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Fagor Futuro 6 Quart Pressure Cooker
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- Saves time and energy by reducing cooking time up to 70% over traditional cooking methods
- Pressure cooking retains up to 50% more vitamins and minerals, maintains a lower fat content since less oil is used
- Easy to use: open the cooker; add liquid and ingredients; close, lock the lid and select pressure setting
- Endless possibilities from appetizers to entrees, even desserts; make stews, soups, chili, risotto, vegetables, and more
- Easy to clean; the pressure cooker pot is dishwasher safe
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The Fagor Futuro model is the ultimate in the evolution of the pressure cookers. Pressure cooker is constructed with 18/10 stainless steel and comes complete with two short handles for easy storage, an automatic locking lid for added convenience, an easy-cleaning valve, a steamer basket that doubles as a food grater, and a "Tastefully Under Pressure" cookbook with over 90 delicious recipes. Exclusive triple valve safety system plus safety lock on handle prevents opening before all pressure is released. Visual pressure indicator on handle shows when all pressure has been released from cooker. Spring-type mechanism with two pressure settings: LOW (8psi) and HIGH (15psi). Works on all types of domestic stovetops: gas, electric, ceramic and induction. Simple-to-use dial format makes it easy to regulate and release pressure, and remove for cleaning!
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I do almost all the cooking in my family since it's just not my wife's thing and I really enjoy good food. I don't like prepackaged food because of the preservatives and ingredients which are far from healthy in many items. Cooking from fresh is also often cheaper. Every winter, I immerse myself in something new in the kitchen to keep myself amused, practicing recipes and techniques that will pay off during the summer months when I am much more busy. Again, a pressure cooker looked to be an obvious asset.
Where I'm at now:
I have used this cooker almost daily for the last 2 weeks to get a feel for where I can go with it. So far, I have made everything from potato and leek soup and Hungarian goulash to a lemon chicken dish and all have turned out really well for a first run. My first pressure cooked risotto turned out really creamy and nice, and my next run at risotto will end the days of my standing and stirring for 20+ minutes forever. As a matter of fact, I was able to run to and from the grill while it was under pressure, something I could never do before. Black beans that I soaked overnight cooked quickly and the results were way beyond anything canned or stovetop cooked quality wise. Made them in about 18 minutes on a weekend, added to chili later in the week.
What I've found so far:
Timing on fresh vs. frozen vegetables. --Both turn out nice, but I can see that a minute or two extra could really overcook them in a hurry. Finishing or thickening sauces --From my reading, it's best not to incorporate large amounts of flour or other starches before pressure, since they react poorly. Finishing quickly afterwards seems to work just as well to date.
About the Fagor cooker:
Extremely safe and well built. Get over the old horror stories of explosions, etc. You would have to try to get hurt with this cooker. Although pricey, its sandwiched encapsulated base does make a big difference for even cooking and heat retention, just like other good stainless cookware. I haven't found any hotspots& while browning or sauteing. It came with the Cooking Tastefully Under Pressure cookbook, a great starter resource. Even the owner's manual has some good time tables and starter information. I went back to Amazon and bought the matching glass lid so that I can use this as a conventional pan or intermediate stockpot when I don't want to get out a bigger one. Many folks will find this will fit their needs for lots of large pan duties.
I found Hip Pressure Cooking blog online and it is currently a go-to for techniques and recipes.
I recommend having a good pressure cooker if you like to cook quality food for your family and friends. With a little study and practice, I think you'll find it a useful tool in your kitchen, and not some rarely used gadget.
If you are thinking about buying a pressure cooker, go for it! Mine came in the mail yesterday and I made Tortellini Stew last night - oh my gosh it was the most tender stew meat we've had in years. It was even better than sitting in the crock pot all day! I did not pressure cook the little tortellinis :) but everything else cooked so easily. I put the stew meat in with garlic, olive oil, tomato paste and about 2 cups of stock. That pressure cooked on high for 10 minutes. Then I released the pressure (my husband calls it "releasing the aromas" because it smelled soooo good) and added in the mushrooms, carrots, celery, spices, and more broth. I brought that up to low pressure and let it go for about 3 to 4 minutes. Then, added in the tortellinis with the lid off for a couple minutes and we had a dinner in MINUTES that used to take literally HOURS!!!
I decided on the Fagor 10-quart futuro model for several reasons:
1. It's stainless steel. I don't like cooking with aluminum.
2. The 10-quart size is awesome and it is not too big. It's just right for my family of four because we like leftovers and have company for dinner often.
3. I like that this model is made in Spain rather than China.
4. I liked the steamer basket/grater that came with this.
5. The easy handles on the lid. I went back and forth on this one, but after using it am SO GLAD I went with this handle design. It will store nicely and it really is super easy.
6. The two pressure settings of 1 and 2. It will be nice having a lower pressure setting when I cook tender vegetables.
It was so intimidating that first go-round but it was so easy! You should see the steam fly out when released. It's amazing how the cooker can sit so quietly on the stove. I was not expecting the big rush of steam, so it made me jump the first time but these are totally safe and really make cooking fun and GOOD! I had no problems taking the lid off when the pressure came down. I was a little nervous about that, too, but it was no big deal whatsoever!
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