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Presto 01241 4-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker

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  • Cooks three to ten times faster than ordinary cooking methods, saving time, energy, and money.
  • Pressure regulator maintains the proper cooking pressure automatically.
  • Strong, heavy-gauge aluminum for quick, even heating.
  • Includes cooking rack and complete 64-page instruction/recipe book.
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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The smart choice for healthy, favorful meals, fast and easy. Cooks 3 to 10 times faster than ordinary cooking methods - even faster than a microwave for many foods. Chicken, fish, meat and vegetables cook to perfection fast. Helps tenderize economical cuts of meat. Works on regular and smooth-top ranges. Cover lock indicator shows when there is pressure inside the cooker and prevents the cover from being removed until pressure is safely reduced. Includes a special rack for cooking several foods at once with no intermingling of flavors. Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. Liquid capacity: 4 quarts (3.8 liters).

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Pressure cookers have experienced renewed popularity over the last several years because cooks have rediscovered what some cooks (particularly grandmas) have known for a long time--they're really fast. And it's easy to cook healthfully with pressure cookers, since the food retains so much more of its nutrients and flavor. Presto's 4-quart aluminum pressure cooker is a multi-purpose pot that can stand in as a conventional soup pot as well as perform the kitchen magic that pressure cookers are famous for. Chicken Cacciatore cooks in 8 minutes! This durable, polished-aluminum pressure cooker is an economical addition to any well-rounded set of kitchen tools.

The heavy-duty lid locks down during cooking; an inner sealing ring keeps the steam in. In addition to a pop-up pressure indicator and a simple steam release mechanism, there is an overpressure plug that will let off steam if it builds up excessively. This pressure cooker is useful for weeknight dinners or for any meal that needs to come together quickly. An accompanying booklet contains more than 65 recipes, ranging from basic soup stocks to stews and pot roast--even desserts like Oatmeal-Apple Crisp! Tenderize lean cuts of beef or pork; or cook chicken, fish, or vegetables faster than you can in a microwave, and without losing moisture.

Nonabrasive cleansers are best for cleaning this polished aluminum pressure cooker, though occasional use of a fine metal polish will help the exterior keep its shine. The Presto 4-quart aluminum pressure cooker is fully immersible; in addition, the sealing ring should be removed after each use to allow cleaning of the inside rim of the lid. The vent pipe is simple to keep clean with a small brush or pipe cleaner, and both the air vent/cover lock and the overpressure plug are removable. The pressure cooker measures 9 inches in diameter (14 inches including handle) and 7 inches tall (including lid). Presto guarantees this pressure cooker with an extended 12-year warranty. A detailed instruction and recipe booklet is included; special safety issues that pertain to pressure cookers are clearly explained. --Garland Withers


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Product Dimensions 14.9 x 9.3 x 7.7 inches
Item Weight 9 pounds
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Department Unisex
Manufacturer Presto
ASIN B00002N601
Item model number 01241
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Material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Size Pack of 1 6 qt 4.2QT 4 L
Color Silver Silver Silver Silver
Dimensions 7.7 inches x 14.9 inches x 9.3 inches 9.5 inches x 19.2 inches x 10.1 inches 8.5 inches x 16 inches x 9 inches 6 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches
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By Carol Pogroszewski on February 12, 2006
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I have owned and used 3 Presto Pressure Cookers in the past 35 years, they are the best! I owned another brand for a short time, it did not perform the way my Presto does, so I gave it away! I have never had any problem with my pressure cooker's, Presto is very easy to use, just be sure to use the right amount of liquid with whatever you make, after time you will be a pro and will be able to make up your own recipes, it is fast, and makes the most toughest cut of meat super tender! I usually cook my 7-bone roast for 45 minutes, and the meat just falls apart! Great for cooking Artichokes too, add 1 1/2 cups of water, your Artichokes, place the lid on and when the cooker comes up to pressure, reduce heat to a slow rocking (the pressure regulator you put on the top of the lid) and cook for 15-17 minutes depending on the size of the Artichoke, they will be perfect! Do your own experimenting and enjoy the cooker, you will be hooked just like me!
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I have vivid memories of my mother and grandmother back in Cuba in the1950's when Cuba was free and beautiful and can yet see my mother cooking with these Presto pressure cookers almost every day... So many great meals she prepared with it. I came to the US in 1965 and had to left them in Havana until 1970 when she and my father finally came to joint me here in the US. After a few days of them here we went to buy cooking utensils and kitchenware for our new home here in Miami. I purchased for her a Presto 6 quart and 4 quart cooker. Do not have to say she was delighted. She used them like in Cuba, almost every day for many, many delicious meals, until she was very old (92 years old) and passed away in 1995. I still have these Prestos and they are like new. I just have ordered the gaskets and pressure valve through the Presto site here in the Web. Just to say I cook a lot myself and used them very often. Presto stands back on all their models and have replacement parts for all their cookers old and new. They even have the originals Manuals with recipes and user instructions and times for every model the have ever produced. I should say these cookers would last for generations if well treated and cleaned. They are part of the dear memories I have of my family.
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I bought this to replace a 3 year old Mirro 4qt cooker that I allways had trouble with the gasket to seat right.Have not had problem with this one.Works as it should.I have used it to cook Dry beans,ribs,chicken,beef,freesh vegtables.Great tasting food and fast.
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As some others aparently couldn't figure out, this pressure cooker has a cleverly designed safty interlock in the cover that will prevent you from opening it if there's still pressure in the pot. This is so that you won't burn all the skin off your face with high pressure steam. If you want to open it right after cooking, you have to run cold water over it to cool it, which reduces the pressure.

As for it's cooking ability, it's amazingly fast. Things that normally take several hours to cook (e.g. dry beans) take only 1/4 the usual time, or less. My only complaint is that it's not big enough for large meals -- you can't fill it more than 2/3 full.
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Our 20+ year old 4 quart Presto pressure cooker has had at least half a dozen gasket replacements. We're pretty old, so I thought it was time to get my 79 year old cook, and lovely wife of 55 years a bright new pot instead of just another gasket.
The old one worked well for all these years, and the new one already has a dozen or more cooking cycles on it - and appears to do as well as the one it replaced.
BTW: we replaced a 6 quart Presto at the same time and the comment is the same on it.
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This is a very reliable Pressure Cooker. I love it. Could not be without it~ Works WONDERFUL~ Good Value for the Money~ I have a 4 quart and 8 quart- Next I will get a 6 quart! and they last for a very very long time!!!
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As much as I shop on Amazon all the time I have rarely felt compelled to write reviews for the products I have bought. Having said that, I use this pressure cooker so often that I would be doing it a disservice by not reviewing it. This little pot has seriously changed my cooking habits almost entirely, it is my most used piece of cookware in the kitchen by far. I bought this pot because I had never cooked with a pressure cooker before and the price was right for a starter. I can't really see myself spending $200+ on an electric cooker, as far as I can tell this pot is able to do everything the electric ones can with little monitoring. I do wish that the handles were made of something more durable than plastic, they came un-attached and I really had to muscle the screw in so that it wouldn't come loose, but in the months that I have been using it I haven't had it come loose yet. If I were to need to get another one I would recommend getting a larger pot, this is good if you're cooking for only a few but it is pretty small. If you're even slightly considering getting a pressure cooker than this is the way to go, I've made several soups, chili, carnitas, pizza sauce, and it makes stocks in a fraction of the time it would normally take. Most of those things I have never made before as I usually don't have the time to spend half a day making a stew or a stock, but with this cooker everything I have made has taken less then an hour. Highly recommended!
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