Why Eva Katz Thinks You Should Ditch Your Slow Cooker and Buy a Pressure Cooker Instead

published Jan 30, 2015
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Who: Eva Katz of Cook’s Country and My Front Burner
Where: Jamaica Plain in Boston, Massachusetts
See her kitchen: Cook’s Country Editor Eva Katz’s Homey, Hardworking Kitchen

When I visited Eva’s kitchen a few weeks ago, she was just about to make a batch of brown rice. But lo and behold, there was no rice cooker or saucepan in sight. Instead, she had pulled out her Fissler pressure cooker — a tool, I soon learned, that has totally changed her cooking. (And allowed her to make the best brown rice of her life.) Here’s why she’s firmly pro-pressure cooker.

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As she told me, the oft-underrated pressure cooker is near and dear to her heart:

It’s not something I use much when developing recipes because most home cooks don’t have one, but I use it about once a week when preparing meals for my family.

It makes the best (and I mean the best) brown rice imaginable. It also makes quick work out of cooking dried beans, stews, risottos and one of my family’s favorites, Vietnamese pho.

My motto: ditch the slow cooker and make room for the pressure cooker!

We, too, have argued for why a pressure cooker might be better than a slow cooker, but if you’re still not willing to give up on the slow cooker, there is a third option: the Instant Pot! We wrote about it on Wednesday — it’s part slow cooker, part pressure cooker, part magic apparently. (We plan to review it soon!)

Eva owns the Fissler Vitaquick 8.5 quart pressure cooker. “I guess you can say it’s the BMW of pressure cookers,” she says. “Worth every dime.” (We reviewed this model and also loved it.)

Buy Eva’s pressure cooker → Fissler Vitaquick 8.5 Quart Pressure Cooker, $289.95 on Amazon

What do you think? Do you agree that a pressure cooker is the way to go?

Thanks for sharing, Eva!