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Thread: Pressure Cooker: Stainless steel versus Aluminum

  1. #1
    Manda Ruby Guest

    Default Pressure Cooker: Stainless steel versus Aluminum

    What's your opinion on using tomatoes in Aluminuma pan.

    The pressure cooker I have is Alunimum. I didn't think about it beign
    aluminum when I bought it. I wish I had; I would have looked for the
    stainless steel one.

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    Janet Wilder Guest

    Default Re: Pressure Cooker: Stainless steel versus Aluminum

    Manda Ruby wrote:
    > What's your opinion on using tomatoes in Aluminuma pan.
    >
    > The pressure cooker I have is Alunimum. I didn't think about it beign
    > aluminum when I bought it. I wish I had; I would have looked for the
    > stainless steel one.


    I've had a pricey stainless steel pressure cooker and several cheap
    aluminum ones. I like the aluminum better. I used tomatoes in both.
    Everything stuck to the stainless steel one. Nothing stuck to the
    aluminum one.

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

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    Tracy Guest

    Default Re: Pressure Cooker: Stainless steel versus Aluminum

    Manda Ruby wrote:
    > What's your opinion on using tomatoes in Aluminuma pan.
    >
    > The pressure cooker I have is Alunimum. I didn't think about it beign
    > aluminum when I bought it. I wish I had; I would have looked for the
    > stainless steel one.


    I have an aluminum pressure cooker and works fine. It cleans up very
    easily. I cook with tomatoes but I have never made something where
    tomato was the main ingredient.

    Tracy

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Pressure Cooker: Stainless steel versus Aluminum

    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    Manda Ruby <[email protected]> wrote:

    > What's your opinion on using tomatoes in Aluminuma pan.

    It wouldn't be my first choice but it will still cook the tomatoes. I
    don't think I'd let them simmer or stew in there for a real long time,
    though, unless I was trying to clean my aluminum pan.
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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Pressure Cooker: Stainless steel versus Aluminum

    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    Manda Ruby <[email protected]> wrote:

    > What's your opinion on using tomatoes in Aluminuma pan.
    >
    > The pressure cooker I have is Alunimum. I didn't think about it beign
    > aluminum when I bought it. I wish I had; I would have looked for the
    > stainless steel one.


    I wouldn't. The aluminum oxidizes when exposed to the acid in the
    tomatoes and the metallic residue gives them a horrid bitter flavor.

    My PC is stainless steel.

    I never cook in aluminum. It's too reactive.
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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Pressure Cooker: Stainless steel versus Aluminum

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]> wrote:

    > In article
    > <[email protected]>,
    > Manda Ruby <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > What's your opinion on using tomatoes in Aluminuma pan.

    > It wouldn't be my first choice but it will still cook the tomatoes. I
    > don't think I'd let them simmer or stew in there for a real long time,
    > though, unless I was trying to clean my aluminum pan.


    <laughs>
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    Chemiker Guest

    Default Re: Pressure Cooker: Stainless steel versus Aluminum

    On Fri, 14 Aug 2009 13:15:52 -0700 (PDT), Manda Ruby
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >What's your opinion on using tomatoes in Aluminuma pan.
    >
    >The pressure cooker I have is Alunimum. I didn't think about it beign
    >aluminum when I bought it. I wish I had; I would have looked for the
    >stainless steel one.


    Well, I have 3. One is an old Mirro Al unit. I no longer use it. I
    have a tiny Hawkins unit (made in India) which is also Al. I bought
    it because it is great for packpackers and people who camp out
    at high altitude. Well made and innovative. My main "unit" is a
    S/S Fagor Duo, which comes with 2 bases (3 and 8(?) qt) with
    a common lid, and a glass lid for conventional use. OK for all
    cooktops including induction. It is also laminated with a heat-
    diffusion core.

    I have seen Al cookers pit badly over time because of cooking
    acid foods therein. Tomato, sauerkraut, you understand.

    I do not know of an Al unit that is anodized.... that would be
    a step forward, IMHO. I use the Fagor for almost all my PC
    cooking. Made in Spain. In understand there is a Swiss-made
    unit that is also quite good, but very pricey.

    Short answer, I would not buy a pure Aluminum unit if I
    had another choice. The Fagor Duo has been very satisfactory
    to me for all uses, pressure or otherwise.

    HTH

    Alex

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    Manda Ruby Guest

    Default Re: Pressure Cooker: Stainless steel versus Aluminum

    > My main "unit" is a
    > S/S Fagor Duo, which comes with 2 bases (3 and 8(?) qt) with
    > a common lid, and a glass lid for conventional use. OK for all
    > cooktops including induction. It is also laminated with a heat-
    > diffusion core.


    Must be a very nice unit.

    I was wishing that pressure cookers come with glass lid and the same
    lid (glass lid as well as pressure cooker lid) can be used for
    different size of cooking.

    Where did you buy that and how did you pay this unit?


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    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Re: Pressure Cooker: Stainless steel versus Aluminum

    On Sat, 15 Aug 2009 23:42:07 -0700 (PDT), Manda Ruby
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >> My main "unit" is a
    >> S/S Fagor Duo, which comes with 2 bases (3 and 8(?) qt) with
    >> a common lid, and a glass lid for conventional use. OK for all
    >> cooktops including induction. It is also laminated with a heat-
    >> diffusion core.

    >
    >Must be a very nice unit.
    >
    >I was wishing that pressure cookers come with glass lid and the same
    >lid (glass lid as well as pressure cooker lid) can be used for
    >different size of cooking.
    >
    >Where did you buy that and how did you pay this unit?


    My Fagor Duo comes with a glass lid as well...for regular cooking. I
    must have the same set. I heat things up, using the glass lid, then
    switch over to the pressure lid.

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

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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Pressure Cooker: Stainless steel versus Aluminum


    "Christine Dabney" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > My Fagor Duo comes with a glass lid as well...for regular cooking. I
    > must have the same set. I heat things up, using the glass lid, then
    > switch over to the pressure lid.


    Why? Won't it heat as well with the pressure lid?



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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Pressure Cooker: Stainless steel versus Aluminum

    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    Manda Ruby <[email protected]> wrote:

    > > My main "unit" is a
    > > S/S Fagor Duo, which comes with 2 bases (3 and 8(?) qt) with
    > > a common lid, and a glass lid for conventional use. OK for all
    > > cooktops including induction. It is also laminated with a heat-
    > > diffusion core.

    >
    > Must be a very nice unit.
    >
    > I was wishing that pressure cookers come with glass lid and the same
    > lid (glass lid as well as pressure cooker lid) can be used for
    > different size of cooking.
    >
    > Where did you buy that and how did you pay this unit?


    A web search on Fagor pressure cookers will turn up many hits. Also try
    Amazon.

    Kuhn Rikon is the Swiss brand to which Chemiker referred.

    There's a book, "Cooking Under Pressure" by Lorna Sass.
    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Pressure Cooker: Stainless steel versus Aluminum

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Christine Dabney <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I heat things up, using the glass lid, then switch over to the pressure

    lid.
    > Christine


    I'm curious. Why do you start with the glass lid? Why not just the
    locking cover from the get-go?
    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
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    Manda Ruby Guest

    Default Changed to "Buying Fragor Pressure Cooker"


    I found "Fagor Duo Pressure Cooker Combi" and "Fagor 6-pc. Futuro
    Pressure Cooker Set" at
    http://www.fagorpressurecookers.com/...kers/?pageno=2


    What is the different between these two sets aside from the design?

  14. #14
    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Re: Pressure Cooker: Stainless steel versus Aluminum

    On Sun, 16 Aug 2009 06:55:10 -0500, Melba's Jammin'
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >In article <[email protected]>,
    > Christine Dabney <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>I heat things up, using the glass lid, then switch over to the pressure

    >lid.
    >> Christine

    >
    >I'm curious. Why do you start with the glass lid? Why not just the
    >locking cover from the get-go?


    Just because..LOL. I sometimes don't even put a lid on til it comes
    to a boil...then the pressure comes up fast. If I put it on right
    away, I can't see the contents, and it just seems to take forever for
    the pressure to be obtained.
    No scientific reason...LOL.

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

  15. #15
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Changed to "Buying Fragor Pressure Cooker"

    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    Manda Ruby <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I found "Fagor Duo Pressure Cooker Combi" and "Fagor 6-pc. Futuro
    > Pressure Cooker Set" at
    > http://www.fagorpressurecookers.com/...kers/?pageno=2
    >
    > What is the different between these two sets aside from the design?


    For the love of Alex, read the descriptions.
    The differences are spelled out.
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    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller - Yes, I Can! blog - check it out
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  16. #16
    Robert Guest

    Default Re: Changed to "Buying Fragor Pressure Cooker"


    "Manda Ruby" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    >
    > I found "Fagor Duo Pressure Cooker Combi" and "Fagor 6-pc. Futuro
    > Pressure Cooker Set" at
    > http://www.fagorpressurecookers.com/...kers/?pageno=2
    >
    >
    > What is the different between these two sets aside from the design?


    The Duo combi set seems to be the same as this set which is $31 dollars
    cheaper.

    http://www.fagorpressurecookers.com/.../918060803.htm

    Robert



  17. #17
    BeartoothGiG Guest

    Default Re: Pressure Cooker: Stainless steel versus Aluminum

    On Sun, 16 Aug 2009 06:52:41 -0500, Melba's Jammin' wrote:

    > A web search on Fagor pressure cookers will turn up many hits. Also try
    > Amazon.
    >
    > Kuhn Rikon is the Swiss brand to which Chemiker referred.
    >
    > There's a book, "Cooking Under Pressure" by Lorna Sass.


    Look carefully when you look. The American ones are designed
    nowadays to maintain 15# of pressure; at least one import is designed to
    maintain 10#.

    That may be better, for aught I know; it seems bound to be
    different.

    --
    Beartooth Staffwright, Neo-Redneck Not Quite Clueless Power User
    I have precious (very precious!) little idea where up is.


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