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Fissler 8.5qt Vitaquick Pressure Cooker 26cm
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- Vitaquick pressure cookers are completely silent and steam-free
- The handle automatically locks with an audible click when closed properly
- Vitaquick has a conical pot shape, so that cookers of the same diameter may be stacked for space-saving storage
- Cleaning the maintenance-free main control valve simply involves rinsing the lid under running water
- The internal measuring scale is a fast and easy reference
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From the manufacturer
Pressure cooking is fast because the pressure in the pot is higher than the pressure outside of it – sort of diving down to a depth of ten meters. This is possible because the pressure cooker is airtight and waterproof. The steam cannot escape and thus ensures that the pressure rises. As a result water does not boil at 100 °C in the pressure cooker, as is normally the case, but at 109 –116 °C, depending on the cooking setting. And the higher the temperature, the shorter the cooking time.
Not Only Fast, but Also Economical
The pressure cooker lives up to its reputation. All of the ingredients that were tested were on the table much faster than with a conventional pot. Carrots need only 11 rather than 16 minutes, for broccoli it saves almost half of the cooking time, and for potatoes even a little more than half the time (see figure on page 5). As a rule, between 20 and 50% of the usual cooking time can be saved. The record of even 70% time savings can be achieved with dishes that generally need to cook for a long time – such as stews, goulash or roulades.
Time and Energy
Additionally, the pressure cooker saves more than time. The scientists also ascertained that it consumes less energy than a conventional cooking pot. To be exact: 20 to 50% less energy. So these fast pots help both the environment and the household budget. This effect is even stronger in what we call multi-level cooking, when several components of a meal are cooked in the pressure cooker at the same time. While, for example, a piece of meat is braising in broth, the vegetables and potatoes are gently cooking in the steamer inset one level above. In this way an entire meal can be prepared on a single burner.
Save the Goodness
Fresh vegetables are full of valuable vitamins and minerals that are good for us. Selecting the right cooking method will ensure that as many as possible will land on our plates. The scientists discovered that nutrients are optimally preserved by pressure cooking. Carrots, broccoli and potatoes come out of the pressure cooker with almost the same amount of minerals as they had when they were put into it. In a conventional pot, on the other hand, 15% to more than 25% of the minerals will become lost during cooking (see figure on far left).
The same holds true for vitamin C. While approximately 90% of this valuable vitamin is preserved by pressure cooking, being cooked in water destroys it to a great extent – up to 50% in the case of carrots (see figure on the left). Even the thiamine – better known as vitamin B – in potatoes profits from the fast cooking method in steam. It preserves 90% of this vitamin, which is so important for the nervous system. Conventional cooking preserves only about 70%.
Thiamine and Vitamin A
With provitamin A something special happens in the pressure cooker. During pressure cooking, it is freed from the plant cells, so that its quantity in the vegetable doubles. This means that carrots and broccoli are even healthier after they are cooked than beforehand. It is true that this also happens in a conventional cooking pot, but the increase in provitamin A in this case is only a bit more than half (see figure on far right).
So the pressure cooker wins points for speed and as a safe deposit box for vitamins and minerals. But what about flavor? After all, isn’t it most important for a good meal to taste good, too? Gourmets need not worry: What emerges from the pressure cooker is a pleasure to both the taste buds and the eyes. The scientists evaluated broccoli, carrots and potatoes in four categories: color, form, flavor and texture.
Young. Modern. Ingenious. This is not your grandmother's pressure cooker. With its sleek design and innovative construction, the Vitaquick pressure cooker line is perfect for both newcomers to pressure-cooking and pros alike. These high-quality pressure cookers are still the easiest to use and clean on the market. Silent under pressure, with fool-proof safety features. Vitaquick is 100% made in Germany, fully dishwasher-safe, and comes with a lifetime warranty.
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As soon as I did the water test. I realized that the handle area was leaking steam and would not stop leaking.
After doing this test 3 times and getting consistent results. I realized that the problem was caused by the Euromatic valve located inside the handle. part # 011-631-00-750
I looked up images on the Fissler website for this valve. The valve should have a round white plastic looking tip.
The valve on my pressure cooker did not have this component. It just had a square metallic end.
course of action:
1) Research. I went to the Williams Sonoma store in my neighborhood and looked at their Fissler pressure cookers only to discover that their valves were just like mine! (defective :-)). Yep.
2) I emailed Fissler Usa. Got no reply. I then called them. I spoke to a lady that told me that I would have to mail them the tiny valve. They would then proceed to test it in the laboratory. If in fact it was defective they would send me a new one.
I told her that I had spent close to $300 and the valve is $14 retail. Just send me the valve. . . She said no.
So, finally I bit the bullet and bought the valve from the fissler website. My Pressure Cooker works like a charm. I plan on using it daily. Made pulled pork using a pork shoulder and it was a great success. The cleaning was a breeze. This thing is a tank!
Conclusion: Buyer beware. There must be a huge batch of these problematic valves in the US. Fissler USA needs to realize that and fix it. The actual product is fantastic though.
I do most of my shopping from Amazon and online..
Unfortunately this item is a big loss. From day one, the unit we got leaked pressure, then after 3 months of very light use, the handle which regulates the pressure broke, rendering cooker useless.
Amazon states No return or replacement after 30 days. I should have shipped it back from day one.
First, I just paid $300 for this pressure cooker and it doesn't work! Second, what if Stoney Creek Shops is not an "approved retailer"?! I checked online and found a Vitavit pressure cooker but it looks like it is sold in Europe. The USA gets the Vitaquick. All this points to the possibility this may be a "grey market" product. It is made for another country and imported to the USA outside Fissler's dealer channels. This may not be a bad thing if the pressure cooker were less costly and obviously worked, but I suspect they may tell me to send/call some other country or Stoney Creek Shops for Warranty work!! The other thing is, this may not be genuine Fissler product. The manual isn't even correct.... I am returning this to Amazon. I'll have to think about where I will purchase a new pressure cooker from next time. Williams Sonoma and Crate and Barrel sell Fissler products as well. I noticed one or two other reviewers noticed the quirky manual also. They may be in the same boat as me.
I got a response from Fissler's customer service and here is what they said, "Unfortunately, Stoney Creek Shops is one of our unauthorized dealers. I recommend that you contact them for warranty issues or may purchase individual parts at [...]
So Fissler is saying they will not cover the warranty from an unauthorized dealer. That means your on your own!!!
Expensive but if you cook at home a lot it's totally worth it.