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...Looks like a jiggle-top to me and I prefer the spring valve type.
Maybe another drift, but...

I have been using PCs for a long time and these terms are not familiar to me. Seems I have only been using the "jiggle-tops" all along.

Mind elaborating on pros and cons of these two types?
Also, how does the spring ones release excess pressure?
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Re: Pressure cooker choice

I just bought a set of the Fagor pressure magic. It came with two pots....4 qt and 8 qt. and one pressure cooker lid as well as a glass regular lid. Also came with steamer basket for seafood and veggies as well as a short basket and rack. The two cookbooks that came with it are excellent as well.

I am just this week experimentig with cooking ....so far I made a roast with veggies, chili from dried beans, acorn squash and a 7 lb. turkey breast. All came out great. but it did have a learning curve. I am getting better!

These can also be used for dry roasting and pressure frying ( i am told that is how a certain chicken fast food chain cooks their breasts). I will experiment with these next.
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I think this was mentioned in one of the other pressure cooker threads but we ended up with a 2.5quart Kuhn Rikon. Still getting to know it and learning how to get the best out of it but size wise it is perfect. Small size stores easily while it is quite big enough for a couple. Last thing we cooked was sufficient for dinner and enough left overs for a second meal. Too small for a family no doubt but it will do us. Though we bought the short handled version, the jury is still out on this and I suspect that in the long term the long handled would have made better sense.


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We use the 'smallish' 4 qt. Fagor Pressure cooker .... we like most of the Fagor stuff because of the 'releasing' handles which enhances stowage
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Maybe another drift, but...

I have been using PCs for a long time and these terms are not familiar to me. Seems I have only been using the "jiggle-tops" all along.

Mind elaborating on pros and cons of these two types?
Also, how does the spring ones release excess pressure?

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Fagor +1

BergHoff, Fissel and are also good ones

Stay FAR AWAY from aluminium for pots and pans. Acidic product will leach the aluminium out of the pan.

Chefs never cook or store in alluminium. Try leaving some tomatoe sauce in an aluminum pot/ container. Let me know what colour the sauce is 2 days later??????


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I am not a fan of aluminum for cooking either. Ever cover anything with an acidic sauce with Alum foil? The foil desolves! It ends up in your food. The jury is still out on what harm it does but i really don't want to eat any metal.
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Re: Pressure cooker choice

I have a Fagor that I like a lot, except I think the spring mechanism may just be more complicated than they are worth. I have seen an inexpensive SS giggle top that I may get to try. I have been having problems with the Fagor leaking pressure from where there handle connects to the lid. Kind of like it is out of adjustment, yet there really is not any adjustment. I was also thinking about future cruising plans and seals and parts might be hard to find in remote places. So a simple giggle top and pick up a bunch of seals, then vacuum seal them and store till needed. That should keep me going for 10 or more years.
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