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198 reviews | 4.6 out of 5
I always watched my grandmother use her pressure cooker and was always amazed at how it worked. Meats and vegetables always turn out very moist and tender, bursting with flavor.
I finally bought my own a few days ago, and I have to say, it is one of my best purchases in a long time. The Presto pressure cooker is so easy to use, I was able to bring it home from the store, wash it then cook my grandmother's beef stew recipe and had food ready within 30 minutes! In the past, to achieve tender vegetables and meat, I had to boil the stew and lower the heat to let it simmer for over an hour, slowly cooking. With the pressure cooker, it is much faster and the contents are much more tender and flavorful.
I notice that I'm the only guy who has ever written a review for a pressure cooker, but I'm doing it because I highly recommend it to any bachelor out there wanting to make a quick REAL meal.
It's also very impressive to be able to cook such flavorful ridiculously tender food on your own.
My future pressure cooked meals are-
-BBQ pulled pork- (it'll be very tender super moist fluffy pork roast which will be easy to pull and soak in BBQ sauce.
-Hawaiian style shoyu chicken- fall off the bone chicken wings
- BBQ ribs- pressure cooked in a rub, then soak in bbq sauce, which will just fall off the bone.
THIS IS THE BEST PRODUCT IN THE WORLD
great size, great quality, greater price !
And you can use the CHEAPIEST CUTS OF MEAT.
I walked in from work, put a pork roast,
some onion, celery, carrots, a little seasoning,
& 2 cups of apple juice in, locked my lid,
put it on the stove, went and changed,
came back and turned the flame down,
and in 20 minutes,
(by the time I made the salad, set the table
& got soft drinks), the pork roast was done,
so tender & juicy !!! It's the best when you
want to serve great meals and have a little time.
But read the directions ! If you've never used one, you could get hurt if you don't know what your doing, read the directions !! It's so simple & easy.
Works great. I have a stainless steel one but prefer the aluminum because the stainless steel would scorch sometimes, it seemed to have a hot spot that would scorch roast or soup if I didn't stir frequently when finishing up after coming off pressure. I have a smooth top stove .
I have become obsessed with this pressure cooker, child a pressure cooker cooks chitterlings in 25 minutes, pig feet, neck bones and boiling meat for collard greens in 25 minutes, and another 20 minutes and bam you got the best tasting green on this side of the world. My sisters ain’t got nothing on me anymore. In the pass they have informed by that I don’t get the best out of my cooking cause I always cook in a hurry and my food don’t have time to savor, well now I can still cook in a hurry and get the favor- savor what ever you want to call it at the same time. I have a six quart one but by the end of the day I will have an 8 quart one also (Wal-Mart $39.00) , that way I can have two things cooking at once. Man all these years people have been afraid of pressure cookers, that goes to show that man fears what he doesn’t understand because the lack of knowledge there of.
I know you all might think that I am crazy but when I find something that works for me I live by it and wants everyone that I know to explore the benefits thereof.
1. Pressure cooking saves time
For example, cook brown rice in 15 minutes, dried beans in 12 minutes, and lentils in 7 minutes.
2. Pressure cooking saves money
The energy savings from shorter cooking times means lower gas or electric bills.
3. Pressure-cooked foods taste delicious
4. Pressure-cooked foods are healthy
5. Pressure cooking is safer than you think
6. Pressure cookers are helpful for preparedness
Since very little steam escapes during the cooking process, maximum flavor is preserved. Pressure-cooked meat is moist and tender, and dried beans are more flavorful than canned, which sometimes have an aftertaste.
Advice: I bough a 6Q cooker for two person. You should buy a bigger one if you have more than two...
This is my first Presto...I am totally happy with this cooker...I had a whistling cooker before and everyday landed up scaring my 6 month old daughter with the loud noise...but this one has solved my problem...now i can cook her stuff when shez sleeping too..doesnt make too much noise...its big enuf to make stuff for 4 ppl...with so much of indian cooking, i am happy with it...using it twice a day...gr8 to prepare dals, rice, veggies, potatoes..etc etc etc...what else wud one want with this price..
I've owned the older version of this pressure cooker for 30 years, so now that its time to replace it I will get the same one. Looks great. Cooks great. I made the right choice again after 30 years.
The Presto 6 quart cooker is good for me because it is light and makes the perfect amount for a meal and a leftover. As I have gotten older, it is harder to pick up the large stainless steel cooker I already have and I no longer need to make tons of food all the time since the kids have grown.This pressure cooker fits.
Makes great chicken stock then soup all in an hour.
Here is why. I love presto. I use there pressure canners and there pressure cookers all the time.
When my old Mirro 6 quart pressure cooker went bad I was going to replace it with this presto 6 quart. But it is the same diameter as the 4 quart but deeper and if you cook a lot of meat in it as I do, it is not wide enough for even a chuck steak. you would have to cut and stack the meat adding to the cooking time for thickness. I already took this back to Walmart and ordered an 8 quart which I know is bigger in diameter.
To all those friends who are looking to replace their old made in India pressure cookers - a word of caution. This cooker looks same but behavior is different. It does not whistle (just rocks steadily!!) when the pressure is right. So you need to know your cooking times exactly and will need a stopwatch .... I returned it as it means complicated cooking for me and my family
Aluminum stains a lot, black residue coming off the cooker every time when I wash and wipe it. Would have definitely bought stainless if knew in advance. Otherwise this device is a time saving machine.
The handles would not line up on this product no matter how hard we tried, therefore it wouldn't seal properly. Had to return. We are probably going to buy another one in the hopes that the one we bought was simply defective. If the 2nd one doesn't work we'll try a different one.
Many years ago I owned a pressure cooker. I bought this new Presto, and became reacquainted to pressure cooker cooking. It is awesome. I cooked a meatloaf, and baked beans last weekend. They came out perfect. I am still wondering why I stopped using a PC. Quality great. Buy at least a 6 qt. You cannot fill it more than 2/3 full. I love this cooker!!!
I eat a lot of beans and now I am making them from scratch with this pressure cooker. The difference in taste from canned beans is incredible. I made split pea soup in less than 20 minutes and it was spot on perfect. Buy it now, you won't be sorry.
The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was that the bottom handle comes loose and must be tighten quite frequently. The lid is tricky to put on, but once you learn how ( line up the arrows, you MUST close lid from right side to left ) you won't have any problems. Love the rack, keeps food off the bottom of the cooker.
The aluminum pot is nice and light. It was very easy to put together and my room mates were surprised that I didn't blow myself up as they had never seen a pressure cooker before. The seals leak while pressure builds up but this is expected. Once the pot is up to pressure the seals hold like a rock. This is a great size for a couple and the time savings are amazing. The inside does build oxides but this is safe and merely a cosmetic defect.
GREAT PRODUCT, MY OLD ONE IS STILL WORKING AFTER 12 YEARS, BOUGHT ANOTHER ONE, GREAT PRODUCT, MANY THANKS PRESTO AND WALMART
Great for two to four person meals, deserts, etc.
Because of the rapid cooking I don't mind making one person meals (no need for leftovers) fresh.
Yes, the Presto steam basket #85650 fits this cooker.
I had to return product. and was very unhappy. I have used presto cookers for a long time and have been very satisfied, but could not get this one's top to lock. It has to be tight so it can seal.
I have three young children who are somewhat picky when it comes to food. If the meat is even slightly dry, they will not eat it. This cooker makes perfectly tender meat. You can use the "cheap" cuts and even then it is so juicy and tender. If you have trouble getting your kids to eat pork, chicken or beef give this a try. It is so much healthier than chicken nuggets, hot dogs etc.