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The Pros And Cons Of The Presto Pressure Cooker Range

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With pressure cookers seeing a renewal in popularity over the past decade, there seems to be a mad rush for the next generation of kitchen equipment to come out. In the midst of all these pressure cookers, it’s hard to find one that is cost effective, safe and durable all at once. Luckily, the Presto pressure cooker has finally emerged as a contender for this trifecta of criteria, all of which are essential to a good cooking experience. Presto is one of the top rated pressure cooker brand and they have best pressure cookers for customers that go with affordable prices.

Presto 6-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker

Presto 6-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker

The Presto pressure cooker is a professional quality piece of equipment which allows you to cook food fast and easy with little to no clean-up involved. Because of the way the pressure cooker works, nutrients are trapped inside as well as flavor, meaning that you’ll enjoy a healthier, heartier, tastier meal each and every time.

The Presto brand pressure cooker comes in a 6-quart size and is made of stainless steel to prevent tarnishing and wear and tear. It’s a multi-purpose pot, allowing you to create everything from easy stews and soups to complicated chicken and beef main meal recipes. Plus, the Presto does it faster than conventional ovens thanks to its newer design and the way in which pressure cookers work. Dishes like chicken cacciatore are ready in just under nine minutes.

Note: Presto also created Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker, one of the best pressure canner in the market at the moment.

And that’s what makes the Presto so attractive (besides the safety features listed below): it’s great for weeknight dinners, allowing you to prepare home-cooked meals in just minutes. Even after a long day of work, you can eat a meal that tastes like it took all day to make. From basic soups to stocks, stews and pot roasts; the Presto pressure cooker comes with a 65 recipe booklet that shows you how to make it all, even desserts in just five minutes. You can tenderize beef and pork, cook chicken, fish and veggies all faster and healthier than you can in a conventional oven or even a microwave!

Features of the Presto Pressure Cooker

The Presto comes with a heavy-duty lid that locks into place during cooking to ensure that the steam stays inside where it belongs. Steam from pressure cookers can be very dangerous so the locking lid is essential; but Presto takes it one step further, giving you an inner sealant ring which helps keeps the steam on the food and off of you.

Our Review Of The Presto Pressure Cooker Range

Presto 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker

Presto 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker

In addition to these safety features, the Presto cooker also has a built-in, pop-up pressure indicator that is accompanied by a very simple steam release valve. Further, there is also an overpressure plug which automatically lets off steam if it builds up in excess.

The stainless steel body of the Presto can be cleaned with non-abrasive cleaners and occasionally shined up with metal polish. It is able to be fully immersed in water and the sealing ring is a snap to clean off after each use. The Presto has a vent pipe which makes cleansing a breeze; simply use a small brush or pipe cleaner. Other pressure cookers don’t clean up this easily. The air vent, cover lock and overpressure plug are also fully removable so full cleansing is easy as 1, 2, 3.

Measuring nine inches in diameter (seventeen inches if you are including the handles) and eight and a half inches tall (with the lid), the Presto pressure cooker fits compactly on your counter or inside your cabinets for easy storage.

Pros of the Presto Pressure Cooker

  • Presto 23-Quart Pressure Cooker and Canner

    Presto 23-Quart Pressure Cooker and Canner

    The Presto cooks veggies in 2 minutes while cooking meats in as little 10 minutes. It pressurizes very quickly (5 to 8 minutes) when compared to similarly priced cookers.

  • This speed also carries over into the cleanup department as the Presto comes with almost all fully removable parts.
  • It’s dishwasher safe
  • Ideal for use on regular, smooth-top and induction ranges
  • Cover locks on and has an indicator which shows when there is pressure inside the cooker and prevents the cover from being opened until pressure is safely reduced
  • Helper handle makes handling the unit easy and safe
  • Comes with extended 12-year limited warranty
  • Very good price (under $40)
  • Sturdy construction and design
  • Holds heat in better than other pressure cookers
  • Tight seal traps in moisture and juices in foods, giving you more flavor and nutrients. Meats are more tender

Cons of the Presto Pressure Cooker:

  • It can be tricky to hold the handle with one hand, something some recipes call for depending on the steam release
  • The handle is a bit on the larger side which is good for getting a grasp on, but for those with smaller hands, it may present a slight issue
  • The top cap often takes a little bit of extra time when cleaning because of the pressurized build-up. Extra care should be paid attention with continued use.
  • The curve of the handle catches liquid that drips down which does make it possible to injure yourself with hot water when opening the cover. For this reason, care must always be taken not only with this, but with every pressure cooker
  • One thing not mentioned in the instructions enough is that you should not remove the cap while steam is blowing. This steam comes up faster than you can move your hand from which will result in a burn. Of course, this is true of all pressure cookers.
  • The Presto builds up steam very rapidly meaning you need to double check that the lid is on correctly. While this means your meals will be done faster, it also means you will have less time to correct your mistakes


Overall, the Presto pressure cooker is a fast, economic way to enjoy tasty, hearty meals at home. The cleanup is easier than most other pressure cookers and the rapidness with which the steam builds inside the cooker makes this a perfect choice for working parents as well as those who just don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. The 12 year extended warranty shows that Presto stands behind the quality of their product, something that you really want in a pressure cooker, especially one that is this economically priced.


Mattress topper: Which kinds of topper is the best?

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Mattress topper and your sleep?

For human life, sleep is crucial acting as biological progress through which body is able to grow up, detoxify and recover for the next day. Sleep is a kind of daily routine, i.e. There is times of day people are unconscious of the surrounding world. Scientifically, sleep is closely related to physical and mental operation status. With consecutive bad sleep, sleepers can be troubled with tension and stress, gradually to exhausting body and some disease such as heart attack, mental disorder and even death due to over non-sleep suffering.

mattress topperBest options for good sleep is the controversial topic which can include series of activities for instance taking diet, doing exercise, drinking functional food good for brain and stimulating sleep, etc. When it comes to the issue, bedding accessories are often thought of as important impacting factors among many others as well. Excuse is that the softness and comfort of good quality bedding accessories can help people to get sleep easily and maintain good sleep over night.

In this article, we’ll discuss about mattress topper and have a basic comparison between memory foam and down mattress topper to help you choose the best memory foam mattress topper or other kinds of topper.

Mattress and mattress topper

In this course, mattress is of utmost importance. Mattress can be made of different kinds of materials which will in turn deliver ranges of various comfort and feel. Mattress can be made and filled with feather, cotton or silk. Over time, mattress is improved through the introduction of water steaming, spring or memory foam filling and substance. However, some mattresses still fail to provide required comfort and feel to the sleepers. As a matter of fact, purchase a new mattress will cost double but not yet solve the problem to its original source.  The effective alternative is the use of mattress topper.

Mattress topper is the extra bedding sheet placing on top of the mattress to provide good “look and feel” for the mattress and at the same time it is going to provide more comfort to the sleepers. Mattress topper ranges in a variety of styles. Each style thanks to its different material will result in various pros and cons but closely aligns with the original and ultimate purpose of being a mattress topper.

Memory foam mattress topper vs. down topper

best memory foam mattress topper

memory foam mattress topper

Memory foam vs. down: Memory foam is made of polyurethane substance plus other supplementary chemicals. Outstanding feature of the memory foam mattress topper is the capacity of being elasticity, i.e. it is sensitive and flexible to any kinds of pressure in the surface, a dent with the shape of your hand will appear in the surface of the memory foam mattress topper when you are going to press your hand on it. The surface will come back upon being forced to re-shape or naturally disappear after sometimes. Down is totally different because down is too soft to play with the elasticity therefore down mattress topper is going to provide the most softness and smoothness feel ever instead.

Note: buying and using best down alternative comforter is also a great choice aside with using mattress topper.

As a result, memory foam mattress topper is advised to use for:

  • One who get pain such as back, neck or hip pain
  • Or anyone who do not like too soft feel for the sleep

In contrast, down mattress topper is suggested to use for:

  • Children whose spine system is too young to hold the body and need to lie in soft surface
  • Old people who prefer smoothness

In this course, if sleepers are able to select the most suitable mattress topper to right target users then they will make use of its maximum advantages.

memory foam mattress topperThinking of memory foam mattress topper, latex mattress topper should be paid attention to for comparison. A latex mattress topper is made of totally natural rubber sap which self-identify itself different and be more preferred by users as the manufacturing will contain less chemical substances. It is the only difference of memory foam and latex mattress topper, both of them share the rest of features for instance no spring, flexibility to heat and body weight, extra comfort and relief of pressure for sleeping.

On the other hand, latex foam mattress topper is overweighing memory foam for the capacity to provide more air travelling flow which will make sleepers cooler over sleep. Consequently, latex foam mattress topper will not retain much sweat and heat of the body, that is appropriate with ones who are considered themselves as hot temperature sleepers. In general, the latex foam mattress topper is more durable, less odor and more air-flow than memory foam mattress topper. But the drawbacks are more expensive in price and heavier.

To sum up, mattress topper is a need for additional comfort and relaxation. The selection of the kinds of mattress topper will depend on your physical and mental requirements as well as others related needs. Knowing how to choose and the features of the different kinds of mattress topper will be the great background for smart and effective purchase in time to come for any kinds of sleepers.




Healthy Meals in a Hurry with Pressure Cooker

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In this post, I’ll share with you some great ways to cook when you in a hurry. You can also cook these recipes with your pressure cooker, and we’ll have more specific recipes in futures :))

Ideas for Healthy Home Cooked Meals

cook with pressure cookerMost of us want our families to have nutritious and delicious meals prepared with love for them every day. The busier we are, the harder this can be, and we rely more and more on fast food, take out, and commercially prepared foods that may not be the best choice for the health of our loved ones. The holiday season can make finding the time to prepare meals even more difficult and also puts a dent in most budgets. I hope some of these ideas help you to be able to provide nourishing meals for your family during this busy season.

Planned Menus

Believe it or not, you can often save money by preparing your own healthy meals at home and it doesn’t have to take much more time than the less healthy options. That’s why I thought I’d share some of my favorite resources for easy yet healthy meals that won’t break your budget.

My favorite nutritionist and author, Leanne Ely, host of  savingdinner.com, has several books that can help you provide healthy meals in a hurry. She tries to make sure each meal is nutritionally balanced yet so delicious your family will want to have it again and again, while staying within the average family’s budget.

What I love most about her Saving Dinner and Saving Dinner for the Holidays books is that not only does she provide healthy yet tasty menu ideas, she also provides a grocery list for the week’s or holiday’s menu, saving you a step. All you have to do is either tote the book with you to the store or (my personal preference) make a copy of the grocery list, slip it in a sheet protector and take it and a dry erase marker with you to the store. You can cross of the items as you add them to your cart, add any snack, breakfast and lunch items your family will need, and you’re done. And you can then erase the marks and reuse the list next time you want to follow that week’s or holiday’s menu. The holiday book also includes a timeline appropriate for each holiday.cooking with pressure cooker

The holiday book was a delight for me to peruse. She doesn’t just cover Easter and Christmas, but many of the little holidays as well (the all chocolate Valentine’s Day menu might not be healthy but it sure looked delicious!).

You can save even more money by borrowing instead of buying the books – both books are available through the Anne Arundel County and Post Library, either in the libraries themselves or through interlibrary loan. And if you’re new to cooking, she even has a beginner’s book called Saving Dinner Basics: How to Cook Even if You Don’t Know How, also available through the library system.

Quick Meals

Ellie Krieger’s books, The Food You Crave are great resources for quick meals designed to promote good health. Several of my clients have raved about Rachel Ray’s 30 minute cookbook series as well.

If you are using pressure cooker, you can read this article How to Get the Most from Your Pressure Cooker, because pressure cooker is one of the fastest way to cook today.

Batch Meals

Sometimes it’s easier to spend one day a month cooking and freezing your meals in big batches and then on busy weeknights all you have to is thaw and reheat one of a series of choices from the big day. I personally think this would be especially nice and less work if several friends got together and traded (e.g. Tracy makes lasagna, Sherie makes vegetable pot pie, Susan makes beef stew, all making 3 times more of that particular recipe than their families need, and all saving the making of 2 separate other meals). Several nice resources for this method include the classic, Fix It and Forget It Cookbook, the newer Fix It and Forget It Lightly, and Fix, Freeze, Feast.

Of course, there is always the slow cooker, too. You can have dinner cooking slowly all day while you are working (in the home our out) elsewhere. I just did a quick Google search for slow cooker cookbook or pressure cooker cookbook and there were more than 537,000 results!


Oneonta Farmers’ Market – Open Time

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9am – 1pm

Winter Location: 
Main Street Garage Walkway two doors down from Latte Lounge


Assemblyman, Bill Magee, has secured $5000 in funding for the Oneont Farmers’ Market to be used for development of our educational components and marketing efforts.

The Oneonta Farmers’ Market thanks Assemblyman Magee for his continued commitment to local agriculture.

About us:

The Oneonta Farmers’ Market has been proudly vendor-run since 2009. Visit the Oneonta Farmers’ Market to meet the people behind the food. Every Saturday is a meet-your-grower day at the market, where you can find the best in local meats, poultry, fruits, vegetables, and other delicious farm-fresh foods, and ask your farmers about their crops, their growing methods and find our what’s in season now. The market is a gathering place for friends and neighbors, a community platform for local non-profit organizations, and a place to hear a free open-air concert every week. Free tastings and activities for kids are regular features of our market, plus a full schedule of special events generously sponsored by local businesses.

The Oneonta Farmers’ Market functions under the auspices of Destination Oneonta, a 501(c)(6) organization.

See you at the market!