The Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Top pressure cooker

Pressure cooking is old fashioned? Think again!

kuhn rikon 3342 pressure cookerI always thought that pressure cookers were an outdated kitchen appliance nobody was using anymore. The other thing, I thought it was potentially dangerous to use it. I guess you too heard those terrible stories about exploding cookers. But, I had to change my mind. I’m a full-time working mom of two and right now I don’t have much time to cook tasty and healthy meals. I stumbled upon an article about pressure cooking and I started to consider the thought of buying one. Soon, I found out that pressure cooking was very popular and that today’s cookers are well crafted, silent and very safe to use.

There were many pressure cookers to choose from, but I decided to buy a well crafted one that was safe to use. I read some great reviews on Amazon on the Kuhn Rikon Duromatic cooker and decided to buy it.

What are the benefits of a pressure cooker?

duromatic pressure cooker 7.4 quart* Pressure cooking saves a lot of time. This is especially true if you use 15 psi for cooking (this is the standard pressure used in most pressure cookers). Approximately you will be able to cook in 1/3 of the time used by standard cooking methods (beans and stew are ready in 20 minutes and my rice in 5).

* Pressure cooking saves energy. Expect that with a Kuhn Rikon cooker you will consume 70% less energy. So, the pressure cooker pays for itself in a couple of months. And let’s not forget, you are being environmentally friendly spending less energy.

* It’s tasty and delicious. Pressure cooking helps intensify and retain the flavors of foods making your meal more exquisite. The increased pressure and temperature that is used in pressure cooking, tenderizes the toughest meats and beans.

* It’s healthier. You can prepare meals with less oil and fat. Furthermore, with pressure cooking your meals will retain more nutrients and vitamins than they would when cooking with standard methods.

The Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker

The material: this cooker is made out of a special combination of materials – a stainless steel and aluminum sandwich (the outer layers are made of steel and the core is aluminum). Stainless steel is durable, easy to maintain and it doesn’t interfere with the food’s taste while aluminum is an excellent heat conductor.

The pressure settings: this cooker has a dual pressure setting meaning you can choose between 15 psi and 8 psi of operating pressure to prepare your food. 15 psi (the second red ring) is great for beans, meats, beets, carrots, artichokes, etc. 8 psi (first red ring) is ideal for more delicate foods like fish, spinach, rice, lentils and most fruits.

The pressure valve: the Kuhn Rikon Duromatic has a spring-loaded precision valve that uses red lines to show you right away if the right pressure has been reached. It’s very easy to read.

Releasing pressure: very simple as well (with a touch). You have two settings: slow or quick release of steam. Which type of setting you’ll choose depends on the meal you are preparing (the book you’ll receive with this cooker is very helpful in that matter).

Safety: This pressure cooker has a lid that locks automatically and it won’t open under pressure. Furthermore this cooker has 5 safety releases to avoid pressure getting too great.

The handle: it’s long enough so it stays cool because it’s not directly over the heat source. The second handle will help you lift the cooker when it’s full.

 

These are a few of my favorite things…

kuhn rikon duromatic 6 piece duo pressure cooker setWhen I bought my Kuhn Rikon Duromatic I thought I would have used it for preparing meat, beans, soups, cooking vegetables, etc. Then, reading all the recipes out there I found out you can use your pressure cooker for some amazing things like making cheesecake (!), pudding, compotes, fruit juices, etc. I was especially enthusiastic when I read Miss Vickie’s suggestion about making baby food in your pressure cooker. Since my youngest son was just a baby when I got the cooker this discovery was a huge money saver (not to mention that the food was made with organic fresh fruits and vegetables I choose).

And these are just some of the many possibilities I have yet to explore.

What else do you get with a Kuhn Rikon cooker?

a) The Quick Cuisine Cookbook (worth 14 $) where you’ll find all the needed cooking charts and recipes. Remember that the cook times prescribed for pressure cooking refer to the time after pressure has been reached, meaning you must bring the cooker to a certain pressure level and then start counting the minutes. After the time has elapsed, you need to release the pressure, quickly or slowly. If the pressure is released slowly, then this additional time is included in the total cooking time of the meal as well.

b) The steaming trivet insert. The steaming trivet is a stainless steel steamer insert (looks like a disk) that I find to be very useful for cooking all kinds of vegetables (like whole potatoes, corn, beets, artichokes, broccoli, etc.). This is an excellent tool for non fat cooking (especially when you are on a diet). I just can’t picture my cooking without it. You just need to place 1/2 cup water in the pressure cooker and insert the trivet into cooker with the chosen vegetable.

Here is a tip

Before you start using the cooker check if the valve’s screw is tightened. This is the screw that helps you disassemble the valve when you need to clean it. If the screw is loose the cooker won’t work properly (because it won’t be able to reach the required pressure).

Some additional info

This pressure cooker is non-abrasive to ceramic cook tops, is dishwasher-safe and has a 10-year warranty. The Kuhn Rikon Company guarantees parts will be available for 15 years.

The most popular Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker of the Duromatic series is the 7.4 Quart.

Here are the bestsellers pressure cookers from Kuhn Rikon:

kuhn rikon 7.4 quart

 

 Duromatic 7.4 Quart 

 

 

  kuhn rikon duromatic

 

Duromatic 5 Quart

 

 kuhn rikon duromatic 6 piece duo pressure cooker set 

 

Duromatic Duo Pressure cooker set

 

 kuhn rikon 3344

 3344 7.4-Quart

 

 

kuhn rikon duromatic stockpot

Duromatic 8-1/2-Quart Stockpot

 

 Where is the best place to buy it?

The prices of this  pressure cookers are certainly not low. But, we are talking about a product that is manufactured in Switzerland with the highest quality standards and that is going to last for many years. On the other hand you will be able to save a lot of energy cooking with it, meaning that this cooker will pay for itself in a couple of months. In my opinion is worth every penny. The best prices can be found on Amazon.com. You will get free shipping as well.

16 Responses to The Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Top pressure cooker

  1. Doug Hoye says:

    I bought my 5qt cooker several yrs ago & haven’t used it 4 some time, I can’t now find my owners/manual/cookbook that came with it, can I get another one from you? Thanks for your help. Doug Hoye

  2. bapsi says:

    Dear Doug,
    here is a link where you can find the Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker manual : http://www.fantes.com/manuals/kuhn-rikon-duromatic-manual.pdf
    Hope it helps!

  3. I have used this cooker twice since I bought it. I’ve used other cookers over the years, but this is state of the art. Well constructed and good looking.

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  5. Deb says:

    I do lots of cooking and canning – sometimes just for family, sometimes for large gatherings – and this cooker has made that chore much easier. Even when cooking for family, I’ll make 2 chickens at a time, that way I won’t have to cook another night. While the chickens are cooking, I’ll also have stock to make rice or soup with. Forgot about cooking dinner? This baby can take 2 frozen rabbits from the freezer to the dinner table in less than an hour. Its large size makes canning large batches quick work. The only drawback I have is washing it – it is heavy, and if you don’t have a big enough sink or a hose to rinse it out, then your in for a workout. I have a double sink and it fits in nicely – a must for anyone with a large family !

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  13. wondering says:

    Do you know the difference between the Duromatic and Ecomatic models?

  14. bapsi says:

    I haven’t tried the Ecomatic model yet. The Ecomatic model is actually from the Kuhn Rikon Duromatic product line as well. It’s much cheaper though when compared to other Duromatic models. I guess the reason for that is that the Ecomatic model is made in India. The design is slightly different as well and its comes only in 6.25 Qt.

  15. I have a question about the Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker and the use of it on ceramic/glass stove tops. I have read that it is difficult to maintain the heat necessary for constant pressure. I have also read that the use of a big pressure cooker on a glass stove is dangerous to the stove. Any thoughts?

  16. diane says:

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