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Semi-OT: Does anyone have a recommendation for a good pressure cooker? I have never used one before but am thinking of buying one- mainly to cook dry beans quickly and thus buy fewer canned beans. Thoughts and/or advice? Thanks so much!

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Last updated: Jan. 5, 2013 5:03 pm
Posted: Jan. 5, 2013 12:52 pm
Commented by: Flipper
Jan. 5, 2013 1:00 pm
Stick with a Stove Top. I have the Fagor Duo and it is easy to use, safe and has sufficient size to handle larger recipes. I also use a Cuisinart Electric, but the lid does not come on and off easily. I prefer the Fagor for sure. Don't cheap out or you may get frustrated and have buyers remorse. The Fagor is very highly rated and it is obvious why. PS Don't think you are limited to dried beans. They work for most anything!
Jan. 5, 2013 1:09 pm
check out Lots of recipes, information and comparison of different pressure cookers.
Commented by: ConkyJoe
Jan. 5, 2013 1:11 pm
You should boil down your personal preferences . . . some examples: stove top vs. electric, aluminum vs. stainless steel, size, etc. Then search for a model that satisfies your specs. Miss Vickie has quite a bit of info in helping you decide . . ., and gives you her suggested models
Jan. 5, 2013 1:14 pm
Ohh . . . click on "Buying a Pressure Cooker" on left side of that page.
Jan. 5, 2013 1:52 pm
Thanks for the great advice, everyone. Miss Vickie's website is a great help. I guess a stainless stovetop model is going to be the best bet. More expensive than I had thought it would be but it seems worth it- even if I only ever cook beans it it :)
Jan. 5, 2013 2:54 pm
Mine are from the Fagor Duo line. I bought a 4 & 6 quart set from Amazon about 7 years ago and later added a 10 quart for canning and holiday cooking. The set came with regular lids so the pots can be used for regular cooking. These are nice pots that are encapsulated on the bottom and will provide years of use for pressure cooking and everyday cooking. As you will find out on Miss Vickie's page, picking the right size is important because the pots are only 2/3 full when pressure cooking most items but 1/2 full when cooking beans. I use the 6 qt most of the time. I probably get 6 to 8 servings of soup or chili out of it. The 4 quart is not suitable for soups so I use it mostly for veggies, rice, or a couple of chicken breasts. If you don't want a set get either a 6 quart or 8 quart.
Jan. 5, 2013 2:58 pm
Forgot to add that stove top models are the best option.
Jan. 5, 2013 5:03 pm
Thanks, Spyce. I am looking at the Fagor Duo line. I'm not sure what size will be appropriate for my needs. I'll be looking in to that.
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