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Presto 01370 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker
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- Chicken, fish, meat, and vegetables cook to perfection in minutes. Quickly cooks and tenderizes economical cuts of meat.
- Stainless steel construction with a special tri-clad base for fast, uniform heating. Ideal for use on regular and smooth top ranges.
- Pressure regulator maintains proper cooking pressure automatically. Pressure regulator/steam release valve offers an effortless "quick cool" option.
- Cover lock indicator shows at a glance when there is pressure inside the cooker and prevents the cover from beig opened until pressure is safely reduced.
- Stainless steel steaming basket for cooking several foods at once with no intermingling of flavors. Includes a 64-page instruction/recipe book.
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The smart choice for healthy, flavorful meals, fast and easy. Cooks 3 times faster than ordinary methods, saving time, energy, and money. Quick pressure/steam release system. Chicken, fish, and vegetables cook to perfection in minutes. Quickly cooks and tenderizes economical cuts of meat. Stainless steel construction with a special tri-clad base for fast, uniform heating. Ideal for use on regular and smooth-top ranges. Pressure regulator maintains proper cooking pressure automatically. Cover lock indicator shows at a glance when there is pressure inside the cooker and prevents the cover from being opened until pressure is safely reduced. Easy-open cover with no buttons to push. Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. Extended 12 year limited warranty. Pressure regulator/steam release valve offers an efforless "quick cool" option. Stainless steel steaming basket for cooking several foods at once with no intermingling of favors. Includes a 64-page instruction/recipe book. Liquid capacity 8 quarts (7.6 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 8-quart 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! (The USDA recommends pressure canning as the only safe method for low-acid foods such as vegetables, meats, and poultry.) This professional-quality stainless steel pressure cooker is a handy 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 75 recipes, ranging from basic soup stocks to stews and pot roasts--even desserts like Petite Pumpkin Custards! 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 stainless steel pressure cooker, though occasional use of a fine metal polish will help the exterior keep its shine. The Presto 8-quart 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 10-1/2 inches in diameter (15-1/2 inches including handles) and 8-1/2 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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Hands down, this is the BEST addition to my kitchen in 39 years of cooking. Not only does it cook food faster, it cooks it better. Foods are more flavorful, roasts are more tender. You can even cook them from frozen. It's not the best way, but in a pinch, it will do.
I have been using it for making bone broth, and it is amazing. When I'm done cooking it (in one hour, not twelve), the bones crumble. You could feed them to a dog. And the broths are amazingly flavorful.
Here are a few things I've learned:
1. If your pot stops steaming, or the steam slows way down, turn off the heat, vent off and investigate. So far paying attention to this has saved me from burning several dishes because I did not add in enough liquid for the amount of time I needed to cook, and once unnecessarily, but still worth investigating. This CAN mean that the vents are blocked, and pressure is building. Even though there is a safety valve, using it is still dangerous, and always a cleaning disaster. This has never happened to me, but it's happened to others which you can read about in the unsatisfied customer reviews.
2. If you are cooking something for a long time, use the basket. This will raise your food just a wee bit off the bottom of the pan, and prevent burning and sticking.
3. When removing the lid, tip it away from you, and make sure your face isn't over the pot.
4. When using a ceramic-top stove, bring it to temp on high, but then reduce the temperature to the lowest temp that will continue the pot steaming steadily. On my stove that means starting it at ten, but turning it down to between 5 and 6. This will help preserve the liquid in your pot and prevent burning, particularly if you are making a soup or cooking dry beans or pasta (in soup).
I've been cooking for 39 years, since I was a small child. Growing up, we never had a pressure cooker, and I had some vague notion that they were dangerous. And it's true. Respect your pressure cooker. Pay attention to it if it stops talking. Don't try to open it until the little metal valve drops. Always check the holes in the lid before use to make sure they are clear. Replace your gasket and plug if they look worn, and every couple of years whether they need it or not.
Other complaints I've seen are that it is very difficult to open and close. That is true. Especially when I was first using it. I was also challenged by lining it up just correctly. There is an arrow on the lid that is probably supposed to direct me to line it up with something, but I have no idea what. I've looked all over the outside, and I can't find anything. I've developed the knack, and the learning curve was longer than I care to admit.
There were also a couple of times where I could not get it to close. I just had to completely take off the lid and start over. I think it had something to do with the lock valve and after a couple of tries, it just went on like it always does.
Putting on the lid has also gotten easier with age, and I have no idea if it's because it was just "tighter" when it was new, and has eased, or if I've just figured it out. Put a little oil on the gasket once it a while. It helps.
That's about it. If you're hesitant, I'd encourage you to give it a go. Not only is cooking faster and easier, it's also tastier!
Let me start by saying I am a 3rd generation Presto guy.
I still have my Great Grandmother's aluminum presto pressure cooker and I still use it and it works excellent. And there is some reason why we are not to use aluminum... "but I can't remember why" :-)
I bought an Stainless Steel 8-quart Presto Pressure cooker 12/25/2012 via Amazon.
My Main complaint it that the "Pressure Cooker Sealing Ring"
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I have had to replace the seal the Large Flat"Pressure Cooker Sealing Ring" that fits between the Lid and the Pot, 12 times.
As you look at the pictures you can see where the seal has split apart.
I am an engineer .
I have run my fingers (with seal removed) over the lid and pot many times trying to find anything sharp that even remotely comes near the ((inside edge)) of this seal where you see it has split in the enclosed two pictures.
There is NOTHING sharp where the seal comes into contact either on the Lid or the Pot.
I have always carefully (it comes out very easy) rinsed the seal then set it on a terry cloth towel and gently patted it dry, then applied olive oil with my fingers to the entire seal as well as the Lid and pot areas where the seal sits, then gently placed it back into the Lid.
Here is the truth folks.
The seal is failing because the material that the seal is made from is JUNK!
I have gone through 12 "Pressure Cooker Sealing Ring" since the first one failed 4 months after receiving the new cooker from Amazon.
My GREAT grandmothers presto cooker still works just fine.
The difference is that when Presto made grandma's pressure cooker they had the attitude of "Making Something Great"
I am truly sorry to say that Presto has sold us out and wants to make millions of dollars $$$ selling us cheap JUNK SEALS
Also if you happen to drop the PLASTIC:
"Pressure Cooker Pressure Regulator/Steam Release Valve"
It will break if you drop it just once, and your out of luck.
Unless you have grandma's old steel pressure rocker "Steam Release Valve". It is the same weight as the plastic junk one that broke when I lifted the "Lid" off the cooker and forgot to take the original plastic covered "Steam Release Valve" off when I turned the lid upside down to rinse it with tap water and gently remove the Lid seal.
Presto's website is just as bad
It lists 8 Qt., Pressure Cookers
Click on the model number of your unit to proceed.
You will not find a number on the bottom of your 8-quart pressure cooker. You may find a number 01370 but that is all just 5 digits, then a NO. number
There is absolutely NOTHING on their website to let you know that the number on the bottom of the pressure cooker will be a
"01370" then No.03.
They SHOULD HAVE PUT on their website:
And if you call Presto and talk to the high schooler that answers the phone and you tell her there is a problem with identifying your pressure cooker according to the model numbers they list on their website page, and that they should correct that page so people are not confused.
The high schooler will say ok thank you for letting us know, I will let our website manager fix the problem.
Folks its been 24 months later and they still haven't corrected that web page at
Presto sold us out.
In my opinion the Pressure Cooker "Sealing Ring" is JUNK
Presto why don't you pull your head out of your %$@-ss and make a "Pressure
Cooker Sealing Ring" out of good long lasting material LILKE YOU USED TO!