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Splendid 2 in 1 Pressure Cooker by Fagor

pressure-cooker1The single most convenient, time and energy saving piece of cookware in my kitchen is my pressure cooker.  Most of my meals are ready in 15 minutes, which is at least a third of the time it would take to prepare them the usual way.  Presto Pressure Cooker was my first pot I ever bought, and used it for over 20 years.  During this time I only had to replace the gasket, and the pressure regulator (which I misplaced).  Last year I finally let it retire, and replaced it with Splendid 2 in 1 Pressure Cooker by Fagor.

The Splendid 2 in 1 Pressure Cooker was a great buy, because it consists of a 6 quarts pressure cooker, which also fits inside a 4 quarts pot for easy storage.  It has tempered glass lid, which turns either unit into a saucepan.  It also has a stainless steel steamer basket with trivet.  But my favorite feature on this unit is the safety lock handle, the support grip, and the operating valve, which replaced the noisy, rattling pressure regulator on my old unit.

Some people are unnecessarily intimidated by pressure cookers, but these really are very safe and user friendly now, more than ever before.  I personally never experienced any negative incidents with my pressure cookers, but of course I do follow the manufacturer’s handling instructions, which is a must.

My pressure cooker includes a very nice 50 recipe cook book.  These are my favorite pressure cooker recipes, which I have used for years:  Beef Stew, Beef/Veal Goulash, Italian Sausage with Kraut, and Barbecue Pork Spareribs.  I will share these recipes with you in my future posts.

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