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lucaabrate Oct 12, 2006 01:39 AM

I have a Fagor pressure cooker but lost the owner's manual. Does anyone have any cooking tips for a first time user? In short, I don't know how to get it up to proper pressure, maintain it and know when the food is done. I want to make an oxtail stew and think the device can expedite the cooking process.

Thanks in advance!

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    donna5657 RE: lucaabrate Oct 12, 2006 01:51 AM

    I think that practice makes perfect as far as pressure cooking is concerned. I usually raise the temperature, make sure I have enough liquid and then put on the lid. Then I wait until it starts to make scary sounds and I start to time the process. Timing is everything. I found this site that has helped with some cooking times:

    http://missvickie.com/howto/times/how...

    I have always had a fear that I will be killed by an exploding pressure cooker. The thought of my mom's old one that rattled and shook still scares me.

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      donna5657 RE: lucaabrate Oct 12, 2006 01:52 AM

      oops..i forgot...when it hits the point where it is "pressure cooking" I turn the temperature down to low/medium.

      1. yayadave RE: lucaabrate Oct 12, 2006 03:15 AM

        Here's a good starting point. Fagor wants to help you.

        http://www.fagoramerica.com/index2.htm

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