In theory, the stove-top pressure cooker can be controlled instantly by turning on or off the gas. That's more or less possible with the All Clad, except instead of "turning up" or "down" the gas, you turn "on" or "off" the power. Technically, that would imply that you don't have the same control with the All Clad you'd have with a stove top. BUT, you don't really make many precise, minute, adjustments with a stove-top pressure cooker, do you? You have the lid on tight for obvious reasons with any pressure cooker, so it's hard to "see" what's cooking, so the need to make adjustments would likely be minimal.
That said, you can change cooking times on the fly. If you set it for 10 mins, say, and you decide you want it go for more, you can punch in 5 additional minutes, or whatever number you want. Similarly, you can abort at any time if you decide you want to stop the cooking.
So other than the apparent lack of direct control (which I don't really mind), the All Clad is very similar to the stove-top. BUT, there are many other features of the All Clad that make it far better than stove top: For example, stand-alone frees up the stove; the pot can come to the table if you want, the saute and brown features (and keep warm setting) add additional convenience that are all not as convenient in the conventional stove-top models.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
- Santa Barbara, CA
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I've never used a pressure cooker on a stove. But as a first time user of pressure cookers, this is SIMPLE to use. The unit contains a program which simplifies browing, sauteing, and general cooking at high pressure. I was initially relucant to spend this much but it is better than anything out there. For the stove top pressure cookers, I felt that I had to spend weeks just learning the basics. The unit makes using this technique fun.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
- San Jose, CA
6out of 7found this answer helpful.
This irreplaceable kitchen tool will free everyone—even beginners—from any fears of the pressure-cooking process. It’s simple-to-use. Chefs can sauté and brown vegetables and meats directly in the insert, then switch to pressure-cooking for maximum flavor.
This pressure cooker is the top of the line from All Clad and the feature I like the most is its Safe Pressure Function. The cooker’s pressure won’t increase if it’s improperly operated, and once the pressure increases the lid can’t be opened. Electronic sensors ensure that pressure remains within a safe range, and at the end of cooking the lid can’t be unlocked until pressure is completely released.
It also features Low and High pressure settings, progress arrows to show when system is pressurizing, and a display to show remaining cooking time. Unit automatically switches to keep-warm function when cooking is complete, then cooks can release pressure naturally or with the quick-release option.
I have never used a pressure cooker that was so easy, safe and produced such great tasting food consistently.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
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