Maximatic EPC-808 8-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker Review

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Introduction

If you love the benefits from a pressure cooker and a multi-functional cooker, the Maximatic EPE-808 8-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker may be just the cooker to get. With 13 pre-programmed menu settings, most of your cooking needs are covered from cooking rice, braising meats, simmering soups/stews to baking desserts. The icing on the cake is that you don’t have to be fearful about using a pressure cooker with the hissing sound and rocking motions a conventional pressure cooker produces.

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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With 8-quart in liquid capacity, you can feed a large family comfortably. Or if you are like many folks out there, just want to cook up a batch of foods and store them in the fridge for those late nights, definitely take advantage of the generous size.

The external vessel is made of stainless steel with a non-stick interior for easy cleaning.

Safety Features

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The cooking pot and the lid is sealed via a gasket to form an airtight environment for pressure to build up. The pressure is regulated via a primary valve on top of the lid and backed up by a secondary safety measure in the event the primary valve is clogged with food particles. It has a pressure level of 12 psi (pound per square inch). To achieve the same result of a 15 psi pressure cooker, you’d have to adjust the cooking time to compensate the lower psi.

While it’s mentioned in the Manual that you can use this pressure cooker to can foods, I’d be careful of the food safety concern due to the lower than 15 psi. In addition, the canning capacity is quite limited as in 3 x 32 oz or 4 x 15 oz jars. It would be much safer and more efficient to use a stovetop pressure cooker made for canning.

3 Handles

There are three handles with one on top and two on the sides.

Pressure Release Methods

Upon cooking, two pressure release methods can be deployed. The pressure cooker has a “quick release” dial built in on top of the lid. All you need to do is to turn the dial to “Exhaust” position to quickly release the pressure. Or you may let the cooker sit for 10 to 15 minutes to cool off naturally. Using either method, you’d want to make sure the pressure indicator recede down before opening the lid. Speaking of lid, it’s locked by turning o’clock wise before pressure starts to build up in addition to set the dial to “Airtight” position.

Easy to Use and Clean

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Two things you should familiarize yourself with this pressure cooker. One is the 24-timer where you can preset cooking up to 24 hours ahead and also manually adjust the cooking time up or down in 30-minute increment up to the first 10 hours and an-hour increment thereafter. The pressure cooking time is from 0 to 99 minutes.  The other is the 13 pre-set menu options as Reheat, Beans, Brown Rice, White Rice, Wild Rice/Grains, Stew, Poultry, Pork/Ribs, Soups, Beef, Potatoes, Desserts, and Vegetables/Fish.

The Brown/Saute function is very handy to seal the juice and flavors in meats or vegetables before cooking.

Cooking foods in this cooker requires a few simple steps: Prepare the ingredients and place them in the pot; secure the lid to be in a locked position; set the pressure regulating valve to the “Airtight” position; plug the power cord into an outlet; press the Menu Select Button to scroll through the selections to choose an appropriate one for what you will be cooking; press “Start”.

Once the proper pressure level is achieved, the screen will display a timer such as 14 (minutes) for cooking beans and the timer will start to count down. When the cooking is completed, the cooker will make 3 beeps to signal you and the cooker will be switched to “Keep Warm” mode.

Cleaning entails removing a few parts from the cooker such as the inner pot, the lid, the valves. Wash all of them in warm/soapy water and dry them out.

Accessories

The EPC-808 comes with a measuring cup, a spoon and a spoon/ladle holder.

Consumer Ratings

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4.8 out of 5

This pressure cooker has received outstanding ratings.

One customer raved about how great this pressure cooker was in cooking all sorts of dishes, including canning. The 8-quart size was big enough to cook for the three of them, house guests and plenty of leftovers …Read More
Another customer liked the fact that you could adjust the cooking time to suit your needs. It took less time to cook a meal with frozen ingredients than defrosting and cooking in a microwave…Read More

Pros

  • Timer saver to cook all kinds of meals with pre-set menu options
  • Save energy cost as compared to a conventional rice cooker or a slow cooker (by 20% and 45% respectively)
  • The handsome size of 8 quarts allow you to cook enough for singles to large families and any size in between.
  • It’s such a breeze to use and takes the apprehension of pressure cooking.
  • Having the brown/saute function in the cooker definitely saves hassles of transferring foods from the saute pan and cleaning time.
  • You can get a healthy meal in no time even if the food is taken out of the freezer.

Cons

  • It has 12 psi instead of the standard 15 psi.
  • Limited canning capacity

Warranty and Replacement Parts

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1-year limited warranty

Price

It’s reasonably price for the functions and features.

The beauty of this pressure cooker is that it offers the functionality of multiple cookers, i.e. a rice cooker, a slow cooker and saute pot that enables you to cook in various cooking methods from breakfast to dinner, even desserts. The almost perfect consumer rating speaks for itself in terms of quality, reliability, safety and ease of use. Whether you are a busy parent trying to balance work, life and kids or a single, you’d find great use for this multi-functional cooker to help you eat healthy without spending hours in the kitchen. The price point is hard to pass up. Add this to your appliance list to buy.

 

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