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Feb 16, 2013 09:41 AM

Pressure cookers in the GTA

Looking to buy one. Would any hounds have any intel on where to purchase and personal cooking experiences?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Nella, Canadian Tire, virtually anywhere.

    I adore my pressure cooker and given the technology, I now have no idea why anyone would want to use a slow cooker or crock pot. What's the point? Why prefer something that takes 8 hours over something that would take 30 minutes? I just don't get it.

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    1. re: biggreenmatt

      a slow cooker lets you whack everything into it, turn it on, and walk away for hours to do other things without the fear that something could go wrong. yes, a pressure cooker cooks way faster, but requires some attention until it reaches pressure, and then because of the much shorter cooking time, you can't go too far away. i have both, i use both. both are great for different things. i also find that the pressure cooker doesn't cook down and expose the gelatinous-umami nature of less expensive cuts of meat in the same way that an 8-10 hour slow cooker session can. of course, ymmv

      1. re: biggreenmatt

        thanks for the input! I'm going to give those two a try. I have a slow cooker bought it at Cdn Tire. it's been great for pulled pork but other cuts, well I find the meat dries out and comes out chalky sometimes. It might be a matter of adjusting the proportions of liquid right hough.

        check out as well as, both have a lot of resources.

        1. re: biggreenmatt

          I don;t get it either. I think that the slow cooker makes food taste mushy and muddies the flavors while food from the pressure cooker tastes fresh, with a good texture and bright colors.

          I cook a lot of beans so the pressure cooker is an amazing time saver.

        2. I'm also thinking about getting a pressure cooker, so could I add a question (or two):
          Do those of you using pressure cookers prefer stovetop or electric?
          Favourite brands?
          Thanks, and thanks to you, deabot, for the post!!!

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          1. re: hungryjoanne

            have only ever used a stove top model, but this one:

            gets decent reviews, and doubles as both a slow cooker and a rice cooker/steamer, so apparently it can do it all. . .

            this might be the best of all worlds, as i can't recall a time where i have needed to use my slow cooker and my pressure cooker in the same meal. . .

          2. I have been teaching pressure cooking for 17 years and have a cookbook The New Fast Food.

            I have heard from people in Canada that they get Fagor cookers, and that is what i recommend - the Fagor Duo is widely available. You can get a single one: either a 6 or 8 quart or a set which is a 4 quart and 8 quart plus 1 pressure lid.

            I swear by my pressure cooker which I think is a huge improvement over the crock pot. I think that the stove top cooker is best but a lot of people really like the Instant Pot electric cooker which has a slow cooker function, as well as a number of pressure cooker settings. It is more automatic: set it and forget it type thing. It has stainless steel insert, which I really like.

            I am not likely to ever prefer the electric pressure cooker over the stove top for a variety of reasons but the electric is functional.

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            1. re: The Veggie Queen

              Thank you veggie queen! Oddly enough I came across The New Fast Food earlier on a blog, it looks very good. I was thinking of Fagor or KR now to find a Fagor in the GTA...

              1. re: deabot

                I recommend the Fagor as it is works just fine and is much less expensive. Not sure where my Canadian customer found hers but know that it was purchased. Do you have access to Amazon (not my best friend but they carry everything it seems)? I'd startthere.

                I only used a WMF once and it doesn't not on my list of favoritte cookers.

                Good luck finding your cooker. I hope tha t you enjoy pressure cooking as much as I do.

                1. re: The Veggie Queen

                  Unfortunately Amazon Canada is not as much of an 'everything' experience as Amazon is in the USA, and most major items like pressure cookers won't be shipped across the border. It's always worth checking, but it isn't always as useful here as it is there.

                  1. re: The Veggie Queen

                    I have a WMF pressure cooker and a Kuhn Rikon also. Love them both! Time saving, yes, but let's not forget energy efficient, which is important to me.

                    1. re: Full tummy

                      The WMF looks mighty fancy. I was also thinking of the Kuhn as well-did you get either of these in GTA/Canada?

                      1. re: deabot

                        Yes, I am pretty sure I bought the KR from Ashton Green, an online store, when I found it on sale. And the WMF may have come from Embro's - which used to be a great high-end kitchen equipment store - but that is now closed.

                    2. re: The Veggie Queen

                      I got my Fagor stovetop model from eBay and I love it. I chose it because Cooks Illustrated recommended it and they were right. I prefer it to my friend's electric model because you get much better control of the temperature.

                      If you want to add some of that slow-cooked, reduced quality to your stew, I recommend cooking it in the pressure cooker for 1/2 or 3/4 of the recommended time and then de-pressurizing and cooking it on the stovetop with the lid off for another 1/2 hour or so. It's the best of both worlds.

                  2. re: The Veggie Queen

                    I don't use the pressure cooker too often however it was time to get rid of the old all aluminum Presto we had for years.
                    Not needing a really top end model we picked up the Lagostina Pronto 6L model that was on sale at Canadian Tire Reg. $159.98 for $79.99. It will do for what we need.

                  3. My WMF pressure cooker is 29 years and likely outlive me. The only part needs replacement is the rubber ring on the lid.

                    1. I bought mine from walmart. It was a Hawkins brand,which is from India. I have seen it in all Walmarts.

                      It works great for me
                      This is a smaller size one though. What size are you looking for.