| Small appliances
can perform large tasks. Take the tears out of chopping onions with a food
processor or mini-chopper, mix dough with your food processor, make fresh
smoothies in the blender, deep fry your favorite fish - the list is endless.
For advice on selecting the perfect small appliance check out our quick
reference guide to small appliances. If you need further assistance contact
our Gourmet Shop Sales Associates at 888-228-5800.
Chances are, you have either heard or seen pressure cookers from your mom or someone else in your family. The old versions or pressure cookers released an awful noise and took forever to cool off. We never understood why they used it and what its real purpose was. Today pressure cookers are coming back to the market with much better options and less hassle. They give you a choice of a quick-release option, taking even less time to finish that meal and without the need for wasted water to cool things down.
Pressure cookers look like any other kitchen pots, except their lids are a bit more elaborate. Their lids completely seal the pot, while the liquid is boiling inside. Steam then builds the pressure, which results in higher cooking temperature and shorter cooking time.
When purchasing a pressure cooker keep in mind the 6-quart size. Thats a good family size and its standard for most recipes. Maybe its not a bad idea to buy even larger size in case you have friends over.
Select a cooker with a detachable pressure regulator that can adjust the pressure to low, medium or high. The higher the pressure, the higher the internal temperature and the less cooking time you will need. The safety valve will automatically vent the steam.
One of the most important accessories you will need is a timer. A couple of extra minutes of cooking probably won't harm a pot roast, but it could ruin a more delicate dish or any accompanying veggies.
Choose a pot with heat-resistant handles, a locking lid that is easy
to maneuver, and a heavy bottom of stainless steel construction so you
can use the same pot to do preparatory sautéing. You should also
have a heat-diffuser, which prevents direct contact between the heat source
and the bottom of the cooker. It will be needed when preparing rice, pasta
or bean dishes to prevent sticking and scorching.
Considerations for all small appliances: