The New York Times described the Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Top Pressure Cooker as the “Mercedes Benz of pressure cookers.” It has been set apart by many as the best pressure cooker on the market. Made in Switzerland this pressure cooker was designed and made by a company that is the world leader in energy saving cookware. Kuhn Rikon is a company that is devoted to making the ordinary, extraordinary and they have been doing just that since 1899. They have a staff of designers that have worked for years to improve the pressure cooker and what they came up with was a quieter and safer tool for you to use.
The Kuhn Rikon Duromatic pressure cooker is designed to make healthy food easier and faster. This pressure cooker helps preserve the vitamins and minerals in your foods while cooking. This is accomplished because instead of cooking those vitamins and minerals out, they are actually infused back into your food by the pressure cooker. Your average food that is cooked in the pressure cooker can be cooked ten times faster than your normal method of cooking. A pressure cooker is perfect for anyone that is on the go and that doesn’t have a lot of time to invest in cooking. One such customer said this about using the Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker, “As a working mother with two young children, I have NO IDEA how anyone survives without a pressure cooker. I use mine almost every day. Unlike a slow cooker, I’m not worried about whether my house is burning down because I left the slow cooker …. cooking.”
Features of the Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Top Pressure Cooker
This pressure cooker is made of stainless steel and it has an aluminum base. The aluminum base is placed in between two layers of steel. The aluminum helps aid in cooking; not only is it a good heat conductor but it helps you to cook your foods evenly. The stainless steel helps to make this pressure cooker durable and attractive. It is easy to maintain and will not stain or rust.
The Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Top Pressure Cooker is an upgraded version of their original pressure cooker. The word top in the product name indicates this upgrade. This upgrade means that the primary pressure release valve is covered with a top that rises as the pressure builds.
There is a spring loaded precision valve that is on the lid of this pressure cooker. This valve helps to measure the pressure of the contents inside. This pressure valve has red bands that rise and fall with the pressure. As the pressure builds, the first band will rise indicating that the pressure inside is at eight psi. The pressure will continue to go up and so will the bands, when you see two red bands, it means the pressure is at fifteen psi. Most recipes need at least fifteen psi of pressure in order to cook, but some foods that are more delicate like fish and vegetables should be cooked at eight psi. The Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker gives you the flexibility to cook at either pressure weight.
There is a valve on that lid that releases the pressure when you are done cooking. This valve allows you to release the pressure slowly or quickly. As you open the valve, steam will escape the pot. If you feel uncomfortable emitting that much steam into your kitchen, you can run your pot under cold water for several minutes to help release the pressure or you may even set your pot in a cool spot and allow it to cool off, thus releasing the pressure inside.
The 7.4 quart version of this pressure cooker is the ideal size for a large family. You can use it to cook vegetables, soups, rice, beans and even meat. This pressure cooker will put a meal on the table for your family quicker then you ever thought possible.
Safety Release System
There is a five safety release system that helps ensure that this pressure cooker is the safest for you and your family to use. If there is excess pressure, the pressure can release from one of the following five places:
- Primary spring loaded valve that is on the lid
- Safety holes in the rim of th lid
- The Secondary spring loaded valve
- The gasket around the inside of the lid will be forced outward and the excess pressure will be released downward.
- The lid locking system ensures that the lid remains locked during cooking and that the pressure won’t blow the lid off. The lid locking system also ensures that no pressure will begin to build up until the lid is locked tightly in place.
Cleaning Your Kuhn Rikon Pressure Cooker
Although you can put your Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker in the dishwasher it is not recommended. The company suggests that you clean it out with a mild dish soap and water. Don’t use any soaps that are too abrasive. If there is food stuck to the pot, don’t scrape it off with any sharp, metal object simply soak the pot in water until the food is released.
Every so often you will need to clean your pressure cooker more thoroughly. Clean the primary valve. This can be done with water and a pipe cleaner. There is no need to clean the secondary valve. Occasionally you should clean the gasket located on the inside of the lid. This can be done by removing the gasket and cleaning it in soapy water. After it is dry, rub it down with some vegetable oil. Clean the area on the lid where the gasket sits and then replace the clean gasket.
As explained, this is a high quality pressure cooker that out performs many others. It is highly rated on amazon.com and is loved by users. Although it is a great pressure cooker, it is also on the more expensive end of pressure cookers. It is priced at $219.99. If you are planning on pressure cooking often, it will be well worth the investment because it will last a lifetime.