Presto 8-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker

List Price: $59.99

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Product Description

Cooks lighter meals, healthier, fast and easy. Durable polished aluminum for even heating. Includes special ergonomic handles, cooking rack, and recipe book. Pressure regulator maintains proper cooking temperature automatically. Cover lock indicators show at a glance when there is pressure inside the cooker. Pressure cooking preserves flavors and nutrients. Lean meats cook up tender and delicious

Pressure cookers have experienced renewed popularity over the last several years because cooks have rediscovered what some cooks (particularly grandmas) have known for a long time--they're really fast. And it's easy to cook healthfully with pressure cookers, since the food retains so much more of its nutrients and flavor. Presto's 8-quart pressure cooker is a multi-purpose pot that can stand in as a conventional soup pot as well as perform the kitchen magic that pressure cookers are famous for. Chicken Cacciatore cooks in 8 minutes! And it's big enough for home canning, too. (The USDA recommends pressure canning as the only safe method for low-acid foods such as vegetables, meats, and poultry.) This durable, polished-aluminum pressure cooker is an economical addition to any well-rounded set of kitchen tools.

The heavy-duty lid locks down during cooking; an inner sealing ring keeps the steam in. In addition to a pop-up pressure indicator and a simple steam release mechanism, there is an overpressure plug that will let off steam if it builds up excessively. This pressure cooker is useful for weeknight dinners or for any meal that needs to come together quickly. An accompanying booklet contains more than 65 recipes, ranging from basic soup stocks to stews and pot roast--even desserts like Oatmeal-Apple Crisp! Tenderize lean cuts of beef or pork; or cook chicken, fish, or vegetables faster than you can in a microwave, and without losing moisture.

Nonabrasive cleansers are best for cleaning this polished aluminum pressure cooker, though occasional use of a fine metal polish will help the exterior keep its shine. The Presto 8-quart aluminum pressure cooker is fully immersible; in addition, the sealing ring should be removed after each use to allow cleaning of the inside rim of the lid. The vent pipe is simple to keep clean with a small brush or pipe cleaner, and both the air vent/cover lock and the overpressure plug are removable. The pressure cooker measures 11-1/2 inches in diameter (17 inches including handles) and 9 inches tall (including lid). Presto guarantees this pressure cooker with an extended 12-year warranty. A detailed instruction and recipe booklet is included; special safety issues that pertain to pressure cookers are clearly explained. --Garland Withers

  • 8-quart pressure cooker is a multi-purpose pot used as conventional soup pot
  • Durable polished aluminum for even heating
  • Heavy-duty lid locks down during cooking; inner sealing ring keeps steam in; pop-up pressure indicator
  • Includes recipe booklet; steam release mechanism
  • Measures 11-1/2 inches in diameter (17 inches including handles) and 9 inches tall (including lid); extended 12-year warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • excellent buy
    The cooker is amazing, looks great, cooks great. The seller was A+, fast speedy shipping....more info
  • Buy the stainless steel version
    I absolutely love how food turns out in the pressure cooker. I made the best pot roast I have ever had in my life in this cooker. The only drawback is that aluminum leaves a bad aftertaste in acidy foods such as tomato sauces. If I had realized this before, I would have paid the extra money to get the stainless steel one....more info
  • Cans Five Pints
    Does not can quart jars, only pints. This model allowed me to try out canning at a low entry cost. Have successfully canned cabbage and sausage, tomato sauce, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, and apple butter in this interesting device. Also have cooked whole chickens and other foods. Canning meats requires an hour under pressure, and the Presto takes it all in stride. Being a pressure cooker/canning novice, it was a little unnerving getting it hot enough to get that top valve rocking. Apparently idiot proof, the cooker does not blow up, is easy to use and clean. Just turn down the burner to medium once the valve starts rocking. The aluminum does discolor inside during some pressure cooking and canning, although putting a little vinegar in the water keeps this to a minimum. I have found that five pints is perfectly adequate for canning projects so far. For example, six pounds of homegrown apples turned into 5.5 pints of apple butter. And it's not like you can't load it up again. At first I didn't tighten lids enough -- the canning jars boiled over a little. Finger tight means just that and the glass can handle it. You can can with an eight quart Presto!...more info
  • Presto 8 quart pressure canner review
    Item is well worth the purchase price. ONLY thing that should be changed in the advertizement on Amazons web site is to ADD or NOTE conspicuously that this item can ONLY can PINT bottles not quarts It is not mentioned on the page of the items description....more info
  • Presto pressure cooker
    The pressure cooker works fine. If it lasts 30 years like the previous one I will be very happy?...more info
  • Presto & It's Done!
    Love my pressure cooker. Had another Presto for 30 years. Bought an electric one last year, & promptly threw it in the garbage when this one arrived! Can't beat them!...more info
  • Great Cooker
    I am satisfied with my cooker for the good price and the quality....more info
  • WARNING!!! WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I went to used my today. It was on the stove, I was canning some meat. When the time was up, I went over and shut off the stove. Next thing I knew I was on the floor. IT BLEW UP, HAD GLASS AND MEAT EVERY WHERE!!!!!!! Had to go out to the ER. So if you buy, be very carfully. It might blow up on you. I had steam burn's on face 2 drgeer and many cut's. Thankfully I had my glass on, so my eye's was not hurt....more info
  • Indispensible, but doesn't last forever
    I have owned four of these Presto aluminum pressure cookers over the years. They work great, particularly for homemade soups and stews. Great homemade chicken soup in 15 minutes? Yes! And you'll save a lot of money on fuel also. Just bear in mind, as with any inexpensive pot, it will need to be replaced after a few years of regular use. The rubber gasket needs to be lubricated regularly and replaced frequently, otherwise the pot won't seal or cook properly. Over time, the screws holding the handle on will loosen as the plastic they're imbedded in wears away. At this great price, though, you'll definitely get much more than your money's worth. ...more info
  • Excellent Value
    This pressure cooker is an excellent value compared to retail stores and big box stores....more info
  • Works as good
    Works as good as the expensive stainless steel ones. I can now cook beef (bone in), pork hocks etc. in less than 15 mins. The 8-quart size can serve 8-10 person, I'm very satisfied with my purchase....more info
  • Warning about elevation!!!
    I ordered this cooker/canner in hopes of being able to pressure can my vegetables. Unfortunately You cannot use this as a canner above 3,000 ft elevation. I live at 4,600 ft. What a bummer. Restictions like that should be posted in the Amazon review or somewhere noticeable so that those of us who live at higher elevations won't get stuck with a canner we can't use....more info
  • pressure cooker has flaws
    I wanted the cooker for canning and it will do some canning but only with small jars and limited on the things it can can. Great for cooking.

    Should have been told of its limitations....more info
  • Great Product
    This is my 3rd pressure cooker. The last 2 higher end products. Broke within the 1st year with just average use. This pressure cooker is simple, basic and so far withstanding the abuse. Super Fast shipping. ...more info
  • The biggist problem with the old pressure cookers
    My Presto pressure cooker is about 40 years old, and I love it. It seems that they never wear out, except for the rubber seal in the cover. I recently had to buy a new one, and it cost about $12.

    I think I have bought 3 seals over the years. I don't use the cooker very often though, maybe twice a month, only because I use other methods of cooking for a change.

    Presto says that one should remove and clean the seal after each use, but each time you do this, it stretches a little, and fits less, and less into the lid. My seal doesn't wear out, it stretches out.

    Now I just leave it in the lid, and wash it like that.

    I do spread some cooking oil around the contact points on the seal, and the pot each time I use it, so the cover can be removed easily after cooking. If the seal sticks when you remove it after cooking, that also stretches the seal somewhat.

    Again, I wouldn't be without a pressure cooker, it's great to have, and Presto is a top brand.

    ...more info
  • Great pressure cooker, great price
    I purchased a bunch of canning gear and as a result was entitled to an additional promotional claim, so I threw this pressure cooker in with it. What a great deal. I was impressed with the solid construction of this cooker, easy to use, nice features. Presto makes a newer one without the handle, but personally I think the handle is far more useful, especially for browning meat prior to pressure cooking, and the new one is priced at twice this one. I just made a batch of rice pudding in this thing, works great. I am looking forward to long years of service with this thing....more info
  • Presto 01282 8 - Qt. Alum. Pressure Cooker/Canner
    Does exactly what I wanted it to do: simple to use, med. sized, good quality food. Easy to clean because of the weight. Will use to can a small quantity at a time which works with a smaller garden. ...more info


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