My First Month With a Pressure Cooker
Aug. 29, 2011 4:47 pm
Updated: Aug. 29, 2011 7:19 pm
I've been enchanted with the idea that pressure cookers (PCs) provide fast cooking while keeping the high nutritional value of food, but I was a bit fearful to get started. Instead, I spent about a year looking over various PC.
At first, I thought the Kuhn Rikon Duromatic line of PCs was for me, but I paused at paying approximately $200 for one. I finally purchased a Fagor Dual - 6 quart model. It had all the features I wanted for less than half the price of the Kuhn Rikon. I don't
really know if it cooks better or worse than the top-of-the-line Kuhn Rikon's, but it works for me and my budget.
In terms of purchase price at the time I bought, the winning store was Macy's Online. As I live by several Macy's, perhaps I could have just stopped in, but the day I purchased it, Macy's offered free delivery along with the lowest price on the web. How could
How easy is it to use? Well, I cooked improperly the first 3 times and my meals came out perfectly. For some reason, I did not seat the cover correctly and let too much steam escaped from the sides. Unfortunately, I have no idea why this happened! That said,
if you buy a Fagor Dual and you see a lot of steam escaping from any point around the lid or steam valve, realize that you are doing something wrong, but I don't know what that might be.
Because I didn't know what I was doing wrong, I thought everything was OK, especially since my meals were delicious! Finally, after watching numerous online videos, I came to the conclusion that I had to investigate the matter. To do that, I cooked "water."
This proved to solve the problem because whatever steps I did to cook that water were correct. No steam escaped at any point. My water tasted great afterwards, too!
All that said, I have no idea why my PC now works correctly, although I suspect that during my first three attempts, I might have forgotten to slide the handle lock completely forward. Obviously, no matter where that handle lock is set, you can still apply
heat to the pot, so that there is really no way to stop this type of dumb behavior. On the other hand, the handle locks in place automatically when the pressure rises, so Fagor does supply a safety mechanism.
Since learning how to successfully cook water in a PC, I have used my PC to make pot roast and chicken. Everything worked perfectly, and faster, too.
Note that this blog is tagged "vegetarian" among a few other things. I am a reformed vegetarian who primarily eats veggies and grains, but will periodically add meat to my diet. Periodically cooking meat might make vegans gag, but it also makes my husband very
happy. As I become more acquainted with what my PC can do, I'll emphasize veggie dishes. If you are a meat eater exclusively, be forewarned!