Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Review
This is the one that started it all. My gateway cooker. The one that got me hooked. The Kuhn Rikon 7-quart Duromatic Top Model.
Almost exactly three years later, and it is still my workhorse pressure cooker. Because It is my largest, it is my go-to for soups, stews and chilis. Anything that I would make a large batch of. The funny thing is, I was planning on buying the 5-quart model. That’s plenty big enough, I thought, not yet knowing that the maximum you can fill the pot is 2/3, and if you are cooking something that has a tendency to foam, such as beans or grains you should not fill it more than 1/2 full.
Well, as luck would have it, at the time I ordered it from Amazon, the 7-quart model was less expensive than the 5-quart model, so I ordered the 7-quart to save a little cash, and have been glad I did ever since.
The “top model” has a knob on top with two release levels. Simply turn the knob and wait for the pressure to release. On the regular Duromatic models, you need to hold a knob on the top down with a long spoon or something similar and hold until the pressure has been released.
Unless you are cooking huge amounts, I would say the 7-quart is the perfect size. Unless you have larger than a family of four, I would stick with the 7.
The KR is easy to use, and the easy-to-read indicator makes it easy to adjust to either high or low pressure.
When it comes to browning meat, the Fissler pan does a better job of that, but for any large-batch recipes, this is the one I turn to.
It was originally the thought of 20-minute beans that led me to look into pressure cookers. And while they are not technically “20-minute” beans, they are still much faster than letting them simmer for hours in a dutch oven.
I also credit the Kuhn Rikon with allowing me to get more experimental with Chili than I was in the past, with such triumphs as my Everyday Chili, my Game Day Chili, my Coney Island Chili and my Chicken Chili. Instead of taking the better part of a day to taste the results, now in an hour or so I can taste the fruits of my labor, and if it turns out not to be a winner, no biggie, I can try something else next time.
Over the course of several years, I have had to replace most of the parts on the lid (gasket, valves, etc.), which is totally normal for something that is used so often. Parts were very easy to find and readily available. Besides that, I have had no issues. It was very intuitive. In fact, I just took it out of the box and started cooking (well, after washing, of course.
So if you are looking for a stovetop pressure cooker to get started, or even to replace an older cooker, I would recommend checking out the Kuhn Rikon.
If you are a total newbie to pressure cooking, these days I might recommend an electric for your first cooker if you are not set on a stovetop model. Those are words I thought I would never say a few years ago, but electric pressure cookers have come a long way in a short time. I will touch on that, and more specifically the InstantPot next week.