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I’ve always wanted to try cooking with a pressure cooker but I’ve been afraid. I know that the pressure cookers of the past have been dangerous but I had several friends tell me how much they loved their Fagor Pressure Cookers and how safe they are. I was sent Fagor’s 8 quart Chef Line Pressure Cooker to review and I am hooked. It is so easy to use and has THREE security valves. It automatically locks the lid while pressure is still inside and if the lid is not closed properly, the unit will not create any additional pressure. That really makes me so comfortable using it and not worrying about getting burned.
The Chef Pressure Cooker is constructed with 18/10 Stainless Steel. It has a pressure indicator with 2 distinct positions so you can choose how much pressure you need according to your recipe. The 1st indicates LOW pressure (8 psi) and the 2nd indicates HIGH pressure (15 psi). As the pressure builds in the unit the pressure indicator rises. When you see one black bar it means that the pressure is low and then when it rises to 2 black bars the pressure is high. I love that it has short side handles so it doesn’t crowd my stove. Especially during holiday meals my stove gets so crowded with so many pots and pans so it is nice that the Fagor Chef Pressure Cooker don’t take up much more space than the burner itself. Plus that means there are no long handles to accidentally bump into. Another great feature is the included removable timer/alarm. It is especially handy when cooking several different dishes and you need an extra timer on hand. The MAX Line Indicator lets you know the filling capacity of your pressure cooker.
Cooking pot roast in the Fagor Chef Pressure Cooker was easy. I put a little oil in the bottom of the pot and seared the roast on all sides. I then followed the instructions on the recipe that I used that included sprinkling on some seasonings and pouring in some beef broth. I added some cut up potatoes and baby carrots and I was ready to cook. I closed the lid, set the valve to high pressure, and turned the burner on. As the pressure built inside the pressure cooker the indicator rose. When it reached high pressure and I was able to see 2 black bars I lowered the burner temperature and let my roast cook for 45 minutes. When time was up I let it cool for a bit and then slowly and carefully released the pressure with the pressure valve. It was so easy, took much less time than any other cooking method, and the meat was so tender we hardly needed to use our knives. When dinner was over, cleaning the pressure cooker was easy, too. The Fagor Chef Pressure Cooker is really going to save this busy mom lots of time in the kitchen. The unit comes with a DVD of recipes and there are also lots of great recipes on Fagor’s website. I am amazed at all the reduced cooking times you can achieve with the Fagor Chef Pressure Cooker and I can’t wait to try more recipes. What should I make next? Chicken? Soup? Fish? Veggies?
The Chef Pressure Cooker includes:
- 10” Tempered Glass Lid that allows the body to be used as a traditional cooking vessel
- Steamer/ Grater Basket with Trivet, for steaming vegetables that also functions as a grater
- A DVD with information on the basics of a pressure cooker
- DVD Recipe Collection