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Pressure Cooker Sale

For anyone thinking about getting a pressure cooker, here is an 8 quart on sale. Not sure of the brand but maybe someone has this and can shed some useful light on it.

http://www.cutleryandmore.com/product...

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  1. The design look similar to that of a Fagor. It is, however, a MIU France pressure cooker. MIU France, despite its name, is a Hong Kong brand.

    http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product....

    Nope, I have not used it, but looking good.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      Chem,

      I knew someone out there would have some knowledge. I recently bought an MIU pineapple corer and cutter. A: fairly heavy; B: Not made in France; C: Works very well; Priced as if it was Made in France.

    2. That's a good deal for what is almost certainly a product made by the same factory that makes the Fagor China-made models.

      The description at the site says 'dishwasher safe', but that applies only to the base, not the pressure lid.

      1. This is a nice-looking unit at an appealing price, but the lack of information about it on the internet would give me pause. The product doesn't appear on the MIU France website, no instruction manual seems to be posted online, I can't find any mention of the psi levels associated with its high and low settings, and I'd be concerned about where to obtain spare parts (especially gaskets). With due respect to ellabee, I don't see any reason to think it comes from the same Chinese factory as Fagor's products; and even if it did, it wouldn't necessarily be manufactured to the same specifications. Between BB&B's sales and their coupons, someone looking for an inexpensive cooker might do better to wait and buy a Fagor there.

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        1. re: Miss Priss

          Good points about the lack of specs and support, and thanks for checking at the MIU site. Not reassuring.

          1. re: ellabee

            Thanks. And thanks, too, for not pointing out how nutty I must be to have spent so much time researching this! ;-)

            1. re: ellabee

              I was about to point out the same things as you, ellabee. There is no mention of a warranty, either.

              It's probably an ok unit, but for something like a PC I would like to know the brand and the other missing details.

              I would keep looking if I were you.

              1. re: al b. darned

                I don't think any of us are really looking--just kibitzing. Speaking for myself, I have too many pressure cookers already.

                1. re: Miss Priss

                  There are likely only a few of us who have "too many" pressure cookers. But surely they serve a purpose, other than to take up cabinet space. Different cookers for different uses although I must admit that I have turned down pressure cookers lately, I feel like I truly have "too many" just like you.

          2. Talk about vague:

            "Ends September 8th @ Midnight CST or Until Sold Out"

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            1. re: John E.

              Yes, they should have added "whichever comes first" at the end of that statement. (Unless what they really meant is that the sale will continue until all units are sold at the special price, even if it takes forever.) It's also notable that the sale price is just under the threshold for free shipping, which seems sort of ... petty.

              1. re: Miss Priss

                I was actually referring to the time listed as CST. Daylight Saving Time lasts until October. Besides that, people always get the midnight thing screwed up. For instance, as I write this, midnight Wednesday, September 5th will arrive in just over a half-hour. Many people would erroneously think of it as midnight Tuesday.

                1. re: John E.

                  >>>
                  I was actually referring to the time listed as CST. Daylight Saving Time lasts until October
                  <<<

                  CST stands for Central Standard Time.

                  1. re: al b. darned

                    Yep, I live in the central time zone. We're under daylight saving time until October when we switch back to standard time. That's why the website for this sale is confusing.

                    1. re: John E.

                      It might have been even more confusing (to some of us) if the website had specified Daylight Saving Time, since DST applies in almost every US time zone. If absolute accuracy was the goal, the end of the sale should have been specified in relation to Greenwich Mean Time. That being said, I didn't feel at all confused by the reference to CST. I just assumed--perhaps wrongly--that it referred to whatever a properly-set clock would show in any geographic location within the Central time zone.

                      1. re: Miss Priss

                        If it were a "proplerly set clock" within the central time zone in September it would be set to DST. If it were set to CST it would be an hour behind.

            2. Okay, here's a report from a sap, a pressure-cooker newbie, that actually bought this on impulse. I'm on the Cutlery and More email list since I've purchased from them before. I'm a regular chowhound poster, but found this thread while googling info on the Miu pressure cooker and coming up blank. Wish I had done my homework first! So many good points on this short thread.

              Anyway, it's a nice heavy pan with a solid three-ply bottom. it says that the pressure is 80 pKa, which converts to a mere 11.6 psi. It's definitely not a powerhouse and probably not a great purchase.

              The manual really doesn't give much info, and there don't appear to be spare parts available anywhere.

              I cooked a pound of unsoaked black beans for 35 minutes after it came up to pressure, and then left them in the cooker without releasing the pressure so they continued to cook. They were fairly well cooked when we ate them for dinner, but next time I'll soak them and I think the texture will improve.

              I'll continue to experiment and will put it to good use, but do wish I had waited and bought a better, higher pressure model.

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              1. re: bear

                Is the pressure indicator a little pop-up plastic doodad like the one on Fagor pc's (which is yellow, but might be a different color of plastic in this case)?

                If you make stocks regularly, for which your new machine sounds perfectly adequate, the time saved in making stock alone might make it well worth the $. And with a regular non-pressure lid, it's a solid piece of equipment for blanching, corn on the cob, water bath canning, and other 'big pot' jobs.

                I'm guessing that a 24cm lid will fit it.

                1. re: ellabee

                  Thanks so much, ellabee. The pop-up thing is sort of metallic red, and the manual says that it is 22 cm wide, so I can probably find a regular lid at my local kitchen place.

                  I am excited about being able to make stock so quickly, and even with the lack of turbo-pressure it sure will be simmering for an entire day. Also, I'm more likely to cook beans and braises rather than getting takeout or using canned products, so that's a plus. It's not ideal, but the price was right and it is a nice product. At least I've gotten over my fear of pressure cookers!

                  1. re: bear

                    Thanks for the report, bear. Despite your misgivings, it sounds like the cooker is sturdy and functional. I hope it'll give you years of good service. Many European pressure cookers have a "high" setting of 80 kPa, so while that's not the US standard, it's perfectly respectable. You just have to add a few minutes to the cooking times given in American recipes. The lack of spare parts is more of an issue. If the valve or handles break, you may be out of luck; but if the gasket goes, it might be worth trying a Fagor 22 cm gasket. At worst, you'll be out $10 or so.

                    1. re: bear

                      Because the design appears to be the same across the board as the Fagor, which also has a number of models that are 22 cm, I think you can be pretty confident that if you ever need to replace the gasket, you can get one from Fagor sellers.

                      The gasket is the most common item to need replacement on this style of pressure cooker. But these new silicone ones last a long time if you use the pressure cooker regularly, clean the gasket well after use, and store it loose rather than fitted into place in the lid groove. If it's going to be unused for more than a month or so, a _thin_ film of oil helps keep it fit.

                      The pressure release assembly is a replaceable part in this design, but that'd be a lot dicier. My guess is you'll get waaay more than $50. value from this machine before any problem develops in the pressure release. Happy stock making!

                      1. re: bear

                        Bear,

                        I think your pressure cooker is better than you think. While 80 KPa (11.6 psi) is not as high as (15 psi), it is respectable. 15 psi pressure cooker elevates the water boiling point from 100oC to 121oC (+21oC), while a 11.6 psi pressure cooker elevates to 118oC (+18oC). As you can see the difference is not dramatic.

                        I would write MIU France an email. My gut feeling is that this uses the same gasket for Fagor pressure cookers too. Here I have attached a photo of the lid of my Fagor. Does your lid and your gasket look similar enough?

                         
                    2. re: bear

                      I stumbled upon this thread with a little help from Google - I am contemplating buying the MIU SS 8 Qt PC - it has been over a year since you posted this - how have things with this model worked out for you? I can pick one up for $38 right now... Will it last me the year? Your opinion of the value?

                      1. re: CaliforniaJoseph

                        CA Joe, I'd say go for it. That's a good deal. I've used mine probably 15 - 20 times so far, and it's been reliable and easy to use. It might not be as powerful as some other models (which doesn't matter to me), but it's a solid model and I would purchase it again. Good luck!