So, I’ve gotta be honest. I think I’m the only person in America that hasn’t used a Pressure Cooker. Anyone else??? Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been super curious about them. I’ve marveled as my favorite bloggers have shared recipe after recipe using them. But I’m the type of person to hymn and haw over kitchen gadgets for years before making the purchase. Will I really use it? Do I really need it? Where will I store it? Basically it all comes down to is it really WORTH it??? AND pressure cookers scared me a little. I’ve never used one before. I didn’t know how to use one, and I didn’t really know what exactly I would use it for. I mean cooking obviously, but what exactly would I cook in it?!? That’s when the AMAZING people at Cosori stepped in and asked me to test run their COSORI 6 Quart 9-in-1 Multi-Functional Programmable Pressure Cooker. How could I not?!? It was time to face my fears and see what this baby could do!
The Cosori 6-Quart Pressure Cooker was shipped from Amazon, so obviously it was packaged well and arrived QUICKLY!!! Not a single dent or ding in the box. It literally looked like it came right from the store. Anyone thinking of gifting this, say for Christmas this year, should have absolutely no reservations about shipping it right to the recipient. Keep reading to see why this amazing machine should be at the top of your Christmas list this year!!
The Cosori comes fully assembled and is ready to use right from the box. Well that is after you wash the inner pot (which is basically common sense silly…don’t be gross!). It also comes with LOADS of useful accessories such as the lid so you can serve right from the pot. I learned this as a newbie but most brands make you purchase the lid separately! I love the fact that I can leave this on my kitchen island or countertop and serve just like I would with my crockpot.
Cosori also provides a “cheat sheet” for quick reference cooking times. Now this is right up my alley because I’m not a read the directions type of girl. It’s great to be able to glance at it and instantly know how long to cook anything from say oatmeal, to chicken breast, and everything in between. And remember how I had no idea what to cook in this thing? Well the Cosori 6-Quart Pressure Cooker also comes with a handy dandy recipe guide to get you started. I can’t wait to explore it!
Soooooo…..even though I’m not a read the directions type of girl, I made an exception here because I wanted to be 100% sure that I was getting the full benefit from this machine. You’ll definitely want to start with the “water test” to make sure your machine is in proper working condition, but honestly after that, using this pressure cooker is as easy as pushing a button. For real! Oh and guess what else? If you lose the manual (cause who doesn’t lose the manual at some point???) you can find a full downloadable copy right here on Cosori’s website!
Cosori really has thought of EVERYTHING when it comes to the safety features on this thing too. Long gone are the days of urban legend stories where your mom’s cousins’ best friend had a pressure cooker explode all over her kitchen. Today’s pressure cookers are pretty much foolproof. Just line the lock up with the arrow (see above) and the lid is locked into place. It even beeps to let you know that you did it correctly. Once it’s pressurized, you can’t unlock it until the pressure it released. Easy peasy! You’ll also find these super helpful stickers that point out the machine’s best safety features. This is wonderful when you’re familiarizing yourself with the pressure cooker for the first time. (Not into stickers on your kitchen gadgets? Don’t worry! They were super easy to remove and peeled right off in one piece).
Once you’ve mastered locking the top, you’ll want to turn your attention to the back of the machine. This is where you’ll find the pressure release valve. When you’re cooking you’ll want to make sure this is turned to locked (otherwise you’ll just be releasing all the steam and it will never build pressure). This is also where you can quick release pressure from the machine. I was uber safe and wore an oven glove when I unlocked the knob. I’m the kind of person that’s ALWAYS safety first in the kitchen. The steam shoots out of here pretty fast so I think the oven glove will be my method of choice when using the quick release valve option. You can also let the machine depressurize on it’s own, but you know I don’t have the patience for that!
So during your first use, there will come a time when you ask yourself, Is this thing really working? Did I do it right? You’ll know the machine is building pressure because you’ll see this little red float valve rise. Rest assured you’re doing it right! The machine will also beep to alert you when it’s pressurized. These features are exactly what I needed to get me through that pressure cooker rookie hump! The cooking manual doesn’t really say how long the machine takes to pressurize but I’d say it’s about 15 minutes give or take. This was extra time that I didn’t really anticipate but you’re not tied to the machine during those 15 minutes so it’s really not a big deal. Plus it’s 15 minutes that allows you to meal prep whatever it is that you’ll be making.
Once you master the safety features, using the Cosori 6-Quart Pressure Cooker is literally as easy as pushing as button. It’s seriously that simple! The innovative people at Cosori have worked hard at perfecting this machine so you don’t have to. This pressure cooker doesn’t just do pressurized cooking. Oh no!! The possibilities are pretty much endless! It also doubles as a rice cooker, a crockpot, a steamer, a food warmer, the list goes on and on. So yeah it’s another big and bulky kitchen gadget, but you can free up some cabinet space by getting rid of that rice maker that you’ve never even used (speaking from experience).
Remember how I had no idea what to cook in this thing? Well now it’s more like what CAN’T I cook in this thing? And the 17 preset Smart Cooking programs make it a breeze to do so. I’ve already made a Pressure Cooker Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip as well as Pressure Cooker Beef Tips. But seriously how fun would if be to try out the homemade yogurt function? The Cosori recipe book even has a recipe for NY style cheesecake! Never in a million years did I think I could bake a cheesecake this way.
The cooking times are super fast too! I love that you don’t have to babysit this machine. You can leave the kitchen and put your attention elsewhere while your food is cooking. The timer will beep to let you know your food is done. But don’t worry about rushing to the kitchen just yet. When your food’s done cooking, this pressure cooker automatically flips to a warming feature to keep your meal hot and ready. How cool is that? I’m starting to think I need the people at Cosori to come and streamline the rest of my life!! Any takers?!?
And let’s not forget about the biggest and most important perk of using the Cosori 6-Quart Pressure Cooker, the easy cleanup!!! If you love one pan wonders and hate doing dishes then this pressure cooker is for you. This is the cleanup from those Pressure Cooker Beef Tips that I was telling you about. One pot, a spatula, and a spoon. I think I can handle that any night of the week. All those reasons you had for not cooking dinner just flew right out the window. I don’t know what you’re waiting for??? Go ahead and get yourself a Cosori already!! You’ll be so happy you did.
*I was not financially compensated for this post by Cosori. I received a sample of their service for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*
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