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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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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.
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!
I still use this at least once each week and have not had a single problem with it. I can cook a lot of good, healthy food fast. I make big pots of staples like rice and beans and seal them up in a Foodsaver and toss them in the freezer. It makes it really easy to save money by bringing lunch to work. I have saved ten times the cost of the cooker
I LOVE THIS PRESSURE COOKER.
I've made over a dozen pots of 15 bean soup, rice and beans, chicken and yellow rice (awesome stuff), ribs, pot roast...you just can't go wrong with it. Every single thing that's come out of it is GOOD STUFF.
Words don't cover how I feel about it. I come home from work, throw in some meat/onion/garlic/whatever to brown it, add the rest of whatever the recipe needs, slap the lid on, set the timer and I'm off to do chores or relax. Most of what I cook in it takes a total time of an hour to and hour and a half but other than about 10 or 15 minutes of that time I'm off doing something else.
This thing is QUIET. It's nothing like the old days when a pressure cooker sounded like a steam locomotive going by. You can hear a slight...uh...squeaking?...when it's at pressure but it's so quiet the sound from a TV will cover it up.
When it's done cooking it automatically switches to 'warm' mode so if you miss the end of the pressure cooking it's not a big deal at all.
I use this to make lunches for work and have already saved far more than I spent on it. I cook up a recipe or three during the week and freeze 'lunch portions' in Ziploc bags.
TIP: If a recipe calls for broth, don't use bouillion cubes or that junk that comes in a plastic 'box/bottle.' Get "better than bouillion," which is sold here on Amazon as well as in many grocery stores (about $6 a jar). Awesome stuff, especially the low sodium ones. You can really flavor up just about anything in a pot with it and the low sodium varieties mean a lot of flavor without a lot of salt (hey, you can always add more salt, right?)
(previous review below)
I'm used to my mother's old tried and true stove top pressure cooker but I decided to upgrade. I bought this almost on a whim while at WalMart (cheaper than here on 12-12-2012). I brought it home and made some killer soup beans with ham.
The cooker has multiple modes - warm, steam, brown, high pressure cook, low pressure cook, slow cook - I used brown to fry up some chopped up ham, onions and garlic. Then I added the water and 15 bean soup mix. I locked the lid down and dialed up 45 minutes of high pressure and was more or less done. After 45 minutes I quick released the pressure, added the spice pack from the soup bean package, and turned it back on to let it simmer for 15 minutes. Note that I didn't pre-soak the beans!
The great thing about this cooker is the timer doesn't count down until it's at pressure. When it's done it switches to warm mode and beeps at you so you know it's done. It also has a delayed start timer but I'm not sure how useful that will be to me.
I'm going to get a lot of use out of this! I can't wait to try some meat in it.
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