Presto 6-Quart Kitchen Kettle Multi-Cooker/Steamer complete it all. It steams, stews, roasts, boils, and deep fries, allowing you to make delicious soups, hearty casseroles, freshly steamed veggies and rice, perfectly cooked pasta, slow-roasted meats and stews and even your fried favorites. Plus, which has a non-stick coating inside and out, there is no doubt acknowledge that washing the pot will never be a major task.
A versatile all-metal basket is included with all the Presto 6-Quart Kitchen Kettle Multi-Cooker/Steamer, and yes it even snaps onto the rim with the multi-cooker to make draining a lot easier. When considering time for cleanup, just throw everything (except the warmth control) into the dishwasher and disappear. Premium nonstick finish, inside and out for stick-free cooking and easy cleaning, fully immiscible and dishwasher safe with heat control removed.
Presto 6-Quart Kitchen Kettle Multi-Cooker/Steamer features :
- Furnished with a totally-adjustable heat control that automatically regulates the temperature at which you cook
- A durable basket with handle is roofed to create deep frying, steaming, blanching, and draining a cinch
- The pot is roofed in a very non-stick coating inside and out, in order to cook freely while not having to be worried about cleanup as a hassle
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.3 x 10.4 inches ; 6 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
- Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
- Shipping Advisory:: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
- ASIN: B002JM202I
- Item model number: 06006
It’s great, no matter what Alton Brown says!
I bought one at Walmart last year. I use it pretty often, but mostly for making popcorn. Turn temp to 350, put a couple-three tablespoons of peanut oil in the bottom, and then when the oil heats up throw in 1/3 to 1/2 cup of popcorn. Put the cover on and keep the pot moving while the corn pops. When the corn has just about stopped popping, turn the heat off and pour the popcorn into a bowl. Butter, salt and eat. YUM!
I’ve deep-fried scallops in it, steamed vegetables, cooked rice, made soup and even baked potatoes. The thing works great! I wasn’t going to write a review until I saw Alton Brown talk some trash about it on Good Eats. I got pretty defensive about my humble Presto cooker! He was doing a silly episode about “man food” like corn dogs and thin, square hamburgers. Well, when Mr. Brown was explaining how to fry the corn dogs he said (while holding a Presto mutlti-cooker) that a pot with an heating element on the outside of the bottom wasn’t a good idea because first the element had to heat the pot and then it had to heat up the oil. Too slow. After that he displayed three home-use rectangular fryers with immersion type heating elements. He said they were also better because they each had cooking baskets and break-away magnetic cords. He picked the one with the digital controls, while implying that this was somehow better than the manual rotary temp control.
I don’t know if A. B. gets paid for product placement on his show, but I really thought he was being disingenuous regarding the Presto “pot.” First of all, about the heating element on the bottom of the Presto cooker: During the frying demonstration, Mr. Brown had some text placed over the screen that said that if you didn’t have a special electric fryer, that a pot on the stove-top would work fine. Isn’t that interesting? What the heck is a pot on the stove, but just a heating element on the outside of a pot that heats up the pot and then the oil inside? That’s exactly what he was criticizing the Presto kettle about. What gives? Secondly, the Presto cooker DOES TOO have a magnetic break-away electric cord to keep the unit from tipping when the cord is yanked by accident. Also, the Presto cooker DOES TOO come with a frying-steaming basket, which Brown implied it didn’t have. Nya, nya, nya! See, I can be just as immature as Alton Brown!
I don’t know if the rectangular fryers are really better, but I’m sure they cost a lot more. My Presto cooker was $26.85 at Walmart. I keep it in a lower cabinet – it doesn’t take up much space there. I pull it out when I need it. It’s inexpensive, easy to use, and simple. When we go to Maine in August, I’m allowed to take only one of my counter-top appliances. So, I just take the Presto cooker with me. Normally, I cook steel cut oats in a small bowl, sitting in water, in a slow cooker (a bain marie – sort of – found the idea here [link deleted]) I can do the same thing with the Presto cooker. And I have a pot with me on vacation that I can do so much more with.
One last thing. With my slow cooker I use a plug-in timer called a Rival Smart-Part. But it’s not rated to control the wattage of the Presto multi-cooker. I found a heavy-duty programmable digital timer that I use to turn the Presto cooker off and on automatically. This device really allows me to use the Presto cooker like a slow cooker, without over-cooking stews and such when I am out of the house all day. The Presto multi-cooker is a terrific appliance! Buy one now, and don’t believe everything you see on TV!
Flash Update! Here is another reason to buy a Presto multi-cooker: I’m making a beef stew with red wine tonight. What a mess browning the stew beef! I have a 3 quart Wagner cast-iron chicken fryer, and this is what I used to brown the beef chuck cubes. These days the meat hasn’t been aged much, and so it is very difficult to brown properly. I managed to do it in batches, but the stove-top got pretty messy by the time I was done. I put the browned meat, vegetables, and garlic into the Presto cooker ( I made sure to deglaze the chicken fryer with wine and include all the tasty bits) and continued to cook the stew. And then I could proceed to clean up the stove-top while the beef stew simmered away in a different part of the kitchen. I am very pleased not to have to clean up all that oil splatter after dinner!
Fries great, steams even better & cleanup is a snap.
Does everything you’d imagine and more!
Apart from frying this has turned into a life saver almost nightly. I only have one large burner on my stove so making something such as pasta with alfredo from scratch was a long process as I could not boil pasta and render the sauce at the same time. But with this electric pot I can cook my pasta in it while I’m making the sauce instead of one then the other. Also the water comes to a boil quite quickly.
Another thing this is wonderful for is as a smaller slow cooker (as opposed to the 6 quart varieties). I have yet to use it on anything with meat. But for making pasta sauce, soup or chili that needs to simmer for hours it works wonderfully. Especially if you’re using your crockpot for something else. Also great for warm beverages like hot cider for a party etc.
The one included accessory, the metal basket, was also surprisingly useful. I thought the basket would not be too useful because of it’s size but it holds more than you’d think. 16 oz of penne fits wonderfully and because you can lift and drain all in the same place you save on having to drain in a separate area as well as having to lift the hot pot. Also the handy dandy clip on the side allows you to keep it out of the water but not have to find some place to put the cooked pasta. Spaghetti also fits in the basket you just need to make sure you put it in properly so the pasta can be submerged.
I have yet to use this for steaming veggies or cooking rice, I have made couscous in it but that’s basically fool proof. I also look forward to using this for roasting and cooking other meat similar to in a crock pot.
Long story short if I wasn’t in love with acquiring small kitchen appliances this would be the one I’d marry. You could easily live with just this one item for life, no wandering eyes, and because of the non-stick it basically does the dishes for you. What more could you ask for?
Simplicity at its best. Reliable deep fryer.
Just a good, multi-purpose, handy product.
1. Lots of uses: The best part about the kettle is how many small appliances and gadgets it can replace. As a newlywed and as someone who has never had their own place before (not to mention a complete novice in the kitchen), it was awesome to spend $24 on ONE thing that can do so much.
2. Dishwasher safe: I had only planned on using this as a deep fryer and just leaving the oil in there 24/7 to avoid the hassle of cleaning it, but when I read the instructions and realized you could just stick it in the dishwasher after removing the heat control and cord, I got so excited. I even called Presto to double check if I had to remove the legs, handles, or heating element before washing it. Nope. It’s just too easy to let it cool, pour the oil into a jar, and stick it in the dishwasher. Then, I’m free to use it to steam veggies or boil some pasta.
3. Safety features: The cord is magnetized and basically eliminates the risk of tripping over the cord, having a child tug on it, or, in my case, having your cat wrestling with it and bringing a pot full of oil down on herself. In addition to the magnetic cord, the kettle is heavy and the legs are no-skid so when the cat decides she wants to push something off a counter top or table top, it won’t be the oil-filled kettle.
My only complaint is that the glass lid isn’t notched so you can’t cover the kettle while the basket is in it which is inconvenient if you would like to store it with oil inside for any period of time. Other than that, it has far surpassed what I expected, especially for the cost. Since I have a TINY budget and an even smaller kitchen, I have to pick and choose my cooking gadgets wisely. I also have to constantly consider whether or not my cat can cause trouble or get hurt around whatever I purchase for the house. It’s nice to not have to lock her up in the bedroom when I cook with this. I couldn’t have made a better purchase.
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