Pressure cookers use entrapped steam and heat to create pressure that cooks food quickly and more efficiently. It saves you a lot of time in the kitchen. If you’ve purchased a pressure cooker in the past, and it was your first time buying a pressure cooker, you probably weren’t aware that some pressure cookers use different levels of psi (pounds per square inch - a measurement of pressure).
Typically, standard pressure cookers use about 10 psi, sometimes less. However, some recipes require you to cook using 15 psi pressure. There are a few different companies that offer 15 psi pressure cookers, including Instant Pot, Fagor, Mirro, and T-Fal. Keep reading to see specifications and reviews of each of these companies’ products.
Pressure cookers that are able to maintain a constant psi of 15, cook food faster and at an overall higher temperature. For pressure canning, they also allow you to can foods that aren’t pickled. It will come in handy for older recipes, most of which have instructions to cook at a pressure level of 15 psi.
Electric pressure cookers, like the Instant Pot, are more advanced and customizable than stovetop pressure cookers. Some of Instant Pot’s other standard pressure cookers are exceptional, but this Instant Pot Max is way more high-tech. There is a touch screen on the front of the pot with several adjustable settings and cooking presets that you can use to personalize your cooking experience. One of the settings that you can change is the pressure level, which includes an option to cook at a sustained 15 psi.
It seems that Fagor has changed up the design of their pressure cookers in the last decade, but for the worst. The polished stainless steel holds up nice, but it may not be the best option for a 15 psi pressure cooker since it has sealing problems around the edge of the lid.
Pressure cooking always creates better results than other cooking methods, but for cooking with extra high pressure, it’s important that the piece of kitchen equipment can handle it. This pressure cooker isn’t all bad, sometimes problems are due to the way it’s stored for retail sale, but just to be safe, make sure that you purchase it from a legitimate company like Amazon or the Fagor company website.
Mirro is a lesser known brand of a pressure cooker. However, this is a great piece of kitchen equipment to have, especially if you plan on using it for pressure canning. ½ gallon sized jars fit in it, as well as pint or quart jars.
It’s useful that this pressure cooker is capable of pressure cooking at different levels of psi. Pressure cooker recipes can vary on the amount of pressure they require. The pressure needed may depend on the type of food and whether you’re cooking meat or not. No matter what you’re trying to cook, this pressure cooker should do a good job at cooking it thoroughly.
This pressure cooker is tall and feeds between 7 and 10 people. It’s simple to use, especially with the way the orange pressure knob is set up on the lid; the knob turns to either one of the two pressure psi settings, pressure release, or closed. Some other pressure cookers can be confusing if they have a lot of cook settings.
If you don’t have much experience with using a pressure cooker, you might not know what setting to use with other cookers, but with this one, you only have two options to choose from so all you need to do is follow your recipe exactly as it says. Most pressure cooker recipes are good about the specifics.
Picking the best 15 psi pressure cooker shouldn’t be difficult considering how few there are on the market. Take into account the capacity, type of metal, and cooking capabilities when you’re looking at your options. When it comes to the type of metal, stainless steel is going to be the best choice compared to aluminum; stainless steel is less likely to burn food and is generally easier to keep clean.
Other than that, the cook settings you prefer should be based on the types of recipes you usually cook in a pressure cooker or what kinds you would like to try. Out of the four options for 15-psi pressure cookers that are shown above, you should buy either the Instant Pot (always a great option) or the last pressure cooker listed, the T-Fal.