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Presto 01745 16-Quart Pressure Canner And Cooker Review

Introduction

Today, we'll review the 01745 16-Quart pressure Canner and Cooker from Presto (see lowest price). Presto is a big brand in pressure cookers, with some of the top-selling units in the segment. The 01745 is one of the smaller cookers that Presto sells, so let's take a look at how it stacks up to the competition. 

Pressure cookers are far less common than other home appliances like mixers and crock pots, but they can play just as big a role in the kitchen. If you take full advantage of a pressure cooker, you can speed up cooking times, try out new recipes, and enjoy a whole new way of making meals. Picking the right pressure cooker to buy, however, is rather tricky. There are a lot of them on the market and prices vary widely, so it's not easy to know which is the best pressure cooker in terms of value, quality, and features. 

Strengths

First of all, the 01745 usually sells for under $100 (price may vary on Amazon.com). That's fairly good for a pressure cooker. The more advanced ones run into the hundreds and come with additional electronic bells and whistles, but the build quality necessary to make a durable pressure cooker means you will have to pay more than a regular pot costs.

Speaking of build quality, the 01745 is made of heavy aluminum and the rubber seal that closes the cooker when it comes time to cook will stay tight for a long time. That's an essential element, because if the seal is not perfect, the pressure cooker won't work properly at all.

The way these machines operate is by heating water in the chamber until it boils into steam. This hot steam cooks food very quickly and evenly, but it will cool down or escape the chamber if it isn't sealed in. The 01745 is well-built and should last for a long time, especially considering the price.

There are more expensive pressure cookers that will break long before Presto's offering. At 10 pounds, the 01745 is somewhat heavy, but still manageable.

The lid has a special locking mechanism that seals the lid on when it is time to start building pressure in the cooking chamber, which is convenient.

The unit also comes with a recipe book to guide and inspire you to try different things.

Weaknesses

The biggest weakness of the 01745 is one of its most-touted features: the fact that it doubles as a canning machine. Canning is a great way to preserve foods, make jams, and so on, but the problem is that the 01745 does not have a well-defined role in the kitchen.

If you are a person who does a lot of canning, then it is likely that you already have a canning machine that you like. At 16 quarts, the capacity of the Presto unit is decent but not spacious.

That means people who only want a canning machine probably have better options that are more specialized. The 01745 functions well as a pressure cooker, but if you want it for that, then you are also paying for the canning feature.

The best customer for this item is probably someone who wants a pressure cooker and is also interested in trying out canning. That is not a very large group.

If you really want a good pressure cooker or canner, then a dual-role product is generally not as good as one or the other. If, however, you already use a pressure cooker as well as a canner, then this might work well to help you save space.

Features

As we've indicated already, the biggest feature of the Presto is the fact that it doubles as a pressure cooker and a canner. There are several Presto products in different sizes that work this way, so it is not unique to the 01745.

It is made of a thick, tough aluminum that heats evenly and won't warp or bend over time. The cooker works as well on glass-top ranges as it does on traditional metal racks. It comes with a recipe book and an internal rack to help you stack cans or arrange food depending on exactly what you are doing.

Presto also added an instruction manual that teaches you about canning and how to can foods using this unit, which actually serves quite well to teach you what you need to know. It's always a good idea to read more and look up tutorials, but you can come in as a novice and use the manual to can without much trouble.

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Conclusion

The 01745 is a canner and a pressure cooker, and that leaves it in the position of needing a very specific customer to take advantage of all its features. If you need either a canner or a pressure cooker and you are open to trying the other one, then this will fit perfectly into your kitchen. And it performs both jobs quite well.

It's just hard to justify spending money on this when you could get either a pressure cooker on its own or a canner. You can potentially use this as a way to explore something new, and at this price tag, it is not so expensive that you will regret buying it because you don't use all of its potential. It is just hard to imagine that there are that many people who will really be using both the canner and the cooker features frequently.