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1.0 out of 5 stars Expectation deflated, 27 Jun. 2006
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This review is from: Prestige 57050 Smartplus Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker, 6 L - Silver (Kitchen & Home)
There is greater steam release from the Prestige Smartplus stainless steel pressure cooker than with its older aluminium predecessor. This fact alone causes greater water loss.

Whereas with the earlier Prestige aluminium pressure cooker, (which has three weighted pressure valves), it took 28 minutes to cook 1 lb of soya beans, (after 24 hours pre-soaking.) In order to properly cook the same quantity using the Smartplus stainless steel pressure cooker, which only has two pressure valve settings, it now takes 1 hour for the soya beans to cook. Not only that, but it uses more than double the quantity of water to do so. This really defeats the "steam cooking" process.

Prestige produced a nice sleek design with the Smartplus pressure cooker, but failed in its functionality, which is, after all, the most important aspect, and certainly more important than design. The older aluminium pressure cooker cooked at 15 psi at its higher of three settings. Its Smartplus stainless steel replacement only goes to 12 psi at its higher of only two settings. This is the reason for double the cooking time.

However, my greatest complaint concerned the factory finishing and cleaning of the inside of the Prestige Smartplus stainless steel pressure cooker.

After the fairly high price paid for the item I expected it to be not only thoroughly cleaned and polished outside, but the same inside as well.

I was somewhat taken aback by the fact that there was considerable factory residue on the inside of the pressure cooker, as well as talc on the rubber seal. Even though it is quite normal to thoroughly clean cooking utensils with hot water and soap and rinse well afterwards, to remove all factory contaminants, which I did. I was taken by alarm and surprise to find that there was a thin metallic film on the inside of the lid after the first complete cooking under pressure of the soya beans.

Having removed the soya beans, I immersed the lid and saucepan in cold water in the sink. My concern was intensified to find that the metallic smears were floating on top of the water! This implied that the food contents were also coated in a thin metallic residue, even after thoroughly washing in hot soapy water and rinsing before cooking. Following this discovery I had to throw away the whole contents of the "now contaminated" 1lb of organic soya beans!

I purchased the Prestige Smartplus stainless steel pressure cooker specifically for cooking the organic soya beans on a regular basis (followed by a fermentation process.) I am now left very dissatisfied with this product and shall look for a replacement by another manufacturer!

Having made the complaint to Customer Services at Prestige, pointing out all the above points, including throwing away the contaminated contents after cooking, they made no offer to compensate for the loss!
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Initial post: 3 Jul 2008 00:18:08 BDT
I agree, my Prestige stainless steel pressure cooker is useless, it rarely comes to pressure and consequently the water steams off and the food burns on the bottom of the pan. I am going to try a different make.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2014 18:29:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 May 2014 18:30:02 BDT
Not surprising - some of these were faulty and were subject to a recall in August 2012. You now might want to challenge them on their decision!

Here is the summary from the Prestige website:
Meyer Group Limited has decided to recall the lids of a certain Prestige pressure cooker model, which has been on sale since 2004. Meyer have identified that in the event of a blockage in the pressure regulator the rubber gasket may not release excess pressure as intended. In a small number of cases this may present a risk of pressurised steam/food particles being released forcibly from the rim of the lid, or movement of the pressure cooker, giving rise to a danger of burning or scalding.

You can identify whether your cooker is affected by looking at the markings on the base, as shown on the diagram below. Affected cookers are marked with the Prestige brand, model number 57050, and date marks between 0401 (January 2004) and 1202 (February 2012). No other Prestige pressure cookers or model numbers are affected.

Users of the affected pressure cookers are asked to stop using their pressure cooker immediately and contact the free Prestige helpline number below for further instructions:

Consumers in the UK should call: 0800 031 9898

Consumers in the Republic of Ireland should call: 180 080 5698

Telephone lines are open from 9am-5pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-4pm Friday.

The helpline staff will confirm whether your product is affected and make arrangements for a modified lid to be provided free of charge. They can also answer any questions you may have about this recall.

Meyer takes the safety and quality of its products extremely seriously. We thank you for your co-operation and apologise for any inconvenience.

Posted on 27 Dec 2014 02:56:05 GMT
Mr. A. Crabb says:
Thank you for the information.
That aside did you know, that eating ((unfermented soya beans)) is harmful to the human body, as the type of protein in unfermented soya is incompatible to our systems. That is why the Chinese people for thousands of years knew this and ((always ferment their Soya products before consumption)). By the fermentation process the protein molecules are converted into a type of protein that the body can use without any harmful side affects in the long term. Please Google it and educate yourself, I wouldn't want you to have health problems because of this oversight..... I wish you good health, wealth and happiness!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2014 08:31:01 GMT
Philip Dawes says:
Thank you Mr Crabb. That is precisely why I steam the organic soybeans - to make nattokinase.

Posted on 12 May 2015 02:25:31 BDT
A.H. says:
Hi Mr Crabb,

Your statement about how the Chinese consume soy is not entirely correct. I am Chinese grew up in China lived a very natural lifestyle. We eat soy in many many different ways, most of the time not fermented. We grow the beans as well. We drink a lot of soy milk, eat a lot of tofu, dried soy pastry and roasted soy beans (super delicious!). Soy sauce and black beans (fermented) is a kitchen staple and widely acknowledged in the western countries. I feel the need to comment in regard to your comment because I am too health conscious. Google is a dangerous place to get educated unless you really dig into the sources to question their legitimacy. Hope you don't take any offence to my comment - it is not intended that way.

Back to the point, thank you for your review. I don't think I will be getting this pressure cooker if it is going to cause frustrations.
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