Kuhn Rikon 3347 2.5-Quart Pressure Cooker Review

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Introduction

The Kuhn Rikon 3347 2.5-Quart Pressure Cooker is a must-have cookware for singles to small families who enjoy home cooked meals without spending hours in the kitchen. The braiser styled cooker can be used for sautéing, braising, browning meats and vegetables before cooking under pressure to add layers and depth of flavors to the cooked meal. If cutting down cooking time by 2/3 while preserving the maximum nutrients is your goal, then add this cooker to your kitchen arsenal.

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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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As mentioned earlier, 2.5 quart is the right size for up to small families between 2 to 4 people. For some large families, they may want to get this as a second pressure cooker to prepare side dishes such as rice, beans, risotto or vegetables.

The 3347 is made of 18/10 stainless steel (18% chromium and 10% nickel) with aluminum in the base through a cladding process of being encapsulated by an outer and an inner layer of stainless steel. By combining two different materials, this pressure cooker conducts heat efficiently with aluminum while leveraging the corrosion and rust resistant properties in stainless steel. Don’t forget the durability and lustrous shine stainless steel offers.

The waffle textured interior is conducive to using minimal fat or cooking oil for sautéing or browning while preventing foods from sticking to the bottom.

The 9.5” insider diameter allows maximum contact with heat source for heat transfer and even distribution. The overall height with lid is 6-1/8” or 3-1/8 w/o lid; the lid diameter w/o handles10-3/8”.

This pressure cooker can be used on all cooktops, including electric, gas, ceramic and induction. 

Safety Features

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The cooking pot is sealed airtight with a silicone gasket so pressure can build up in the cooker. Without an exception, this cooker is designed with multiple back-up safety features to ensure over-pressure is released to avoid any explosion.

The multiple features start with the automatic locking lid when it’s properly closed and remained to be locked during the pressure buildup and release. The inside pressure is regulated by a primary spring-loaded valve. The second safety measure is the holes in the rim of the lid in case the primary valve is clogged with food particles. Another spring-loaded valve performs its duty when the first two fail. The last, but not least is the release outlet through the flanges when the gasket is forced out. The overpressure will be released in a downward motion unlike the explosion caused by the first generation pressure cooker.

2 Short Handles

There are two short handles with this model which balances the weight in both hands for easy transport and for less storage space.

2 Pressure Settings

8 and 15 psi (pounds per square inch) are available in all Kuhn Rikon’s pressure cookers. The two levels are shown as two red lines on the stem of the primary valve. So it’s convenient for the home chef to monitor and adjust the heat level in order to maintain the desired pressure level. 8 psi is applicable for cooking more foods such as seafood and delicate vegetables. 15 psi is the standard in pressure cooking and called for in most recipes. One note though is to adjust cooking time for high elevation areas. You should add 5% additional cooking time for each 1000 feet above the sea level.

3 Pressure Release Methods

After cooking, you may choose one of the three methods for pressure release such as “cold water”, “natural release” or “fast release”. As it indicates, run cold water over the pressure cooker. Natural release refers to the method whereby the cooker is let to cool off on its own. This may take 15 to 30 minutes. The third method is to gently tap onto the stem of the pressure cooker until the pressure is fully released. Using a kitchen mitt is always advised to avoid being scorched by hot steam.

Easy to Use and Clean

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Using this pressure cooker is not that much different than a normal cookware except for ensuring the lid is closed and locked properly to allow pressure to build inside. Check to make sure the gasket is placed inside of the lid before cooking.

When the pressure reaches to the optimal level, it requires very low heat to maintain. It’s recommended to have two burners turn on at the same time with one on high heat and the other on low to transfer to once is the pressure is built up. It’s more critical for those folks with electric stovetops due to the less responsive nature of the cooking surface.

The best design feature of all Kuhn Rikon’s pressure cookers is the enclosed system so minimal liquid is required and so does minimal energy consumption. The added benefit is that more vitamins and trace minerals from foods and vegetables are retained in the cooker instead of being boiled away in a conventional cooking method.

Cleaning a stainless steel pot is just like all other similar cookware in warm soapy water. Unless the valves are plugged with food residues, they don’t need to be cleaned. When needed, follow the instructions to dismantle the valves. Remember to leave the gasket inside of the cooker when not in use to prolong the life span.

Accessories

A professional cookbook is provided with this purchase with over 100 recipes and cooking tips.

Consumer Ratings

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4.8 out of 5.0

This pressure cooker has received outstanding ratings.

One gentleman shared his experience in buying and comparing multiple brands of pressure cookers and was most impressed with Kuhn Rikon for combining the best features of the other pressure cookers…Read More
Another customer found it so easy to use and whispering quiet comparing to the old-fashioned one. She had since ordered 3 more Kuhn Rikon pressure cookers in various sizes for cooking different dishes…Read More

Pros

  • It’s a perfect size for singles to small families for cooking all kinds of dishes such as pork chops, small roasts, rice, beans, risotto and vegetables.
  • The cooking pot can be used as a regular braiser style pan to seal the meat over high heat for intensified flavor.
  • High quality stainless steel and aluminum make it an efficient, durable and attractive cookware in your kitchen that will last for many years.
  • Visible pressure indictors along with five-level safety features make this cooker one of the safest pressure cookers on the market.
  • It’s easy to use even for novice users and effortless to clean.
  • The two short handles are ergonomically designed for transport and easy storage.

Cons

  • It’s more expensive than most of the pressure cookers available. But you would pay for a safe and high quality to be passed on from one generation to another.

Warranty and Replacement Parts

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10-year limited manufacturer warranty is offered for all Kuhn Rikon pressure cookers. Parts are easy to find on Amazon and other Kuhn Rikon’s authorized retailers.

Price

It’s pricey comparing to many other brands. But like the old saying, you’d get what you pay for in terms of design features, workmanship and quality. Consider this as an investment that you’d recoup from many uses and from the savings of time and energy costs. Not to mention the tremendous benefits from eating healthy and feeling great.

Do consider buying if you think you’ll use it a few times a week to cut down the cooking time by 2/3 and for a small family. For those large families, you may opt to use this braiser style cooker for cooking side dishes such as brown rice to go with your Asian style stir fries or creamy risotto to be paired with an Italian inspired supper.  You’ll also earn a bragging right for owning a top-of-the-line pressure cooker in the world.

 

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