Cooking mass quantities of food for large crowds is almost an art. It’s much different than cooking for 3 or 4 people. It can be difficult to get the food to the proper cooking temperature throughout and to be evenly cooked. It also takes an extended amount of time. However, pressure cookers cut cooking times in half. They use heat and high pressures to quickly cook the ingredients within, with little hassle on your part.
Pressure cookers that you would buy for your home are smaller and hold between 4 and 10 quarts. Commercial pressure cooker hold anywhere between 20 and 45 quarts and are significantly bigger than ones made for the household. Usually, commercial pressure cookers are used by businesses like restaurants and hotels, or at schools, hospitals, colleges or military bases.
Be prepared to spend a pretty penny when buying a commercial pressure cooker. For example, this All American 41.5-Quart Pressure Cooker Canner costs close to $500. It may seem overpriced, but you won’t think so once you use it. It is made of hand-cast aluminum, so it’s pretty heavy duty but will heat evenly. Be careful lifting the pot once it is full of food because it weighs about 40 pounds when empty. It’s one of the biggest commercial pressure cookers money can buy; it’s also one of the best quality ones.
The gauge on top of the pressure cooker helps you easily keep track of the pressure while cooking and avoid dangerously high pressures. It’s made for pressure cooking and canning. If you do plan on using this as a canner, the pot can hold up to 19 standard pint jars. Use the rack included to stack jars too, if possible.
This cooker can be used as a pressure cooker or a canner. It’s the cheapest option amongst all of these commercial pressure cookers. The pot is made of warp-resistant aluminum and holds up to 23 quarts inside. If the metal of a pot warps, the seal of the lid won’t close properly and will prevent the cooker from reaching the desired pressure. This type of aluminum isn’t going to be as nice as a stainless steel pressure cooker.
You can use the removable metal rack for cooking multiple foods at once. Be careful when cooking more than one type of food inside the pressure cooker; some meals require longer cooking times or pressures than others. Meats need to be cooked to the correct internal temperature as well, which is important to keep in mind to avoid the risk of food poisoning.
This is a good in-between size for a commercial pressure cooker. It weighs about 17 lbs. and holds 32 quarts of food. It holds less than the All American brand pressure cooker above but is the same price. This is because the Buffalo Pressure Cooker is made from heavy-duty stainless steel. All of the very best kitchen appliances are stainless steel; the metal is easy to clean, sanitize and keep stain-free. Steel is more expensive to make products out of than aluminum. This one is a little overpriced for the material it’s made out of.
If you need a smaller size of this pressure cooker, the other size options are 8-quart, 12-quart, 15-quart or 20-quart. This 30-quart size, and maybe the 20-quart size, are the only ones considered commercial size.
This pressure cooker is easy to use and has a pressure indicator rather than a large gauge on top. If you are not familiar with pressure cooking, the pressures on the gauge could be confusing. Otherwise, it’s actually very helpful if you know what you are doing. Nevertheless, this cooker will automatically start to relieve the pressure if a maximum is reached. It’s particularly important to have this safety feature on commercial pressure cooker because of the sheer size.
The Hawkins BIGBOY isn’t actually that big. It only holds 22 liters. That’s almost half the size of the other commercial pressure cookers. That doesn’t mean it’s not a good pressure cooker. It’s also going to be a lot easier to carry around since it’s smaller and has two large handles made from reinforced fiberglass. These commercial-sized pressure cookers are large and bulky, so strong handles are important. It would look bad on the company if the handles broke easily. It’s definitely not something to worry about.
The diameter across the bottom is 245 mm. This pressure cooker is enjoyable and easy to use. It can feed somewhere between 22 and 30 people, any more than 30 will be pushing the limits of the pot.
Pressure cooking is a fast and efficient way to cook food. The appliance uses heat to create a contained steam and pressure environment which cooks your fresh ingredients all the way through and won’t allow them to burn so easily.
It’s considered a healthy alternative to using other regular pans. Since the steam stays on the inside of the cooker, nutrients are maintained in your food and aren’t cooked out like the way other kitchen appliances might cook them out partially.
You can cook almost anything in them. Commercial pressure cookers are the same as regular pressure cookers, just much larger and usually have a more advanced locking system on the lid. Pressure cooking will allow you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with those who are important to you. Cooking for big masses of people takes a good portion of your day to accomplish.
If you are not sure which size commercial pressure cooker to buy, take into consideration how many people you are expecting to feed and if those people will be allowed more than one serving. Always overshoot the expected yield, just in case.