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Presto 06003 Options Electric Multi-Cooker/Steamer

by Presto
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  • All-purpose kettle for stews, roasting and steaming.
  • Fully submersible with Control Masterheat control removed.
  • Heavy cast aluminum body with non-stick surface inside and out.
  • Lift-and-drain basket for steaming.
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 13 x 10 inches ; 6.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00005OTXY
  • Item model number: 340707
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,213 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

All-purpose kettle for stews, roasting and steaming. Fully submersible with Control Masterheat control removed. Heavy cast aluminum body with non-stick surface inside and out. Lift-and-drain basket for steaming. Cast aluminum base with non-stick surface inside and out. Glass cover, metal basket with handle. Removable heat control. 120 volts, 60 Hz only


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Customer Reviews

Very easy to clean.
B. Crum
I use this for making soups and stews, sauces, gravy, chili, cooking pasta, and for deep frying.
G. Golden
This cooker can do anything from slow cooking to frying.
John Langhoff

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

223 of 229 people found the following review helpful By EB71 on October 14, 2002
I bought this EXACT model in 2001, and along with steaming, blanching, roasting, etc., it clearly advertises itself as a "deep fryer" of which it does an excellent job. The manual even includes full frying instructions!
If Presto has decided to now say "don't fry in this", it is strictly a legal move. The problem is that Presto's "fry daddy" line has no temperature control, and it's preset low enough so that you can't set any frying liquid on fire. But these also have no versatility.
The multi-cooker can do so much more, because you can set the temperature from "warm" to 400 degrees. This is higher than the smoke point of some frying mediums (lard and shortening in particular) and therefore IF you don't know the smoke point of what you're using, you can get in trouble. This is probably why Presto's lawyers decided to say it's not a fryer anymore, although it clearly is. I, however, will happily continue to use my multi-cooker to make great fries, fried shrimp and chicken, donuts, etc. in addition to steaming and blanching vegetables, as well as braising. It's the most versatile appliance I own!
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By A. Day on November 7, 2003
I just got this today at Walmart for more than 1/3 off Amazon's price and it says plain and clear that it IS for frying among other things..I tried it an the temp was accurate too. IT also has one of those new magnetic type cords for saftey and you can stick all of it (the pot and lid) in the dishwasher except the cord and thermostat thing. This is a great deal! IT does the job off a fryer, steamer and a crock pot and cost less than most of them do by themselves. I tried the steamer fuction too and it works great! I highly reccomend this, Try it , you won't be dissapointed!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 2003
I researched fryers costing from $100 on down to this very reasonably priced Presto "Options" multi-cooker. I settled on this fryer for it's simplicity, since the easier it is to use and clean the more likely I am to use it, hence my five star rating. I bought the silver non-stick coated model so that any inevitable knick in the finish wouldn't be visible against the metal underneath. It also comes in black. It has a temperature range from 155 degrees to 400 degrees, which will cook anything, but I bought it mainly as a deep fryer. I use two quarts of peanut oil, which has a higher flash point than other oils, and start frying in oil that is as hot as the thermostat will go. This is the recommended procedure in the instructions that came with this unit. This method sears the outside of the food retarding oil from being absorbed while the temperature is recovering. The pot is relatively deep so splatter is minimal when food is slowly placed into the hot oil. The instructions say to not use the glass lid when frying. I use a splatter screen instead. Cleanup is simple. After cooling, I use a strainer-funnel to pour the oil back into the original container for storage in the refrigerator. After removing the thermostat, the entire non-stick unit and basket can be sponge cleaned in the sink and put away. I deep fry outdoors so odor is not a problem. For indoor frying a sealed unit might be better unless this fryer can be used under a well vented hood.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By B. Clifton on November 10, 2002
I, too, bought this cooker at Target believing it was a fryer and was disappointed that the instructions noted it was NOT a fryer. Unable to find anything I liked better (the plastic machines seem flimsy and clunky), I took the advice of the last reviewer and tried it as a deep-fryer for tofu and eggrolls. It works! The thermostat seems reliable, and it heats up quickly enough. Plus, it's dishwasher-safe and nonstick. The only disappointments include the fry-basket, which isn't optimum for draining oil and is awkward to handle with a removable pinch-handle-- but I improvised with tongs. And it would be nice to have an airtight lid to store the oil-- but the glass one does just fine if you change the oil occasionally. As someone who usually avoids frying foods for health reasons, this little pot allows me to cook the few fried goods I'd normally go out for as well, or even better, than how I'd get them at a restaurant-- and it makes my "it-ain't-good-unless-it's-fried" husband feel like he's got a place in the kitchen.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By jason on January 6, 2002
I come from a large family, so i do a lot of cooking. This year everyone came to my house for Christmas, and not only was my mom impressed with my cooking,but also the way everything taste coming out of the steamer.She actually tried to take it home with her.... A week earlier, some of the guys came over, and my wife made her famous deep fried hot wings. The guys went nuts, especially, my brother Jarrick, he loved that there was little mess and because of the drop basket and tempature gauge, not mistakes.I'm buying one for my mom and my brother, at least that way i know i can keep my own! Thanks Presto
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Charlee L. on June 29, 2011
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After using a heavy aluminum roasting pan and a Le Creuset french oven for our deep frying, I decided it was time to get a dedicated deep fryer. Only problem; so many reviewed as not reaching 400 degrees F. I finally opted for this model and am genuinely happy with this purchase.

I always use a (constantly tested) candy thermometer when deep frying, and have continued to do the same with this Presto multi cooker. It does take longer to heat up to 400 degrees - around 20 minutes minimum. But that gives me food prep time. Note this multi-cooker reads a bit over 400 on my tested thermometer (and I've never let it sit without placing food in it at that temp, so it might go higher; use caution, don't assume it's stopping at 400 degrees). One other note of caution, at 400, the temperature dial gets extremely hot - it now has heat blisters on it - not from oil spatter. I do sugar sculpting, and my fingers are used to heat, but I still have to use a hot pad on the dial to turn this off if it's been on a while at 400 degrees.

I typically fry onion rings, fries, okra, chicken, fish, zucchini, mushrooms, ice cream, zeppole, cauliflower, the kitchen sink (gotcha!) lower than 400 (360 to 375), but I must have 400 for sopapillas. For those that test their fryer, please understand in any type of cooking pot the oil temp will drop when food goes in - and your temps vary depending on the location of the thermometer (top or bottom readings). My thick-walled aluminum roasting pan and cast iron pot drop 10 - 40 degrees depending on how much is put in, whether it's breaded, etc. The Presto will also loose heat. This is why you fry small batches, and allow the heat of the oil to recover. Cast iron tends to hold heat better, but it'll still drop in temp.
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