Daily Reviews Include The Presto Electric Skillet, Presto Pressure Cookers And Electric Popcorn Poppers

19 01 2010

Electric Popcorn Popper: West Bend Does Theater Like Popcorn

West Bend has improved on the classic corn popper design by adding a motorized stirring rod which ensures that every single kernel pops, every time. In about five minutes, the Stir Crazy Popper produces up to 6 quarts of perfectly popped corn, using one tablespoon of oil per 1/4 cup corn. You can clean it with just a quick swipe of the sponge. For added flavor, place a bit of butter in the butter well to melt over the corn as it pops. The plastic cover doubles as a serving bowl, so when the cycle is done, just flip it over to enjoy popcorn that’s guaranteed to be good to the last pop.

I’ve had a number of popcorn poppers ’cause I’m a true fan, whether unadorned popcorn or ‘fancied up’. When the Electric Popcorn Popper hot air poppers came out about 20 years ago I bought a couple of them, but they always seem to make chewy popcorn that’ll stick in the back of your throat. I’ve got a mint-condition Mirro aluminum electric popper from the sixties and it’ll burn corn in the bottom before you can turn around.

Presto Pressure Cookers: Renewed Popularity Discovered

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 Presto pressure cookers, since the food retains so much more of its nutrients and flavor. Presto’s 6-quart stainless steel 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! This professional-quality stainless steel pressure cooker is a handy addition to any well-rounded set of kitchen tools.

Nonabrasive cleansers are best for cleaning this stainless steel Presto Pressure Cookers, though occasional use of a fine metal polish will help the exterior keep its shine. The Presto 6-quart 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 9 inches in diameter (17 inches including handles) and 8-1/2 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.

Presto Electric Skillet: Stir Fry Heaven

The 16" size of this Presto electric skillet actually ended up saving room in my kitchen because it replaced both an electric griddle and an old 12" electric skillet. This pan can be used for all kinds of cooking: griddling, frying, grilling, braising, roasting, even baking. The sides are high enough to use it as a chicken fryer or for stirfry. I can check how bacon is frying through the glass lid, minimizing spatter, if any. The Presto temperature control is accurate and the pan heats up quickly, unlike my electric stovetop. In fact, you can get a perfect simmer by turning the knob down just till the light goes out.

Also nothing sticks to it. The only Presto Electric Skillet things you have to remember are: 1)spray it with Pam or some other cooking spray the first time you use it (just the first time), and 2)to maintain the superior nonstick coating, never soak it in water for extended periods (you won’t need to soak it, it cleans up fast and easy). I really like this Presto skillet and recommend it highly. I bought it in February and have used it regularly ever since. Details: Roasts, fries, grills, stews, bakes, makes casseroles and more. Fully immersible with heat control removed for easy cleaning. Tempered Presto glass cover lets you see what is inside. Great for use as a buffet server when entertaining. Heavy cast aluminum.

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