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Aroma 6 Quart Digital Electric Pressure Cooker Product Review and Giveaway

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One of the best electric pressure cookers!

There are so many features including pressure cooking, slow cooking, steaming, browning and more. A snap to operate and easy to clean, this is a great product!

User Rating: 1.61 ( 16 votes)

I have cooked for years, but I have always stayed away from pressure cookers. I think that the stories of stove top pressure cookers exploding freaked me out. I know it is a very rare occurrence and does not happen when used properly, but those stories were enough to keep them out of my kitchen. Pressure cookers have come a long way in the last number of years. No longer are they only available in the stove top versions. Now, there are electric pressure cookers, that operate similar to a rice or slow cooker. These machines manage the pressure, temperature and cooking time, for a far simpler process. So, when Aroma Housewares contacted me to try out their 6-Quart Digital Electric Pressure Cooker, I was not as nervous as I used to be. In fact, I was quite excited.

Cooking in a pressure cooker has been around for 150 years and is a proven method to cook food in a fraction of the time that traditional cooking takes. Not only does it cook more quickly, but a pressure cooker can effectively tenderize cheaper cuts of meat that are typically tough. Pressure cooking allows food to be cooked at a greater humidity and temperature than is possible with traditional boiling, steaming or frying foods. The temperature of food is limited to the boiling point and a pressure cooker allows the steam to be trapped, increasing the temperature inside the pot. Pressure cooking can be used to quickly simulate long braising or simmering.

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The lid on a pressure cooker is locked in place and a vent locks in the steam.

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Once the cooking time is done, the pressure cooker can slowly release the pressure naturally, over a period of 10-15 minutes. Manually switching the vent to open will force the steam to be released much more quickly.

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The Aroma Digital Electric Pressure cooker, is quite the product, as it is much more than a pressure cooker. It can perform all the functions of modern electric pressure cookers, but it is also a slow cooker. The machine can be set for anywhere from 1-10 hours of slow cooking. Not only that, but it can also brown foods. There is no need to brown the meat or vegetables in a skillet before transferring them to the pressure cooker. This machine can do that as well. All of these features can be set on the front control panel.

Since I had never used a pressure cooker, I was eager to try it out making a number of different dishes. I wanted to prepare foods I have made often, using traditional cooking techniques and see how the pressure cooker speeds it up and how the food tastes.

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First up was cooking some chick peas. I make hummus using dried beans and I soak them overnight and then boil them in water for an hour. It is a long process and had heard that it is possible to cook dry beans in a slow cooker without having them be presoaked. So, I rinsed 2 cups of chick peas and put them in the slow cooker. I added 8 cups of water, a couple tablespoons of oil and some seasoning. I set the pressure cooker to high pressure and selected 40 minutes of cooking time. I locked the lid in place and hit start.

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Once the beans were finished cooking and I let the steam release naturally, I checked on the chick peas. I was impressed. They were soft but not mushy. There was just enough firmness in the chick peas to keep them solid. They were ready to make hummus!

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Next up, I made some beef stew. Normally, I cook beef stew in the oven and it is a slow braise of 3-4 hours. It is a takes a full afternoon to get the stewing beef nice and tender. The pressure cooker was able to do this in a fraction of the time. I browned the stewing beef in the pressure cooker. That worked very well and I like not having to dirty an additional pan. The pot has a non stick coating, which is great as nothing came even close to sticking during the browning.

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Then I added the vegetables, stock, beer and then set the pressure cooker for 1 hour at high pressure.

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Afterwards, the stew was perfect. I stirred in some corn starch to thicken the broth, but it was the meat that really impressed me. It was so tender and the potatoes and carrots were also soft. Find the recipe for the stew here: Guinness Beef Stew.

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Finally, I made some red beans and rice. This is another dish that takes hours to prepare and the pressure cooker can speed it up considerably. I started off using the browning setting to saute the vegetables. The pot got quite hot and I was pleased that it worked as well as a skillet on the stove.

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I added the remaining ingredients, including dry red kidney beans to the pot. I set the pressure cooker for 1 hour.  Once the cooking time was done and the pressure released, I checked on the beans. They were perfect. I mashed about half of them and stirred it all to create a nice thick gravy.

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One additional feature that the Aroma pressure cooker has is a Simmer function. This allows the food to cook on a low heat for a set period of time. It worked really well with the red beans and rice and the simmering function gave the dish time to thicken.

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Since I had never used a pressure cooker before, I was curious as to the learning curve for a machine like this. The Aroma pressure cooker was easy to use and the manual was user friendly. More than anything, I was quite impressed with the results. Everything I made turned out great and I now can totally understand why people swear by this method of cooking. The Aroma pressure cooker is an excellent product and can do pressure cooking well and so much more, like browning, slow cooking and more.

I am thrilled to announce that Aroma Housewares has generously offered a 6 Quart Digital Electric Pressure Cooker (valued at $99.99) as a giveaway for one lucky reader. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. Sorry to anyone who lives elsewhere. Make sure you use rafflecopter widget below to enter – just follow the instructions on the widget to enter (there are options for more than one entry as well!)

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Disclaimer: Aroma  provided me with the pressure cooker. They did not pay me for this product review and the views expressed above are my honest reactions after trying the product.

55 comments

  1. I’ve always wanted to try a pressure cooker.

  2. I use tradition pressure cooker almost everyday. I would love to try digital pressure cooker. I will cook Butter-chicken, Lamb curry, Potato-pea-spinach soup, chickpea curry, black beans curry or khichdi (Rice and lentil). I wish I win this time. Really useful product!!

  3. I’ve always wanted to try also. I got a used one once, but i”m not sure it worked correctly.

  4. michelle tremblett

    I would make ribs first ! yummy :), And then that delicious stew that you made !

  5. I would love to make split pea soup in it

  6. I never used a pressure cooker always scared for some reason. Bean soup with a ham hock would be my first attempt.

  7. I do need a new pressure cooker for potatoes, meat and your new recipe!

  8. I don’t know… I’ve never used a pressure cooker before. I’ve been wanting to make a nice big pot of chili though, so I think I’d start there.

  9. I will cook beans and some veggie recipes. Thanks

  10. red beans and sausage

  11. You may make me a pressure cooker convert. 🙂

  12. Black-eyed peas with a generous helping of ham hocks 🙂

  13. I will cook beans & some veggies. Thanks for the chance!

  14. I would cook a pot roast

  15. It really is a shame that so many people are afraid of pressure cookers because of anecdotal stories they’ve heard about Grandma’s pressure cooker exploding fifty years ago, because modern pressure cookers are so much better. As long as you have a modern pressure cooker (stovetop or electric) is basically impossible to “explode” — there are too many fail safe mechanisms. The absolute worst that could happen would be a little burned food or a bit of mess, and lots of people do that with regular pots and pans.

    Pressure cookers are FABULOUS. ;D

  16. Soups, Chick peas, beans, stock, dals, lentils, curries, potatoes, and so much more. I love pressure cooking. This would be amazing to have.

  17. Beans for sure. It’s a Knox family favourite 🙂

  18. I would try making a pot roast.

  19. I would make chili

  20. I could make black eyed peas

  21. Chick peas would be my first try:)

  22. stews and soups!

  23. i would love to make pot roast!

  24. I will cook chickpea and potato curry!!!!

  25. Need a new pressure cooker for potatoes…

  26. I’d make EVERYTHING in the pressure cooker. ;D

  27. I have cooked with a pressure cooker for 10 years and love using them. I am intrigued by the idea of having one I wouldn’t have to watch like a hawk. I would love to try a digital one

  28. Would love to try baked beans.

  29. Maybe I would try chickpeas; I haven’t had much luck with them

  30. Black beans and pot roast

  31. I would like to try a chili in the pressure cooker!

  32. I would make some yummy collards!

  33. It sounds ambitious but I would try oxtail stew.

  34. I’d make chili!

  35. I would do chicken pieces.

  36. I would make a pot roast

  37. I would make Pot Roast 🙂

  38. Jennifer Tornetta

    A pressure sooker would be so nice. I have found recipes that call for but but dont have one.
    Good luck to everyone entering

  39. I would make beef stew. I have never had a pressure cooker. My Grandma did. What a great giveaway. Thanks

  40. A pressure cooker that slow cooks too? Best of both worlds! I have been using atraditional pressure cooker since 1998, and it is a staple appliance in my household.

  41. Sounds like a great way to cook beef shank.

  42. I would love try try some nice yummy beef so it falls right off the bones!

  43. I would cook up some of the dried beans I have laying around.

  44. I would make chili, it would be a lot faster than the way I have to make it now! Any soup would be good in this cold weather!!

  45. I would cook a pot roast

  46. I’d make beef short ribs in the Aroma 6 Quart Digital Electric Pressure Cooker

  47. I think that I would make chili first.

  48. Love to try making a pot roast!

  49. I’d use it to make chili

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