Emeril's Pressure Cooker
Emeril cooked with a pressure cooker the other night. It didn't look like any I had ever seen. Actually didn't seem too "scarey". Anyone know what he was using?
There was an interesting pressure cooker that All Clad was showing at a trade show under the Emerilware label. If I remember correctly, this piece was meant to be used with a sealed lid as well as a conventional lid for non-pressure cooking. It's a pretty good bet that Emeril was using this model on his show.
From the info on the website, it looks like a very-low-pressure cooker. It'll reduce cooking times a little, but not by anywhere near as much as a regular pressure cooker can. And its list price of almost $250 is staggeringly high for what it seems to be. You can get a perfectly good "real" pressure cooker in a large size, with high and low pressure settings and an aluminum sandwich base, for less than half that amount. It will be much more flexible, and quite safe.
I agree with Miss Priss. Look for a modern high pressure (15 psi) pressure cooker. They cook food the fastest. If one is not careful in checking the specifications, you can be easily fooled by a low price (or sometimes a high one) into buying a low pressure unit that doesn't cook much faster than a conventional pot. This website ( http://fastcooking.ca ) has a lot of good info about pressure cookers. Check out the section “What to look for in a pressure cooker.”