After reviewing and researching both electric and cook top pressure cookers, I went with the Fagor 8 quart stainless steel cooker. There is a slight learning curve if you are used to using the old fashioned cookers with the weight. I was decided to try to cook macaroni noodles and it only took 3 minutes! Perfect noodles. This is now my go-to pot!
The machine performs as advertised but I'm afraid the plastic it's made out of will crack easily-does not appear strong since it will bend fairly easily.
I have used this pot 4 times since I've got it and it produces perfectly cooks beans. It was WAY bigger than I expected, though. You could fit a basketball inside of it, if you really wanted to. One sort of sucky thing about it is that steam pours from where the handle meets the lid, and drips down the side of the pot pooling all over the stove. It is VERY messy. That also makes it seem like it's about to explode, which is totally scary. I try not to stand too near it while its doing that, because I like being alive. It's only done that 2 out of the 4 times I've used it, it doesn't do it everytime, so maybe it just really doesn't like to cook smaller beans. I have really only used it for beans/grains, so have no idea how it would hold up cooking meat (gross) for more than 20 mins. I do know your stove will be very dirty by the end. So basically - it works and does what it's suppose to i.e. it cooks food way faster than regular stove-top method, but you are going to have a very messy kitchen and fear in your hearts as it does so. Pros - 2 pressure levels - 7psi & 15 psi; safety lock so you can't open it under pressure and kill yourself and/or small pets; very pretty; super heavy-duty/durable; saves electricity/gas from faster cook times Cons - extremely messy; scary looking/sounding when under pressure; manual leaves a bit to be desired (lol)
I have tired many many poachers both microwave & electric, none cooked the eggs the same every time or the eggs stuck in the egg cups. This poacher works great ! The pan is a bit light for 18/10 stainless steel but used only for poaching is quite fine. The egg cups are super of nice quality. Non stick is absolutley correct. I like that the nice glass lid is see through so you can see the eggs. I am totally satisfied with this poacher, use it at least three mornings a week.
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