With today’s fast moving lifestyle, pressure cookers are becoming popular and popular. If you are planning to join the pressure cooking fad, then it’s just time to learn the types of pressure cookers before you go shopping.
There are two types of pressure cookers, the old-style, or the “first generation” models, and the new-style, or the “modern generation” models. Older models use a moving “jigger valve” that makes its hissing and earsplitting sound. New models has pressure selector dial which eliminates the “noisy” jiggling valve that rocks back and forth on top of old-style pressure cookers. These two types of cookers have different styles of valves, and if your best pressure cooker 2017 is the hissing type, it means the pressure has to be checked.
As a child, my mother had a pressure cooker that I found noisy and scary with its wobbling cap on top. While Mom’s first generation cooker gave us wonderful Sunday lunches every time, generally, there were fewer features and less safety measures in the one-pressure setting of the old-style cooker we used. We always have to adjust recipes to fit and the moment her pressure cooker starts to hiss, we were never allowed to come near the stove.
When cooking’s done, she would either leave the cooker until pressure drops on its own, or place the pressure pot in the sink and run cold water over it to bring down the temperature and pressure. Today, although some older domestic models are still manufactured and sold, they still do not have safeguards and some can even explode, but thanks to the new generation models, cooking with pressure has been improved with safety.
Modern pressure cookers are built with quick release option into the pressure regulator to quickly lower the pressure inside the pot without losing the heat. With optical and acoustical signals, modern models show the cooking time which notifies when the right cooking temperature has been reached.