Presto 01370 8-Quart Stainless Pressure Cooker Review

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Introduction

The Presto 01370 8-Quart Pressure Cooker is the newest model with an updated design of the pressure regulator and an automatic pressure release among all Presto pressure cookers. If you’ve used an older model before, you are in for a treat.

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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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Made of stainless steel, this 01370 pressure cooker also sports a tri-clad base where an aluminum disk is enclosed in between two layers of stainless steel. This style of metallurgy allows the aluminum to transfer and retain heat efficiently while leveraging the non-reactiveness, durability, beautiful luster and easy cleaning of stainless steel.

It’s suitable for cooking on all cooktops, gas, electric, ceramic and inducting.

Safety Features

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Like all Presto pressure cookers and canners, this 01370 uses a gasket to create a hermetical seal between the cooking pot and the lid.

Two Short Handles Contain the Safety Features

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The updated design features are reflected in the lid. This cooker has two short handles instead of the previous one long with one short. These two short handles not only serves a purpose for easy transport and balanced weight, they also house the pressure regulator, the air vent/cover lock and overpressure plug.

In the primary handle, there is the vent pipe. On top of the vent pipe, rests the pressure regulator with a lever.

To get ready for cooking, you need to close the lid by matching the “v” mark on the cover with the same on either of the body handles. The next thing to do is to turn the lever on the pressure regulator clockwise towards “pressure”.

On the secondary handle, there is an overpressure plug that comes into play to release excess pressure when the primary valve is blocked for whatever reason. Often times, it’s obstructed due to food particles. In addition, there is also an air vent/cover lock that indicates the pressure building inside of the cooker when the little pin protrudes above the surface. The lock cover ensures that the lid stays locked until the pressure is fully released from the cooker.

Pressure Level

Only one pressure level of 15 psi (pounds per square inch) is designed in all Presto pressure cookers and canners. You may have to manually adjust the cooking duration to accommodate recipes for lower pressure levels. 

3 Pressure Release Methods

Remember the lever we talked about earlier by the pressure regulator? If you rotate the lever counter-clockwise towards “steam”, the pressure will be released rapidly and automatically.

The “natural release” and the “cold water” methods may be used as well. The former is to allow the pressure to be released at its own pace after removing the cooker from the hob. Or take the pot to the sink and run cold water for a few minutes to fast release the pressure using the cold water method.

Easy to Use and Clean

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The Instructions are very clear and easy-to-follow. Read it carefully to make sure you are familiar with the steps and mechanics. Sometimes I’d search on YouTube to see if the manufacturer or someone else has a demo video. I did search on YouTube myself and didn’t find a video for this exact model.

Since the cooker is made of stainless steel, it doesn’t take that much to clean. The entire pot and the parts can be immersed in water. If you want to clean the pot in a dishwasher, you’ll have to remove the pressure regulator, the overpressure plug and the gasket first.

Accessories

The 01370 comes with an instruction/recipe book, a steamer and a trivet.

Consumer Ratings

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4.5 out of 5

One customer bought this pressure cooker for canning and ended up using it for cooking many different kinds of food such as custard for dessert and pot roasts. Per this customer, there was no need to buy an expensive cooker at all…Read More
Agentleman never used a pressure cooker before and started cooking ribs in it. 3 racks of ribs, 17 minutes later, the ribs tasted better than any other cooking methods….Read More

Pros

  • Generous Size: This 8-quart size allows you to cook lots of food such as 3 full racks of ribs, a whole chicken or a big pot roast.
  • Well-Made: The cooker is made of high quality stainless steel and heavy gauge aluminum in the base that can last for many years to come.
  • New Design Features: The new design feature enables you to release the pressure quickly and automatically. Two short handles makes it easier to carry the pot with balanced weight in both hands.
  • Easy to Clean: The cooking pot is dishwasher safe, but you need to wash the pressure regulator, the gasket and the pressure plug by hand.
  • Great Value for the Money: You’d be paying a lot more if buying a high-end brand.
  • Cut Down Cooking Time: Beans get cooked within 30 minutes comparing to 4 hours in conventional cooking. The same time-saving is true for everything else.

Cons

  • Only One Pressure Level: 15 psi is the only pressure level in this pressure cooker. It would have been nice to have 5 and 10 psi for different recipes.
  • Not Designed for Canning: Even though Presto says it can be used for canning, it’s not meant to be used for serious canning project. You’d be better off getting a pressure canner.

Warranty and Replacement Parts

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One of the product strengths in all Presto pressure cookers is the 12-year warranty period which exceeds the norm by 2 years. Presto is a U.S-based company and finding replacement parts such as a gasket is easy as well.

Price

This cooker is priced well under $100. It’s a steal with the size and the build material. You’d be paying double or triple if you were buying a high-end brand. Amazon carries this and many other Presto models at very attractive prices.

 

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