Why We Love the T-fal Clipso Pressure Cooker
Pressure cooking has been enjoying a renaissance over the last few years, and I’ve been wanting to join in and try my hand. I used to use a rather enormous one when I worked at a Mexican restaurant in high school to cook big vats of beans. But since then, I haven’t used one. I happen to really love experimenting in the kitchen, so naturally I was excited to review the T-Fal Clipso Pressure Cooker.
Let me first say that I was a little intimidated by the pressure cooker at first. It sat in my kitchen for several days (unpacked and in pieces, of course) before I got up the nerve to finally use it. I was a little scared, which I think is a common reaction to pressure cooking. I was under the assumption that it would be very involved and difficult. But I was wrong!
It was much easier than I anticipated. I did sit down and read through all of the directions several times because I wanted to avoid any avoidable calamities from negligence. (I may have witnessed some mishaps related to pressure cooking in the past…ahem.) So that’s my first tip – READ THE DIRECTIONS. The pressure cooker needs to be used with water only the first time, then can be used for regular cooking. I did some searches online and my guess is that this is to acclimate or calibrate the pressure cooker in some way.
The cooker pot is made from heavy-duty stainless steel. The lid has a gasket seal and special locking mechanisms, along with a valve on the top. The valve has two settings so all the guesswork is removed. Turn it to the food setting when food is cooking, then to the steam setting to release pressure before opening.
The lid features a one-hand system, which I really liked. It was very easy to close the lid into place and release it at the end of cooking. The top of the lid also has a red pressure indicator. When you see the red, that means the cooker is under pressure. It falls when the pressure has been fully released. I do wish that it popped up a bit higher because I was a little leery as a first-timer leaning over the hot cooker to check to see if the indicator had fallen.
The cooker comes with a cookbook, which is nice for newbies like me who have only used them for cooking beans before. There is also a tripod and steamer basket. I tested out the cooker using golden potatoes. I have fond memories of my grandmother using hers to make mashed potatoes for Sunday dinner. And it worked like a charm! The potatoes go into the steamer basket set on top of the tripod and then a few cups of water are added. Cooking potatoes doesn’t take much time anyway, but I think this definitely cut the time in half. It only took about 7 minutes for perfectly cooked potatoes.
I feel like the 6.3 quart capacity is a good size for the average household too. Not too big or too small. Another cool thing about this cooker is that it can be used on just about any cooktop from gas to electric to induction. (I’m really pining for an induction stove!)
I’m excited to keep using the T-fal Calipso to cook beans, chickpeas, and full meals in a fraction of the time. It’s a definite time-saver and will help us keep eating healthy meals.
About the T-fal Clipso Pressure Cooker
Since inventing the nonstick frying pan in the 1950’s, T-fal has introduced a wide range of cookware collections, culminating in nonstick coatings designed for use with metal utensils and the invention of Thermo-Spot™ -the first major advance in nonstick since its invention. In the small appliance category, T-fal has introduced a host of innovative household electrics distinguished by their unique engineering and striking designs, among them deep fryers, toasters, irons, and indoor grills, and most recently electric kettles, blenders, food processors and rice cookers.
The T-fal Clipso pressure cooker features the following:
- Unique One-Hand System for easy and secure opening and closing
- Variable Steam Release Valve for added safety and control
- Durable Stainless Steel construction
- Stainless Steel Encapsulated base delivers even heat distribution
- All cooktop safe, including induction
Reviewed by Lindsey Johnson. Disclosure: We received a pressure cooker from T-fal in order to share our opinion about their product, but this isn’t a sponsored post.
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