Magefesa Star R 14-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker Review

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Introduction

If you are looking for a way to speed up your cooking time in the kitchen, yet maintain all the healthy and necessary nutrients at the same time, then you might have been a little frustrated up to this point. The Magefesa Star R 14-quarta Pressure Cooker just might be a perfect solution for you, and a wonderful addition to your kitchen arsenal, especially in this fast-paced world we all live in. 

Pressure cooking has been around for a very long time and works by utilizing steam to cook foods quicker. It’s the process of cooking food using a liquid in a sealed vessel, such as the pressure cooker. The cooker does not allow the liquid to escape, which generates the steam for cooking the food.

The Magefesa Star R can reduce your cooking time by up to 70% over conventional cooking, all while preserving vital nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that are typically lost in various other cooking methods.  And, it also can reduce energy use and CO2 emissions, making this a convenient tool that is also good for your budget and the environment. 

Made of high quality premium stainless steel, it is durable, dependable, healthy, and safe. The mirror-polish finish is not only attractive, but also features 3 safety security systems, including a pressure control and closing system, security clamp, and an easy fit lid. It also has a non-stick interior to make cleaning up a bit easier.

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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At 14-quart capacity, the Magefesa Star R is generously sized to meet most pressure cooker needs, from family dinners to canning. It’s a great size for families, or for anyone looking to can a lot throughout the year.  If 14-quart is too big for your needs, there are 5 other sizes as in 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 quart.

Designed and made in Spain, it is made with 18/10 stainless steel, and constructed from premium stainless steel, creating a cooking vessel for optimal performance, as well as modern design in appearance and function. 

This cooker encapsulates 5 layers of metals in the bottom as stainless steel, silver, aluminum, silver and  stainless steel. The beauty of this cladding process provides quick cooking times with the heat being rapidly and evenly distributed for uniform cooking and exceptional results. What this means, is that you will have consistent results each time, all while saving energy from longer use of traditional cooking methods. 

The stainless steel material that is used also prevents flavors being compromised in the food through the cooking process, because it does not react with the foods. In addition, it also provides a non-stick environment, preventing foods from sticking to the surface, making it easier to serve, as well as clean up. 

It’s also suitable for cooking on all types of cooktops such as gas, electric, ceramic and induction. The overall dimensions (W, D, H) are 12 x 12 x 12 inches, and weighs in at 1 pound.

Safety Features

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Cooking with pressure cookers can be risky, if you don’t use it for its intended purpose. It’s best to read the owner’s manual thoroughly before you use it for the first time. Doing so will better your chances of success, as well as keep you safe while using it. 

In addition to reading the instructions carefully, there has been some safety features put into place for the Magefesa Star R for consumer protection. Take a look at the following 3 very important safety systems that this pressure cooker features: 

  1. A Rotating Dead Weight Valve – This serves as a primary valve that regulates the operating pressure within the cooker at all times, which allows any excess steam to escape.
  2. Safety Valve – As a secondary measure, the safety valve comes into play when the pressure becomes excessive. This can happen when the steam pipe becomes obstructed. It’s best to remove the cooker from the heat at this point and clean it out after it cools.
  3. Clamp Bar – This is a backup safety feature in case the two features listed above malfunction or become obstructed. The excess pressure from within the cooker will bend the clamp bar enough to allow steam to exit, while not allowing the pressure inside to increase unnecessarily.

Along with the impressive 3-part safety system, it also features a progressive lock system, a safety clamp to ensure optimum safety when in use, and handles that are easy to grip to prevent burns and spills. 

For additional safety, make sure the cooker is closed properly while cooking. To do this, make sure the tightening knob is turned to the lowest position when placing the lid on the body so it fits snug. Next, rotate the knob clockwise until you notice slight pressure, then continue to close by turning the knob 1.5 to 2 times until the lid is sealed tight. Finally, place the “rotating dead weight valve onto the steam pipe, which is attached to the lid.

Pressure Setting

This pressure cooker is designed for 8 psi (pounds per square inch) converted from 0.55kgs. This is considered to be a medium pressure level as compared to the standard of 15 psi in pressure cooking. What it means is that you may have to adjust up or down on the cooking time if your recipe calls for 15 psi or a lower pressure to compensate for the lower pressure level.

2 Short Handles

Two short handles are ergonomically designed and stay cool during cooking.

2 Pressure Release Methods

Use either the “Cold Water Method” or “Natural Release Method” to release pressure after the cooking is done. These two are the tried-and-true release methods. The “Cold Water” works by removing the cooker from the hob and running cold water over the lid for a few minutes until the pressure indicator recedes down. To use the second method, remove the pressure cooker from the heat source and let it sit for a while to release the inside pressure naturally. This may take a little while so plan your meal accordingly.

Easy to Use and Clean

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Using a pressure cooker takes just a few minutes of reading and effort in the beginning to make sure you are using it correctly. After that, it should become second nature in creating tasty meals with little effort and even less time. 

With the Magefesa Star R the time for cooking is calculated, beginning at the time the “rotating dead weight valve” starts to move and steam to release. At that point, you will lower the heat level just enough to keep the valve rotating gently. And, it’s perfectly normal to see some steam escaping from the safety valve. 

In order to maintain your cooker in good condition, proper cleaning it is important. Using warm water, make sure to clean any part that comes in contact with food particles such as the lid and body. While the body can be placed in a dishwasher, the lid never should be. 

Clean the steam pipe with a thin rod, as well as the safety valve, and let warm water run through them both. 

The bottom of the vessel might develop bluish or gold colored spots from food particles or lime from your water. When this happens, you can use boiling water with a dash of lemon juice or vinegar to remove the spots.

Accessories

Not sure what’s included in the purchase. You can also purchase a separate steamer basket. The steamer and replacement parts can be purchased through an authorized retailer or directly through Magefesa.

Consumer Ratings

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3.5 out of 5.0

The customer reviews on this pressure cooker were mixed between being positive and negative. Here are a couple of snippets:

One customer owned a restaurnat and he used the pressure cooker to cook beef. It turned out tender after 30 minutes under pressure. He wished that Amazon could ship replacement parts such as gaskets to New Zealand…Read More
This was my impression after reading a few customer reviews. Some reported poor packaging material while other shared the User Manual wasn’t included in the box. Shame on Magefesa for their lack of attention to their overall customer experience…Read More

Pros

  • It is simple to use, with great results for meats and other foods.
  • Great size for an average family from cooking to canning, especially for cooking tender and tasty meats quickly.
  • Made in Spain of quality stainless steel with aluminum and silver inserted in the bottom for efficient heat transfer and absorption.
  • Long-lasting gasket up to 500 hours of use which saves you money and hassle of replacing it often.
  • 6 different sizes to satisfy most of family needs.

Cons

  • Not sure if a trivet and a steamer basket are included in the purchase.
  • Some customers reported that no User Manual was included in the shipment.
  • Packaging on arrival was battered and worn.
  • Inadequate customer service: I called the Magefesa USA office in Miami, FL to ask about the pressure settings for this model. Got through to the Receptionist instead of the Customer Service Department. Didn’t speak to anyone because they were busy. My impression about the Customer Service was unprofessional. The company website also reflects the same as the products are haphazardly presented and miss out on important facts such as the pressure level.

Warranty and Replacement Parts

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The warranty for the Magefesa Star R 14-Quart Pressure Cooker is a limited warranty for 10 years from the date of purchase. It states the following:

“This warranty covers defects in material and workmanship for a period of 10 YEARS from the date of original purchase by the first buyer, provided that the product is used according to the manufacturer’s manual for home use. Moving and/or perishable parts including gaskets and internal pieces that are subject to normal wear and tear are excluded from the warranty. Product defects resulting from accidents, damages sustained in transit, misuse or negligence (including overheating and boiling dry), normal wear and tear such as scratches, dulling of polish or staining, and repairs or manipulations carried out by unauthorized or non-qualified personnel are not covered by the warranty.”

Magefesa USA
3325 NW 70th Avenue
Miami, FL 33122-1332
Tel: 786-594-3781
Fax: 786-594-3782
Toll Free: 1-866-MGF-SUSA / 1-866-643-7872
Email: info@magefesausa.com

Price

The price for the Magefesa Star R 14-Quart vary from store to store. It’s on the higher end of the spectrum comparing to a few other leading brands of pressure cookers. However, Amazon had the lowest price at the time of the review.

The Magefesa Star R 14-Quart Pressure Cooker could be a great addition to many home kitchens. The size is more appropriate for a medium to large-sized family. If you are into pressure cooking and canning, this would be a great cooker to own. While they are sold in various places, Amazon carries all 6 different capacity sizes for you to choose from.

 

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