Presto 01365 6-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker Review

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Introduction

Many of us have experienced this in our lives. After a 10-hour day at work putting out one fire after another, the last thing we’d like to do when we get home is to cook a meal from scratch. But this Presto 01365 6-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker comes to the rescue. In fact, we CAN serve a healthy meal at the dinner table faster than getting pizzas from the nearest Papa John’s.

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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This 6-quart pressure cooker is a median size in pressure cookers. It can comfortably cook up a meal for 4 to 6 people. If you want to get fancier than a one-pot meal, you can use a rack or a steamer to cook the entire multi-course meal in one cooker. A pot roast would take hours to cook and tenderize in a slow cooker, you can accomplish the same job for less than an hour from start to finish.

This 01365 cooker is made of high quality stainless steel material with a tri-clad base. Cladding is a process where several different metals are bonded together by pressing under high pressure. Tri-clad has become a hallmark in many of the high-end cookware in the market. The tri-clad used in this pressure cooker combines one layer of aluminum and two layers of stainless steel in the bottom of the pot. By doing so, the heat conductive property in aluminum is fully utilized while the durability, the gleaming shine of stainless steel and the easy cleaning of stainless steel are captured.

Safety Features

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Pressure Regulator, Levels and Indicators

This Presto pressure cooker regulates the pressure by a weighted topper not much different from the old-fashioned jiggles. In addition, there is a secondary pressure relief valve in the event the primary valve is clogged with food particles. The third measure is the overpressure plug as an emergency feature when the first two fail to do their jobs.

On the primary/long handle, there is also an air vent/cover lock with a small pin. The pin will pop up to block all the air when the pressure inside of the cooker starts to build up. This is also a safety feature to ensure the lid is locked through the entire cooking time to prevent explosions. I am sure you’ve heard a horrid story about pressure cooking.

All Presto pressure cookers are designed with one pressure level setting, i.e., 15 psi (pounds per square inch). This is the standard pressure in pressure cooking. If your recipe asks for a lower pressure level, you’ll have to adjust the cooking duration to offset the higher pressure.

Seal: Special Gasket

A gasket is used to conceal the cooking pot and the lid to make sure it’s airtight for pressure building.

Handle

There are two handles, one long/operative handle and a short handle on the opposite side for easy transport. If you have gas stove at home, you may want to turn the heat down a bit so the high flame won’t burn the plastic in the handles. Also the handles come in pieces. So assembly is required when you receive the pressure cooker. Most people wouldn’t have any problem following the instructions to assemble the handles to the pot (except me). Between you and me, I can’t put a simple box together to save my life. Shh!

2 Pressure Release Methods

The “cold water” and the “natural release” methods can be used to release the pressure after cooking. The “cold water” is also called a fast release method when delicate foods are cooked such as fish. The natural release is the slower method whereby the pressure cooker is removed from the heat source and cooled off naturally. Sometimes it may take 30 minutes or so. You’d better factor some extra time in when planning for a meal.

Easy to Use and Clean

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My best advice is to read the User Manual word by word. Don’t assume you know pressure cooking as each pressure cooker tends to be different in some ways than the other even within the same brand. Next is to experiment with the cooker a little bit because every heat source or stove top is different. Search YouTube to see if there is a good instructional video for the model. I learn by watching more so than just reading the instructions.

All the removal parts can be fully immersible in water, including the pressure regulator and the gasket. The cooking pot is dishwasher safe, but you have to remove the gasket.

Accessories

Included are a rack and a Usual Manual with a recipe booklet.

Consumer Ratings

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4.2 out of 5

Amom shared her experience in adding more time to do other tasks in her life by using this pressure cooker. Cooking whole potatoes takes 15 minutes, green beans in 2 minutes…Read More
Another reviewer mentioned how easy it was to use this pressure cooker as a first timer.  A rump roast would have taken 5 hours or longer in conventional cooking, but it was done in this cooker within an hour…Read More

Pros

  • Perfect Size: For 4-6 people, but can also be used for cooking less.
  • Stainless Steel: Made of durable stainless steel that will last for many years to come.
  • Easy to Clean: The tri-clad bottom prevents foods from sticking. Hand washing the gasket, the lid, etc. is easy breezy.
  • Make Busy Life Easier: Prepare a healthy dinner within 60 minutes from prep to serving. Make a pot roast in an hour vs. 5 in conventional cooking method or in a slow cooker.
  • All Cooking Surfaces: It works on all cooking surfaces, especially on induction hobs. Turn the heat down on gas stove so the high flame won’t burn the handles down.
  • Inexpensive: A consistent praise is the affordable price points of all Presto pressure cookers. It makes it easy to make a buying decision for those newbies in pressure cooking. If you don’t like it, it’s not a major financial loss.

Cons

  • Hard to Open the Lid: A couple of customers reported that the lid was hard to open. One customer mentioned you had to assemble the handles on the right sides to able to open and close the lid. Presto suggested applying a little bit cooking oil to the lid and the rim of the cooking pot.
  • One Pressure Setting: Only 1 pressure setting is available for all Presto pressure cookers. Wish it had all three of 5, 10 and 15 psi (pounds per square inch).

Warranty and Replacement Parts

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No manufacturers can beat Presto’s offer of a 12-year warranty. Finding replacement parts is easy on Amazon or other Presto authorized retailers.

Price

Affordable pricing is Presto’s biggest strategy in the pressure cooker market. It’s hard if not impossible to find another pressure cooker with stainless steel and solid safety features to perform well at this price point.

This is a great product if you are interested in trying pressure cooking for the first time. The cash outlay is so minimal and you won’t feel like wasting a lot of money if you don’t like it. Another reason to get this model is if you are still hanging on to the old fashioned aluminum one from your grandma or mom. The best rationale of all is to be able to cut the cooking time by 3 to 10 x while eating healthy and home-made meals. Money may be able to buy some happiness, but it can’t buy good health.

 

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