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Cuisinart CPC-600AMZ 1000-Watt 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker, Brushed Stainless and Matte Black
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- New and improved packaging from the manufacturer to eliminate damage
- 6-quart electric pressure cooker reduces cooking times by 70 percent
- Push-button controls; easy-to-read digital display; precision thermostat
- Settings for pressure cooking, browning, simmering, sauteing and warming
- Timer; cool-touch handles; nonstick dishwasher-safe cooking pot and trivet
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|Item Dimensions||12.2 x 12.2 x 13.2 in||12.6 x 13 x 12.2 in||12.6 x 10.2 x 11.8 in||14.6 x 14.6 x 12 in||15.3 x 15 x 15 in||13.5 x 12 x 13 in|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||stainless steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||18/10 Steel|
|Size||6 qt||6 Quart||6 Quart||6 QT||8 quart||—|
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New and Improved Packaging
Introducing the Cuisinart CPC-600 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker, now in new and improved packaging. Amazon has worked closely with the manufacturer to improve the packaging on this item to ensure it will arrive on your doorstep in one piece.
Cook Faster, Eat Healthier!
Reduce time spent in the kitchen preparing meals with the help of this 6-quart electric pressure cooker--it cuts cooking times up to 70-percent when compared to traditional stovetop cooking methods. The unit traps steam inside, which builds up pressure to create hotter temperatures, and its tight seal locks in heat, moisture, and flavor, as well as vitamins and minerals for exceptionally healthy, great-tasting meals like soup, chili, and other one-dish entrees. It also works well for cheesecake and custard, because dessert should never be left off the menu. The unit's push-button controls and easy-to-read digital display eliminate guesswork, while its precision digital thermostat regulates temperatures. Choose from pre-programmed settings for high- or low-pressure cooking, browning, simmering, sauteing, and warming. For safety, the cooker must be fully locked for pressure to build, and it will remain locked until the pressure inside drops to zero. Other highlights include a 99-minute timer with an LED countdown display, cool-touch side handles, and a nonstick cooking pot that cleans up easily by hand or in the dishwasher. A dishwasher-safe trivet also comes included. Housed in brushed stainless steel, the 1000-watt pressure cooker measures 12-1/5 by 12-1/5 by 13-1/5 inches.
You're about to experience a better, faster, and healthier way of cooking. Your Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker seals in steam to cook hotter and faster, and it seals in nutrients as well. Cook in less water and experience textures and tastes that are simply sensational. Features easy touch-button settings, a countdown timer, and a cooking pot big enough for a pot roast with all the fixings. Enjoy!
Pressure Cooker Settings
Browning – This preset temperature allows cooking over high heat, without the lid, before pressure cooking. Browning foods in a small amount of fat in this way seals the outer surfaces of meats and vegetables, producing a visually appealing, flavorful exterior with a moist, tender interior.
Sauté – The preset temperature, done prior to pressure cooking with lid removed, allows you to quickly soften vegetables in a small amount of fat or liquid without browning, and to cook items such as rice (Arborio, brown, Carnaroli, white, etc.) for pilafs and risottos.
Simmer – This preset temperature allows you to cook liquids at a lower temperature. It is primarily used to finish cooking some items, i.e. to add ingredients to a risotto, sauce, or stew or to continue cooking process to achieve preferred texture.
Keep Warm – Holds and keeps cooked food warm for up to 12 hours. Automatic Keep Warm Feature: When LED display reaches, the pressure cooker automatically shifts to Keep Warm temperature. The Keep Warm light will turn on and unit will beep to indicate cooking is complete.
- With the unit on and the LED displayed, press the MENU button to select the desired cooking function. The function light will flash.
- Select Low or High Pressure setting.
- Press TIME to select number of minutes needed for pressure cooking. Time increases in 1-minute increments up to 40 minutes. Time increases in 5-minute increments from 40 to 99 minutes.
- Press START/CANCEL to start cooking. The pressure cooker will begin to heat. The red float will rise as pressure builds. When the selected pressure level is reached, the light in lower right-hand corner of LED will stop flashing and remain lit. At this point pressure cooking begins and the timer will start to count down. The timer will not begin to count down until full pressure is reached, which may be several minutes after the red float has fully risen.
Recipe Tips and Hints
- Many family favorites can be easily adapted for preparation in your Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker – soups, stews, side dishes and more.
- The amount of liquid needed is much less than for traditional cooking methods.
- Never exceed the Maximum Fill Amount of the pressure cooker.
- Make sure the lid is on firmly and tightly, and moved as far counterclockwise as it will go to allow proper locking.
- Hot foods/liquids will come to pressure more quickly than cold foods/liquids.
- When pressure cooking is completed, follow recipe instructions for releasing pressure. For Quick Pressure Release it is important to begin immediately upon completion of pressure cooking; otherwise foods will continue to cook, and may overcook.
- Do not store pressure cooker with lid on tightly. This saves on gasket wear and tear.
- More nutrients are preserved during pressure cooking than with traditional cooking methods, as less liquid is used and thus fewer nutrients are lost to evaporation.
- To adapt your own recipes, find a similar one in our cookbook and use it as a guide. In general, cooking time will be at least 1/3 of the traditional cooking time. Reduce your cooking liquid by at least half – you may need to "play" with your recipe to get it right. You may wish to add vegetables at the end of cooking to avoid overcooking. You can also use the cooking charts provided as a guide.
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This one, sure it works but it has its difficulties.
First off, that screw at the top rusted and kept rusting so we just removed it. It makes the top inner lid hard to remove but at least there's no rust!
The "channel" around where the top lid attaches is hard to clean as you have to reach underneath a lip.
When not used for a while, green rust/gunk forms on the top near where the handles attach the lid (probably from rust or glue I don't know.) We just wipe it off and it comes back later on.
Sure it works but I should have bought and Instant Pot.
I'm a total newbie when it comes to using this. I've done about 7 or 8 recipes (chili, pork roasts, stews and roasted chicken boneless and bone in) and I've got to say, it's become my new favorite thing. Every recipe has been pretty spot on (although some of the flavorings in my more adventurous forays have been a little interesting) and the result has been absolutely perfect.
Part of the key is the browning step. You get the sear, you get the deglazing, and it doesn't get diluted with hours of cooking like the slow cooker. I prefer to do my browning in a stainless steel pan, but that doesn't take away from this unit's appeal.
The first time I used it, I browned meat, deglazed and started her up, and then preheated my oven for some dinner rolls. The entree was done before I was able to get my rolls into the oven. And done well! It's a whole new world and learning curve using something that cooks so quickly and well.
This unit has a pressure valve, that's easy to see/use, with a full pressure 'button' in the handle that will activate when the desired pressure is achieved. When that button pops up (Kind of like a turkey indicator) the timer on the unit starts to cook, and constant pressure is maintained. As others have mentioned, I've noticed that when it's coming up to hit the right pressure, a bit of steam comes out of there, and I've bumped it with a toothpick to make sure it engages, but I've not experienced the issue of it not getting pressure. (I've bumped it before it's ready and then waited and it has eventually popped up) the lid has three parts, the top, a gasket and a metal insert that secures the gasket (there's a screw that acts as a knob to pull it all apart for cleaning. the screw also helps tell what part is 'out' when reassembling.)
I made the mistake of purchasing the Miss Vickie book of recipes, and this book does not do a good job of converting stovetop pressure cooker recipes to the electric one. The author seems to have something against the electric units, so I bought the Great Big Pressure Cooker book, off of amazon and it's a much better book (with a few of those adventurous recipes I mentioned earlier) The big difference is that there's not an ideal way to do a cool water depressurization with the electronic units. I'm not intending to make mine the end all be all of all recipes, just a way to get dinner on the table within an hour in most cases, and a less labor intensive Sunday dinner in others.
I've not tried cooking from frozen as many things I've read advise against it, but I still think this is an amazing unit. The keep warm feature is kind of great, and kicks on when the 'natural depressurization' method is complete, so you can work on your timing without ruining dinner.
It cleans up beautifully, with the non stick insert basically wiping clean and the other parts are short work in soapy water. I'm told the pan is dishwasher safe, but I also know that the dishwasher may make the nonstick coating flake and dry out, so I've been handwashing it.
Because you don't use as much liquid, and the cooking time is less, you end up with more flavor in the end result, than you would with a slow cooker.
I love it, however, if I had it to do over again, I would purchase the Insta-Pot 7. It has features that are just better than the Cuisinart. It's a bit more expensive, but I think it's probably worth it. When we purchased a pressure cooker for our son and number-two daughter, it was the Insta-Pot. It has a stainless steel pot rather than a non-stick coating.
With my pressure cooker, I made sure I purchased a basic cookbook. I have a couple now as well as several online resources. My first book however is Great Food Fast (Best of the Best Presents) Bob Warden's Ultimate Pressure Cooker Recipes. It's wonderful!
It's good quality, haven't had one problem with it. The inner container removes for easy cleanup too.
I use this so much that it rarely gets put back into the cupboard. It has become more useful than my rice cooker (and that's saying a lot).