Kitchen 1325

    Published on December 15th, 2010 | by Greg


    This Isn’t Your Mother’s Pressure Cooker

    A lot has changed in pressure cookers since the good old days. Fagor’s six-quart Electric Multi-Cooker is a safe, easy, and versatile device that looks fairly traditional. In fact, “it’s not only a pressure cooker”:http://www.trulyobscure.com/article/627/let-off-some-steam-the-old-fashioned-way-introducing-the-new-kuhn-rikon-ecomatic-pressure-cooker, but a rice cooker and slow cooker as well. Overall, we were impressed with the results of the dishes we were able to conjure up- it isn’t the best at any of the three tasks, but quite capable at all of them, and a good way to save some space in our ever-crowded kitchens.

    The beauty of using a pressure cooker is how drastically it reduces cooking time. Beans, which can be very time consuming to cook, took less than 30 minutes to reach the perfect consistency using the pressure cooker function. We made some of the best risotto we’ve ever had using the pressure cooker as well, and it took very little effort. The Multi-Cooker offers two pressures – 9 psi and 5 psi – to use. It is true that some pressure cookers on the market have a psi of 15, but we were pleased with how quickly things cooked using the 9-psi mode. We were able to make beef stew with carrots and celery in 15 minutes.

    It is difficult to overcook food with the pressure cooker, happily. The lid self-locks and will not open when there’s pressure inside the cooker, so as to avoid any issues with accidents. Additionally, the cooker has two separate pressure control valves. If the cook does not release the pressure when the cooker is done, the cooker will automatically do so- it also automatically switches to warming the food after any cooking program is complete.

    The slow cooker works well for creating hearty winter dishes like soups and stews. Just put all the ingredients in the pot in the morning, let the cooker do its thing, and come home to a delicious meal. A great feature of this cooker is the browning function, which allows you to brown certain ingredients in the cooker, and then add all other ingredients to then begin the slow cooking process. One less pot to wash, and this one is fairly easy to clean.

    The rice cooker worked well, although not quite as great as the other two functions. We felt our rice was a little sticky, and it’s a bit hard to plan correctly for the various types of rice (brown, sticky, multi-grain). We’ve “tested some other rice cookers that are a bit better”:http://www.trulyobscure.com/article/291/zojirushi-nice-rice-great-design, so if that is your primary function, you may want to consider a different cooker.

    The cooker has a removable cooking pot that is both dishwasher safe and nonstick, to make cleaning a cinch. And “we’ve tried Fagor gear before, and found it durable and easy-to-use”:http://www.trulyobscure.com/article/550/cooking-with-magnets-and-fagor. The cooker is compact – 12 inches in diameter and 13 inches tall – and features an attractive brushed steel design. We also like the cooker’s LED programming soft keys. Lastly, Fagor includes a manual featuring 40 recipes. Given the cooker’s versatility and impressive performance, the $116 price tag from “Amazon.com”:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001A62O1G?ie=UTF8&tag=trulyobscure-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001A62O1G is a pretty good bargain, and a great gift idea for most any kitchen.

    About the Author

    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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