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pressure cooker advice
Yes, cruisers love Pressure Cookers.
I''ve never seen a 12V cooker - most of us use "conventional" stove-top types.
Most pressure cookers are sold by the size of their total liquid capacity even though their actual usable capacity is one half to two thirds of their liquid capacity, depending upon the food being cooked.
4-quart: A good size for singles or couples; or for making a side dish.
6-quart: The most popular size for many families with more than 3 persons.
7-8 quart: Popular for large families, or bigger foods like whole chickens, ribs, turkey breasts.
Many different companies manufacture pressure cookers. The Magefesa was rated number one, by several cooking magazines several years ago. Ruhn Kuhn, the Cadillac of pressure cookers, is another outstanding cooker. A good quality stainless steel pressure cooker you purchase today should be expected to provide many years of service, maybe 25 years or more. Pressure cookers are a long term investment and therefore it is important to select a well-known brand from a company with a long established history.
These guidelines should be considered when making your selection:
1. Choose a brand from a company that has been in business for a number of years and has a stable track record, avoid the newest ''fads'' and heavily advertised products that try to sell you products with fancy names and high price tags for pressure cookers you could purchase from a well known companies and get ''more bang for your buck''.
2. Learn how to take good care of your pressure cooker. Read and follow the manufacturer''s directions for operating it properly and safely.
3. Pressure cookers can last a generation, but you will have to periodically replace a few rubber parts. You need to be confident that the brand you purchase today will be from a company that will be in business for years to come in order to assure a supply of the proper parts.
4. Parts are not interchangeable from one brand to another, so don''t select a "brand X" model, or rush out to buy the lastest fad simply on the spur of the moment.
5. Buy a brand handled by a reputable retailer, whether it is an online store or a local merchant. For maximum convenience, you may want to select a local retailer that also stocks the replacement parts you will eventually need.
Goto: Miss Vickie’s “Guide to Modern Pressure Cookery”
With hundreds of pressure cooking recipes and instructions, this website is just for pressure cooker enthusiasts.
Beginners’ Workshop: http://missvickie.com/workshop/schoolframe.html
Quick Cooking School: http://missvickie.com/howto/cooking101/lessonframe.html
Pressure Cooker Timing Charts (and more):
... and much, much more. This is a great website, full of excellent information!
Happy Pressure Cooking,