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Fagor Pressure Cookers are the best value – this is the one I bought – Ben

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Fagor pressure cookers are the best value – they combine high quality with a very competitive price. Sure, they aren’t quite the level of the Fissler Pressure Cookers but they are top performers and a smart choice. I would say that, of course, because I just bought the 8 Quart Fagor Pressure Cooker myself! It’s my first pressure cooker and I wanted something better than the budget Presto Pressure Cooker (see my Best Pressure Cookers Rated here) but I wasn’t quite ready to “invest” in the Fissler. Did I make the right choice? You Bet! Before I continue, I’ll share the best deals on Fagor Pressure Cookers — I’ve found the greatest discounts at Amazon:

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WINNER Best Value Pressure Cooker, and this is the best price I found on the Fagor Pressure Cooker - the one I bought myself!  You can also choose the 10 Quart at this link if you are interested in Canning but it was too big for me. You can get the 6 Quart also but I recommend the 8 for most users! - Ben

 


Amazon Price: $200.00 (as of April 23, 2017 4:49 am - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

This Fagor 5-pc. Duo Pressure Cooker Combination includes the 8 quart and 4 quart pressure cookers, a shared pressure cooker lid and tempered glass lid that fits both cookers; and a pasta/steamer basket. Recipe book included. Nice Deal on a Combo!


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Amazon Price: $119.95 (as of April 23, 2017 4:49 am - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Here's another deal that includes a cookbook -- Always check the prices as they go up and down! 


My Fagor Duo 8 Quart Pressure cooker arrived from Amazon in a couple of days and I was ready to get going. The first thing I noticed is that the box contained some excellent instructions and a recipe book to get me started pressure cooking right away – after a quick run through the dishwasher.

Fagor Pressure Cooker in the box

Yup – That’s the box… Looks good so far!

Note that unlike the Fissler, the Fagor Pressure Cooker lid/handle is not dishwasher safe. No biggie. Took me about 20 seconds to wash it in the sink. As for the quality of the pot itself, it was clear I didn’t need to go for the Fissler as the heft and feel of the pot were just as good as my set of Dacor stainless pots. I chose the 8 quart size because that is usually described as the best size for a regular kitchen. If I’d gone smaller, there are recipes I wouldn’t be able to do and it would be more crowded for browning. I use an induction cook-top (I used to have a Professional Wolf Stove — Induction is better/faster/cooler and much easier to clean — I won’t go back to gas). The instructions were clear on how to bring it up to pressure. One thing that was different in practice from watching the America’s Test Kitchen Video (embedded below) was that they made a big deal out of the pressure indicator being visible from across the room. Now, on the Fissler the pressure indicator rises to show that the unit is under pressure and then when it has reached maximum pressure (that’s when you start timing) but on the Fagor it doesn’t do that. Mine popped up in a few seconds and then you know you are at max pressure when steam starts to vent through the top. And that’s fine!

pressure cooker controls

Set the Pressure to “2” for Max (250psi) and lock the handle. When steam comes out the top you’ve reached max pressure. Turn down the heat to medium/low and start timing. When you’re done, turn the knob the the “vent” setting and steam escapes. You cannot open the lid even accidentally if there is any pressure in your cooker. That’s for safety!

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My new 8 quart Fagor Pressure Cooker ready to go. I’m not a great photographer. What can I say?

The first thing I cooked was a whole chicken that I found here: http://www.food.com/recipe/pressure-cooker-whole-chicken-369106 . As you can see we’re talking 25 minutes vs. around 1 hr for a bird that size. Actual time is a bit more because it took 5 minutes to brown it (easier, I discovered later, to brown parts than a whole bird) and then I dropped the chicken in the basket and put the lid on and then it took about 2.5 minutes to come up to full pressure. So total time was about 33 minutes. Still a huge time savings. How was it? The meat was perfect – juicy and delicious and full of flavor. I could have done a better job browning the skin, though, which was a bit “wet.” I was very happy with the results but the next night I cut a chicken into parts and browned it properly and it was perfect.

fill line

Don’t fill in above that line. Not too hard to spot?

So I’m thrilled with my new pressure cooker and I’m going to make all of the recipes (like ribs) from the included cookbook. Let’s go over why the Fagor is the best “value” pressure cooker. First, I only call it value because of the price compared to the top-end models. There’s really nothing “cheap” about the construction at all. It’s made in China which probably accounts for much of the cost savings over the Fissler. But it’s a good design with solid-feeling parts. You should avoid electric pressure cookers because, honestly, they’re junk. They don’t get up to the proper pressure so you have to cook longer than the recipe says. They have non-stick surfaces which are really pretty useless. I like to be able to scour my stainless steel pots with a steel thingy and that’s what this Fagor Pressure Cooker is made from — quality 18/10 stainless steel. Forget aluminum – high acid foods like tomato will take on a metallic flavor. Of course, you can’t even use aluminum on induction. Stainless steel is the only choice here. GOOD DESIGN MEANS GOOD PERFORMANCE

fagor pressure cooker base

That’s the base — not sure why I’m showing you but it looks nice, huh?

The Fagor Pressure cooker performs almost as well as the Fissler in real-world use because it is designed well. It has sides that don’t “bulge out” which is important if you don’t want your food scorching along the bottom edges of the pot. The heating “disk” on the bottom of the pot contains an aluminum plate sandwiched between stainless steel. The aluminum helps to conduct heat so that you get even heat – important for browning especially. Also, the disk is nice and thick so that it holds heat well. Some of the lower-rated pressure cookers have thinner disks which don’t hold heat well so they cook down and you have to keep reheating them to maintain high pressure.

steamer basket

Comes with this handy-dandy steamer – also used as a basket to put your food in when you’re cooking it

Put your food in, put in your water/wine, place the lid on top with the line... lined up!

Put your food in, put in your water/wine, place the lid on top with the line… lined up!

Then Turn it until closed, set the dial, lock it and crank up the heat to full blast. On my induction it reached full pressure in about 2.5 minutes. Start the clock.

Then Turn it until closed, set the dial, lock it and crank up the heat to full blast. On my induction it reached full pressure in about 2.5 minutes. Start the clock.

So how does it compare to the lower-priced Presto that won for best “Budget” pressure cooker? It’s MUCH better. For me, the big thing is the “low” setting which is missing on the Presto. You need that for certain vegetables and fish so you’re missing out if you don’t have it. Would I buy it again? Absolutely. In fact I think if you are in the market for a pressure cooker, and you want to take advantage of the speed and health benefits of pressure cooking (keeps in water-soluble vitamins/no oil etc) then you can’t go wrong with one of the Fagor Pressure Cookers. Now I know some people don’t want to buy from Amazon, but pressure cookers is a category that Amazon simply dominates because of their low prices. I wasn’t able to find these pressure cookers anywhere else at prices like these. So click though on the links and grab one of the new Fagor Pressure Cookers and get cooking. I recommend the 8 quart size for home use. The 10 if you want to try some canning.  The America’s Test Kitchen Video is at the bottom after the deal offers!

Amazon Price: N/A (as of April 23, 2017 4:49 am - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

WINNER Best Value Pressure Cooker, and this is the best price I found on the Fagor Pressure Cooker - the one I bought myself!  You can also choose the 10 Quart at this link if you are interested in Canning but it was too big for me. You can get the 6 Quart also but I recommend the 8 for most users! - Ben

 


Amazon Price: $200.00 (as of April 23, 2017 4:49 am - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

This Fagor 5-pc. Duo Pressure Cooker Combination includes the 8 quart and 4 quart pressure cookers, a shared pressure cooker lid and tempered glass lid that fits both cookers; and a pasta/steamer basket. Recipe book included. Nice Deal on a Combo!


Rating: 
Amazon Price: $119.95 (as of April 23, 2017 4:49 am - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Here's another deal that includes a cookbook -- Always check the prices as they go up and down! 


Here’s that video from America’s test kitchen that shows what to look for in a pressure cooker:

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