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Presto 01365 6-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker, Deluxe
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- High-speed pressure cooking preserves flavors and nutrients
- Pressure regulator automatically maintains the proper cooking pressure
- Protective features include pressure release devices and a cover lock that keeps cooker from being opened until pressure is reduced
- Includes a stainless steel rack and a 64-page instruction/recipe book. Fully immersible and dishwasher safe
- Tri-clad base is made with a layer of aluminum sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel. extended 12-year limited warranty
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Since I adore cooking, I rarely look for short-cuts and I had forgotten all about pressure cooked foods until having a family myself.
Serving a healthy cooked-from-scratch meal every night after work while caring for a little one? Not easy with only 30 to 60 minutes available...
This pressure cooker solves a lot of that timing issue and leaves me plenty of time to focus on other tasks. During week nights, I use it mostly for vegetables: you simply put the veggies on the stainless rack (provided with the cooker) or your own steam basket, add about a cup of water, lock the lid in place and start the cooking. The start of the whistle is when you start counting down your time.
The booklet accompanying this cooker is far from accurate and you will end up with overcooked veggies if you follow it (soup anyone?) so it may take you a few tries to figure the perfect cooking time. As examples, whole big potatoes are ready within 15 minutes, large broccoli florets in 1 min, trimmed green beans in about 2 min...
As soon as you reach your desired cooking time, place the cooker under running cool water to stop the cooking immediately and bring the pressure down. The material of this Presto cooker is thick stainless and I feel comfortable doing that without risking to damage or crack a piece.
There is usually little water left at the bottom: my Mom used to drink it once cold saying a lot of minerals were in there (?) but I prefer to reserve it for soups or broth.
Clean-up of this cooker is a breeze. My husband does it by hand as a habit but I feel very comfortable putting the various pieces into the dishwasher.
There are 4 pieces. The heavy bottom stainless pan does not tend to attach food, even braised meats. The lid receives only steam so is very easy to get clean. I run a scrubby along the black gasket and the steam weight only needs to be wiped.
The size is enough for a whole meal for a family of four to six but can also cook small portions (adjusting the time down even more). You can easily cook several pounds of vegetables at once too.
Overall, a great buy to get a few minutes of my time back and a very good quality cooker. Highly recommended for your busy kitchen.
Hearing my 2 yr-old say "bro'lli, cau'fower!" at the sound of the whistle is great too!
You do need to attached the handled themselves when the pot arrives. Needs phillips head screwdriver and a little trying, but there are stickers on the pot to indicate which handle goes where. I took off 1 star because the handles arent really well designed, feel a touch flimsy, lack hanging holes for the lid (space is a premium in my tiny kitchen) and are a bit of a pain to put on and get appropriately tight.
The "regulator" is a little weight/cap that sits on top of the pot lid. It doesn't screw on, but rather balances. When the steam/pressure builds up, it starts tilting due to the steam "flowing" out of the pot. It looks like a top handle for the lid in the picture and as a first time user, I spent a little time trying to figure out what part I was missing/why it wasn't screwing on.
I tried closing and opening the lid a few times before using the pot (HiGHLY suggest doing this). It can take a little force, but not that much to get it opened (i am not the strongest, and if you line up the arrows and push down/to the side-ish while putting the lid on, it is easy. It should "pop" open when you slightly twist after pressure is released). If you are having trouble, I suggest checking the gasket, washing it, re-installing it, and trying again.
We cooked a mustard pork chop "stew" the first night we used it. Browned 2 loin chops, remove from pan, added some onions/carrots/potatoes, deglazed with a mustard-white wine sauce, and threw in some rosemary. Placed chops on top of the veg/liquid mix, closed the lid, put the regulator on top, and turned up the heat to high.
As the cooker heats up, you will hear some popping sounds. It's a little scary for a first timer, but these are just all the safety valves or locks closing. There is a "handle button" that pops up and prevents you from opening the cooker until pressure is released. Once you hear e regulator lock pop up (looks like a little hex nut on the vent tube below the regulator) and the regulator weight starts rocking (some steam will shoot out/make noise - again, normal, but a little scary) you start timing the cook process. At this point, you want to lower the heat do things do not scorch. Basically the lowest heat possible where the regulator is still rocking. We cooked the chops for 12 minutes, then shut off the heat.
To depressurization, this version does not operate like the ones on "iron chef". Because of steam buildup and other stuff, the directions say NOT to remove or tilt the regulator until the pressure is released. We did this and are still alive, but could have burned ourselves (oops). After trying to incorrectly release the pressure, we ran the pot under some cold water in the sink. Just run the water down the side of the lid/pan, not on the regulator. It takes less than 30 seconds to depressurize and you can hear all the locking mechanisms "unclick" and see the safety button on the handle pop down. We were able to open the cooker by twisting the handles with 1 hand (not difficult at all) after releasing the pressure.
I did notice some discoloration on the cooking surface where the liquid level was. This is normal occurance for stainless and can be removed with many household cleaners (baking sode, vinegar, lemon juice, barkeeper's friend, Bon ami, etc). Fwiw, the pan is made out of foot stainless, with a thick-ish bottom that did not discolor on the stove. All the semi stock bits came off easily with a swipe or two from a nylon palm brush and some dish soap.
Overall, somewhat scary (mostly in my own mind, but the directions are not the clearest) but a super quick way to get dinner on the table. Unlike the crock pot, you do not end up with a "hospital food" overcooked texture and a bland, watery broth that we always ended up throwing out. The sauce created in the pressure cooker was delicious. And, dinner took 20 minutes from start to finish (I chop fast...) which is fantastic when your household is two adult who work long hours outside the home. We are going to get a lot of mileage out of this appliance! I took a closer look at the lid - first off, the regulator pipe is large and should/must be checked before every sue to make sure it is clear, and the gasket is hefty (also check before each use). There are at least 2 other "fail safe" valves - a little black gasket that I am guessing will "blow" if over pressure, and a blue release valve. The button/lock on e handle makes it impossible to open the cooker before full depressurization. Plus, if you get everything cooked up and are terrified to place this thing in the sink, you can always turn off the stove and let it cool. There are some foods you should not cook in this (applesauce), listed in the manual (which is available on the presto website if you want to read before purchasing).
I may try to film/post a video. That would have been extremely helpful for me as a first-time user.
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