Presto 01241 4-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker Review
The Presto 01241 4 quart pressure cooker from Presto has been around for decades, and it is easy to see why. There are hardly any other small pressure cookers that can compete with the reliability, safety, and usefulness of this kitchen staple, at such an affordable price.
The Presto 01241 pressure cooker is reliable in great part due to its simplicity. The basic design has been relatively unchanged for the past 30+ years, leading to some of these pressure cookers being handed down between generations.
The lid is held in place by a firm, yet simple locking mechanism that provides an excellent pressurized environment for making delicious meals in a relatively short amount of time. Pressure cookers work by forming a tight seal to keep air and moisture in the pot, the gaskets that form this seal need to be able to hold up over time, leading to the 12 year warranty that Presto offers with this model. This shows that the company stands behind the pressure cooker 100%.
A pressure cooker needs to be safe in order to use it regularly in the kitchen. This model has theusual steam release valve, but it also has a plug that is activated in case the pressure starts building up to a dangerous level. This prevents the pressure cooker from creating a violent steam explosion, in the unlikely event the regular release were to fail or be unattended for a long period of time.
The lid snaps securely shut and is unable to be lifted off until the pressure inside the pot is at a safe level. Heat is not conducted very well by the handle, allowing you to move the pressure cooker around as you need to, without needing to let the handle cool down.
A pressure cooker can be used to cook meals extremely quickly, since the increase in pressure helps to squeeze moisture and heat inside whatever is being cooked. Tenderizing meat is also extremely easy, reducing the time it takes to do it to just a couple of minutes, which is even faster than a microwave.
This particular Presto model also comes with a cookbook with over 65 recipes for the pressure cooker. These recipes are a great place to start if you have never used a pressure cooker before, but once you become acquainted with it, you can start trying some creations of your own!
Having a Presto 01241 4-Quart aluminum pressure cooker in your kitchen will allow you be a lot more versatile in your cooking, and for a very affordable price compared to most other brands. All in all its a great choice of cooker if your looking for reliability and longevity without breaking the bank.
Presto 01241 – Features overview
- Cooks three to ten times faster than ordinary cooking methods, saving time, energy, and money.
- Pressure regulator maintains the proper cooking pressure automatically.
- Strong, heavy-gauge aluminum for quick, even heating.
- Includes cooking rack and complete 64-page instruction/recipe book.
- Product Built to North American Electrical Standards