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Oct 30, 2008 02:32 PM

What brand/size pressure cooker should I get?

I have never had a pressure cooker and am thinking of investing in one. I have noted on this board that many have Fagor, but the salespersons at other stores Sur La Table especially have been recommending the Kuhn Rikon. Which do you folks prefer? Also, there are only two of us at home, although we don't mind cooking enough for two meals, nevertheless storage is an issue so we need some recommendation for the best size. Ideas?

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  1. If you've got to drive a Mercedes, then you might want the Kuhn Rikon. The Fissler is also a very high quality pressure cooker. For everyday use, and more like a Camry or Honda, is the Fagor. There Futuro model is sleek, sexy and European. Another one to look at but harder to find is the Magefesa. A 4 quart cooker might be OK but a 6 quart is a much more versatile piece. Take a look at them. All the new models work the same way, and which you choose is often a matter of price and styling. They are great. Have fun.

    1. What size of sauce pans (and dutch ovens) do you currently use?

      For most things my 4qt Presto is enough for 2 or 3 people.

      Keep in mind that under pressure you should not fill the pot more than 2/3 full, or 1/2 full of liquid. But, you don't have to start out with the full amount of water when making something like soup. You can cook the meat and vegetables with a small amount of water, and then dilute it to your liking during the seasoning phase.

      Something larger than 4qt would be good if you want to use a steamer basket or other insert, such as when doing a steamed pudding.

      But having just looked at a Fagor set, the 8L felt awfully large, more like a stockpot than a sauce pan.