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Joe and his gang are going to be taking over the space at SnowBunny frozen yogurt in Healdsburg next week, December 16th.
They will have raw, fermented and cooked food there. Should be wonderful.
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Pressure cooker recommendations?

Rasam,

It thrills me that you are on board with how eco-friendly the pressure cooker is. I say that if more people start pressure cooking, it helps both people (who can eat better food faster) and the planet.

I know a man who told me that he was into slow food and that he was not ever going to use a pressure cooker. Now he had to change his diet and eat more whole foods such as legumes and he is a pressure cooker convert.

Whether it's electric or stove top, a pressure cooker is a great idea. In my opinion, though, in the long run the stove top cookers win because they don't usually have issues the way that the electrics can. My oldest cooker is about 14 years old and I have only had to replace the gasket once.

Jun 21, 2013
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Pressure cooker recommendations?

Kaleo,

I cannot access the manual or video so I can't comment on pressure frying in your cooker. I have seen that cooker and it is built differently than many others. If they say that you can do it, then I am sure that you can. Always follow the directions for safety's sake.

Jun 21, 2013
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Pressure cooker recommendations?

People would often try to get the lid open before the pressure came down and that is operator error. Also, some people did not properly clean the vent pipe which can get clogged and the pot can build up too much pressure.

The new pressure cookers usually have about 5 safety release valves and it's almost impossible to make them "blow up". But with enough neglect, I am sure that anything is possible.

Jun 11, 2013
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Pressure cooker recommendations?

Everything that I have ever read recommends that you do NOT pressure fry in any pressure cooker.. They are meant to be used with liquid not fat. But what you do in your own home is up to you.

Jun 11, 2013
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Pressure cooker recommendations?

There are many models of "modern" pressure cookers that don't have jigglers and don't whistle which are the ones that I recocmmend. The best value pressure cooker (Cook's Illustrated) is the Fagor Duo 8 quart but it really depends upon how many people you cook for. Generally for 4 people a 6 quart ought to be just fine.

You can use most standard pressure cooking charts to determine the length of time certain ingredients need and correlate it to the number of whistles, which is the timing.

Other than the Fagor Duo, my favorite (but expensive) pressure cooker is the B/R/K set.

I have not yet tried the Calphalon cooker but hope to do so soon.

I am a pressure cooker expert (teaching more than 17 years) and I have a lot to say about them. Avoid a jiggler, avoid aluminum and have fun with your new cooker. The differences in cookers is like the difference between a Corolla and a BMW. They will both get your where you want to go.

Jun 11, 2013
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Fagor Duo Pressure Cooker

When the indicator rises and lets out a burst of steam, you then lower the heat. If you are unsure that it is at pressure, push gently on the yellow button and there will be resistance to your touch and a bit of steam might release. 15 psi when the yellow button is truly up and tight. See this video and go to the time 1:19 to see the button close up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dtf-2j...

Mar 10, 2013
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Frustrated...Fagor Duo Pressure cooker and things are not going well

I agree with Pazzaglia regarding making sure that there is truly pressure. I have been using Fagor cookers for the 17 years in which I have been teaching. I do not wait for any puffs of steam, I just make sure that the pot is at pressure, start timing and lower the heat.
I have a cookbook that lists times which are accurate. And believe it or not, I cook on an electric stove.

You might want o develop a relationship with your cooker. I tell people to start out with water or stock as it lets you and the cooker learn together and you cannot burn anything.

I use the Fagor Duo, Futuro and Chef and they all work just fine.

My best advice; keep working with your cooker, good instructions and try again.

Mar 06, 2013
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Pressure cookers in the GTA

I recommend the Fagor as it is works just fine and is much less expensive. Not sure where my Canadian customer found hers but know that it was purchased. Do you have access to Amazon (not my best friend but they carry everything it seems)? I'd startthere.

I only used a WMF once and it doesn't not on my list of favoritte cookers.

Good luck finding your cooker. I hope tha t you enjoy pressure cooking as much as I do.

New Pressure Cooker

I agree with Ellabee about getting comfortable with your pressure cooker.

I do not cook more than one dish at a time but I am experimenting with it soon.

Lorna Sass wrote a book called Pressure Perfect that I believe has recipes for cooking more than 1 dish at a time.

I am a pressure cooking expert. I have been teaching people how to cook plant-foods for the past 17 years. I have lots of experience with beans and squash soup. These are featured in my cookbook The New Fast Food.

Here is a short bean lesson:
you do not have to soak but I find that the beans turn out better when they are soaked.
Presoak overnight or all day and then pressure cook. Most beans: black, pinto, kidney and navy take about 4 to 6 minutes at pressure, with a natural pressure release.

You can see me demonstrate beans on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/TheVQ or see my website for how to cook brown rice. http://www.theveggiequeen.com.

Of course, Lorna Sass and Hip Pressure Cooking have recipes, too.

I teach people the basics. Since you have a good pantry, you can figure out how to make great meals.

I love pressure cooking and hope that you do, too.

Feb 17, 2013
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Pressure cookers in the GTA

I don;t get it either. I think that the slow cooker makes food taste mushy and muddies the flavors while food from the pressure cooker tastes fresh, with a good texture and bright colors.

I cook a lot of beans so the pressure cooker is an amazing time saver.

Pressure cookers in the GTA

I have been teaching pressure cooking for 17 years and have a cookbook The New Fast Food.

I have heard from people in Canada that they get Fagor cookers, and that is what i recommend - the Fagor Duo is widely available. You can get a single one: either a 6 or 8 quart or a set which is a 4 quart and 8 quart plus 1 pressure lid.

I swear by my pressure cooker which I think is a huge improvement over the crock pot. I think that the stove top cooker is best but a lot of people really like the Instant Pot electric cooker which has a slow cooker function, as well as a number of pressure cooker settings. It is more automatic: set it and forget it type thing. It has stainless steel insert, which I really like.

I am not likely to ever prefer the electric pressure cooker over the stove top for a variety of reasons but the electric is functional.

Fagor pressure cooker operation

Miss Priss, you know how to do this well.

You start with high heat and then lower to whatever is the temperature to keep the valve up.

It takes people time to figure this out on their stove.

Feb 12, 2013
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Fagor pressure cooker operation

I like how you described the "sweet spot". That makes sense.

Many people don't realize that they need to form a relationship with their pressure cooker.

Feb 12, 2013
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I keep looking at pressure cookers....and I don't know why...

There is a lot to read here and you will see that the pressure cooker does induce losses in nutrients.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10...

The interesting thing for me is the times that they used for cooking. Pressure cooking broccoli for 5 minutes leads to limp broccoli. I only cook mine for a minute or 2.

There are not many well done studies on pressure cooking. I am not sure what you are referring to with overcooked vegetables. I don't cook them, because I don't want to eat them.

I practice intuition as well as science. I will put my pressure cooked broccoli up against steamed broccoli any day. What happens in the pressure cooker still seems pretty magical to me.

You can believe me, or you can try it and see. Let me know.

Feb 11, 2013
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I keep looking at pressure cookers....and I don't know why...

I would say that great tasting food is a good reason to own a pressure cooker. If it's good enough for Modernist Cuisine, Top Chef and Iron Chef, it's plenty good for me.

I have been teaching people how to use a pressure cooker for 17 years and the taste of the food is what sold me, and I think that it's why so many others decide to buy one after taking one of my classes.

Time is only one part of the equation.

Feb 10, 2013
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I keep looking at pressure cookers....and I don't know why...

I am a Registered Dietitian and the author of The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less than 30 Minutes cookbook.

The nutrition content, especially Vitamin C, is higher in pressure cooked foods because Vitamin C is destroyed by air. You are cooking in a low air environment in the pressure cooker. You also use less liquid. I suggest using a small amount that can be reabsorbed into cooked vegetables, and it happens naturally with soups, stews and chili. You get maximum nutrition due to the short cooking time.

If you've ever seen, or tasted for that matter, carrots or broccoli that results from just a few minutes of cooking in the pressure cooker, you would likely know that the nutrition is high. The color, texture and flavor remain bright and intact.

There have only been a few studies done and they do show increased nutrition for some nutrients.

For me, getting food on the table quickly makes the big difference. People no longer have the excuse of something taking too long to cook whole grains or beans. Easy to do, and fast, and best of all delicious.

Feb 10, 2013
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Why We Love Our Pressure Cooker

People who don't love their pressure cooker have not yet developed a relationship with it or they just don't understand what it can do to make their life easier and tastier.

Feb 06, 2013
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Pressure cooker: "Natural Release Method"

Pazzaglia below mentions, and I will repeat, that beyond speed, there are other advantages to pressure cooking such as improved flavor and texture, especially of vegetables, grains and even beans. They come out cooked but not mushy in a very short time.

The energy savings are also mentioned which are significant.

I have been teaching pressure cooking for 17 years and don't do a lot of quick releases with water as the new pressure cookers have a release valve that works well for almost all foods (risotto is not one of them) if you need to do a quick release.

Beans and grains continue to cook with the natural pressure release method without using fuel which is great for people who have RVs, boats or live "off the grid".

I love my pressure cookers and I am not giving them up. I am going to continue teaching and spreading the word with "The New Fast Food". Everyone ought to have it on their plates.

Jan 30, 2013
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Electric Pressure Cooker?

I have numerous stove top cookers and 2 electric pressure cookers which I got just to try them out. If you really want to cook, the stove top cooker is far superior. If you want to put food in the pot, push a button and walk away, then the electric cooker is just fine.

I agree about getting an Instant Pot versus others due to the stainless steel insert.

I have a pressure cooking cookbook and my preference is always for the stove top cooker even though many of the recipes work with the electric cooker, if you know what you are doing.

There is a mistaken impression that the electric cookers are safer but I don't think so. The stove top cookers are very safe - not like your mother or grandmother's old jiggle top cooker.

Check this out to see how it works: bit.ly/PKM7SX and here's another less expensive cooker: bit.ly/TuGZlL. You cannot open either of these until the pressure comes down.

Jan 28, 2013
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Black-Eyed Pea Vegan Burgers

These look yummy. I happen to have the equivalent quantity of black eyed peas leftover from New Year's Eve that I cooked in pressure cooker at just 3 minutes under pressure. Now I know just what to do with them.

I made black eyed pea curry the first time. I love black eyed peas. Thanks for the recipe.

Jan 02, 2013
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Fissler Pressure Cooker

Have you tried to manually move the pressure valve to see if it moves at all?

Good luck. It's a nice heavy pressure cooker and hopefully you will get this resolved.

Dec 13, 2012
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Do you pressure cook?

I make stock in my 4 quart pressure cooker. I can just make less of it.

It is important to not fill your pressure cooker too high.

Lorna Sass is my pressure cooking mentor, and her recipes are great.

Dec 11, 2012
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Do you pressure cook?

I have been teaching pressure cooking for more than 16 years. I have a pressure cooking cookbook all about coking whole foods: grains, beans, vegetables and all combination of them. I cook everything from steel cut oats (in just 3 minutes at pressure) to dessert and everything in between.

I use my pressure cooker almost daily. The foods not only tastes great but the color is bright and the texture is not mushy. Any food that requires liquid can be cooked in the pressure cooker.

I call the pressure cooker, "the slow cooker on steroids"..

Best tip: don't use too much liquid or your food will be soggy. Also, follow cooking times, always using the lowest one. You can always cook food longer but once it's overcooked, it won't come back.

Dec 11, 2012
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What's the story on pressure cookers?

Recipes: stock, beans, soup, stew, chili and anything with liquid, including curries.

One of the best affordable cookers is the Fagor. There are a number of models to choose from. The best one for all around is the Duo which has 2 pressure settings.

Be sure to buy a stainless steel cooker. I prefer those without a jiggler which are the old fashioned type of cooker.

Staple recipes, depends upon what you eat. For me it's legumes of all types because they cook so quickly.

Nov 26, 2012
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Using pressure cooker sets

I would actually recommend the Fagor Duo 4 and 8 quart. The 4 quart is good for all kinds of dishes.

If you want an all around great pot, get the 6 quart Duo, Futuro or Chef, depending upon what you can afford.

I have tried many cookers and own a bunch so I can give you recommendations if you want. I teach pressure cooking.

Nov 26, 2012
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Pressure Cooker Suggestions Around $200?

I finally used a WMF pressure cooker while recently teaching a class. I did not care for the WMF cookers at all and I used a couple of different ones.

I have had very few things go wrong with any of my cookers and prefer the ones with automatic locking lids.

Packing them to go places is good if you plan to cook. I find that my little (3 liter )B/R/K is perfect in a suitcase.

Nov 16, 2012
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Pressure Cooker Suggestions Around $200?

If I were only going to get one pressure cooker and wanted to spend around $200, I would buy a B/R/K set with a 3 liter and 5 liter cooker. It comes with 2 glass lids and 1 pressure lid. They also make a larger set.

Or I would get a 6 qt (liter) Fagor Futuro or Fagor Chef model. They are both a step up from the Duo models but the Duo models are just fine, too.

Here is what I tell people about the modern pressure cooker: (and I have instructed thousands of people in the past 16 years) as long as they don't have a jiggler and have a spring valve, they all do the same thing. The difference between them is the difference between driving a Honda and a BMW. They will both get you to where you want to go but in different style.

Paying more does not insure a better cooker. Size, weight, style, shape all matter. Good luck.

Nov 16, 2012
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what is pressure cooker "cooking time"?

You have gotten great advice here. If you are a modern cook with little time and don't like to plan in advance, then t the rpressure cooker is the perfect kitchen tool for you."

I do a lot o batch cooking and store the leftovers in my freezer, saving time and money. It means that I only need to cook about half as often as I used to BPC (before pressure cooking which has been more than 16 years now). MY food tastes great.

Happy to welcome you to the pressure cooking camp. I hope that your PC provides many incredible meals.

Oct 27, 2012
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Why Pressure Cookers Are Awesome

He says that the first level on the pressure cooker is 15 PSI but it is actually 10 PSI. So I am not sure if you are supposed to use 10 or 15 but in either case, this recipes sounds amazing.

Oct 21, 2012
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