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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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|Item Dimensions||9.3 x 14.9 x 7.7 in||9.88 x 18.81 x 9.88 in||9 x 12 x 5 in||5 x 11 x 5 in||10 x 16 x 10 in||7 x 13 x 5 in|
|Item Weight||1.94 lbs||5.95 lbs||—||3 lbs||5.1 lbs||3 lbs|
|Material Type||Aluminum||Stainless Steel||Aluminum||Aluminum||aluminum||Aluminum|
|Size||4 qt||4 qt||2 L||3 L||4-Quart||1.5-Liter|
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).
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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It's just my husband and I so the 4qt is perfect. My neighbor has the exact same one that she's had for over 20 years and it's still going strong. She has a family of three and I drop by occasionally for dinner. Again, the size is perfect. I would recommend it.
It's easy to open/close, carry, and pour.
Although it does darken a bit easily but it appears to only be cosmetic.
The first test run I performed with just a bit of tap water & nothing else actually darkened the bottom a bit (thought I had a defective pressure cooker). o.O
But I've even found a use for that darkened bit, it makes a neat pour line marker. So it all worked out in the end.
So don't freak out if your pressure cooker appears to be getting blackened easily, it doesn't appear to really affect the taste of the foods cooked on it.
Now I'm a microbiologist in training so I tend to do more sterilizing with this cooker than actual cooking (although I do cook the occasional potato/meat/etc with it, delicious *om nom nom*)
& it's worked out great. Easy to use, easy to open/close, & easy to clean (If I am cooking, I usually just wrap whatever I'm cooking with a bottom layer of aluminum foil to help keep things clean (clean up & health-wise)& of course I always clean it before cooking stuff I intend to eat.
Interestingly enough, I even managed to temporarily convert this cooker into a simple distillation apparatus.
Long story short, I was extracting the essential oils out of oranges to be used to make mosquito repellent candles simply because it was more interesting compared to walking to the store & buying mosquito repellent. (The candles didn't work out too well for repelling mosquitoes, but they're functional & it was fun.)