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Ilaine Jan 28, 2005 04:40 AM

I never really mastered my Fagor pressure cooker because it is a bear to get unsealed. But, was in a hurry to make pot roast so thought I'd give it a try.

The meat was a very nice boneless chuck, which didn't really get all that tender. So, question #1, would another cut of meat get tender? Or is low-and-slow the only way to go?

Question #2 - I thoroughly oiled the gasket, but it still was almost impossible to open, even after it was completely cooled down, until I used a screwdriver to jiggle the gasket loose. Suggestions?

I must say -- I used a couple of cans of beef broth, and enough chopped onion, potato and carrot to fill the pot halfway, and various herbs, and the broth and veggies were very, very nice, so I was encouraged by that. The meat had a nice flavor but was not tender.

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    Ilaine Jan 28, 2005 04:43 AM

    To clarify - cooked meat-onions-broth for about an hour, then wrestled the thing open, and put in the carrots and potatoes, and cooked for another 20 mins.

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      Tugboat Jan 28, 2005 09:05 AM

      I am new to the pressure cooker, but that sounds like a long time to not be tender.

      Was it under pressure the entire time?

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        Ilaine Jan 28, 2005 02:52 PM

        My pressure cooker has a little knob that pops up when the unit is under pressure - and I started the timer when the knob popped up. So yes, I believe it was under pressure the entire time. The meat was well cooked, and the vegetables were quite well cooked, but the meat was not tender.

        Will try other types of meat.

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