Kuhn Rikon 3342 5-Quart Pressure Cooker Review

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Introduction

Whether you are a vegan, carnivore or live on Indian foods all your life, this Kuhn Rikon 3342 5-quart pressure cooker is going to be the best kitchen tool you’d ever own to cut down cooking time by 70%, saving energy costs equally and helping you eat healthful foods.

With raving reviews by scores of customers, are you wondering why it’s so much better than Fagor or Presto pressure cookers? Read on…

Table of Contents (Click a title to jump ahead)

IntroductionSize, Capacity and Material | Safety Features | Easy to Use and Clean | Consumer Ratings | Pros | Cons | Warranty and Replacement Parts | Price |

Size, Capacity and Material

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The 5-quart is an ideal size for singles, small to medium-sized families. Given that you’ll need to leave enough “head space” for the cooker to build up pressure, the actual usable size is more like 2.5 to 3 quart. When in doubt, always choose a size up.

While it’s not a huge pot, it can be used for a small batch of canning. It holds up to 8 1/2 pint or 4 full-pint sized jars. If you are serious about canning, the All American pressure cooker/canner would be the way to go. Right tool for the right job!

The 3342 is made of high quality stainless steel with a thermal aluminum base inserted in between two sheets of stainless steel. This is a feature many high-end cookware have. By doing so, the best properties are leveraged in aluminum and stainless steel. Aluminum is known for efficient heat conductivity and the light weight.

Stainless steel, on the other hand is very safe and hygienic as a cooking surface in contact with foods because it doesn’t rust, corrode no matter what types of foods you cook, high or low acidic. In addition, the luster shine, easy care and the durability make it such a sought-after material in cookware.

This cooker is suitable for cooking on all stovetop surfaces such as gas, electric, ceramic and induction.

Safety Features

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Perhaps the most distinct advantage Kuhn Rikon has over many other brands in the pressure cooker market is the five integrated safety features. This takes the fear and the guesswork out of pressure cooking whether you are a novice or a seasoned user.

The five-tiered features work synergistically. To start off is the primary spring-loaded valve as the regulator of the inside pressure. The pressure is indicated through a stem with two red lines as markers of the pressure. When the cooker is heated and pressure built up, the first red line will rise as 8 psi (pounds per square inch) and then the second line as 15 psi. Depending on the recipe, you may need the 8 or the 15 psi to do the cooking.

The secondary safety feature is the safety holes in the rim of the lid. If the primary valve is clogged by food particles and can’t do its job, these holes will act as “foot soldiers” to release excess pressure.

The third mechanism is another spring-loaded valve.

If all the above three failed, the gasket will be forced open through the flanges in the lid to enable the excess steam to escape downwardly. This is an important design feature to ensure the hot steam will not sputter in all directions to scold your face or hands.

To tie all these features together is the locked lid mechanism to secure the locking of the lid for pressure buildup as well for the safety during the entire cooking and pressure releasing processes. This will prevent potential explosion if something goes terribly wrong.

The cooking pot and the lid are sealed airtight by a silicone gasket. This is the norm of many pressure cookers on the market. Once in a great while, you may have to replace the gasket if it’s worn and torn.

Handles

There are two handles with this model. One long/operative handle is used for opening, closing and locking the lid. A short helper handle is designed to assist you in transporting the pot around.

3 Pressure Release Methods

Three methods may be used to release pressure after cooking is complete. The first is the “natural release” method where you remove the cooker from the heat and let it sit to cool off on its own accord. This may take 10 to 15 minutes. Another method is the aged-old “cold water” where you carry the pot to the sink under cold/running water. The third way is to gently tap onto the stem of the primary valve. Always wear a kitchen mitt and use a long wooden spoon or a folk to do so to avoid contact with hot steam.

Easy to Use and Clean

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It’s almost impossible to find another brand of pressure cooker as safe and as quiet as the Kuhn Rikon. Start by reading the User Manual carefully. Do a test run with just water to fully familiarize yourself with the steps and processes.

The steps it takes to cook in this cooker are as follows:

  1. Add ingredients (dry and liquid) to the cooker per the interior measure line (1/2 or 2/3). Use 1/2 when cooking foods such as rice or beans that will expand quite considerably during cooking. Make sure you add minimally required liquid as in water, broth or wine, never in oil.
  2. Close and lock the lid.
  3. Turn heat on high to build up the pressure to the desired level (8 or 15 psi) via the protrusion of the first and the second red lines on the stem.
  4. Adjust the heat down to “low” to maintain optimal pressure and start timing the cooking.
  5. Turn off the heat and follow the instruction for pressure release.

Cleaning is just as easy as a regular pot. Wash the lid and the cooking pot in warm water with mild dish soap. Remove the gasket and wash and dry it. Store the gasket inside of the cooking pot, not underneath the lid to extend the life of the gasket.

Accessories

A trivet and a Quick Cuisine Cookbook (valued at $14.00) are included in the purchase.

Consumer Ratings

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4.6 out of 5.0

One mom used this pressure cooker to cook for her boys after their after-school activities. She threw in whatever she could find from the fridge and 10 minutes later, a tasty and healthy meal was on the table…Read More
Agentleman shared his experience of using a Presto pressure cooker for years and how much better the Kuhn Rikon one was in seven ways, one of which was it was so quiet, no hissing, no jiggling. Find out the rest of the differences…Read More

Pros

  • It’s the safest designed pressure cooker on the market with the five-safety features working with each other in lock steps.
  • It’s whispering quiet and almost silent comparing to a old-fashioned jiggle top pressure cooker.
  • It comes to pressure 5 to 6 times faster than the nearest competitor such as Fagor pressure cookers.
  • It takes very little heat to maintain the pressure, thus, less energy consumption and less energy cost.
  • Minimal liquid is required and very little evaporates during the cooking process; more nutrients are retained and flavors intensified.
  • Designed and made in Switzerland with high quality stainless steel and aluminum to last for a lifetime.

Cons

  • It’s one of the most expensive brands on the market. You’d pay more for high quality and for world-class design features. But you will recoup the initial cost/investment by the time and money saved in the long run.

Warranty and Replacement Parts

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10-year limited warranty. You can find replacement parts on Amazon and other authorized retailers.

Price

As I said earlier, it costs more to buy a Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker. You will get what you pay for. This is an excellent choice for someone who likes to eat healthy and doesn’t have a lot of time to cook. It’s so versatile to cook dry beans, rice, risotto, tough cuts of meat and vegetables. The sky is really the limit. No wonder many of the reviewers have used it multiple times a week and have sworn by it.

 

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