Hawkins Stainless Steel 5-Liter Pressure Cooker is designed and marketed by Hawkins Cookers Limited, an Indian manufacturer of pressure cookers since 1959. Over 48 million units have been sold worldwide in 10 different types and 59 models.
The unique design feature is the lid being on the inside of the cooking pot instead of on the outside as in most of the pressure cookers on the market. By doing so, the gasket is shielded by the lip of the lid and from being rubbed against the opening and closing of the lid. It also minimizes the contact with acids in foods. As a result, the life span of the gasket is prolonged significantly and the lid and the cooking pot are seal so airtight like a jetliner door.
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Out of the 10 types of pressure cookers under the Hawkins’ franchise, the Stainless Steel collection is the newer introduction. This series offer 7 different sizes from 2 liter, 3 liter, 4 liter, 5 liter, 6 liter, 8 liter to 10 liter which will meet the needs of families of all sizes. By the way, the conversion between a liter and a quart is 1:1.06. So you can roughly assume the capacity sizes are the same as in the number of quarts.
The 2, 3 and 4 liter/quart sizes are perfect for singles to small families while the 5, 6, 8 and 10 are more suitable for medium to large families. Nothing is absolute as a single person can use a 10 quart size to cook up a big batch of food to store in small containers in the freezer.
For your convenience, here is a comparison table of all the sizes with corresponding dimensions and weight.
|Model/Capacity||2 Liter||3 Liter||4 Liter||5 Liter||6 Liter||8 Liter||10 Liter|
|Product Dimensions (inches: W-D-H)||14 x 9 x 6||15 x 10 x 7||16 x 10 x 7||16 x 10 x 8||17 x 10 x 10||17 x 12 x 9||18 x 12 x 11|
|Ideal for Cooking for (persons)||2-3||3-4||4-6||5-7||6-8||8-11||10-14|
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|Note: 1 liter = 1.06 quart|
The lid and the cooking pot are made of stainless steel which is durable, easy to clean and rust/corrosion resistant.
The base of the cooking pot is made of clad-aluminum sandwiched by stainless steel on the outside and insider for more efficient heat conductivity.
The pressure is regulated via a pressure regulator on the top of the lid. The steam vent nut underneath the lid has seven holes to allow excess pressure to escape even though some maybe clogged up.
As a secondary safety measure, the safety valve will step in as another outlet for overpressure release if the primary steam vent is blocked.
The lid is locked down by a long handle bar to ensure better sealing of the lid with the cooking pot. The upper and the lower handles are secured via a latch at the end of the long handle so the cooker can’t be forced open until the pressure is fully released.
Another great feature is that the handle/s are riveted into the side of the cooking pot for security and stability. In the 2 and 3 liter models, only one long handle is available while one long and one short handles are built into the 4 through 10 liter models. I am speculating that two handles are needed to balance the weight during transport for the larger sizes as the weight increases.
There is only one pressure level of 15 psi (pounds per square inch) which is the standard used in most of the pressure cooking recipes.
3 Pressure Release Methods
You may release the pressure upon cooking is complete by:
a) Cold water method where you take the cooker to the sink under cold running water.
b) Natural release method: Let the cook sit for a while to release the pressure naturally.
c) Quick release method: Use a folk to lift the pressure regulator until the pressure is fully released.
The Hawkins pressure cooker is very similar to the traditional jiggle-type pressure cookers. The only differences are the fitting of the lid on the inside of the cooking pot and the locked-handle.
Bear in mind that the pressure cooker can only be filled up to 2/3 of the capacity. At times you can only use ½ when cooking foamy foods such as rice or beans. Minimal liquid is required in order for pressure to build up. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Always check to make sure the gasket is fitted snugly in the lip of the lid and the safety vent is free from any blockage.
A User Manual and a cookbook are included.
Hawkins provides a 5-year limited warranty. On Hawkins’ website, it talks about how to find replacement parts for “India, Nepal, Bhutan” and “Rest of the World” . Here is a link http://www.hawkinscookers.com/4.2.2.parts_and_service.aspx for the authorized retailers in the U.S.
The Hawkins stainless steel pressure cookers are priced at midpoints in the industry. Considering a pressure cooker will more than likely last for a lifetime, it’s a very small investment.
In summary, the competitive edges of the Hawkins pressure cookers are the unique design of the fitted lid where the gasket is minimally rubbed and corroded from wear and tear. It means that you don’t have to replace the gasket as often to save time, headache and money. The impressive lines and models of pressure cookers offer so many varieties to meet many needs for consumers. The affordability is the icing on the cake for a well-design and well-made pressure cooker.
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