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132 of 133 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2010
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I bought the Cuisinart 6 quart electric pressure cooker after reading many reviews and researching different options (stove top vs electric). I was a little wary about getting a pressure cooker because I had never used one, and the there are stories of pressure cookers exploding from the first generation of pressure cookers in the 1940's. Everything that I have read says that all of todays cookers are much safer, but because I tend to be very cautious I went with the electric model because of the added safety features. The lid locks into place and will not open until the pressure has been properly released. I was given the book: The Pressure Cooker Cookbook by Toula Patsalis as a gift. I used this book as one of my main guides in choosing a cooker. There is a whole chapter devoted to picking out a pressure cooker, and the recipes are top notch. I would highly recommend this book to anyone buying a pressure cooker.

This model had great reviews and was a good price on Amazon, so I decided to give it a try, and boy am I glad that I did! This very easy to work, a snap to clean up, and the food! All of the foods that I have made in this have turned out excellent. I love the browning and saute functions, it allows me to have just one pot to clean at the end. The non-stick coating cleans up easily. I also like the timer function, I can set my desired pressure level, set the time and I am ready. Once it reaches my desired level of pressure it starts to count down, when it is finished, it beeps to alert me and then automatically sets itself to keep warm. It couldn't be easier. Food really does take 50 - 70% less time to make in a pressure cooker. I have been making amazing homemade soups in about 30 minutes. My family loves this cooker as much as I do! The only drawback to this cooker is that it only has two levels of pressure to choose from: low or high. Many recipes that I have tried call to maintain medium pressure. I have made many recipes, and have just been using the high pressure level and everything has turned out wonderfully, it would just be nice to have the option of cooking at a medium pressure level.

Overall I think this is a great product. It is easy to use, easy to clean up and the ability to make amazing homemade soups and other meals in a fraction of the time it used to take is icing on the cake.
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 23, 2010
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When I purchased my pressure cooker, I was quite the "novice". Like others, I had seen my grandmother use one when I was a child. . . but my mother was always very afraid of pressure cookers and warned me that I would "die" if I ever used one. Friends of my parents had one and cooked chili in it once, and it "exploded" and chili was everywhere. So I just never bothered. Then I came across this one.

A couple of things I didn't know and learned after I received the item. First, you can only fill it from 50 - 60% full, depending upon what you're making. So if you're going to use the pressure cooker then though it says that it's a 6-quart, you can really only cook 3 - 4 quarts.

But here's the really great thing that I learned, and I don't see this in the book or anything. It's not only a pressure cooker. . . It's a Stock Pot or electric pot. . . whatever you want to call it. I've made chicken stock in it, and filled it just about to the top with great results. I've made other soups, which don't need to really use the "pressure cooker" and they have turned-out great. Due to the fact that you can sear meat in it, that's wonderful. . .You can saute. . . you can simmer. . . With three different temperature settings, you can really cook lots of things inside. I made hot & sour soup today, which was fantastic! (no pressure cooking needed) I also like that it's non-stick, and you can easily remove the insert.

I've also made chili, which turned-out really well. I cooked a whole chicken, and that also was great. I purchased a pressure cooker cookbook, just to get some more ideas.

There certainly are "better" / "easier" ways to cook things other than using a pressure cooker, all depending upon the item. For example, I still prefer to use a steamer for veggies. But I think I'm going to get a lot more use out of this than I originally expected,
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2011
It worked for the 1st 10 times and then it would get up to pressure and then click to keep warm. In reading reviews sounds like other had the same problem.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
What we love is:
That it doesn't use electric all day like the slow cooker.
Great for when you don't feel like cooking, you can have meals in a matter of minutes with very little prep.
Great for when you can't decide until the last minute what you want to eat.
Food has that cooked-all-day taste.
A healthy choice for preserving flavor without sacrificing nutrients.

We bought a cheap stovetop pressure cooker for a good price 2 months ago and fought with it from day one. It was nothing like what I had used in the past. Like one reviewer said, this isn't your grandmother's (or mother's) pressure cooker. Ladies and Gents, you know how relationships go between cooks and appliances. Either you have a really beautiful relationship or it's rocky from beginning to end. I hated that one! I had expressed my interest in this item to my husband when I seen it in a flyer. It was a good price and of course Cuisinart is a name that just doesn't get thrown out there because we love saying it. My husband came home with it days later. We both love to cook, and we were both very interested in learning about this thing. Well, my husband learned that it cooks food microwave fast but has a cooked-all-day taste. He was actually reading the recipes that came with it and wondering what else we could throw in there. Tonight he threw a bunch of stuff in with chicken and we had an amazing dinner that was done in less than 30 minutes. We even made packaged soups in it, just add water. It couldn't be any easier than:

1. Put ingredients in it.
2. Put lid on and lock.
3. Make sure pressure valve is on the "Pressure" setting and NOT "Pressure Release"
4. Press "Menu" to select the pressure level to "High" or "Low"
5. Press "Menu" to select the time needed.
6. Press "Start"
7. When unit beeps and your food is done cooking, it goes to "Keep Warm", Press "Cancel" and then you can release the pressure yourself by turning the pressure valve to "Pressure Release" or let it sit and unpressurize naturally.
8. When the red float goes down, the pressure is gone and the lid is safe to remove.
9. Enjoy your meal.
10. Tell the kids they have to do dishes because you made their amazing meal!

This one won't get kicked to the curb anytime soon.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2014
I bought this pressure cooker and quickly had the same problem others have noted, it would start to get up steam then drop to warming mode. I thought I was using too little water. That did not help. Looked online and found a fix that worked for us twice so far. The problem is the food touching the bottom of the cooking pot starts to stick to the bottom of the pot. There is a sensor that indicates overheating or some other problem and it switches to warming mode. The solution is to always use the trivet when you cook. That way the food does not touch the bottom and the PC works as designed. Hope this helps some people since it really helped us. 3/28. We have used it several more times with the trivet in the bottom and it has worked like a charm. Great device.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2011
Let me start by saying I was ready to return it ( Costco), but i finally figured it out!!!!I was ready to quit and spent over 3 hrs on a recipe. I did not want to give up and had a perfect quinoa earlier.

1. make sure the metal plate with the seal on the lid is on the correct way. The metal pin has to be on the opposite side of the pressure valve - in line with it. there is a small picture in the manual.
2. Make sure you have enough liquid. I had problems only when trying Mediterranean brisket ( steam escaped through red valve) and trying to cook rolled oats. Rolled oats did not build any pressure because by the time water boiled - there was no water only oats.

If you are having troubles with it - test it with water. Fill it to 4 cup line, set it for 1 minute or more and see if the pressure builds.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2010
After a little over a month, our pressure cooker failed in exactly the same way as the other reviewer described. It got up to pressure, and immediately switched to warming. I tried everything - cleaned the gaskets, etc. Tried powering it down and then up, but nothing worked. This one is going back - and being replaced with a simple cook top model.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2011
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I anxiously awaited my new Cuisinart electric pressure cooker and it came in just a few days after I ordered it.
My first meal in it was amazing. I couldn't believe how easy it was to prepare a meal that tasted like it had cooked all day long and it only took 30 minutes in the pressure cooker. It was so simple and easy to clean.
I have friends who want one now ever since I shared my cooking experience with them.
I will definitely buy another one as a gift.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2013
I love this pressure cooker - gumbo and chili have become staples at our house thanks to this baby. But there is one really annoying thing about it, as several reviewers mention, sometimes it will get up to pressure and abruptly switch to keep warm. No indication of a problem, it just didn't cook. Kudos to the reviewer who said you have to unplug the unit to reset it - that works!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2013
I purchased the Cuisinart pressure cooker two years ago after reading many reviews and researching different pressure cooker options. I spent hours researching the difference between electric and stove top and trying to figure out what would be safest for my family. I had heard many stories over the years of early model pressure cookers exploding, causing burns. I am a very cautious person and did not want to have to worry about this happing while my kids help me cook in the kitchen. I decided on the Cuisinart electric model for the added safety features and many positive reviews.

I am so happy I purchased this cooker. My friends call me a kitchen gadget snob, as I have almost every kitchen appliance there is. This pressure cooker is hands down one of my favorites. I use it several times a week to prepare soups, chicken, beans, and quinoa. It is very easy to use and the food really does cook significantly faster and tastes great! I love the browning/sauté functions. I can sauté all the veggies and brown meat in one container, add broth to make a soup or tomatoes for spaghetti sauce and I only have one pot to wash in the end! The cooker is really easy to clean. The lid snaps right off and the pot slides out for easy cleaning.

Overall this is a great product for any kitchen. If you are looking at pressure cookers, this one should be at the top of your list. You will not regret purchasing this Cuisinart.
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