This product makes me so excited i can hardly get to sleep at night. Frying was our goal, and the basket makes it easy and safe. It heats up fast, and is a steal for about $25 at wal-mart. When comparing to other products, the presto kitchen kettle gives you more volume for your dollar. One feature of the product (both good and bad), is the weak magnet in the power cord. It breaks away with almost no force if you trip over the cord, or whatnot. However, it makes setup slightly more difficult, as the cord breaks away (or falls off) fairly easily.
We have been using this presto cooker for french fries, my hubby is an avid french fry maker and this cooker makes them the best. Will hold up to 3 large potatoes when cut to french fry size, we cook them at the 375 degree mark. If it works this good making french fries it will work great for making fried chicken and other fried foods. This is so much better than the fry daddy on the market.Try this one, you will love it. Keep the oil in this one after use, only change your oil when it starts to taste funny or is darkened from use.
Presto Kitchen Kettle Multi-Cooker
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- All-purpose kettle for stewing, roasting, and deep frying
- Heavy cast aluminum body with nonstick surface inside and out
- Lift-and-drain basket for steaming and deep frying
- Removable heat control adjusts from warm to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- Kettle and glass lid are dishwasher-safe; 9 inches in diameter, stands 7-1/2 inches tall
I use this multi kettle cooker mostly as a deep fryer. Although it doesn’t have designer appeal it really does the job in the kitchen.
I think the problem the first reviewer had was not ‘seating’ the plug in correctly. The safety feature to prevent accidental spills is a little too ‘safe’. You really have to make sure the contacts on the unit ‘make contact. I bought the fryer today, plugged it in, and it was at 350 degrees in minutes. I fried up some fish and it was perfect. Crispy on the outside and not at all greasy like when done in a skillet. I like the dishwasher cleanup feature. All in all, a very nice inexpensive appliance.
I was looking for a replacement for my 20-year old fry baby but found that the new ones do not have a temperature control. After spending endless hours shopping, i purchased this cooker-fryer and love it. Because at present i only use it for frying potatoes and can reuse the oil many times, i keep it in my refrigerator with the oil in it between uses. I do disconnect the temp control before doing this. This kettle has many other uses, and next time i make a batch of spaghetti sauce i will use its slow cooker abilities.
Presto Kitchen Kettle Multi-Cooker : I received this product as a wedding gift 22 years ago and am now preparing to purchase my 3rd one. The teflon does eventually begin to peel, but for as often as it is used, i don’t feel it is unusual. Using utensils for teflon coated pans does help prolong the life of the coating. This product is so unique as it gives you the ability to deep fry or use the kettle alone. My original product also had a crock pot liner which was awesome. I’ve searched all over for another electric kettle and keep going back to presto. Perfect for browning meat for soups & stews and then adding your soup/stew ingredients in the same pot — without worrying about the stove being on or needing to rely on a slow cooker (taking 6+ hours). I just love this product and may purchase multiples just in case they stop manufacturing.
I use this primarily for frying and once for steaming. It heats up quickly and evenly, super easy to clean. It’s like a non-stick analon pot with an electrical cord. The only ‘negative’ feedback i have is that i wish it came in different sizes. It’s about 10 inches in diameter which is a perfect size for most people, but i cooked a lot and would love it to be a bit bigger. I’ll probably buy another soon as i love it so much.
I received this cooker as a gift and was extremely pleased with it. I made a variety of different dishes. Uses include making delicate as well as hearty sauces, steaming, boiling water for noodles, an even deep frying. It has a greater capacity and greater ease of use than a fry daddy. The non-stick interior and exterior makes for quick clean up and the fact that it is fully submerssible (sp?) is a nice convenience.
Haven’t used it for frying anything yet, but based on my experience with frying stuff, it would serve the purpose. Love the fact that i can control the temperature. I made a perfect roux for my gumbo in it. Very sturdy and easy to clean while not too expensive.
Works great for frying, slow cooking and everything else it’s supposed to do. I’ve had no problems with it at all and i love the thermostat because i can cook everything in this pot instead of just using it as a deep fryer like some other pots. I recommend it to anyone looking for a mid sized fryer and cooking pot. It’s great for chili or soups.
This is a terrific product at an excellent price. It is well made and constructed to last. I use it primarily for soups and stews. I can brown the meat in the cooker and then add the rest of the ingredients and use it as a slow cooker. The thermostat makes it easier to control than my (electric) range. Clean up is easy and everything is dishwasher safe, though it is not an easy fit in my old, small dishwasher. You really get your money’s worth with this one.
This is a great little kettle. It makes perfect french fries, boils pasta and steams veggies.
I would suggest spending a bit more to get a higher quality one. The basket dents and bends very easily.
I ordered this product because i already have the smaller version that i love and wanted the bigger one. Beware: this item is not what is described in the product details which states ‘product dimensions: 13. 7 inches’ it is the smaller version i already have. I will be returning this item.
I purchased this after considering a deep fryer. I wasn’t really aware of the presto kitchen kettle but ran across it at the local discount store with the fryers (and for under $20). The added versatility is a winner too. A friend has a fry daddy but i did not like the idea of working without a basket and having to scoop hot food out with a spoon. We have only had this about a week, the first use was to make pasta. It was so easy and with the basket was far easier than pouring a pot of boiling water through a strainer. Tonight, we made fried shrimp and fries (both from frozen) using each product’s cooking directions. The fries were done nicely done in 6 minutes, i dumped them into a bowl with a paper towel underneath and cooked the shrimp, done in 3 minutes. The wife commented on how quick dinner was ready.The oil preheated to 400f in only about 10 minutes, when the orange light on the temperature control goes off you know it’s ready to go.
I was about to buy a ‘frydaddy’ small deep fryer at a retail store when the clerk at the checkout asked whether i’d looked at this item right next to it (she’d just bought one herself). I went back and swapped my frydaddy for the kitchen kettle, with no regrets. This gives you deep-frying capability but also functions as a sort of non-crockery slow cooker. My first weekend, i deep-fried chicken wings on friday night and then made a chicken-and-rice dish on saturday, with fine results both times. The heat does come from the bottom, i should note, not from the sides as in a true slow-cooker. The instructions include recommendations for cleaning the non-stick bottom if it becomes discolored. The kettle is non-stick inside and out. Best of all, unlike my older-model slow cooker, this one can be immersed (after you unplug the electrical unit). Because of the danger posed by hot oil when you deep-fry, the unit has a magnetic breakaway cord.
Great awesome frier, highly recommend.
I can slow cook and can deep fry in the same pot. It recovers quickly when i need to keep my temp up. I mainly use it for beans and greens.
We use this all summer long cooking our garden raised zuccini and fish. It holds the temperature very well and is the right size for us.
In an age when most crockpots are pricy when they are made of heavy duty, nonstick aluminum, this little kettle is a great solution. It’s perfect for serving 2-4 people, and the cleanup is amazing. It goes right into the dishwasher (without the cords and temperataure gauge, of course). The only thing you need to know is to cook it on low (200-250) if you want to use this as a crockpot. Also, my last crockpot got so hot on the bottom it cracked my countertop. This kettle is supported by sturdy legs that lift it up high off the counter so the counter barely gets warm. Love it and the price is right. I use it at least once a weekhappy in wisconsin.
Bought this for my mom and she has made great use of it and still running strong. Also, pretty easy to clean up.