Secura 6-in-1 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker offers 6 different cooking methods with a 18/10 stainless steel cooking pot. If you are concerned about what Teflon non-sticking material would do to your health, you are in luck.
Whether you are in the mood for pressure cooking, slow cooking, browning/sautéing, rice cooking, steaming and soup making, this cooker does it efficiently to save you time and energy cost.
A word on Secura as a newcomer in the household appliance and cookware space. Secura was founded in 2009 as a privately held company and based in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
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The EPC-S600 has a 6-quart inner cooking pot which equates to 24 cups in liquid capacity. Given it can be used for pressure cooking, the maximum useable capacity is 4/5 full for foods and liquids and 3/5 full for foods that expand during cooking such as beans and rice. For example, if you use it to cook rice, you can’t do more than 12 cups of uncooked rice.
The size is great from singles to medium-sized families. We all like left-overs being single or not. Store them in small containers or in vacuumed bags for those nights when we don’t feel like cooking.
The unique feature of this Secura electric pressure cooker is the material of the inner pot. Many electric pressure cookers on the market have a non-stick material cooking pot that can decompose at temperature above 500 F. When the material decomposes, it can cause potential health concern as it will leach into the foods we are cooking.
With this 18/10 stainless steel cooking pot, there is nothing to worry about as it is the safest material to be in contact with foods. It doesn’t react to foods regardless of high acidic or not. It doesn’t peel off or get scratched over long periods of use, either. It’s so easy to clean and lasts forever.
The pressure is regulated through the regulating valve on top of the lid. The floating valve acts as the pressure level indicator when the pressure is being built up inside the cooker. To cook under pressure, set the “dial” to “pressure”. For all other cooking methods, set the same to “release” position.
The cooking pot and the lid are sealed via a gasket. The lid will be closed and clamped down before cooking and it will not open until the pressure is fully and safely released.
The top handle is the main operative handle to open and close the lid. Two short helper handles are for easy transport.
One thing that’s not clearly addressed is the pressure level. I contacted Secura and confirmed that the pressure for this cooker is 10 psi (pounds per square inch). This is considered medium pressure as opposed to 5 psi as ” low” and 15 psi as “high” or the standard in pressure cooking, especially in canning in order to kill all the critters in foods. I’d suggest you get a stovetop pressure canner for canning purpose.
Pressure Release Methods
There is a built-in quick release method on top of the lid. To turn the dial to “release”, you may quickly release the pressure instead of sitting there and waiting for it to cool off. This method is used for medium texured foods such as lamb or beef.
“Natural release” is a universal method where you let the cooker to cool off naturally. This may take from 10 to 15 minutes. The clear indicator is the floating valve sinks down and the lid is to be opened. This method should be used for foods that can’t be overcooked such as beans and rice.
As mentioned in the Introduction, this electric pressure cooker does more than just pressure cooking. It has 5 additional functions to enable you to cook all sorts of foods to save you time and money. For example, cooking rice in this cooker will shave off 20% energy cost and 15% of time vs. a rice cooker. The benefit is more pronounced when cooking stews under pressure. You’d save 45% on energy and 40% on time.
The User Manual has very detailed and organized instructions for cooking under each method. It also illustrates on how to set cooking time by using the default settings or by customizing based on your individual preference. For example, the timer for pressure cooking is from 0 to 99 minutes; for slow cooking from 0 to 9.5 hours. Of course, you can set it to your liking up to 24 hours.
The timer also allows you to program the cooking ahead of time up to 24 hours in advance. You can use this timer for all cooking methods, including pressure cooking. Personally I’d feel better to be around when pressure cooking in case anything goes wrong. For other cooking methods such as rice, slow cook, it is no different than using a rice cooker or a crock pot. There shouldn’t be any concern when you are away when the cooking is done.
Cleaning is easy, too. The parts that need to be cleaned include the gasket, the lid, the inner cooking pot, the regulating valve, the floating valve, the filter. Clean them with warm soapy water and wipe dry before the next use.
A measuring cup, a rice spoon and a User Manual with some recipes.
The consumer ratings are poplarized from “very pleased/happy” to “displeased”. There are two product listings on Amazon, one of which has 3.1 ratings by over 30 online reviewers and the other 5.0 by only 1 reviewer.
One year manufacturer limited warranty is provided by Secura.
The price on Amazon was at 42% off of the Listed Price which is below the market median for the comparable electric pressure cooker. Considering the 6 cooking features, it’s a steal.
This Secura EPC-S600 electric pressure cooker is a good kitchen tool for pressure cooking and other cooking methods. It’s extremely useful for someone who has limited kitchen and cupboard space as you don’t have to buy six cookers and have space to store the same.
However if you want to use the pressure cooker for serious canning and food preservation, I’d suggest you look into a pressure cooker that’s designed to reach 15 psi to kill the bacteria in foods for long-term storage purpose. In that case, either a Presto or All American pressure cooker/canner would be more suited for that purpose.
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