Review: The Optimum Pressure Cooker Pro
Slow cookers made a comeback in 2016 and our love for them shows no signs of abating. Why do we love slow cookers so much? Maybe it’s because they save us time or maybe it’s because they’re so economical. Either way, if you don’t already have a slow cooker in your life, you’re probably thinking about getting one. So what could be better than a slow cooker? Well, the Optimum Multifunction Pressure Cooker Pro, of course.
As an ambassador for Froothie UK, I get to try out some of their fancy kitchen gadgets. (I know, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.) You may have already read my review of the Optimum G2.3 Induction Blender, but now it’s time for the Optimum Multifunction Pressure Cooker Pro to take the stage.
Not just for slow-cooking, this gadget can braise, steam, deep fry, bake, roast and simmer. You can make porridge in it. You can make pizza and pasta in it. You can even bake cakes in it. You’ll start to question whether you even really need an oven.
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My favourite thing to cook in the Optimum Pressure Cooker Pro* is chilli and lime marinated aubergines. In just 35 minutes (on one of the Pressure Cooker Pro’s preset programs), you have soft, gooey aubergines that taste like they’ve been cooking for hours. I’ll be sharing the recipe very soon… But it’s not quite ready yet. In the meantime, let’s take a minute to go through some of my favourite Pressure Cooker Pro preset functions.
Okay! Wait! Hear me out… Honestly, the “meats” function does a brilliant job of cooking whole aubergines! If you think you don’t like aubergine because of its rubbery texture – cook an aubergine on this function and it will change the way you view aubergines forever. IN JUST 35 MINUTES. And if you’re in the US wondering what I’m banging on about, I’m talking about eggplants. So, the “meats” function is not just for meats. It’s also for meaty vegetables.
Baking is not my forte and I welcome help in any form. Anything that will help me to produce cakes that aren’t pancake flat.
I don’t feel the need to deep fry things very often, which is why I haven’t bothered to buy a deep fat fryer. So having this function available to me is really handy – for the rare occasion that I do actually want to deep fry something.
I don’t have a steamer either. If you had a single-function gadget for everything, you’d end up with literally no space in your cupboards for food. And let’s face it, that’s the most important thing to have in the cupboards. So it’s helpful to have this function available to me too!
Least Favourite Functions
You can technically cook porridge in the Pressure Cooker Pro*, but I don’t. Simply because I don’t really eat much porridge. I’m more of a stuff-on-toast kind of person. I can see the appeal though; it makes porridge in just minutes and keeps it warm until you’re ready to eat it.
I just can’t get my head around making pizza in this. I will try it, one day. But until then, I’m going to stick to making pizza in the oven!
Firstly, I’m a little confused about the roast function. The instruction booklet you get with the machine tells you to keep the lid open when using the roast function. However, the recipe book available online from Froothie UK* has a recipe using the roast function where the lid has to be closed. I tried both methods in an attempt to roast potatoes. With the lid open, unsurprisingly, they didn’t cook at all. With the lid closed, they did cook through but they weren’t crispy or crunchy. The texture was more like boiled potatoes. So, I’m not sold on this function. Unless I’m doing something wrong!
Other Likes and Dislikes
What I really like about the Pressure Cooker Pro* is that it doesn’t make too much noise. Some helpful kitchen gadgets make your kitchen sound like Heathrow airport, but this one makes very little noise, which is great. However, it isn’t always nice and quiet. The Pressure Cooker Pro does, unfortunately, have a bit of a creepy voice. This gadget offers text-to-speech “voice guidance”. So, when you turn it on, when you select a function, when it’s done cooking… it talks to you in its strange, robotic voice. Maybe I’ve been watching too much TV (iRobot, Ex-Machina, Humans…) but it makes me feel a bit uneasy; like my kitchen gadgets might start planning an uprising when my back is turned. And, as far as I can tell, there’s no way of switching the creepy voice off.
But it’s a small price to pay, because it is a really great piece of kit.
The Best Bits
Saves Time and Space
This is my #1 reason to get one of these machines. It cooks things more quickly and more evenly than in a conventional oven and it does the job of multiple appliances, meaning you don’t have to buy, or store, loads of different machines for different things.
Simple Preset Programs
**My giveaway is now over**
Winner: Hugh Jones
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