Obligatory Lame Gift Ideas List

Wherein I bend to peer pressure and offer this handy holiday gift guide

Are you wondering what holiday gifts to give the pressure cooker fanatic in your life? Well, look no further. Here is my holiday gift guide that should satisfy any pressure cooker fan you may know.

1. A spare gasket (varies per pressure cooker)
Granted, it may not be the most romantic of gifts, but it beats seeing your loved one go through pressure cooker withdrawal while waiting for a new gasket to arrive. Many brands are available through Amazon, or you can try the manufacturer.

2. Thermapen

Not pressure cooker specific, but every cook needs a good reliable thermometer, and as far as I’m concerned there is none better than Super-fast Thermapen. Quick, accurate and durable. A bit spendy, but well worth it in my opinion. Sure, there are twenty-dollar thermometers, but in the long run, I would say Thermapen is a better deal. And besides all that it comes in a variety of colors, sometimes offering special editions such as a camo version. And it looks cool!

3. Pressure cooker cookbooks

I must admit that I don’t own any pressure cooker cookbooks, save for the small ones that came with my pressure cookers, but I am sure that most pressure cooker owners would appreciate a good cookbook. Not owning any myself, I can’t recommend any specific ones myself. Laura at hippressurecooking.com has some good book reviews to help with your decision.

And if you know someone who has been really, really good this year, there is always Modernist Cuisine at Home, not pressure cooker specific, but it contains many pressure cooker recipes and is beautiful to boot. The book that geeky cooks (such as myself) drool over. Mike at Dad Cooks Dinner has a thorough review (and yes, I am jealous that he has both this book and a Vitamix blender, both on my dream list).

4. Gift Box or Gift Card from Penzey’s Spices

As I always say, you can never have too many spices. I am fortunate enough to have a brick and mortar Penzey’s in my neighborhood, but if you don’t, they have an excellent mail-order service. I think that any pressure-cooker fan, or cook of any stripe would welcome a gift box or card from Penzey’s. I get a lot of my herbs and spices from them and feel their quality is top-notch.

5. A Second Pressure Cooker

Alright, this gift could be a bit pricey, but for anyone who loves their pressure cooker, what could be better than two pressure cookers? Besides my 7 liter Kuhn Rikon, I have since purchased a Fissler Vitaquick 4.2 quart pressure pan set. I wouldn’t want the Fissler as my only pressure cooker, but it does certain things better than the Kuhn Rikon, and is also probably my most versatile pan I own, period. It comes with not only the pressure lid, but a glass lid as well, making it also very useful as a large saute pan.

Disclaimer: I have no connection and get no compensation from any of the companies mentioned. I just think they are good quality products and would recommend them all (the ones that I own, at least. The ones that I don’t own are on my wish list, hint hint.)

Happy Holidays from Pressure Cooker Convert!

4 thoughts on “Obligatory Lame Gift Ideas List

  1. Thanks for being another pressure cooker convert. My cookbook, The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less than 30 Minutes is on Laura of hippressurecooking.com’s list.

    I am a pressure cooker nut. Been preaching it, and teaching it, for just about 17 years now. I am not going to stop any time soon.

    Happy to make your acquaintance.

  2. I know this is an old post, but could you expand on your comment that the Fissler pressure pan does some things better than your 7 liter KR? That’s what I have now – a 7 liter KR – and I’m thinking of buying a braiser or pressure pan and am wondering exactly how I would use it.

    • Neal, thanks for the question. I have found that the Fissler works better for a lot of braised meat dishes where there doesn’t have to be a lot of liquid, especially large, flat cuts of meat like flank steak, skirt steak and spare ribs. The inside bottom surface seems to brown things just a little nicer than the KR as well. On some recipes such as my Steamed Sliders recipe, the wider surface allows to fit more burgers in than the narrower KR. The smaller volume also seems to make it reach full pressure more quickly. I actually use it more than the KR, but would not want it for my only pressure cooker since it wouldn’t work for soups, stews or a pot of beans, anything that I usually make in large quantities. I hope this helped answer your question. Let me know if you need any more info.

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