If cooking is a team competition of two, then the pressure cookware is your teammate. It is very important to choose the right pressure cooker. A pressure cooker that is durable, an all-rounder and can allow you to cook with ease is the right pressure cooker.
But the question that arises is – how do you choose the right pressure cooker when every pressure cooker has a similar design and is marketed to do act in the same manner? The primary consideration before choosing a pressure cooker is its material. Pressure cookers are popularly made of either stainless steel or aluminium.
To know the difference between a stainless steel pressure cooker and an aluminium pressure cooker, read our guide below!
- Sticking and burning:
Aluminium pressure cookers are thinner than stainless steel pressure cookers. This thinness of material makes food prone to sticking and burning inside the aluminium pressure cooker and increases the effort required to clean and maintain the pressure cooker.
While stainless steel cookers are thicker and can, comparatively, take longer to heat, it can be used for sautéing or frying without the fear of sticking and burning or difficulty in cleaning and maintenance.
- Dent and damages:
Since aluminium pressure cookers are thinner than stainless steel pressure, the pressure cooker can dent and get damaged very easily. Thus, an aluminium pressure cooker is not tough for rough use and requires extreme caution while using it. Conversely, since a stainless steel cooker is thicker, can withstand rough use, and is comparatively very difficult to dent and damage.
When new, both aluminium and stainless steel pressure cookers look shinny. However, with each passing use and wash, the aluminium pressure cooker starts to lose its shine and can look old very soon. This loss of shine is permanent and irreversible. On the other hand, the shine of a stainless steel pressure cooker is rather permanent. Further, if the shine of the stainless steel pressure cooker reduces overtime, with a little care and maintenance, the stainless steel pressure cooker can look as good as new.
An aluminium pressure cooker can react with food with higher acidity levels like tomato and vinegar and cause corrosion. When food corrodes a utensil, the utensil can leach and add an unwanted and undesired flavour to the food. It can also result in the material melting and adding itself to the food. On the contrary, a stainless steel pressure cooker does not suffer from such downside and can be used to cook any type of food without the fear of corrosion.
As compared to stainless steel, aluminium pressure cookers are lighter which is of crucial importance while cooking in large quantities. However, aluminium cookers are not durable and can require replacement more often than stainless steel cookers. Therefore, while the pressure cooker price for the aluminium variant is lesser than the pressure cooker price for the stainless steel variant, the recurring requirement of purchasing a pressure cooker makes aluminium pressure cookers costlier in the longer run.
Vinod Cookware’s range of intelligent stainless-steel pressure cookers is designed to provide you with the best of stainless steel with utmost safety.