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I typically don’t talk about things that are costly on Things I Love Thursday, as I’m a frugalista at heart.  fagorBut this device is My New Best Friend and is well worth the expenditure of cash.  This thing is my Fagor 3-in-1 Multi-Cooker.  It is an electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, and slow cooker in one sleek package.

I used to be afraid of pressure cookers – the tales of my grandmother mopping beets off of her ceiling were plentiful.  The history of pressure cookers is fascinating, though, and I began to understand why Grandma had problems with her pressure cooker as I read.  Apparently, pressure cookers were initially made of aluminum and were quality – before WWII.  During WWII, aluminum was restricted and used for aircraft and war-purposes, so there were few PCs to be found.  Then after the war when aluminum was plentiful again, there were scads of producers who made PCs on the cheap.  And by on the cheap, I mean cheap quality, cheap products, and few, if any, measures of quality control. What you don’t learn, eh?  Among these 80 or so manufacturers, there were those who created PCs with bad seals, inexpensive gauges, etc., and there were women who bought them and then proceeded to mop beets, spaghetti sauce, and other things off the ceiling.  It was unfortunate, but not uncommon, either.

And so generations of us grew up with these tales and a fear of pressure-cooking.  I have never used a pressure-canner, either – for the same reason.  But my Fagor PC has eliminated the fear from pressure cooking for me.  I became interested in it as I researched food storage and decided to stop paying for pre-cooked and canned beans (and all of the water in the cans) and go back to basics.  But I knew with dried beans I would either have to slow-cook them for a day or more or I would have to get over my fear of pressure cookers.

What sealed the deal for me on this device was the fact that it was a rice cooker AND slow cooker in addition to being a pressure cooker.  Mark has wanted a rice cooker for years now, but I’ve resisted with a lack of cabinet space and a lack of counter space.  But my Fagor PC has permitted me to put my crockpot in cold storage and not worry about taking up counter space.  It’s larger than I thought it was, but smaller than my 6 qt crockpot and fits nicely on the counter with space to spare.

But enough about that – what does it DO?  I have the ability to make the most amazing beans – from dried beans – now.  I also have the ability to overcook my beans and make bean puree (more on that later).  I have made amazing brown rice in 20 minutes (yes, you read that right! 2o minutes of PC’g on high and the rice is PERFECT!).  I have PC’d spaghetti sauce to perfection, venison chunks from frozen to fork-tender in 10 minutes, and made my famous vegetable-beef soup in under an hour – a feat that ordinarily takes me 8 hours with a crock pot.  And the best part?  I get to set a timer and forget it.  There’s no watching it, waiting for the rocker to jiggle, or anything else.  It simply does it for me.

I LOVE THIS THING!  Holy cow do I love this thing.  The only thing I’m not crazy about is the Teflon-lined cooking pot, but I just keep wooden utensils around to keep from scratching it.

If you’re getting in to food storage or looking for ways to go back to basics in your cooking, I really think a pressure cooker is the way to go.  There’s no way to get burned (unless you hold your hand or arm over the steam release valve when you’re releasing the pressure), there’s no chance of opening it accidentally if there’s pressure built up in the cooker.  It’s got safety written all over it and there’s no chance I’ll mop beets off of my ceiling, beside the fact that I don’t cook beets.  😉

If you want to buy it through Amazon, I’m linking it here – the price is pretty stable all over the web and in brick & mortars around me.

Oh, and here’s a picture of the finished soup – perfect, beautiful, and delish.  The meat was so tender it fell apart in our mouths and the vegetables were not mushy at all.  Perfection in a bowl, my friends.  Perfection.

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  • http://www.g2c.net Max

    Hmmm. Never thought of a pressure cooker filling that “life partner” category, but I sense it’s been “revolutionary.”

    Call me old-fashioned, but I still like my oven. In fact, I plan (someday) to put in a second one. Ooooo. Double-wall oven. Now that could get a guy excited. Baked potatoes AND dessert…all cooking at once.
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  • http://www.mamasheartblog.com sue

    Always a hoot, Max. I have a double wall oven – nice in concept, but now that I have one, I’d rather have a stand-alone oven, just b/c the size of wall ovens (24″ wide) is too narrow for several of my pans that I’d really like to use. :\ Plus, I can’t cook beans in an oven. 😉

  • Betsie

    I have put this on my amazon shopping list. I have been planning to sell several of my small appliances and now I may just add my rice cooker and Oliver’s grandmothers’ pressure cooker to that list :o)

    Anytime you want to swap your ovens and cooktop for my stand alone oven, you’ve got your self a deal!

  • http://www.mamasheartblog.com sue

    seriously?! we’d have to plumb for gas, but still….! 😉 but didn’t you pull out wall-ovens to put in your free-standing range? *confused*

  • http://www.fagoramerica.com Jennifer

    Hi, love your blog and thanks for this great review on our product! So glad you enjoy cooking with it. :) Have a great day.

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