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This review is from: Presto 06006 Kitchen Kettle Multi-Cooker/Steamer (Kitchen)
We've used this kettle for well over a year and don't know how we got along without it for 25+ years of home cooking. We keep a simple kitchen and have learned to avoid all but the most essential cookware. But we cook a lot of fried fish, shrimp, oysters, and french fries so last year we decided a deep fryer with a basket was worth a try.
I have to say it is the ideal fryer. We also use the Presto frequently for stir fry and to make fail-proof rice & pilaf. It's simplicity, ease of use, and cleanup have endeared it to us. We also bought one for my in-laws and they use it as much as we do. Presto has been making these little cookers for years and I understand why the product has been so successful. The reasonable price makes it even more appealing.
Update 7/20/12. I just discovered the Kettle also makes an ideal popcorn popper. Tried it today with 3 tbs. of vegetable oil and 1/2 cup popcorn kernels. It made a lucious bowl of popcorn! So much better than the microwave stuff. Easier to clean than a traditional popper. The Kettle is the most versatile piece of cookware in our kitchen.
Update 9/15/12. This appliance gets more and more versatile. I've started using it as a crock pot. It works great! We moved to a smaller kitchen and I ran out of space. It occurred to me that I could get rid of my large crock pot if the Kettle did the same job. It does! I was concerned that it would be too small to make my pot roast but there was room to sear the roast, add the ingredients, and cook as usual. It was much easier to clean than the crock pot. Food doesn't stick so I love not having to buy the (expensive) crock pot liners.