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Pressure cooker recommendations?

Hi Pine Time: No need to worry about blowing up the kitchen. Today's pressure cookers have redundant mechanisms to make them much safer than the old pcs.

I've used both electric and stovetop pcs and I much prefer the stovetop pc. This, even though I have an electric stove with glasstop burners. The Cuisinart electric pc I bought was finicky. Sometimes, it would come up to pressure, other times, it wouldn't, in spite of constant checking to make sure that I closed the lid correctly and followed all other directions. I returned the Cuisinart and bought a Fagor Futuro, which I love. I have had the most delicious meals from that pc. It works great with my electric stove. I use the two burner method. I just put a teakettle on the burner that I'm not using to avoid accidents. I much prefer the 15 p.s.i. that the stovetops attain. The Fagor conducts heat very well due to the aluminum core sandwiched in between the layers of stainless steel. I really like that it is future proof, too, as it is induction-ready. Clean-up has been surprisingly easy - even when I have occasionally overcooked some things.

Jul 04, 2013
morjoie in Cookware

Porcelain or stainless?

Agreed. I am also in the mid-Atlantic area and I have had good luck with the plumbing supply houses. Case in point: when my kitchen was redone, I bought the new kitchen faucet from a plumbing supply house. I was not happy when I saw the exact same model faucet at a big box store for substantially less. I went back to the plumbing supply house to ask about this substantial price difference. As it turned out, the faucet model at the big box store was made especially for them and had plastic housing to keep the price down. The faucet model I bought at the plumbing supply house had brass housing, which accounted for the price difference. When I found that out, let me tell you, I did the happy dance that I got my faucet from the plumbing supply house!

Jul 04, 2013
morjoie in Cookware

Porcelain or stainless?

When I got new countertops, a new sink/faucet install was part of the package. The old sink was contractor-grade stainless steel in the typical (too small) size. When it came time to pick a new sink, I never considered anything other than a D-shaped stainless steel sink. The shape is practical and beautiful. Since it's larger, it is definitely easier to use. Since it's stainless, it's pretty easy to keep clean. I love the D-shaped sink almost more than the granite countertops!

Jul 04, 2013
morjoie in Cookware

Are dryness and toughness not considered defects in barbecue?

I recently bought a Fagor pressure cooker and I also highly recommend that presuure cookers be used for pork or beef spare ribs. I have a big green egg and, even with following egg recipes to the letter, I have had pork ribs come off the egg drier than I would like. With my pressure cooker, I have had some of the tenderest, most flavorful ribs ever! I've cooked pork ribs in liquid and above the liquid in a pressure cooker basket. There is no contest - above the liquid is way better. Frankly, it's kind of getting to the point where I would just prefer cooking my ribs in my pressure cooker. It's a lot faster, much less labor involved and the results are simply (and just about always) fall-off-the-fork delicious.

Jul 04, 2013
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