I am a Froothie Ambassador and was sent the Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO to review by Froothie UK. All opinions expressed are my own but links to the product are affiliate links (see below for more information).
You might be able to tell that I LOVE a kitchen gadget. I’m a huge fan of my slow cooker and I fell head over heels the first time I laid eyes on my deep fat fryer. After making one too many doughnuts in my deep fat fryer (oops) I’m now in desperate need of some healthy, wholesome food to help me jumpstart 2017 (#Jumpstart17)!
With that in mind, I’ve been testing out the Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO to see if it can not only save me some time in the kitchen, but if it can also help get back into a healthy eating regime.
What’s the fuss all about?
So I guess you’re probably wondering why I’m writing about this new gadget? What’s so great about it that I feel the need to dedicate a whole post to it? The Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO is actually a multi cooker. Yes it pressure cooks meaning dinner can be on the table a lot faster, but it is also a slow cooker, a deep fat fryer and more! In fact I’ve already chucked out my old slow cooker as the Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO is ten times better!
It also comes with 16 built-in features. You just choose the right one for your dish and the machine does the rest!
- Slow cook (high or low)
- White Rice
- Deep Fry
If none of those do it for you there is also a “DIY” setting which lets you play around with the 7 pressure levels and timings. Is there anything it can’t do?
Some recipes I’ve seen call for a combination of the settings during cooking. They might get you to fry off vegetables and spices using the deep fry setting before adding in meat to braise. It’s a really clever, versatile machine. Personally I prefer just chucking everything in in one go but it’s good to have lots of different options.
I was also impressed with how many “accessories” it came with. There’s a frying basket, a measuring cup, a ladle and spoon (so you don’t ruin the non-stick coating) and even a special “lid” that stops it overflowing!
The first thing I attempted was my slow cooked beef chilli. I’ll admit, I’m a pressure cooker novice and so I opted for the slow cooker function first time. It came out perfectly – in fact I think it came out BETTER than it used to in my old machine! Win-win!
Since then I’ve been brave and I’ve also tried a variation of this jewelled Persian Rice from A Glug of Oil, pasta bake, a big bowl of porridge and even rice pudding (will definitely be sharing that recipe soon!)
I’m super excited about trying the pizza and cake functions but they will have to wait. Can you believe this Blood Orange and Chocolate Cake from Tin and Thyme was made in pressure cooker?! I am in awe!
It’s probably worth noting at this point that the machine doesn’t actually come with a recipe book. You can find one on the Froothie website but it would probably be better if a hard copy was supplied with the machine. Failing that, thank God for the Froothie bloggers!
Pros and Cons
This review wouldn’t be all that helpful if I just gushed about the machine. So let’s break this down into pros and cons.
+ Looks good
+ Easy to use
+ Easy to clean
+ Saves me time and effort
+ Lots of features (I can throw away half of my other kitchen gadgets now!)
+ Good value (and currently on sale for £199!)
– not small enough to leave out on my counter (question whether this is the machine’s fault or I just need a bigger kitchen…)
The machine features “voice guidance”. When you turn it on, select various commands, and at various stages throughout cooking a strange ladies voice emanates from the machine. I LOVE it. It’s loud enough that I can be in another room and hear that it’s about to release pressure, or that dinners ready and it’s turning itself to the warming setting. Jon on the other hand isn’t so sure. I think he finds it a little creepy. He’s suggested we name it “Skynet” after the AI robot thing in the Terminator!
Get your own!
As I’m an Ambassador for Froothie this means I get paid a small commission if you buy one. Of course there’s no extra cost to you but it will make a big difference to me!
To find out more about the Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO with Induction technology pop over to the Froothie website.
If you do purchase one do make sure you come back and share your favourite recipes in the comments!