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Feb 15, 2014 12:40 AM

unutilised 6L pressure cooker

bought the pressure cooker but unable to fully utilsed it due to lack of confidence, uneasy about the cook time for the different category of food....the reaction of the cooker hissing sound and the result not come out good... makes me always scared food will be undercooked or overcooked

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  1. If your pc has the rocker type steam release, you should replace the pc with a more modern one with a spring valve on the lid, like Fagor Duo or Kuhn Rikon. When this type reaches pressure, you turn back the heat to about 30% and it will be almost silent .

    For times, read the Lorna Sass book on pressure cooking. It's in most libraries.

    My favorite quick meal is a slab of beef ribs, one or two large 1 lb russet potatoes, in 10 oz of stock or broth , or water, in the pc for .5 hour.

    1. is a good online reference site for utilizing your PC. I use mine mostly for making stock and beans.

      1. What cooker did you buy? Someone who has that very cooker might be able to give you some tips.

        I recommend buying a copy of Lorna Sass's cookbook, Pressure Perfect, which introduces you to a modern PC, and walks you through using it. I received a new Fagor Splendid for Christmas about 13 years ago. I bought the book to help me understand the newer cookers. I had experience with the older sort. It was, and is, a big help.

        There is something else to try. Put water in the cooker, and heat it up. Listening to how the cooker sounds might help you get over your fear.

        But buy the book. It will be a big help.

        1. As others have said, it would be helpful to know the brand and model of the 6L pressure cooker you have. We have a Fagor Duo, but we also have a Presto model with the rocker weight on the top of the lid. There is nothing wrong with the rocker type of pressure cooker. The key is to turn the temperature down once the rocker starts a rockin'. I go from medium high and when the thing starts hissing I turn it down to medium low.

          The Miss Vickie website is a good place to find out how long to cook various things in a pressure cooker. I almost always let the pressure cooker cool down on its own before releasing the lid. You can also put the pressure cooker in the kitchen sink and run cold water over it to stop the cooking sooner.

          I know that some people are wary of pressure cookers. If you do not have the manual, go online and see if you can find it. I bought our Fagor at a flea market. I could not find the manel online so I e-mailed them and requested a copy. I recieved one via USPS free of charge.

          I like to use a pressure cooker mostly for meats, beans, and

          1. Hi, yeanlee:

            I agree with everyone else: You need to buy a PC cookbook.

            If you don't want to invest in the Sass book, most PC makers offer a guide with recipes that you *know* is specific to your cooker. You can branch out from there...


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            1. re: kaleokahu

              Just a question, K. If someone invests in a pricey PC, why wouldn't they want to invest in a moderately priced book about said PC?

              I bought a book for my slow cooker, food processor, rice cooker and PC each. If I use the appliance very much, I use the book. I think this is a good investment.

              The OP can probably find a copy at her local library so she could know if she wanted it permanently.

              1. re: sueatmo

                Hi, Sue:

                I think they *should* want to invest, provided they know they're willing to invest the time and money to learn.

                However, the way I read the OP, s/he is so daunted/put off s/he is questioning the whole mode of cooking. Why spend $35 on a 300+ recipe book when a free booklet might inform whether s/he can get past that?

                Great point about the library, though!


                1. re: kaleokahu

                  OK, I hear you. But you can get the book for much less online and used. Or she could check it out from the library.

                  1. re: sueatmo

                    Hi, Sue:

                    I had no idea what the actual price of the specialty PC book was. Perhaps it is a bargain; if so, nothing lost by the OP, and much to gain if s/he perseveres.

                    Again, great idea about the library!


                    1. re: sueatmo

                      There are a lot of online sources for pressure cooker information. I have gotten along without a $35 book.

                      1. re: John E.

                        yes, i m still surfing the internet for more infos