How big does a pressure cooker have to be? A guidebook article.

How big does the pressure cooker have to be for me? This is a very common question when it come to buying a pressure cooker. After all, the manufacturers shine with a whole flotilla of pots of different sizes. In this article, I would like to give advice on buying a pressure cooker and give precise recommendations for the different family sizes. I would be happy if I could help you with this and look forward to your feedback.

Energy-saving, vitamin-friendly cooking are arguments that count more than ever. A pressure cooker is a good purchase for the kitchen. Especially since the pressure cooker technology is now so advanced that a mean SKT no longer has much to do with the potential kitchen bombs of earlier years. Security technology has not stopped at the pressure pots either. Nevertheless, there is a certain reluctance to use the pressure cooker.

The manufacturers’ pressure cooker fleets have a wide range of models: from small 2-liter boats to 10-liter tankers. This makes the decision very difficult for inexperienced users and those new to quick cooking. So I would now like to get to the core of this article and give my very personal recommendation:

How big does a pressure cooker have to be for how many people?

  • The 2.5-liter pressure cooker is intended for a 1-2 person household. It’s just the right size for a meal or two. Here you can prepare delicious side dishes, even in small portions, in just a few minutes. If you are a heavy eater, you can also choose the larger 3.5l or 4.5l model. Well – rather to the smaller pressure cooker.
  • If you cook for a larger group, i.e. between 3 – 4 eaters (or 2 adults + 2-3 children), then you drive with a pressure cooker the size of 4.5 liters to 6 liters in safe culinary waters. I use a Fissler pressure cooker with 4.5 liters myself. If I do that, we can easily eat it for 2 days. From stew or soup. Not the pot! The 4.5-liter pressure cooker is big enough for my needs.
  • From 5 “blackheads” I would definitely use a pressure cooker volume between 6.0 and 8.0 liters
    In my kitchen: Fissler pressure cooker and Instant Pot

    Larger pressure cookers are rarely used. For example, Fissler has pressure cookers with a volume of 10 liters on offer. This is really huge and, in my opinion, very suitable for cooking up a party. Make 10 liters of the goulash soup and you will see that it goes away like nothing. You’re happy when you’ve done so much straight away. 🙂

    The world of pressure cookers has expanded over the years: electric pressure cookers are increasingly conquering the market. If you already have a small stove or are looking for something to cook in the garden, when camping or on a boat – then I strongly recommend the Instant Pot. My IP is 6 liters. I cook with it myself and I am completely convinced. An ingenious piece that doesn’t take up any space on the stove that is always too small and is excellently (but not only) suitable for OnePot recipes, stews, and side dishes such as potatoes and rice. You can even use it to make yogurt overnight if you want.

    The Instant Pot IP-DUO60 – a 7-in-1 multi-cooker wonder – is available with 6 liters as standard. But it is also available with 8 liters – the right size for an extended family that is always hungry.

    Flexible cooking with pressure cooker sets

    There is of course the way in between pressure cooker sets. These always appear as a duo in the kitchen landscape and consist of a 6, xl, or 4.5l and a 2.5 or 3l – liter pressure cooker. With a set, you are really flexible when it comes to cooking quantities. Should it be less, you reach for the small pressure cooker; if more feed is required, the larger one comes into play.

    The small pressure cookers with a volume of 2.5l or 3.5l are also often referred to as pressure frying pans. These are ideal for roast dishes. They are big enough for that. If you like roasts and soups/stews, reaching for a pressure cooker bundle with a large pressure cooker and a smaller pressure frying pan is almost a must. I myself have had good experiences with the Fissler set and I use both parts of the set on a regular basis.

    The Sicomatic eControl pressure cooker set by Silit in the bright “Energy red” consists of a 4.5l pressure cooker and a 3l pressure frying pan.

    That’s my recommendation for the size of the pressure cooker.

    Which manufacturer is to be preferred?

    The question remains about the manufacturer. I don’t want to presume to make an ultimate recommendation here. I am satisfied with my Fissler pressure cooker set. But I would also very much like to test the new models from WMF or Silit. And I would love to watch a NUTRICOOK cook. You see – as is so often the case in life, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to pressure cookers.

    At this point, too, the Instant Pot should not go unmentioned … do not hesitate to include it in your considerations.

    Update 2019: The MeinHans from Rommelsbacher is also a great alternative. I cook with him myself and can only say good things!

    Of course, it is ideal if you buy a conventional pressure cooker AND an electric pressure cooker – then you are on the safe side. I also have a copy in my kitchen. I can assure you that they get along well. 🙂

    I can only promise you one thing: Cooking with the pressure cooker is really fun. You can also find recipes for the pressure cooker here on these pages. I would be happy if you write to me about your experiences with your old or new pressure cooker. Or what prevents you from having a culinary relationship with a pressure cooker. Write me! Thanks.

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