Ingrid Hoffmann T-Fal 7.4-Quart Pressure Cooker Review

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Introduction

T-fal YS2H4064 7.4 Quart Pressure Cooker is the collaboration between the Food Network Latin Chef, Ingrid Hoffmann and T-fal, the Maker of Houseware and small appliance products.This pressure cooker is one of the collections under the brand name of Ingrid Hoffmann Simply Delicioso.

Made of stainless steel, this pressure cooker will enable to you serve a healthy meal with less time than driving to the nearest fast food joint in your neighborhood. It saves time, energy cost, and allows your family to spend some quality together at the dinner table.

Table of Contents (Click a title to jump ahead)

IntroductionSize, Capacity and Material | Safety Features | Easy to Use and Clean | Consumer Ratings | Pros | Cons | Warranty and Replacement Parts | Price |

Size, Capacity and Material

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Measured as 7.4 quart in liquid capacity, this size is perhaps the largest for an average family for pressure cooking. Certainly, you’d need a larger size for canning.

In case you are not aware, you can’t never fill up to a pressure cooker’s capacity, especially those foods that cook up with a lot of foams such as rice and beans. The maximum usable capacity is 2/3 and 1/2 in the case of cooking beans and rice.

There are also two other sizes, 4.2 and 6.3 quarts in this collection. Choose the smaller size if you think you’d only cook for one or two people. But I’d almost choose a larger size as you can make a batch to store in small containers for later use.

Made of stainless steel, this pressure cooker is beautifully contrasted with maroon color which gives a stylish pop than a typical utility cookware. The cooking pot is constructed with impact bonded base. What it means is that the bottom of the pot has an insert of aluminum for its heat transfer and heat retention property. The base is then sandwiched with two layers of stainless steel to make it durable, easy for cleaning. Don’t forget the beauty of stainless steel for its shiny exterior.

This cooker is suitable for all cooking surfaces, electric, gas, ceramic and induction. This cooker is measured as 17.9 x 21.8 x 11.4 inches in dimensions (W, H and D) and weighs just shy of 10 pounds. The cooker is taller comparing to average pressure cookers. So keep that in mind if you are short in stature like me. You may have to consider two things: One is how much clearance you’ll need between the cooktops and the range hood. Two you may need a longer spoon, even a stool to step on to stir things up before closing the lid. 

Safety Features

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Pressure Regulator, Levels and Indicators

The primary valve is spring-loaded. The secondary or redundancy valve is located just underneath the lid. Under a normal circumstance, the secondary valve will not be deployed unless the primary one is malfunctioned.

Integrated with this valve is the pressure settings for 8 and 12 psi (pounds per square inch) for cooking different foods such as delicate fish or vegetables vs. meats. For the delicate stuff, you’d turn the dial to 8 psi and for meats set it on 12 psi.

One of the drawbacks with the design of this pressure cooker is the lower than the standard pressure, which should have been 15 psi. To offset the lower pressure, you could cook the food a little bit longer to achieve the same result.

As the pressure starts to build, a small pin on top of the handle will pop shut. This tells you that the pressure is at operative level and it’s a signal for you to start timing the cooking. The small pin doesn’t protrude higher than the surrounding parts and doesn’t have a different color either. So you’ll need to really look for to see it.

Seal: Special Gasket

Like many pressure cookers, the cooking pot and the lid are concealed via a gasket or a sealing ring. This is one of the replaceable parts you’ll need to keep an eye on.

Lid

After you get all the ingredients in the pot, including the required liquid, close the lid by matching the marks on the top handle and on the pot. Turn the lid clockwise to close it.  There is also a latch to push forward to lock it during cooking. This is an enhanced safety measure many great pressure cookers have to prevent explosion.

Handle

The signature design characteristic is the red color around the pressure valve and the handles. It makes the pressure cooker stand out from the crowd unlike many other typical industrial-looking steel with black.

There are two handles with the long one as the main operating handle and a short one on the opposite side for you to transport the cooker.

3 Pressure Release Methods

You can release the pressure in one of three ways. The first one is to gently press the primary valve stem on top of the lid. Use a kitchen mitt or towel when touching the tip to prevent from burning by the hot steam. You may also use a long-handled spoon. This method is not recommended for foamy foods such as beans or rice.

The second is the “cold water release method” where cold water is run on top of the lid in the sink. The last one is the safest and most time-consuming method: The “natural release method”. This is to remove the cooker from the hob and let it cool off naturally until the little pressure pin recedes down.

Easy to Use and Clean

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The cooker comes with an Instructional Manual and a recipe book.

Cleaning the cooking pot is no different than any other cookware. Obviously you don’t want to immerse the top lid in the water as it has the safety components. Occasionally you might have to take the valve apart if food particles get stuck in it.

Reading the Instructions is the first step to get to know this pressure cooker as every brand and model all have some quirks of their own. Make sure you follow the Manual and experiment it for a few times. Attending the pressure cooker is a pre-requisite for pressure cooking unlike cooking in a slow cooker or rice cooker that you could take off to run errands.

Accessories

A steamer and a trivet

Consumer Ratings

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4.4 out of 5This YS2H4064 cooker has received 4.4 star ratings from 21 online reviewers on Amazon. I also checked the ratings on the other sizes and they all had above 4.0 stars. Anything above 4.0 is a sure sign of a good product.

One lady found it very safe to use as she had a personal experience with a pressure cooker explosion when she was young and unexperienced. Using this cooker gave her so much reassurance and peace of mind…Read More
Another customer said this Ingrid Hoffmann pressure cooker was the best kitchen tool in his kitchen based on the features, appearance and the value…Read More

Pros

  • Style, Utility and Value: Many customers commented about the combination of utility, value and appearance. The red color definitely pops in the mid of boring stainless or aluminum cookware.
  • Multiple Safety Features: This pressure cooker is newbie-friendly. Very easy to use and set the pressure level to 8 or 12 psi, then the cooker will does its thing. You don’t have to fiddle with adjusting the heat level that much in order to maintain the desirable pressure level.
  • Generous Size: As I said earlier, this is a very generous size for average families. You can pretty much cook any meals in it, stocks, pot roasts, whole fryer chickens, beans, veggies, and even desserts.
  • Well Constructed with Quality Materials: This unit is well-made with stainless steel and aluminum infused base.
  • No Assembly Required: One benefit is that you don’t have to assemble anything when it arrives unlike some other brands that you’d have to assemble the handle, the valve, etc.

Cons

  • Lower than Standard Pressure: The higher pressure setting is only 12 psi while many cookbooks are written for cooking under 15 psi. You’ll have to experiment a little bit with cooking duration to make sure the food is cooked properly.
  • User Manual: A few customer shared that the Usual Manual is ambiguous. I am guessing it could be an issue with translation as English is not Ingrid’s mother tongue.
  • Replacement Parts: Customers were not sure where to get replacement parts such as gasket on T-Fal’s website. In fact, I searched for quite a while and couldn’t even find the pressure cooker listed on T-fal ‘s website. I had found gaskets for other pressure cooker models on Amazon but not for the Ingrid Hoffmann brand. The whole marketing is amateurish if I ask me.

Warranty and Replacement Parts

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10-year limited warranty for this pressure cooker despite the Product Description on Amazon says “lifetime”.

Price

The general consensus is that it’s a bit overpriced comparing to Presto pressure cookers because it’s associated with the Ingrid’s name as a TV personality. I appreciate these customers viewpoints. I did check for a 8-quart sized pressure cooker, Presto is about $10 cheaper.

On the other hand, the design of this pressure cooker both from appearance and features are slightly above Pesto’s pressure cookers. In the grand scheme of things, it’s price pretty competitively in the pressure cooker market for the size and features. 

Overall this is a decent pressure cooker with the unique color attraction. It’s easy and safe to use for newbies or people who pressure cook a lot. This is not  top-of-the-line by any means. I’d consider it as an intro tool to pressure cooking. That way, you will not be spending a small fortune in case you don’t like pressure cooking at all. Amazon carries all three models at lower price than most online retailers.

 

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