season just got a whole lot easier for you. Between all of the electric pressure cooker recipes that are out there, you’ll have plenty of meals to make throughout the holiday season and even thereafter.

Thanksgiving meals are made a breeze when using a pressure cooker as your primary kitchen appliance. You can make delicious dishes for all three courses of your feast, and do so in half the time!

Start by making some mashed sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce in just minutes by using your pressure cooker’s cooking presets. Don’t forget about sides like glazed carrots and thanksgiving stuffing! Both can be made easily in a pressure cooker.

And believe it or not, your Thanksgiving turkey can even be prepared in your pressure cooker while maintaining its flavor and tenderness.

When it comes to Christmas and the rest of the holidays that make up the holiday season, there are tons of other great electric pressure cooker recipes that will make you look like a kitchen guru to your loved ones. They won’t believe how good the food you’re making taste or how fast you’re able to make it!

Pressure cookers can be used to make a variety of different soups to help get you through the cold winter months or just to get a meal started. The cooking technology of pressure cookers keeps pork loins and holiday hams as juicy as ever.

Finding electric pressure cooker recipes online will also help take care of dessert. Making holiday favorites such as apple cake and bread pudding is also easier than ever before when you use a pressure cooker.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t waste too much time in the kitchen this holiday season. Save that time for your family and start utilizing the many great electric pressure cooker recipes that are available.


Celebrate National Pepper Month with these Power Pressure Cooker Recipes

Bell pepperIt doesn’t take owning a digital pressure cooker long to realize the many benefits that this all-in-one kitchen appliance has to offer. Using an electric pressure cooker to prepare your meals not only saves you time in the kitchen, but it can also reduce clean up and stress while cooking.

There are many great pressure cooker recipes to enjoy, but November is National Pepper Month, and to help you celebrate the right way, here are some delicious pressure cooker recipes that include peppers in the ingredients.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup


  • 6 red bell peppers-cut thick julienned
  • 2 red onions- cut thick julienned
  • 4 plum tomatoes- cut thick julienned
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 potato peeled, diced
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup of white wine (Chardonnay)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper


  • Place the inner pot into the digital pressure cooker. Place the oil in the inner pot. Press the “Soup/Stew” button. Set time to 15 minutes.
  • Add the red peppers, garlic and onion. Cook until they get soft, about 3-4 minutes, then add tomatoes, and white wine, cook additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the chicken stock and potato.
  • Place the lid on the electric pressure cooker, lock the lid and switch the pressure release valve to “Closed.”
  • Once the timer reaches zero, the cooker will automatically switch to “KEEP WARM.” Press the “CANCEL” button. Switch the pressure release valve to “Open.” When the steam is completely released, remove the lid.
  • Carefully remove soup from the inner pot and transfer to blender to puree until smooth. Or use a stick blender.
  • Serve (serves up to four people).

This is a hearty soup that is super easy to make. It can be naturally thickened with potato to make it gluten-free and the chicken stock can be substituted for vegetable stock to go vegan.

Cajun Chicken Pasta


  • 8 ounces chicken breast, diced
  • 1 pound bowtie pasta
  • 12 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 5 cup green and red pepper, diced
  • 3 tablespoons Cajun spice
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 ounces heavy cream


  • Place the inner pot in the digital pressure cooker. Press the “Rice/Risotto” button. Cook for 6 minutes.
  • Heat the olive oil, brown the chicken, add in the onion, garlic, Cajun spice, and the peppers, cook for 2 minutes.
  • Then add in the pasta, heavy cream, and water, mix.
  • Place the lid on the electric pressure cooker, lock lid and switch the pressure valve to “Closed.”
  • Once the timer reaches zero, the cooker will automatically switch to “KEEP WARM.” Press the “CANCEL” button. When the steam is completely released, remove the lid.
  • Stir in optional heavy cream.
  • Serve top with fresh grated cheese (serves up to four people).

How I Won a Chili Cook-Off with an Electric Pressure Cooker

overhead photo of a bowl of chili with cheese and green onionsNo doubt, there are chili recipes out there that are tried-and-true and have won many chili cook-off contests.  My Uncle Larry had one of these types of chili recipes, and he would bring a big bowl of it to every family gathering when I was a kid. Uncle Larry’s chili seemed to have the perfect amount of each ingredient and a taste that would always leave you wanting more.

But Uncle Larry would never give up the secrets to his “famous” chili recipe.  I’ve tried for years to replicate it, but have failed miserably many times. This became particularly frustrating when we decided to have a chili cook-off at work for our company’s holiday gathering.

The winner of the contest received two extra paid vacation days for the upcoming year, so needless to say, everyone was determined to win. Now in his elderly years, my Uncle Larry is still stubborn and won’t reveal how to make his delicious chili. I hounded him for days, but got nowhere.

That’s when an electric pressure cooker chili recipe I found online saved the day.

I love using my digital pressure cooker to prepare other meals and snacks, but I never knew it could be used to make chili. With very little time to throw something together for the chili cook-off, I decided to give pressure cooker chili a shot and quickly gathered all of the ingredients.

With some crushed tomatoes, beef stock, onion, dried red beans, black beans, chili powder, cumin, ground coriander, crush red pepper flake, sugar, and grape seed oil, I had myself some excellent tasting chili in no time.

Using my pressure cooker’s “Chicken/Meat” setting, as well as the “Soup/Stew” preset, I was able to make mouth-watering chili in less than an hour.

Not only did deciding to use my electric pressure cooker to make chili save me time and stress, it also won me the contest! My pressure cooker chili was so good that the entire office was raving about it for weeks.

I might just have to take one of my two newly earned vacation days and see if Uncle Larry wants to put his chili to the test against mine.

Pressure Cooker Recipes for Football Sundays

Rugby ball, snacks and bottles of beer on football field backgroundFootball is finally here and that means spending Sundays glued to the TV while cheering on your favorite team. But with football on all day, it can be hard to find time to step away and prepare a meal to munch on while you watch.

That’s no longer an issue if you have a digital pressure cooker that can cook delicious dishes in minutes, and without you having to leave the couch to tend to your food.

To help you get started on your Sunday menu, here are a few great recipes that can be easily made using the Power Pressure Cooker XL—the top digital pressure cooker on the market.

Kielbasa and Kraut


  • 2 pounds kielbasa
  • 2 pounds sauerkraut, drained
  • 1 tablespoon Caraway seeds
  • 2 tablespoons spiced mustard


  • Place the inner pot into the digital pressure cooker
  • Press the “Chicken/Meat” button to set for 15 minutes
  • Combine all ingredients in the inner pot
  • Secure the lid on the digital pressure cooker
  • Lock the lid and switch the pressure release valve to “Closed”
  • Once the timer reaches zero, the digital pressure cooker will automatically switch to “Keep Warm”
  • Press “Cancel”
  • Switch the pressure release valve to “Open”
  • When the stem is completely released, remove the lid
  • Serve with mustard

Loaded Mash Potatoes


  • 4 pounds red potatoes, quartered
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese shredded
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and diced
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped
  • 2 tablespoons scallions


  • Place the inner pot into the digital pressure cooker
  • Press the “Soup/Stew” button to set for 10 minutes
  • Add the potatoes, stock, salt and pepper to the inner pot
  • Secure the lid on the Cooker
  • Lock the lid and switch the pressure release valve to “Closed”
  • Once the timer reaches zero, the digital pressure cooker will automatically switch to “Keep Warm”
  • Press “Cancel”
  • Switch the pressure release valve to “Open”
  • When the steam is completely released, remove the lid
  • Mash the potatoes add the cream and butter
  • Then fold in the rest of the ingredients
  • Serve

Creamy Mac and Cheese with Chorizo


  • 8 ounces chorizo, sliced
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 pound elbow pasta, dry
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded


  • Place the inner pot into the digital pressure cooker
  • Press the “Soup/Stew” button to set for 10 minutes
  • Combine all ingredients into inner pot.
  • Secure the lid on the digital pressure cooker
  • Lock the lid and switch the pressure release valve to “Closed”
  • Once the timer reaches zero, the digital pressure cooker will automatically switch to “Keep Warm
  • Press “Cancel”
  • Switch the pressure release valve to “Open”
  • When the steam is completely released, remove the lid
  • Serve

Answering Your Electric Pressure Cooker Questions

An electric pressure cooker can be a quick, easy and convenient way to fulfill most of your cooking needs. However, versatile electric pressure cookers with numerous functions can cause many questions to arise while using them.

To help make cooking easier for you, we’ve decided to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about electric pressure cookers.

What’s the Capacity?

Electric pressure cookers will come in a variety of sizes and hold different capacities depending on what type you purchase, but common measurements for the capacity of these kitchen appliances are 6 and 8 quarts.

How do I Set the Cooking Time?

The cooking presets on your electric pressure cooker signify different cooking times and styles for various types of food. Simply hitting these buttons generally will set a cook time automatically, but this time can often time be adjusted manually for a more specific time.

Can I Adjust the Pressure?

Yes, much like the cooking time, the cooking pressure of your electric pressure cooker can be set using the preset buttons or manually.

Can I Slow Cook, Sauté or Brown Foods?

Electric pressure cookers tend to have a slow cook feature that cooks food at a low pressure. Some electric pressure cookers have buttons that allow you to brown or sauté food, but if not, these effects can generally be achieved by cooking at one of the higher preset temperatures with the lid off.

When is it Safe to Remove the Lid?

Be sure not to remove the lid of your electric pressure cooker while it’s cooking. Once all the pressure is released, the lid may be removed. If the lid is difficult to open, then the electric pressure cooker is still pressurized and you should not force it open.

Will my Meal Remain Hot?

Yes, electric pressure cookers typically have “Keep Warm” modes that will automatically switch on when your cook time has elapsed.