The Fagor Chef Pressure Cooker is made of durable 18/10 stainless steel and aluminum-clad bottoms. Each unit includes an instruction booklet and built-in indicators, making it easy to understand and use. The pressure indicator has two distinct positions: the first position indicates low pressure (8 psi), and the second indicates high pressure (15 psi). The MAX line indicator helps you to recognize when you have reached the recommended capacity in the pressure cooker.
The Fagor Chef Pressure Cooker is available in three sizes: 6 quart, 8 quart, and 10 quart capacities. The 10 quart unit can also be used as a pressure canner.
The benefits of pressure cooking
- FAST. Pressure cookers can save up to 70% in cooking time!
- EASY. Simply load the ingredients and liquids into the cooker, close the lid, bring the unit to pressure, then release and open the lid!
- HEALTHY. Pressure cookers cook without oil, and the shorter cooking times retain more nutritional value in the food. Because foods are cooked under pressure, up to 50% more vitamins and minerals are retained!
- SAFE. The Fagor Chef Pressure Cooker has three safety valves that permit excess pressure to escape, so your cooking experience is completely secure.
- VERSATILE. Pressure cookers can cook all types of food, including rice, stews, soups, meat, and even desserts.
- ENERGY EFFICIENT.Because cooking times are reduced up to 70%, it conserves a tremendous amount of energy.
- GREAT TASTE. Steam pressure breaks down the fibers in food very quickly, leaving it moist and succulent.
Using your pressure cooker
Once your cooker is loaded and the lid is locked into place, raise the burner heat to high (or medium-high for electric stoves). For the pressure cooker to build pressure, the cooking liquid in the pot has to be brought to a boil while the lid is positioned and locked in place. As the liquid begins to boil, the cooker will trap and compress the produced steam, creating pressure. The Fagor Chef pressure cookers are equipped with spring-loaded pressure indicators, which will rise to indicate when the unit has come up to pressure.
Once your unit has come up to pressure, lower the heat to medium (or medium-low for electric stoves). You may notice a continuous or occasional hissing sound and a small amount of steam coming from around the handle. This is normal, and is one of the built-in safety features that allows the Chef to safely regulate the amount of pressure inside the cooker. Do not lower the burner heat too much, as the internal temperatures will drop and you will lose pressure.
When the food is finished cooking, remove your unit from the burner. Although it is no longer in contact with the heat source, the contents will continue to cook until the temperature and the pressure level drop.
There are three ways to release the cooking pressure:
The Natural-Release Method
After removing the unit from the burner, some foods such as stocks, tomato sauces, and certain cuts of meat benefit from continuing to cook in the pressure cooker as the pressure and temperature begin to drop naturally. This method can take anywhere from ten to thirty minutes, depending on the kind and quantity of food in the pressure cooker. You will know when it has dropped completely once the spring-loaded pressure indicator lowers completely.
The Cold-Water Release Method
For most food items, you will want to lower and release the cooking pressure as quickly as possible in order to stop the cooking process. The quickest way to do this is to take the pressure cooker to the sink and place it in a tilted position, allowing a small amount of cold water to run over the lid of the cooker. This will stabilize the temperature and force the pressure to dissipate in seconds. Once all the pressure has been released, you will normally hear a decompressing sound that sounds like a swooshing “pop”.
The Automatic-Release Method
The Fagor Chef Pressure Cooker has an automatic release setting, enabling you to release pressure without having to place the unit under cold water. Simply turn the switch to the icon resembling a steam cloud, and the pressure will release quickly.
The Chef also includes a steamer basket and a trivet. The basket can be used for steaming foods without placing them directly into the cooking liquids. The trivet is simply placed on the bottom of the cooker, with the steamer basket on top of it.
Cleaning your pressure cooker
The Chef includes a self-cleaning valve, designed to clean itself with the exclusive vertical method in which it expels steam. However, stains may built up inside your pressure cooker from everyday use. A good way to remove the stains is to add equal parts of lemon juice and water to your cooker, and heat the liquid until hot. You can then use a nonabrasive sponge to remove stains.
All Fagor Pressure Cookers are Underwriter Laboratories approved. They are completely safe, and do not pose any risk for explosion. The lid locks automatically while pressure is still inside, and if the lid is not closed properly the unit will not create additional pressure. The lids will not open until the steam has dissipated and pressure has been completely released. Built-in safety mechanisms permit steam to escape when over-pressurizing occurs.
- Pressure indicator with distinct positions
- Removable timer/alarm simplifies the pressure cooking process, and gives you 100 minutes of available time
- Fully automatic locking system
- Self-cleaning valve
- 10” Tempered Glass Lid that allows the body to be used as a traditional cooking vessel
- Steamer/Grater basket with trivet, for steaming vegetables that also functions as a grater
- A DVD with information on the basics of a pressure cooker
- A DVD recipe collection
10 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
Fagor's mission is to use resources efficiently to preserve the environment and save energy, developing highly efficient products that consume less and save money; contributing to a healthy planet for us and our future generations. From a social perspective, Fagor's environmental policy strategy offers advantages to both workers and consumers. It provides workers with environmentally-appropriate working conditions, which, among other benefits, minimizes and eliminates the handling of hazardous materials, while for consumers, the end-users of Fagor's products and services, it allows for efficient use of the appliances, which reduces energy and water consumption.
Fagor has manufacturing systems established to minimize environmental impact on soil, water, energy, and air during the production process. There is also proper waste management and recycling procedures in place after the manufacturing process is completed.
In addition to numerous European product certifications and environmental stewardship awards, Fagor is also notably a participant in the Energy Star program in the USA, a joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department Of Energy. Products that bear the energy star label allow consumers to recognize such products that have been manufactured to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
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|Capacity||Available in 6, 8 or 10 Quarts|
|Key Feature||A high quality stainless steel pressure cooker / canner|
|Origin||Made in Spain|
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