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Buying a pressure cooker? Here are the 5 things to keep in mind

While buying a pressure cooker, it’s not only the design which you have to think about. Here are 5 important pointers to keep in mind
India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi March 12, 2017 17:21 IST
India TV Lifestyle Desk

Gone are the days when pressure cookers used to be dull and boringly normal. They have shifted drastically from boring to stylish. The market is flooded with several contemporarily designed pressure cookers. But while buying a pressure cooker, it’s not only the design which you have to think about. Here are 5 important pointers to keep in mind. 

Md. Nowshah, Chairman of United Pressure Cooker brand, lists pointers that could be referred to before you go shopping for your next pressure cooker: 


Since the size doesn't actually reflect the amount of food you are going to cook as it is advised that you fill only two-thirds of the pressure cooker, choose the size accordingly plus keep an account of the number of family members to get a fair idea as to how much food you are going to cook on a regular basis.


The easiest tool used by most manufacturers is to make the cooker bulkier by using a weighty handle. So the correct way to judge a pressure cooker is by choosing the one with thicker aluminium or steel walls -- the thicker the walls, the longer the cookware will last. 

It prevents bulging, accidents and daily wear and tear. The ideal thickness of domestic pressure cooker is 3.25mm.

Pressure indicator and fast release

While buying a new pressure cooker make sure that it has a pressure indicator -- either a marker or a pop-up indicator that will help you judge the pressure. A quick release button is also necessary to lower the pressure while maintaining the heat. 


Float valve or spring valve

A pressure cooker is correlated to the steam and whistle that fills your kitchen with a distinct smell that may annoy the guests at home. To eliminate this issue, the new breed of pressure cookers have a pressure regulating technology that makes very little noise and consumes less energy. Choose pressure cookers that fulfil this purpose efficiently.

Two pressure settings

Choose pressure cookers that have two pressure settings -- high and low so that food which requires a long time to cook like legumes have a high-pressure setting and those that cook fast should have a low pressure. 

(with IANS Inputs)