Giveaway: T-fal Clipso Pressure Cooker

September 21, 2015

T-fal Clipso pressure cooker box

Update: There’s been a bit of confusion and so to clarify, this is a pressure cooker, not a pressure canner. This is not a device in which you can pressure can. It is only good for pressure cooking.

In the early days of this blog, I was a pressure cooking and canning neophyte. Because of a family legacy of pressure cooking disasters, I was just weeks shy of my 30th birthday before I gathered my courage and tried cooking under pressure for the first time.

T-fal Clipso pressure cooker box top

After that maiden voyage with my pressure cooker (documented here), I was a quick convert to its many uses. I often use my pot for quickly cooking dried beans, braising chicken thighs, or making small batches of highly concentrated chicken stock.

T-fal Clipso pressure cooker

Earlier in the summer, I got an email asking if I might be interesting in trying the new Clipso Pressure Cooker from T-fal. Its defining feature is that instead of having a lid that turns to lock into place, you place the lid on the pot (no need to line it up with the handles) and press the button on the top of the pot. One-handed closure magic!

T-fal Clipso lid lock button

Once you’ve locked the lid in place, you toggle the valve to the cook setting (the other setting is the steam release, which we’ll talk about in just a second), set the pot on the heat and start building up a head of steam. The safety button will wiggle into place (making it impossible to open the pot while the contents are under pressure) and eventually some steam will start to escape through the valve.

T-fal Clipso mechanism

Once the steam starts to escape, you reduce the heat to a medium level. I’m always amazing by how relatively little heat you need to maintain pressure for cooking and canning.

When the cooking time is up, you pull the pot off the heat. Because the valve is built in, this doesn’t produce the same amount of uncertain jiggling that you get with a more traditional pot (which I really appreciate).

Locked T-fal pot

To release the pressure, you can either let it cool slowly and drop naturally, or you carefully turn the control valve to allow the steam to escape. I highly prefer this method to rapidly cooling a pot by running it under cool running water. Finally, to remove the lid, you press the button on the side of the lid handle to release the locking mechanism. So easy.

chickpeas in cooker

The first thing I made in my very sturdy Clipso was a batch of garlicky garbanzo beans. I went from dry beans to soft, tender ones in just half an hour (and if your beans were fresher than mine, it might take even less time!). I combined 2 cups of garbanzo beans in the pot with 8 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of salt and 5 smashed garlic cloves. It’s hummus time!

T-fal max fill line

Because the folks at T-fal want to share the pressure cooker love with you guys, they’ve given me one Clipso Pressure Cooker to give away! Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share a pressure cooking tale. Have you done it and love it? Or are you scared? Perhaps you’re somewhere in between.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, September 26, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, September 27, 2015.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents only (and is void where prohibited).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.

Disclosure: T-fal sent me the Clipso you see pictured here and are providing a second unit for this giveaway. No additional compensation was provided and all opinions remain my own. 

426 responses to “Giveaway: T-fal Clipso Pressure Cooker”

  1. I am a little scared but would LOVE to cook our meals faster. We live at an elevation of over 6K so all of our cooking takes a long time. I am assuming this would help.

  2. Pressure cookers are great! I actually started using one for cooking my jam – 5 min in the pressure cooker, than reduce to finish. I’d love to give a cooker to my mom!

  3. Growing up I heard my mother’s horror stories of the disasters she had with some but lately I’ve been thinking about getting brave and trying one for myself. I hear so MANY good things about them and I’m sure they’re much better now than they were in the 1960s.

  4. I’d say I’m partly scared and partly intrigued by pressure cooking. I’d really like to try it, but I’ve been to confused about what pressure cooker to buy! This one looks like an easy cooker to start with.

  5. My mom talked about how she should get one the last time she made beef stew, because when we were ready to eat, the meat wasn’t!

  6. Honestly I have been quite nervous to use a pressure cooker but I have just not bought one. I really want a pressure cooker for using my dried garbanzo beans for hummus. Of course pressure canning stock, bone broth and veggies would really help my freezer situation. I would love to have one so I could just get on with it and stop procrastinating.

  7. I admit that I am terrified of all types of pressure cooking–my husband mans the pressure canner when we can green beans. That said, I think a pressure cooker would be really handy to have to make beans and such.

  8. I’ve always wanted to try a pressure cooker. I had one about thirty years ago, an inheritance from my uncle, but it had no instructions, and in those pre-internet days, I had no way to learn to use it. It frightened me, and I ended up giving it away. I understand that today’s pressure cookers are much safer and less scary, and I’d love to cook with one, especially a beauty like the Clipso.

  9. I’ve been wanting to try pressure canning soups and broths for a long time but have been a little scared of the whole process. This looks like a much simpler system than what I remember from my younger days!

  10. i remember when I was younger and my mom would pressure can. When she had issues with her second hand canner she would send my sister and I outside until she remedied the situation and got the pressure under control.

  11. My mom was always scared of pressure cooking and canning but I’m not so sure why anymore. It seems like these things just keep getting safer. It’s not like it will be deep frying a turkey or anything….I want to try pressure cooking to expand my cooking horizons!

  12. I have been pressure canning for 20 + years, but never pressure cooked. I have no idea why. Time to change that. Cooking dried beans is one of the first things I would like to try. Oh man that would be handy.

  13. My mother used one of those old screaming pressure cookers when I was a kid & did so as a bundle of nerves! I have never used one due to the fear instilled in me by other people’s epic fails. So I’m bucking up and going to try it if I win. You took my canning fears away & I do that safely now, so this ought to be fearless as well!

  14. I have just started getting back into pressure cooking. I’m not afraid of it – just didn’t have the time to play with it before.

  15. I’ve never tried pressure cooking and although I’m a little scared of it (!!), I’d LOVE to give it a go!! I think my first recipe would be some Texas chili – perfect for football season!

  16. Pressure canners don’t frighten me, probably becuase i grew up in a household that used them regularly. I would LOVE to have one of my own!

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