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Kuhn Rikon VS instant pot: Quality vs vercatility
on 22 April 2017
This pressure cooker has proved that it can be worth paying a premium for quality. Its well built and feels sturdy and strong.Its design is so simple that there is very little to go wrong. According to the Manual it goes up to 17PSI if you let it go past the red marks, which frequently we do and explains why it seems to cook beans in super fast time.
This literally changed the way we eat, going from never cooking a dried bean in my life to doing batches at least 3 times a week.
The best tip i ever had was to start with boiling water, this takes the time to get up to pressure from 10mins down to 2-3, so I can cooked soaked beans in 15mins tops from start to finish.
There are very few things to criticize as its so easy to clean and maintain and quick releasing the pressure is safe and easy. Occasionally we would have to pull up the weight as it got stuck, and if the seal inst quite right steam can escape form the handle.
If you want a manual pressure cooker, this will certainly last for many many years and spare parts are readily available. The manufacturer prides itself on having spare parts available well after they stop producing models.
I can't rate this highly enough but here is the big but...We originally purchased this over an electric pressure cooker because of its longevity, we didn't want an electrical appliance that would break down after a year. Having had this for a yeah though i'd given up making big batches of chilli etc because it tended to spit and block up the seals. On a gas hob it also requires supervision to tweak the flame to maintain a steady pressure meaning you can't just walk away form it for more than a few minutes or it will either be over or under pressure.
I took the risk and purchased the instant pot, and in all honesty the manual cooker hasn't been used since. The electric cookers are slower as they work at a lower pressure, its perhaps 15% slower so not as good if you want to make a quick dinner but the enourmous benefit is that you can just walk away from it. This means you can re-create slow cooked dishes and cook beans direct from dry and not have to be even in the house for the 25mins to an hour it takes. I now cook 4-5 dishes a week in the instant pot cooking anything from beans,potatoes,soups and stews to steamed veggies and baked potatoes.
So really you need to weight up if you want quality that will last a lifetime, or convenience and versatility. Both are high ticket items and I don't regret either purchase.