Patty and Her New Pressure Cooker

Last month I got an email from a reader, Patty, who described herself as a new reader, 45 years old, and vegan for three years (soul sisters, right?).  She wrote to ask me about pressure cooking. We exchanged a few emails and last week I got an email from her. She bought a pressure cooker set (the exact one I have!) and shared her experience. Her description of her experience was so rich I asked if I could share it with you. She said yes!

patty's pressure cookers
Patty’s Pressure Cooker Set

So, my pressure cooker adventure.I ultimately decided on the Fagor. Thank you for the info on them. It was very helpful! I made out and got a Fagor set for a very good sale price at Macy’s. Instead of id="mce_marker"80 it was like id="mce_marker"08. It’s the “Elite” model, 8-quart and 4-quart pots, pressure cooker lid, glass lid, and steamer basket with trivet. Neat! I love it! I read it’s manual and Jill Nussinow’s book before I got started. Watched your video, read a few blog posts, AND watched the DVD that came with the unit. Cleaned the unit and inspected everything. All beautiful. Chose my recipes (Lentil Soup recipe and also plain Wild Rice). Did my mise en place and thought things would be just  perfect first go around. Unfortunately, not so. But, fortunately, as Miss Jill recommended, I did a test run. And, neeeeever came to pressure. Read the “troubleshooting”, decided the burner was up too high (I have an electric stove), lowered it, and tried again. Noooooo pressure. Now, I was very sad, frustrated, and disappointed.  I was getting ready to box it up, go exchange it for another one, and tell Macy’s this one was defective. BUT, I decided that maybe I had the burner TOO low the second time, so I thought I’d try……one.  more.  time.[click to continue…]

JL Fields is co-author of the forthcoming Vegan for Her: The Women’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet and writes the blog JL goes Vegan.


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