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    sf Guest

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    I have a Fagor and I don't think their booklet is detailed enough for
    pressure cooker beginners. They don't talk enough about the basics.
    I know when the yellow button pops up, there's pressure in the pot...
    but when do I start timing? Do I wait for steam to come out too?

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    Christine Dabney Guest

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    On Sun, 05 Dec 2010 16:57:51 -0800, sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >I have a Fagor and I don't think their booklet is detailed enough for
    >pressure cooker beginners. They don't talk enough about the basics.
    >I know when the yellow button pops up, there's pressure in the pot...
    >but when do I start timing? Do I wait for steam to come out too?


    My understanding is that you wait for steam to come out, before you
    start timing. It is supposed to be a lazy stream of steam. Not a
    blast of steam... If it is coming out fast and furious, the heat is
    too high...and it needs to be turned down til the steam is coming out
    slower and more gently.

    I find once the steam starts coming out, I can turn down the heat til
    it is coming out in a lazy stream. Usually I can pressure cook stuff
    on a fairly low heat.

    Christine
    --
    http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com

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    Christine Dabney Guest

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    On Sun, 05 Dec 2010 16:57:51 -0800, sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I know when the yellow button pops up, there's pressure in the pot...
    >but when do I start timing? Do I wait for steam to come out too?


    I don't have my booklet handy, but I do seem to remember them saying
    to wait til the steam was coming out..and to make sure it was a gentle
    stream. I have a Fagor too.

    Christine
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    http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com

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    sf Guest

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    On Sun, 05 Dec 2010 17:08:49 -0800, Christine Dabney
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Sun, 05 Dec 2010 16:57:51 -0800, sf <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >I know when the yellow button pops up, there's pressure in the pot...
    > >but when do I start timing? Do I wait for steam to come out too?

    >
    > I don't have my booklet handy, but I do seem to remember them saying
    > to wait til the steam was coming out..and to make sure it was a gentle
    > stream. I have a Fagor too.
    >

    I couldn't find where they talk about that, so if you ever run across
    it please email the page number for me so I can find it and highlight
    it.

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    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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    sf Guest

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    On Sun, 05 Dec 2010 17:07:35 -0800, Christine Dabney
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    > My understanding is that you wait for steam to come out, before you
    > start timing.


    Okay. Thanks.

    > It is supposed to be a lazy stream of steam. Not a
    > blast of steam... If it is coming out fast and furious, the heat is
    > too high...and it needs to be turned down til the steam is coming out
    > slower and more gently.


    Aha, thanks for the information! That was going to be a follow up
    question because I didn't know how hard the steam should be coming out
    either.
    >
    > I find once the steam starts coming out, I can turn down the heat til
    > it is coming out in a lazy stream. Usually I can pressure cook stuff
    > on a fairly low heat.


    All right. That's what I did. Thanks.

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    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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    gloria.p Guest

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    sf wrote:
    > I have a Fagor and I don't think their booklet is detailed enough for
    > pressure cooker beginners. They don't talk enough about the basics.
    > I know when the yellow button pops up, there's pressure in the pot...
    > but when do I start timing? Do I wait for steam to come out too?
    >



    With my ordinary pressure cooker, timing is supposed to start when the
    relief valve pops up AND the pressure regulator jiggles. Does the Fagor
    regulator jiggle?

    gloria p

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    Christine Dabney Guest

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    On Sun, 05 Dec 2010 18:35:04 -0700, "gloria.p" <[email protected]>
    wrote:


    >With my ordinary pressure cooker, timing is supposed to start when the
    >relief valve pops up AND the pressure regulator jiggles. Does the Fagor
    >regulator jiggle?
    >
    >gloria p


    The Fagor doesn't have a jiggling pressure regulator. It is rather
    built in, so that it does release steam..and that is the regulator. I
    don't know all the technical aspects of it..but from what I read, and
    from using it, the steam release is how to regulate it..and how fast
    the steam comes out is the key.

    Christine
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    http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com

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    Omelet Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I have a Fagor and I don't think their booklet is detailed enough for
    > pressure cooker beginners. They don't talk enough about the basics.
    > I know when the yellow button pops up, there's pressure in the pot...
    > but when do I start timing? Do I wait for steam to come out too?


    Wait for the weight to start rocking. That indicates it is up to
    pressure... that is presuming it's the same as a Presto. :-) I don't
    own a Fagor.
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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

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    In article <idheke$l2d$[email protected]>,
    "gloria.p" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > sf wrote:
    > > I have a Fagor and I don't think their booklet is detailed enough for
    > > pressure cooker beginners. They don't talk enough about the basics.
    > > I know when the yellow button pops up, there's pressure in the pot...
    > > but when do I start timing? Do I wait for steam to come out too?
    > >

    >
    >
    > With my ordinary pressure cooker, timing is supposed to start when the
    > relief valve pops up AND the pressure regulator jiggles. Does the Fagor
    > regulator jiggle?
    >
    > gloria p


    It does not. :-) That seems to be the new thing in pressure cookers‹a
    non-jiggling gauge/regulator.

    The instructional video that came with mine shows you exactly how to do
    it and when to start timing. The instruction manual tells when to
    start timing, too, in uppercase letters, even. The recipe boolet that
    came with mine also tells when to start timing, but not in uppercase
    letters. "-)

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    Holy Order of the Sacred Sisters of St. Pectina of Jella
    "Always in a jam, never in a stew; sometimes in a pickle."
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    Brian Christiansen Guest

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    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > I have a Fagor and I don't think their booklet is detailed enough for
    > pressure cooker beginners. They don't talk enough about the basics.
    > I know when the yellow button pops up, there's pressure in the pot...
    > but when do I start timing? Do I wait for steam to come out too?
    >


    Would this be possibly what you are looking for:
    Begin heating with burner set on high heat. Electric stove users please see
    note below. When the steam comes out of the automatic valve for first time,
    lower the heat to maintain a gentle, steady stream of steam. At this moment,
    the COOKING TIME STARTS. It is recommended that a kitchen timer be used to
    monitor the exact cooking time.

    That is copied and pasted from the fagor express pressure cooker manual. It
    is on page 8 of the manual I found. If you have a differnt model or manual,
    where different things might be on different pages, the heading that it is
    under is "Cooking Time Control".

    According to another passsage in the manual that I found: "Indicator:
    Indicates whether there is pressure inside the cooker. As the pressure
    cooker heats and pressure builds, the pressure indicator (the yellow tipped
    rod, located on top of the lid handle) will raise automatically and there
    will be a slight amount of steam coming out of the lid handle." So, at
    least, on this model, the steam starting to come out and the yellow button
    popping up should happen at the same time (ie, it is the steam that makes
    the button pop up).

    I don't know if what I found it is exactly the same model or manual that you
    have, but if you are interested in a searchable PDF copy of the manual, it
    is located here:
    http://www.fagoramerica.com/content/...s%20manual.pdf

    Brian Christiansen





    Brian Christiansen



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    sf Guest

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    On Sun, 05 Dec 2010 18:35:04 -0700, "gloria.p" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > Does the Fagor regulator jiggle?


    Unfortunately, no. I used to have pressure cookers like yours... not
    that I was an expert or anything like that, but at least it was fairly
    obvious when to start timing.


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    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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    sf Guest

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    On Sun, 05 Dec 2010 20:50:23 -0600, Melba's Jammin'
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > The instructional video that came with mine shows you exactly how to do
    > it and when to start timing.


    You got a video with it? Lucky you!

    > The instruction manual tells when to
    > start timing, too, in uppercase letters, even. The recipe boolet that
    > came with mine also tells when to start timing, but not in uppercase
    > letters. "-)


    What page is it on? I've looked and looked but didn't see those
    instructions. I need to highlight that part so I won't miss it again.

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    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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    sf Guest

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    On Sun, 5 Dec 2010 22:12:41 -0700, "Brian Christiansen"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Would this be possibly what you are looking for:
    > Begin heating with burner set on high heat. Electric stove users please see
    > note below. When the steam comes out of the automatic valve for first time,
    > lower the heat to maintain a gentle, steady stream of steam. At this moment,
    > the COOKING TIME STARTS. It is recommended that a kitchen timer be used to
    > monitor the exact cooking time.
    >
    > That is copied and pasted from the fagor express pressure cooker manual. It
    > is on page 8 of the manual I found. If you have a differnt model or manual,
    > where different things might be on different pages, the heading that it is
    > under is "Cooking Time Control".
    >
    > According to another passsage in the manual that I found: "Indicator:
    > Indicates whether there is pressure inside the cooker. As the pressure
    > cooker heats and pressure builds, the pressure indicator (the yellow tipped
    > rod, located on top of the lid handle) will raise automatically and there
    > will be a slight amount of steam coming out of the lid handle." So, at
    > least, on this model, the steam starting to come out and the yellow button
    > popping up should happen at the same time (ie, it is the steam that makes
    > the button pop up).
    >
    > I don't know if what I found it is exactly the same model or manual that you
    > have, but if you are interested in a searchable PDF copy of the manual, it
    > is located here:
    > http://www.fagoramerica.com/content/...s%20manual.pdf


    Found and highlighted it. Thank you - thank you - thank you! I must
    have stopped reading at "electric stove users" because I have gas.

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    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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    Brian Christiansen Guest

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    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Found and highlighted it. Thank you - thank you - thank you! I must
    > have stopped reading at "electric stove users" because I have gas.
    >

    You're welcome - I just thought maybe a different pair of eyes looking at
    the same (or similar) manual might find it. Though, actually, my "eyes" did
    not find, I used the search function in the PDF reader.

    Brian Christiansen



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    notbob Guest

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    On 2010-12-06, Omelet <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Wait for the weight to start rocking. That indicates it is up to
    > pressure... that is presuming it's the same as a Presto. :-) I don't
    > own a Fagor.


    A lot of the newer pressure cookers do not use the rocking weight
    design. My PC only allows steam to escape when the maximum pressure
    (15lbs) has been exceeded. It's the first of two safety mechanisms
    and any escaping steam indicates the pressure TOO high and the heat
    needs to be reduced.

    I remember my mom's old Presto with the rocking weight. I don't
    recall her ever blowing it up, but that doesn't mean it didn't happen.

    I do recall, quite vividly, her blowing up our old Okeefe and Merritt
    manually lit gas oven more than once, a situation that again concerns
    me as our propane stove no longer auto-lights when turned on. I jes
    ordered a new igniter part from the manufacturer.

    nb

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    sf Guest

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    On Mon, 6 Dec 2010 00:48:28 -0700, "Brian Christiansen"
    <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > Found and highlighted it. Thank you - thank you - thank you! I must
    > > have stopped reading at "electric stove users" because I have gas.
    > >

    > You're welcome - I just thought maybe a different pair of eyes looking at
    > the same (or similar) manual might find it. Though, actually, my "eyes" did
    > not find, I used the search function in the PDF reader.
    >

    I'm still stuck in the past and use physical manuals, so it didn't
    even occur to me to use that method. Thanks again!

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    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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