Cooking Beans can be hard when you’ve never done it before.
When I was learning, I thought it was a shame I couldn’t just break them and fry them on a pan like an omelette. 🙂
But, with experience, I found out that the best way to cook Beans was with a Pressure Cooker, but that creates a whole new problem – there are a LOT of Cookers out there!
So I tried a lot of Cookers, read about even more of them, and now you don’t have to!
There are many great options out there (more on them later), but the simplest one to use (simple does not mean bad! I’ve found that simple options can both save time and reduce hassle) is this Aobosi Pressure Cooker.
This model is a pleasure to use, with a special function just for cooking beans that works great!
It is also one of the cheaper options out there, but works as well as any expensive model I’ve tried!
I’ll discuss Pressure Cookers in more detail, but here’s a brief list of great models:
Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker
This is a great option, and one of the cheaper ones too.
This Pressure Cooker is a large and well-made Stove-Top, and while it is simple, it’s enough for most people.
It has a deluxe pressure gauge that will help you follow recipes precisely – in my experience, very important when cooking beans
It also includes a canning rack, which is a must-have accessory!
It is both light and sturdy, so while it is easy to use, you can expect it to work well for a long time!
While it is a budget option, in my experience it performs just as well as more expensive options.
IF you want a cheap stove-top, I recommend this model.
All American 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker Canner
This Pressure Cooker is a tough one to use.
It is heavier and bulkier than most, but not by much.
It is also more expensive than other, budget options.
However, its bulk lets it last much longer than other Cookers, and its weight gives it a good feel, like it’s an old but reliable Cooker.
Overall, if you like your products to last very long (and would like to gift it to your grand-kids one day), and don’t want to worry about breaking them, this is the perfect option for you!
Aobosi Pressure Cooker 8QT HIGH Power 8-in-1 Electric Multi-cooker
This Cooker is my personal favorite, and the one I recommend!
It is slower than Stove-Top Cookers, but it makes up for that in other ways.
For one thing, it is much easier to use!
You put your food in and press a Button – that’s it!
Whatever you’re cooking (well, almost whatever), this Cooker has a program for it!
The Program to cook beans worked really well for me, and the simplicity of the process really impressed me. 10/10!
It is a smaller size (8QT), but I found that’s enough for cooking for 2 people, so its great for everyday use.
You don’t even need a stove to use this one – just an a power outlet!
What’s more, this is one of the cheaper options out there, but it works as well as any expensive model in my experience.
Overall, this is not the most sophisticated Cooker, but if you don’t want to worry about the exact pressure and temperature you need – get this one, ASAP!
T-fal P45009 Pressure Cooker
This is a great stove-top cooker, and is probably the easiest to use after the Aobosi model.
It’s small and inexpensive, so its perfect when you’re starting out but want the experience of using a stove-top Cooker, which makes you feel like an actual chef, compared to Electric Cookers.
It’s one of the smaller models, so you won’t be able to make a feast with it, but it’s perfectly fine for average users.
The quantity of beans you can cook in this model was also plenty enough for me.
One of its benefits is that it works with induction plates, something not many Cookers do.
If you have an induction plate on your stove – this is the Cooker for you!
Some users have reported difficulty using the opening mechanism, so keep that in mind, but I found that it’s good to use once you get used to it.
Overall, this cooker is probably the best Stove-Top Cooker for beginners who don’t want an electric model.
Buffalo QCP430 32-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker
To put it simply, this the Jeep of the Pressure Cooker World.
It’s the most expensive models on this list – but for good reason!
It is going to be enough for whatever you need, both in size and in quality.
The amount of beans you can make in this model is quite large, but the more beans the better!
This model is actually made for commercial use, but the company decided to sell it to anyone.
After using it, I can say that it is a great Cooker, and if you’re the type of person that wants to spend money to get the best option – this is the Cooker for you.
Things You Should Know When Buying a Pressure Cooker for beans
Why do I need a Pressure Cooker?
For one thing, pressure cookers are very fast, taking far less time to make food than boiling or steaming.
Food also retains more of its nutrients and taste in Pressure Cookers than when boiling it.
Pressure Cookers allow you to can food, with some Pressure Cookers even being called “Canners”.
On top of that, pressure cookers are very easy to clean, and none of the food will get onto your stove when using it.
There are two major types of pressure cookers: electric and stove-top.
Electric Cookers are a bit simpler to use, as they just need an electrical outlet to work, and are considered relatively fast.
Stove-top cookers, on the other hand, require an actual stove, but they are much stronger and can cook even faster than electrical cookers.
- Faster than Electric
- Better for browning meat (partially cooking)
- Are louder than Electric
- Pricey Stove-Top are better than Pricey Electric Cookers
- Require Stove
- Easier to use
- Don’t Require a Stove, but do need electricity
- Can have other functions, such as steaming
- Can be used with built-in timer and presets
- Automatically control temperature and pressure
So, now that we’ve seen the differences between Stove-top and Electric cookers, what are the differences between different models of the same type?
For one thing, there are different sizes.
If you need larger quantities of food, you’ll obviously need a larger Cooker.
But if you need small quantities of food, a small cooker will not only be less expensive, it will cook faster as well.
Also, remember that pressure cookers are usually used half full, so don’t expect to fill it up to the top.
Generally, you’ll need at least a 6-quartz cooker, as below that the quantity of food will be very small, and some recipes won’t even work in such small sizes.
A warranty is a very underrated part of a product.
If a cooker is of good quality, the company will be less hesitant to cover it with a good warranty.
A warranty can also protect you from faulty parts in your product breaking!
Lastly, be sure to choose a product for which spare parts can be easily found if you are (like me) prone to accidents.
Good Pressure Cookers should have pressure indicators, so that you can follow your recipe closely.
They should also have a way to release the steam without opening the lid, a valve or air vent.
Pressure Cookers must also be the shape and size necessary: if a Cooker can’t fit on your stove, then how will you use it?
Non-Stick Coating is very easy to mishandle, and I’ve found that it isn’t worth it when cooking beans.
What to look for when cooking beans
If you don’t like spending a lot of time on preparing food, an Electric Cooker with a special function for cooking beans is the best choice, as you simply press a button and come back when its done.
Some recipes require you to soak your beans, which will greatly increase the volume of beans – remember this when choosing the size!
Overall, if you are experienced with Pressure Cooking, cooking beans will not be a problem for you, and whatever you’re used to using for cooking will be fine for beans.
Popular Brands of Pressure Cookers
Presto is an American company founded in 1905. Their Pressure Cookers are some of the few that can work on induction ranges. They have good, budget offerings, which considered good options for their price.
All American is pressure cooker company that uses special metal to metal seals, which are easy to open/close, but need to be precisely manufactured to work properly.
Aobosi is a Chinese company that makes Pressure Cookers. They are a good alternative to american Cookers, as their products are relatively cheap and you don’t pay for a fancy brand name.
T-Fal is a French manufacturing company, and they specialize in non-stick surface products. They are not the cheapest option, but are a good European option if you have a slightly larger budget.
Buffalo is a Malaysian company that makes Cooking products. They have a unique “water seal” that seals their pots, and should last longer than normal seals. They have quality products, but if you’re looking for the most budget option, this might not be the company for you.
Instant Pot is a Canadian brand of Cooking Products that specialize in Electric, multi-function Cookers. They are probably the simplest to use, and are a great choice for those new to Pressure Cookers.
This should help you in choosing a pressure cooker, and I hope you enjoy your beans!