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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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Before purchasing this item, I researched several models. Being that most recipes are written for pressure cookers reaching 15 psi, the pressue level the cooker could attain was critical. I contacted Nesco's customer service (1-800-288-4545) to MAKE SURE this model reaches 15psi. On the low side, they advised the cooker reaches 5 psi (for veggies, custards, etc).
During my research, it was evident the disappointment people showed in other models was likely due to their cooker only coming up to 9 to 11psi on the high side, creating a MAJOR problem with food being undercooked and requiring more time. Thankfully, recipes written for a stovetop model should do great in this cooker without having to fiddle with and refigure cooking times because of insufficient pressure.
Another thing I really like about this cooker is the fact it doesn't have "pre-set programs" you can't override. I may not want it to cook a full 30 minutes. I may only want to cook 20 or 25 and then add veggies and cook another 2 or 3 minutes - it can be programmed according to YOUR specifications - not that of some engineer. YOU program the cooker for exactly how many minutes YOU want.
The final factor for me was quality and price. I have a NESCO Roaster and the quality is there, so I don't worry about buying NESCO products. Will post again when this item arrives and I have a chance to work with it. I posted 4 stars for the unit being engineered for the correct psi and freedom from pre-set programs.
UPDATE: 12-20-10 Have upgraded review to 5 stars. (I was sent the new model #PC6-25P - it has a removable power cord which is great for storage.)
Absolutely no regrets with this purchase. This cooker is everything I had hoped it would be and I use it A LOT. Any recipe written for a stovetop pc can be prepared AS WRITTEN in this unit without a problem. In addition to the pressure cooking, it does a fantastic job browning meats. I use it when browning rather than a skillet because it does such a good, even job - not to mention it prevents cleaning up splatters all over the stove. It is the easiest pot I own to clean up. Would definitely purchase again without hesitation.
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!
The original reason was to add more beans (fiber) to our diet. Well this pressure cooker works fantastic just for that. No need to soak overnight, boil for hour or so. Just sort the beans, add water, punch in the time and hit start. I make extra and toss in the freezer.
If you like Chile this is an awesome chile make'n machine. Use the "brown" setting for your ground beef. Add spices, tomato sauce and of course beans. Then set for slow cook for six hours or so. No need for any extra pans.
When you have eaten or stored your chile, just put in several cups of water and pressure cook on high for 10 minutes. Wipe out the inside sterilized pot for the next meal. Even a NoDak guy can do this! And all you need to wash is the ladle, bowls and spoons for serving.
It's Apple season right now and last time I used a pressure cooker on the stove spitting and making hissing noises. Those days are long gone after using this cooker. Cooked perfectly and the kitchen was cool. And could sit and talk to my bride without worrying if I got the temp/flame just right. The clean up was just as easy with sticky apple juice. Winner in my book.
Stocks are another great reason to use this cooker. Chicken backs, necks, wing ends and fats make a homemade stock in no time. One that has only as much salt as you add and toss in the fridge to separate the fat. Stock works well for rice and gravy. Lot better then buying in a box or can! Again, no fuss clean up all in one pot. And since you can sterilize the pot no worries about bacteria.
Give this cooker a try. I think you will enjoy it as much as I do.
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