Bestek 6 Qt Electric Pressure Cooker Review

Bestek 6 Qt Electric Pressure Cooker Review

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Takeaway: Cooks fast, easy to use, versatile for lots of recipes; easy to clean.

The electric pressure cooker has a nice stainless steel exterior and glossy black plastic base, handles, and upper lid. This cooker has a capacity of 6 qts and measures 14" tall with an 11" diameter. It comes with a steamer rack, 4 ft power cord, plastic ladle, rice scooper, and measuring cup. You'll also receive an instruction manual and recipe book.

On the bottom of the lid is a removable silicone seal gasket which makes it easy to clean. The inside bowl simply lifts out and has measurement lines for cooking rice and for the capacity of the bowl up to 4/5 full. The inside of the cooker has the heating element on the bottom and a non-stick coating on the inner surface that cleans up fast with a simple wipe down. On the outside on the front bottom right is a holder for the rice scooper. The manual is readable, but isn't the best English translation. However, the functions are by and large self-explanatory. There are presets like soup, porridge, bean/tendon, cake, rice, multigrain, tenderloin/mutton, and chicken/duck. There's also a Nutritious Cooking button which allows you to select from 4 presets: Stew Desserts, Steamed Egg, Steamed Spareribs, and Steamed Fish which seem a bit unnecessarily specific. The 'Preset Time' button allows you to delay the start of cooking up to 24 hours in 5 minute increments ('-' adds hours and '+' adds 5 minutes). The pressure holding time it the amount of time you want your food under pressure, adjustable in 1 minute increments. Selected pressure allows you to switch between low/high pressure at 30kPa to 80kPa. There's also a keep warm mode but it has a max time of 2 hours after which it shuts off automatically.

With any preset you can change the default values by using the other setting keys to customize the function for your recipe. Making rice in it is fast and simple, though the water recommendation lines tend to result in very wet, soft rice so I generally use about 1/2 cup less water for white rice. I also tried making the beef stew in the recipe book. The book recipes are full of typos and small mistakes like missing words and misspellings, but the ingredients list and steps are generally follow-able, even if the photos aren't always representative of the recipe listed next to it.

So far I've made beef stew, steamed chocolate cake, hard boiled eggs, rice, mashed potatoes, and chili in the pressure cooker and they all came out pretty tasty. Overall, the pressure cooker is pretty versatile in what you can make in it, and it's simple and straightforward to use. It's also cleans up easily, and I haven't had a problem with anything burning or sticking to the stainless steel pot. So far, I haven't been disappointed with anything I've cooked in it.

Buy it at Amazon: Bestek 6 Qt Electric Pressure Cooker [Affiliate Link]

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