Redmond 5 Quart Electric Pressure Multi Cooker
I was raised by a mother who absolutely loved her stove top pressure cooker and canner. She used them every Sunday and sometimes several times a week! Unfortunately, I was witness to the seal going bad, and watching Mother's pressure cooker blow up not once, but twice! Scared me for life! Or so I thought.
Mom's passed on now, and Dad cooks for himself. He saw a similar item on those "for TV" infomercials, and bought it. And he has been bragging about how he liked it so much. How fast it was. How good it made everything taste.
And I simply had to have one. When the opportunity arrived for me to review this Redmond model, I grasped it and held on! And I am so glad that I did!
I am vegan, and anyone who's vegan will tell you cooking a pot of beans all day long is tedious and boring. And who has the time? You wait till the weekend, and cook twice as much as you normally would, just so you can have some later in the week.
But all of that has changed! I am a true pressure cooker convert! At least with this Redmond 5 Quart Electric Pressure Multi Cooker! Today I made a pot of 2-pounds of pinto beans. If you've ever cooked pinto beans on the stove, you know you soak the beans overnight. And then you put them in a pot the next morning, and let them simmer all day. Or you use a crockpot. (I've always wondered just how much that crock pot, simmering beans all day really cost in the end? You know, the beans, PLUS the electricity needed to cook them all day long! Whew!)
This afternoon, I put the beans straight in the pressure cooker from the bag. Yep. Dried, hard beans. I added a little water, and added enough for expansion, as you know how beans nearly double in size. I didn't add any seasoning into this pan. Simply put the pan into the cooker. Used the manual setting and pressure cooked the beans for 10 minutes. Let the pot cool for 10-minutes, and then let the steam out through the vent. I then poured the water off of these beans, rinsed them in cold water, and put them back into the pot. This time, I added 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, salt, pepper, curry paste, and a little garlic. And I punched the setting for Beans, which is pre-set for 40 minutes. I watched the light sit there and blink "0040" as the pot began to heat up. And once it did, then the timer began. And in 40 minutes I had some of the best pinto beans on this planet!
The aroma filled the house as I allowed the vent to release the steam. And oh, how my poor tummy growled! It was ready for beans that smelled that heavenly! (Can you tell I'm just a country girl at heart?)
The beans were tender, not mushy as when overcooked. They had absorbed the spices and seasonings to perfection!
The pressure cooker has multi use options. You can steam, pressure cook, or fry in it! You can even bake bread or cakes in it!
The outer container is stainless steel. Perfect for easy cleanup if you spill anything on it. The inner container is Teflon coated for easy clean ups! Then there is a special stand and basket for steaming, which will come in handy for all those fresh veggies I cook! There is also a handy measuring cup and plastic spoon to prevent scratching up your Teflon pan.
Directions are a little vague in the enclosed manual. When the cooker "dinged" and showed a red 'OH' on it's LED panel, I was afraid it had shut down because it had 'Over Heated'. The manual didn't cover the 'OH' LED light up. But a quick Google search led me to several instances of this message, and it simply means that the meal is finished cooking; or 'zero-hours' left to cook ('OH').
The lid to the cooker locks in place with a very easy twist. It is hinged and raises when open, so no worries about laying the lid down on counter tops. You also cannot open the lid when the cooker is pressurized. It won't allow you to unlock it to open. Which is a huge safety feature that I was glad to see.
When the cooker dings and you see the 'OH', simply let the cooker for sit for about 8-10 minutes to cool down. Then open the vent, with a simple twist, and allow the steam to escape. After you can no longer hear steam escaping through the vent, you will find the lid easy to open. Use the handy spoon that comes with the cooker to dip out contents.
If you find you need to extend cooking time, simply add in a couple of minutes manually.
This is my favorite review thusfar this year! It is a top quality cooker. Construction is excellent.
The cooker comes with a handy cookbook that features 75 recipes just for the appliance!
I give this product five stars.
I give it a big thumbs up!
And I give it my personal recommendation.
You can purchase the Redmond 5 Quart Electric Pressure Multi Cooker HERE. It retails for $99.00 and includes free shipping.
****DISCLAIMER: This product was provided by Amazon Vine in exchange for a fair and impartial review. All observations above are solely those of this blog's author.