This is not your grandmother's pressure cooker. After two generations of busy cooks employed pressure cookers to prepare family meals, the next generation--with memories of valves dancing and hissing on stovetops--then snubbed pressure cookers. Now pressure cookers have come back, those old valves replaced by modern versions that ensure safety while delivering the speed, ease, and nutritional benefits of pressure cooking.
This heavyweight 18/10 stainless-steel beauty is a fine example of contemporary engineering and style. Its mirror finish gleams, and its black handles stay cool. Its spring valve doesn't hiss unless too much steam has built up and the heat needs turning down. Two other valves offer backup safety, and the top automatically locks until all pressure has been released. Pressure-cooking traps steam to heat foods at temperatures higher than boiling. This cooker has an aluminum disk sandwiched by stainless steel in its base to speed the process even more through fast heat conductivity. Little water is required, so nutrients, flavor, and color are not boiled away.
At 9-3/4 inches in diameter and 3 inches deep, this 2-1/2-liter (2.65-quart) cooker resembles a deep frying pan. A waffle pattern on the bottom releases food quickly after browning. Cleanup is a bit involved: hand wash the cooker, rubber gasket, and lid with a mild detergent; lightly oil the gasket. Minor cleaning inconvenience, however, should not overshadow the major convenience of pressure cooking. Accompanying the cooker is a 92-page pressure-cooking recipe booklet. --Fred Brack
Now that the kids are gone from home, you need to figure out how to cook only one or two servings at a time. Never fear! The Kuhn Rikon Duromatic 3346 2.5 Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker, known as our ''Empty Nester,'' is here. Brown or saute foods first on the waffle-texture base, then pop on the lid and cook it up fast under pressure. This is a perfect first-time all-purpose cooker for small households, too. This cooker features solid aluminum sandwiched between stainless steel for fast, even heating. Additional features Dishwasher-safe New generation spring-loaded precision valve Includes Quick Cuisine Cookbook - $14.00 value 9.5 diam. inches (24cm), 2 to 4 servings 10-year warranty on non-replaceable parts, workmanship About Kuhn Rikon Kuhn Rikon, originally of Switzerland, is a manufacturer of high-quality pressure cookers and kitchen tools. The company has been in business since 1926, and is known specifically for the famous Duromatic line of quality pressure cookers. Today, Kuhn Rikon headquarters is located in the United States. With a reputation for superior technology, superior people and superior customer service, the company's mission is to provide unique, quality products for the kitchen that blend old-world craftsmanship with innovative technology and design. 2.5-quart pressure cooker for small households. Waffle-texture base for fat-free sauteing and frying. User-friendly operation. 5 integrated safety systems. 18/10 stainless steel construction.