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Nesco American Harvest PC-6-25-30TPR 6-Quart Multifunction Digital Pressure Cooker
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- 6-quart capacity
- LED display and soft touch buttons
- Programmable with presets
- Delayed start up to 8 hours
- Cool-touch lid and handles
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5-in-1 Quick Cook System
Nesco by The Metal Ware Corporation
The Metal Ware Corporation also has a long standing tradition of manufacturing quality electric cooking appliances that stretches back to 1920. The firm was founded by the founder of nearby Mirro Aluminum, the largest manufacturer of aluminum cookware in the world. Metal Ware was purchased in 1931 by the family of the current owners, and several second- and third-generation family members oversee today's manufacturing operations in three modern plants along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin.
Nesco Multi-Cooker/Pressure Cooker
This Nesco Multi-Cooker/Pressure Cooker has everything you need to make delicious meals fast. And they'll taste like they were slow cooked. It can pressure cook, slow cook, brown, steam and warm – all in one convenient appliance. It's ideal for making healthy meals; delicious homemade soups, stews and chili. Fish, chicken, and vegetables cook to perfection in just minutes. Pressure cooking preserves flavors and nutrients and speed cooks inexpensive cuts of meat into great tasting meals. Stainless Steel body and lid makes for an attractive, durable appliance.
A state-of-art digital control panel that gives you complete cooking control. With the control panel, you can set precise cooking times, cooking method and cooking pressure. For convenience, the Cooker can also be programmed to delay the start of cooking. Also features a WARM setting that can be used to keep cooked foods warm or reheat foods. Presets automatically switch to keep warm mode after the time expires.
Cuts cooking time by up to 70-percent and performs several functions: speed cooking, browning, slow cooking, rice cooking and steaming. Self-locking lid with automatic pressure release valve and stay-cool handles prevent burns.
Hints and Tips
To ensure best cooking performance when pressure cooking, always make sure the recipe calls for at least 1 cup (8 oz.) of water or other liquid so enough steam can be generated to create pressure.
When using HIGH or LOW pressure settings, timer will not start counting down until sufficient steam pressure is generated.
When pressure cooking, if you are not sure how much cooking time is necessary, it is better to under cook. Then use quick release method, remove lid and check for doneness.
Never fill removable cooking pot more than half full with food or 2/3 full with liquid. The NESCO Quick Cooker must have enough liquid to create steam or food will not cook properly.
If the cooker and other appliance(s) are plugged into same electrical outlet, an electrical overload may occur, causing the circuit breaker to open. Make sure the cooker is plugged into a separate 120 volt electrical outlet.
Tougher, less expensive cuts of meats are better suited for your NESCO Quick Cooker because steam pressure helps break down tough fibers in meat making it more tender and palatable.
Fresh fruit should be cooked under low pressure.
When pressure cooking beans, add a teaspoon of oil to water to reduce amount of foaming.
Any liquid such as oils, oil-based marinades and dressings should not be used in NESCO Quick Cooker.
Liquids that contain water can be used when pressure cooking. These include wine, beer, stocks, tomato and other vegetable and fruit juices. Wine must be mixed with an equivalent amount of water because it evaporates quickly during cooking.
Note: The boiling point of water decreases as altitude increases, and this changes your cooker's performance. When pressure cooking at higher altitudes, the following will apply: Add 5-percent to cooking time for every 1,000 feet above first 2,000 feet. Example: At 3,000 feet add 5-percent; 4,000 feet add 10-percent; 5,000 feet add 15-percent; etc.
Remember, the longer you cook, the more liquid needs to be added to the cooker.
- Cuts cooking time by up to 70-percent
- 6-Quart capacity, removable nonstick cooking insert for easy cleanup
- LED display and soft touch buttons
- Programmable with presets
- Delayed start up to 8 hours
- Slow cooks up to 9.5 hours
- Self locking lid with automatic pressure release
- Brushed stainless steel exterior
- Cooking rack/trivet included
The Nesco 6-quart stainless steel Multi-Cooker/Pressure Cooker functions as a Slow Cooker and a Steamer! Operated with a programmable digital timer that can be set to delay cooking up to eight hours. Ideal for making healthy & delicious home made soups, stews and chili. Fish, chicken, and vegetables cook to perfection in minutes. Pressure cooking preserves flavors and nutrients, and speed cooks inexpensive cuts of meat into great tasting meals. Set includes: 6 Liter pressure cooker with removable non-stick chamber, steam rack, and instruction manual/recipe book.
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I just wished to add, now that it's been another year since I posted the review, that we are STILL using this pressure cooker every week and have yet to encounter a single issue with it. It's more durable than I ever imagined it could be. Honestly, I expected to have problems pop up at some point in the past nearly two years and nothing has happened! It still works like it's brand new. I've even been able to make bone stocks in it recently, something I didn't think could be done outside of a stock pot for hours and hours and hours. But within an hour in this thing I've got stock that's 10x better than made the traditional way. Makes the best, most tender and juicy chicken EVER. Another one of my favorites is to wrap asparagus in proscuitto, brown it on the browning setting, and then cook it on a medium-high pressure setting and it is TO DIE FOR.
Contacted the company to claim a warranty issue. After giving me the runaround they agreed for me to ship it to them on my dime and they would repair it. It's a moderately heavy item but I packed it well and paid to ship it to them. It was a noticeable amount of trouble and expense, but it was cheaper than buying a replacement. Then they had a snarky lady call me up and say that in transit something got dented (which is a little hard to imagine considering the build of the unit and my packing job). Although it's only a cosmetic issue (if it's an issue at all) it technically voids the warranty, so they refused to repair it or take further action, including send it back to me. To this day I'm not actually sure that it even received a dent. I just have to take their word for it. It appears to be a way for them to technically have a warranty without actually honoring it. I suspect they always open packages and then look for any possible way to avoid honoring the warranty.
Clearly the company does not care about its customers or reputation, and my experience also indicates that their product is shoddy. I would encourage anyone considering this product to avoid it, and indeed you may wish to avoid Nesco altogether. Buying from them is quite a risk. If it stops working, you lose and don't really have any recourse. If you don't take my advice and it breaks and it hasn't been very long, be sure to return it to Amazon, not the manufacturer. They will treat you poorly, make you pay shipping, and then not repair/replace the unit.
===================== UPDATE 18 MONTHS LATER ============================
This review has rightly been a blight on Nesco for 18 months now and more than one person has contacted them about it. It's gotten a lot of "helpful" votes because this review illustrates a super-common problem with the item and an egregious problem with Nesco's customer service. If you read the comments to this review you will see some of the saga. In short, Nesco customer service was snippy to the point of unprofessional with me and others and refused to do anything about it or admit fault. Finally an amazon customer bypassed customer service and contacted the head of PR. That person responded that this was an error in policy and he was going to make sure customer service knows the right policy as well as sending me a new pressure cooker. Well, today it arrived. If he did that, there's a decent chance he also changed the way Nesco customer services handles its customers more generally. I hope so. You can make your own judgment about whether they deserve another shot. They made things more-or-less right with me (after 18 months with no pressure cooker) if you ignore shipping costs that I had to pay. The response from the PR guy was posted in a comment but has been deleted by Amazon. I'll let you decide whether that was right/ethical.
I do have to point out that the replacement they sent me was double boxed and well-packed, but has a noticeable dent on the side. It's a refurbished unit. I don't mind the dent. I just find it ironic since the reason they wouldn't originally honor my warranty was that mine supposedly had a dent in it. Makes me wonder if they refused to return mine, refurbished it, and sent it to someone else. I shouldn't be so cynical, I guess. For all I know they kept my original pressure cooker this whole time and returned the actual unit I sent them.
Whatever the current situation with customer service, this unit has a fatal flaw that anyone buying should know about. It affected me and if you look at the 1 and 2 star reviews you will see that they are all exactly the same situation: There is a thermal fuse down by the power supply. At 128 degrees Celsius it blows and the unit will no longer power on. And it's a one-shot deal. The fuse must be replaced but to do so requires disassembling the bottom of the unit and replacing the fuse, which is inline with the power cord. This is apparently easy but hard enough that it's not considered customer serviceable. By the way the fuse can be purchased on Amazon for just over one dollar. Just search for "128 degree thermal fuse."
I can easily imagine that this fuse was forced on Nesco by government regulators, so perhaps Nesco isn't to blame. But it is a fact that in many, many cases this fuse will blow during normal operations and put the user in a tough situation. I fully expect that mine will blow again. When it does, I'm not going to pay to ship it back to Nesco nor deal with their customer service representative. I'm going to take the unit apart and replace the fuse myself. Despite the fact that it eventually kind of worked out for me, the manufacturer warranty isn't worth much. You can decide what to do if/when it happens to you.
===================== UPDATE A FEW DAYS AFTER THE REPLACEMENT ARRIVED ============================
I was quite relieved to have a replacement for my non-functioning unit. The replacement successfully pressure cooked two artichokes. Well, kind of. It shut off a little before finishing. And then never turned on again. Nothing happens when you plug it in anymore. Same problem as it and other units of this model have had in the past. This device is a lemon if there ever was one--there was plenty but not too much water and everything else was fine too. There's no way I would deal with customer service again and my wife insists that I just throw it out. She just wants her kitchen space back. In her words "that company is dead to me." Well spoken, but I'm not quite ready to throw in the towel until I try replacing the thermal fuse. At this point it's a race to see which happens first: I get around to trying to fix it or she throws it out when I'm not paying attention. I'll let you know if I am able to successfully fix it.
In summary, if you want a pressure cooker I'd suggest getting the old-fashioned kind that just work on the stove. The electrical ones are junk, especially this brand/model.
Once I decided I wanted an electric pressure cooker, I took time to do some research. The manual stovetop models reach 15psi on the high side, and all the recipes I have seen have been written for 15psi - except for delicate items. So finding an electric pc that was engineered to reach 15psi was critical. I didn't want the burden of recalculating cooking times for recipes just because someone didn't design my electric pressure cooker for 15psi.
UPDATE: Still a great cooker and it's now August 2016. Have been using it regularly for several years. No problems, no disappointments.
This cooker is the most loved (and appreciated) tool in the kitchen.
I'm glad I spent the time, because research revealed many electric pressure cookers are NOT designed to reach 15psi. Some reach only 9psi and some are regulated to 11psi. Then I found the Nesco model. Before making my purchase on Amazon, I contacted Nesco directly and they advised the cooker did indeed reach 15psi on the high side (5psi on the low side.)
Having used this unit I have to say this cooker is amazing, and as safe as any crockpot. Of course there are guidelines to follow - how full to fill the pot and how much liquid to use, etc.
The first meal was cube steak and gravy - Make a seasoned flour with all-purpose flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, & onion powder. Dredge the cube steak in the seasoned flour. Browned both sides of the steak in a little oil in the cooker using the "Brown" function. Drained the oil and added a can of Campbell's French Onion Soup and about a half can of water. Locked down the lid, set the cooker on HIGH with the timer set to 20 minutes and my, oh my! Talk about tender and falling apart! Such a big result for such little effort!
I peeled & rough diced some potatoes, put them in about 2 cups of water on High for 7 minutes. Done. Mashed them with a little warm milk and butter. Added a side of cole slaw and called it dinner. (There was not a MORSEL left!) I spent more time doing the prep than cooking. Total pressure cooking time for cube steak and gravy with mashed potatoes was just 27 minutes, and the flavor was as good as any restaurant. No hot kitchen and very, very little electricity used.
Desert was vanilla custard: 2 cups low-fat milk, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla. Well blended. Put in oven proof ramekins, covered tops firmly with foil on the steaming rack. Put in a cup of water and cooked on High for 6 minutes. In the fridge to chill. Serve w/whipped cream. Wonderful!
Yes indeed, I am HAPPY. My cooking life is so much easier. Operation is simple and safe. Lock down the lid, flip the regulator to "Seal" set the time and walk away. Once the cooker comes up to pressure, I have to look at the display to make sure the minutes are counting down because it's so quiet. Easiest pot I have ever cleaned. Nothing sticks. So simple. I will be(and have been)using this cooker almost everyday.
I received the newer model, which is PC6-25. If you go to the Nesco website you can see new the unit. Several improvements were made over the old model, PC-6-25-30TPR. The top is stainless steel and the cord is removeable, which I REALLY like for storage purposes. I was concerned the cord length might be pretty short, but was relieved to find it is about 60 inches (5 ft.) long. And VERY sturdy. Ask your supplier if they have the new model number in stock.
I did purchase the 3 year SquareTrade Warranty at 19.99. It also covers accidents and handling mis-haps. So, regardless of what happens, it's covered for 3 years. (Wonder what a new one will cost this time next year - or two years from now? It really doesn't matter. If it breaks, gets dropped, has an electrical failure, whatever - it's covered. It's a little extra right now, but the warranty is one way I like to control future cost - and it takes care of any buyer's remorse should you get a lemon!
UPDATE 11-20-10: Still LOVE it! Ordered "Miss Vickie's Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes" and it's goes great with this cooker since the cooker is 15 psi!
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