When washing, make sure there isn’t any food debris in the valves and make sure to wash and replace the gasket after every use. You should replace these parts every one to three years, depending on use. Luckily, the Fagor website sells replacement parts for all its cookers. Stovetop models require a little more attention on the cook’s part than electric pressure cookers do, but they’re still safer than ever. This means you shouldn’t stray too far away from the Presto as steam builds, because the heat needs to be reduced once the pot comes to pressure. Even though the recipe book includes separate recipes in Chinese that I’d really like to be able to understand, the English section does provide very helpful tables of cooking times for various meats, fish, legumes, grains, fruits, and vegetables.
The Instant Pot comes in 5-, 6-, and 8-quart sizes. We think the 6-quart version hits the sweet spot for most home cooks. Chickpeas cooked with some skin splitting, but remained intact. This is entirely normal for all pressure cookers. Cleaning the cooker is easy and a very important step. It’s crucial to make sure your gasket and valves are clean and free off food bits, because anything obstructing them can make your cooker not work properly. The Ultra offers more functionality than the Breville Fast Slow Pro at less than two-thirds the price. Our chocolate cake was a little denser than oven baked because it cooked over a steam bath and therefore needed us to cover it tightly with foil to avoid waterlogging.
The only other stovetop cooker to have this design is the smaller Tramontina 6.3-quart. Budget pick: Presto 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker The Presto 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker has only one pressure setting and its controls are harder to see from a distance, but it’s a solid pot if you just want to try out this cooking method. The detachable lid was easier to clean, and better for both righties and lefties to use. Stovetop pressure cookers have a tri-ply disk in the base of the pot (also called an encapsulated bottom) that holds and distributes heat, and the high-end cookers have thicker, wider disks that result in more consistent browning and heat retention. Flaws but not dealbreakers During our tests, there was some minor scorching in the bottom corners of the pot, but a stainless steel scrubber quickly removed those stains. The weight-modified valve has only one pressure setting.