Magazines and cooking shows have done their best to review pressure cookers but, often, they are tested by people who do not know how to pressure cook nor are aware of basic operational and safety features.
Starting December 7th, and about once a month thereafter, we are going to publish pressure cooker reviews. They will quantify and compare specific data like time to pressure, evaporation, energy consumption, and dimensions with an detailed look at their features (or flaws)!
Each review will conclude with a “Hip Score” – a simple average of the cooker’s score in each category. Is clean-up more important to you than performance? Then you should pay careful attention to the rating in that category on the Hip Score Card.
The tests are executed in my own kitchen following a standardized testing routine with the help of a few techie gadgets and, most importantly, designed to simulate real cooking situations.
Before using a pressure cooker in the photographs of the step-by-step recipes we run it through the same three recipes twice to get acquainted with the pressure cooker’s features, opening methods and quality.
A pressure cooker risotto, for example, is an excellent recipe for testing the browning, heat expansion of the base (too much means that the top may not fit properly on the pre-heated base), time to pressure and evaporation. A tomato-based pasta sauce is made to test heat distribution (even distribution means no burning in spots). Finally, I make a custard to see if pressure is maintained with no fluctuations (which could make a holey or even “fried” custard).
But now, in addition to these behind-the-scenes testing, we’re taking careful measurements and combining all of this information to give you comprehensive pressure cooker reviews.
If you have the same model pressure cooker that is being reviewed, we’d love to have your thoughts on how you like it. Just leave a comment at the bottom of the review – the more information you share the better your fellow readers can make their purchasing decision.
To submit your pressure cookers for a free, detailed, expert review please contact [email protected]. If your pressure cooker gets high marks, it will be added in the photographed recipes rotation and added to the list of pressure cookers we use on this website