Kuhn Rikon 3344 7.4-Quart Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker



| January 2, 2012

Kuhn Rikon 3344 7.4-Quart Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker

Product Features

  • 7-3/8-quart saucepan-style pressure cooker made of 18/10 stainless steel; holds up to 4 pint or 3 quart jars for canning
  • Solid thermal aluminum sandwich in bottom for even browning and rapid heat absorption
  • Five over-pressure safety systems; automatic locking system; spring-loaded precision valve
  • Saves time and 70 percent of energy normally consumed while cooking
  • Made in Switzerland; hand washing recommended; 10-year warranty

Product Description

Beginning in the 1930s, two successive generations of busy cooks used pressure cookers to prepare family meals. The next generation, with memories of valves dancing and hissing on stovetops, snubbed pressure cookers. Now pressure cookers have come back, those old valves replaced by modern versions that ensure safety while delivering the speed, ease, and nutritional benefits of pressure cooking. Pressure cooking also saves 70 percent of the energy normally consumed while cooking.This heavyweight, stainless-steel beauty is a fine example of contemporary engineering and style. Its mirror finish gleams, and its black handles–including a loop handle for two-handed lifting–stay cool. Pressure-cooking traps steam to heat foods at temperatures higher than boiling. An aluminum disk in the base, sandwiched by stainless steel, speeds the process even more through fast heat conductivity. It’s safe on electric, gas, ceramic, and induction stovetops. Little water is required, so nutrients, flavor, and color are not boiled away. Vegetables emerge vibrantly colored from the steamer insert. Stews, soups, beans–even meat loaf, pork chops, and desserts such as bread pudding–come out tasty and nutritious. (A booklet containing dozens of recipes is included.) You can brown meats in the pot before the lid is locked on, or use the pot without the lid. The stem of the operating valve shows high and low pressure so you can adjust heat for different foods. After cooking, the pressure can be reduced slowly (just let the cooker sit for a while), normally (press the pressure indicator), or quickly (run tepid water on the lid’s rim).

Safety measures abound: the lid twists onto the pot; a rubber gasket ensures a tight seal. A vent releases steam if pressure builds too high, as does a valve that also locks the lid when any pressure whatsoever is inside the cooker. Cleanup is a bit involved: hand wash the pot, gasket, and lid with a mild detergent, then lightly oil the gasket. Normally the valve is self-cleaning, but if food passes through it, disassembly is required. Minor cleaning inconvenience, though, should not overshadow the major convenience of pressure cooking. –Fred Brack

Product Description

Want to speed up your cooking time and reduce your energy bill at the same time? With Kuhn Rikon’s Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker, you can do both. By using their pressure cooker to prepare everything from risotto to roasts to cheesecakes, you’ll reduce your cooking time by one-third and your energy use by 70 percent! The Swiss-made, 7-liter pressure cooker is equipped with a special spring-loaded valve that eliminates every bit of the guesswork. The integral lid-locking system comes with 5 safety steam-release systems that pretty much eliminate mishaps once associated with pressure cookers. The 18/10 stainless steel cooker won’t react to foods being cooked, and the solid thermal aluminum bottom promotes even browning and rapid heat absorption. The bottom pan is dishwasher safe..

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