Pressure Cookers

Pressure cookers can make your life easier, more delicious, and more healthful—all at the same time!
Last Updated: October 12, 2017

Pressure cookers are amazingly useful kitchen tools, and they’re virtual necessities for anyone who adores beans or lives in a place with long cold winters.

Soaked dried beans that might take several hours to properly cook on a stovetop can be ready in about 20 minutes in a pressure cooker. Pressure cookers are ideal for cooking classic Indian bean dishes like chana masala or dal soups made from split yellow peas.

And of course, pressure cookers can handle more than just beans. They can also perfectly cook foods like potatoes, squash, and other root vegetables in just minutes.

Many pressure cookers owners only use them for only one or two things, which is a real shame because they open the door to so many quick and convenient meals. Fortunately, there are a couple superb vegan cookbooks entirely devoted to pressure cookers, each of which will give you an amazing diversity of foods to explore. Check out Jill Nussinow’s Vegan Under Pressure and JL Fields’ Vegan Pressure Cooking.

Since the safety of aluminum cookware is in doubt, it’s probably wise to invest a few more dollars to purchase stainless steel models. We recommend the Presto 01362 stainless steel stovetop unit for most people, since it’s the most inexpensive high-quality way to get started. If you have a big family, cook communally, or intend to embark on large canning projects, you might want to go with a higher capacity model.

If you become a true pressure cooker aficionado and you room in your kitchen, consider buying a countertop unit. The Instant Pot IP-DUO60 is a fantastic choice that’s packed with every feature you could want. Countertop units are easier to work with than stovetop models and most feature electric timers for greater cooking precision. Plus they will enable you to cook more involved meals since they won’t be taking up one of your stove’s burners.

You can certainly live without a pressure cooker but once you own one you’ll like find yourself wondering how you ever lived without it.