Under Pressure

The Calphalon Pressure Cooker Is Heavy Duty

WHAT IS IT?

The Calphalon 6 Qt. Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker is an easy-to-operate cooking device. It makes cooking family (and bachelor) favorites such as pulled pork, savory fish, chili and hearty roasts a breeze by cutting cooking times by 50 percent. Its unique one-button locking system and intuitive pressure-regulating controls guarantee a secure lid without having to worry about your dinner exploding all over the kitchen. When cooking is complete, the steam can be vented using a release valve before the lid is opened.

Above all, it’s easy to operate, even if you’re new to pressure cooking.

SOME BACKGROUND

Pressure cookers have been around for a long time, but it wasn’t until until the beginning of the 20th century that smaller pressure cookers were introduced for the home.

A pressure cooker uses steam to cook foods. It’s available in either electric or stovetop models, but both work on the same principle: When liquids and foods are placed inside the pressurized chamber, the steam transfers heat to the contents. Pressure then builds up inside the pot, cooking the food at high temperatures — raising the boiling point from 212 to 250 degrees. When cooking with the Calphalon, food retains its nutritional value and moisture.

Because the pot stays closed, cooking requires much less liquid than usual. Flavors concentrate, leaving that roast as succulent and juicy as if you slow-cooked it for hours. As a bonus, this method also uses less energy.

INITIAL THOUGHTS

We thought the Calphalon pressure cooker might be too complicated to use, but it turned out to be incredibly simple! After hearing countless stories about ­exploding ­cookers (usually ones belonging to someone’s grandfather), our worries were alleviated when we read that today’s pressure cookers are quieter, easier to use and have many more safety features than your old man’s.

The Calphalon is heavy duty, well-constructed and easy to clean.

PROS

  • Durable
  • High-quality construction
  • Easy to use

CONS

The only downside of owning a pressure cooker is trying to get away with whipping up a meal in it every day, without appearing lazy to whoever may be sitting at your table.

CONCLUSION

Pressure cookers may sound intimidating, but using the Calphalon will take the guesswork out of the situation. This mac-daddy makes it easy to prepare delicious, nutritious meals in a flash, with most of that time being hands-off. Constructing a decent meal doesn’t have to be a messy or complicated process. Recipes once reserved for weekends, or the slow cooker, can now be started as soon as you get home from work.