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Presto 06003 Options Electric Multi-Cooker/Steamer
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- All-purpose kettle for stews, roasting and steaming.
- Fully submersible with Control Masterheat control removed.
- Heavy cast aluminum body with non-stick surface inside and out.
- Lift-and-drain basket for steaming.
- Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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If Presto has decided to now say "don't fry in this", it is strictly a legal move. The problem is that Presto's "fry daddy" line has no temperature control, and it's preset low enough so that you can't set any frying liquid on fire. But these also have no versatility.
The multi-cooker can do so much more, because you can set the temperature from "warm" to 400 degrees. This is higher than the smoke point of some frying mediums (lard and shortening in particular) and therefore IF you don't know the smoke point of what you're using, you can get in trouble. This is probably why Presto's lawyers decided to say it's not a fryer anymore, although it clearly is. I, however, will happily continue to use my multi-cooker to make great fries, fried shrimp and chicken, donuts, etc. in addition to steaming and blanching vegetables, as well as braising. It's the most versatile appliance I own!
I always use a (constantly tested) candy thermometer when deep frying, and have continued to do the same with this Presto multi cooker. It does take longer to heat up to 400 degrees - around 20 minutes minimum. But that gives me food prep time. Note this multi-cooker reads a bit over 400 on my tested thermometer (and I've never let it sit without placing food in it at that temp, so it might go higher; use caution, don't assume it's stopping at 400 degrees). One other note of caution, at 400, the temperature dial gets extremely hot - it now has heat blisters on it - not from oil spatter. I do sugar sculpting, and my fingers are used to heat, but I still have to use a hot pad on the dial to turn this off if it's been on a while at 400 degrees.
I typically fry onion rings, fries, okra, chicken, fish, zucchini, mushrooms, ice cream, zeppole, cauliflower, the kitchen sink (gotcha!) lower than 400 (360 to 375), but I must have 400 for sopapillas. For those that test their fryer, please understand in any type of cooking pot the oil temp will drop when food goes in - and your temps vary depending on the location of the thermometer (top or bottom readings). My thick-walled aluminum roasting pan and cast iron pot drop 10 - 40 degrees depending on how much is put in, whether it's breaded, etc. The Presto will also loose heat. This is why you fry small batches, and allow the heat of the oil to recover. Cast iron tends to hold heat better, but it'll still drop in temp.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this for the convenience and for how easy it is to clean and store.Published 12 hours ago by Loria
The item was a gift and they told me they didn't have the plug for the item. Very disappointedPublished 17 hours ago by brittney key
The handles didn't tighten very well, couldn't get thr screw in all the way. But it works finePublished 2 days ago by James Royal
Love this. Easy to clean, easy to empty grease, easy to use. I recommend if you like fried chicken like I do, you should get one.Published 3 days ago by Yvonne
This is the best pot I have found to replace my country kettle. I have tried many and this is a winner.It does everything I love it.Published 8 days ago by fourputtys
My husband had been using this steamer for years before we met and it was basically green inside from his lack of cleaning it. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Jessica M.
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