Magefesa Practika Plus 8 Qt. Pressure Cooker
Last updated date: December 21, 2018
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In our analysis of 68 expert reviews, the Magefesa Magefesa Practika Plus 8 Qt. Pressure Cooker placed 11th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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From The Manufacturer
Preserves vitamins and minerals which are usually lost with conventional cooking methods. (Pressure cooking retains important water-soluble vitamins and minerals lost in conventional cooking so meals are healthy and delicious). Reduces cooking time up to 70% so you will be using less energy and saving money. Pressure control system with 2 cooking levels: fast cooking -8 psi-, super fast cooking -15 psi. Made of 18/10 stainless steel. 5 additional safety systems: working pressure valve, pressure indicator valve, security valve, safety edge lid window and "easy lock" system (prevents opening before pressure is completely released). Bakelite and ergonomic handles. Easy fit lid. Induxal tri-ply base: 18/10 stainless steel, aluminum, and 18/10 stainless steel for even heat distribution. Trivet and steamer optional. Suitable for all type of surfaces: gas, electric, ceramic and induction stoves. Dishwasher safe pot. Ten-year warranty. Designed in Spain. Family of 6-8 people. Can be used as a pressure canner.
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An Overview On Pressure Cookers
Ask previous generations about pressure cookers and they’ll likely bring up safety concerns. But pressure cookers have come a long way from their mid-1900s popularity. The newer models of pressure cookers will keep you protected from the over-pressurization that once put home chefs at risk.
“I’ve got to be honest. These things used to scare the bejesus out of me,” confesses culinary expert Julie Chernoff, member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, dining editor of Better magazine and food journalist. “But today’s upscale, high-tech models aren’t your grandma’s stovetop pressure cooker, although the basic premise is the same.”
In recent years, all-in-one units like the Instant Pot have made pressure cooking popular again. However, you don’t have to buy a bulky countertop unit to enjoy the benefits of pressure cooking. Stovetop pressure cookers are fairly straightforward, with only a few steps to get you going. Instead of trying to figure out which button does what, you simply insert your items, then cover and seal before you start steaming.
But there are more than a few models to consider while shopping for a pressure cooker. Although all models are safe, each has its own safety mechanisms. There are models with something as simple as an indicator light and others that have as many as six built-in safety features.
“The best ones have built-in safety features, meaning they won’t over-pressurize and explode, like locking mechanisms with indicator lights, easy-read displays, and solid stainless-steel construction rather than the old aluminum variety,” Chernoff explains.
In addition to safety, ease of use is important when you’re considering which stovetop pressure cookers to buy. You’ll need to seal and choose a pressure setting, but once that’s done, you’ll turn the stove burner on and let your pressure cooker do the rest. Pressure cookers with a more simple design just require turning a knob, but All American’s pressure cookers have an easy on/off cover as well. As you choose a pressure cooker, also consider the weight and durability, especially if you have a more sensitive ceramic or glass cooktop.
Lastly, you may want to consider cleanup as you’re choosing a pressure cooker. If you’re used to tossing your pots and pans in the dishwasher, you may want to steer toward one of the dishwasher-safe models. Even the models that have a finish that makes for easy handwashing may not provide the convenience you want.
“Personally, I would lean toward a model that could be throw in the dishwasher, because easy-to-clean is always my preference,” Chernoff says.
She also says to consider capacity. How much will suit your family? Will you be using the pressure cooker for weekly food prep? And think about what foods you want to cook to determine whether a pressure cooker is right for you.
“Pressure cookers are great for all legumes, grains, broths, soups and stews,” Chernoff says. “They utilize steam pressure as it builds inside the tightly-closed pot, and that’s particularly great for tougher foods and proteins (or both, like dried beans). Plus, you’ll save the pre-soaking time.”
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Pressure cookers have long been associated with canning fruits and vegetables. But the same appliance can be used to make all types of foods, from fish to yogurt. Studies have shown that pressure cooking helps food retain more nutrients than other types of cooking, making it a great option for health-conscious families. Myths have circulated over the years that pressure cooking dilutes foods’ nutrients, but those myths have been debunked. Some studies, though, have found that nutrients in certain foods may be transferred to the liquid in the cooker with the food. If this is a concern, it might be worthwhile to make sure you utilize the liquid when you’re serving what you’ve cooked.
The Pressure Cooker Buying Guide
- Safety mechanisms are built into every modern pressure cooker, but you may like some better than others. One model has a locking mechanism on the cooker that includes a mechanism light that goes from red to green once it’s locked. That takes all the guesswork out of using one of these devices. All American uses a metal-to-metal seal on its units to make sure no steam can escape. Lastly, another unit has six built-in safety features, including a cover that will not open unless pressure has been fully released.
- Pressure cookers come in a variety of sizes, so it’s important for you to know what you’ll be doing. If you simply want to try canning a few items, for instance, the smaller-capacity pressure cookers will do. However, unless you have a large family, a 21.5-quart cooker may have far more room than you’ll ever need. A 10.5 quart will hold seven standard mouth regular pint jars or four standard regular mouth quart jars.
- Ease of use is also an important factor when you’re choosing a stovetop pressure cooker. Look for pressure settings that are extremely easy to read, and lids that slide onto the pot without much effort.
- The size of larger units, like the 21.5-quart pressure cookers, can bring a couple of issues. First, its size means it doesn’t fit snugly on just one burner, making it difficult to place. You’ll also find its heaviness may make it a bad fit for a ceramic or glass range. Lastly, the size signifies it will also take longer than average to heat up and cool down.
- If affordability is an issue, there are a few models that sell for under $50, however, most all of the other units fall in the $200-$300 range.
- Cleanup is an understandable concern with any appliance. If you’re used to tossing your pots and pans in the dishwasher, you may want a unit that provides that level of no-fuss cleaning. Look for a model that is labeled as dishwasher safe. Models that have a satin finish also tend to be easier to clean by hand, in the event that they aren’t dishwasher safe.