Kuhn Rikon 3346 Braiser Pressure Cooker Review

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Introduction

This Kuhn Rikon 3346 2.75 Quart Frypan/Braiser enables pressure cooking in a deep frying pan. A frying pan is often used for browning a piece of meat followed by braising over low heat to cook and tenderize the meat. This shallower pressure cooker makes it very efficient in time and in energy. It seals the moisture and intensifies the flavor to boot.

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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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With 9.5 inches in diameter and 3-1/8 inches in depth, this braiser is a perfect kitchen utensil to cook for a couple of people. While the liquid capacity says 2.75 quart, in fact, you can only use half of the size in real life. As a pressure cooker requires a good amount of head space for the pressure to build.

There is nothing new in terms of material used in this braiser. It’s made of stainless steel with an enforced base. The base of the pot is made of tri-clad materials (two layers of stainless steel with one disk of aluminum in the middle). The benefit of such a construction is to fully utilize the best properties in both metals: the heat conductivity in aluminum and the gleaming shine, durability and easy cleaning in stainless steel.

One unique design feature is the waffle-textured base on inside of the pan. This is to replace the functionality of a trivet to prevent foods from sticking or burning on the bottom.

Safety Features

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Pressure Regulator, Levels and Indicators

All Kuhn Rikon’s pressure cookers are designed with a fully enclosed system. This pressure cooker is armed with the Kuhn Rikon signature five-part safety system. Here is how it works:

A spring-loaded precision valve is used for pressure regulation. In the event that this primary valve is clogged, the safety holes in the rim of the lid will be deployed as a second line of safety measure. Thirdly, another spring-loaded valve will release excess pressure if the first two measures fail. A final measure is the flanges in the lid for over pressure release in a downward motion via the force through the gasket. Another layer of safety is the integrated locking lid mechanism to ensure the lid will be locked securely until the pressure is fully released after cooking is completed.

Two red bands are marked on the vent stem of the primary vavle. When the first red band is shown, it means 8 psi (pounds per square inch) is reached inside of the cooker and the second band to indicate a 15 psi. Once it reaches the maximum psi of 15, you’d need to keep a close eye on the heat level because Kuhn’s pressure cookers are known for requiring very low heat to maintain the pressure level.

Seal: Special Gasket

The lid and the cooking pan are sealed airtight with a silicone gasket.

Handle

Two handles: One long/operating handle and a short helper handle.

3 Pressure Release Methods

You may use one of the three methods to release pressure upon cooking. The first is to gently tap on the vent stem. Use a kitchen mitt or a long-handled spoon to do so instead of using your bare hand. The cold water or the natural release method is the alternative to the first method. Remember sometimes the recipe requires that you use one method vs. the other due to the food you are cooking.

Easy to Use and Clean

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As long as you know how to close the lid properly and adjust the heat level once the pressure is built up in the pressure cooker, there is not much more to learn. Of course, you should start reading the User Manual from cover to cover and maybe do a “dry run” with just water to familiarize yourself with the pressure building and releasing processes.

Cleaning is easy, too. You’ll need to clean more things than the cooking pot such as the gasket, the lid, etc. All the instructions are laid out in the User Manual.

Accessories

A 92-page instruction/recipe book is included.

Consumer Ratings

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4.4 out of 5

One customer mentioned that she has owned this pressure cooker for 10 years. It was until now that she had to replace the spring and the cap for the regulator. Everything was heated so evenly without burned foods…Read More
Agentleman shared that they had a bigger size Kuhn pressure cooker for a few years and needed a smaller size. Bought a cheaper brand and disappointed with the poor quality. Decided to buy this braiser…Read More

Pros

  • Thick-Base: The base is very thick so no foods will be risked of burning.
  • Easy Cleaning: Cleaning up this frying pan is a snap.
  • Perfect Size: For one or two people.
  • Durability: Last for many years with replacing parts such as the gasket.
  • Cook Rice Fast: 25 minutes for brown rice and 5 minutes for white as compared to over 60 minutes for brown and 45 minutes for white in a regular rice cooker.

Cons

  • Instruction Manual: Not the best written instructions.
  • Pricey: All Kuhn Rikon pressure cookers, canners and braisers command a higher price. If budget is your constraint, you should choose a different brand.

Warranty and Replacement Parts

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Kuhn Rikon provides a 10-year manufacturer limited warranty.

Price

This frying pan/braiser pressure cooker costs just under $200. You can purchase it and replacement gaskets on Amazon.

 

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  1. Lynnette says:

    Do you have a range of sizes for these frypan pressure cookers?

    • Pressure Cooker Queen says:

      Lynnette,

      I am not sure what you were asking. On my website, there are multiple pressure cookers by Kuhn Rikon. Here is the link . Hopefully you’ll find what you were looking for. If not, google Kuhn Rikon. Good luck!

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