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pressure cooker [moved from General Chowhounding Topics]

I just saw a really good deal on a pressure cooker. I have never used a pressure cooker in my life, but my brazillian friends say they pretty much use them for anything!
What are the best things to cook in a pressure cooker?
Is there a quality difference in pressurecookers?? I mean, do you need to spend a lot of money or will a $20.- one do the job just as well??

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  1. There have been several threads recently on pressure cookers, either under cookware or homecooking.

    1. You may start with an inexpensive pressure cooker -- but after you get some experience with it -- you might want a better one. I like Kuhn Rikon. You can make beans in about half the time of regular cooking. Make sure when you cook beans you don't add the salt until the end or else they won't cook well.
      You can also cook things like chicken paprikash, coq au vin, and other stews.
      Usually the pressure cooker will come with a recipe book to get you started.

      1. My grandmoth used one for 30 years she bought from a door to door salesman in the old days. Knowing how frugal she was, it must not have been too expensive. I don't know the brand, but I assume they are probably no longer around.

        I think she made her fried chicken in a pressure cooker.

          1. I just got a Fagor in the past few weeks and I am in love and I am going to get a 2nd. one in a slightly smaller size. I am absolutely amazed at quick and sppedy it is and the variety of things you can make in it. Two books I have, have cheesecake recipes!