Fagor 3-In-1 Cooker Review – Pressure, Rice, and Slow Cooker in One

Years ago, Mom and Grandma would have loved to have a pressure cooker so that meals could be cooked quickly and deliciously, but they would not get one because they thought they were dangerous. Fast forward to 2010 and meet the Fagor 3-in-1 multi-cooker which is perfect for all your cooking needs. It serves as a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, and a rice cooker, and I do not know what I would do without it. It is the most popular, most versatile, and most efficient appliance in my kitchen. I do not worry for a moment that it might not be safe as it has so many safeguards. Also its very quiet performance assures me it is the perfect choice. No more noise and hissing like the old ones! And I can cut my cooking time by 70%!

It saved my buying three appliances so right off the bat it saved me money. I have gotten a lot of use out of it, and find it indispensable. It has a very heavy self-locking lid; a pop-up pressure indicator; and even a mechanism to release steam so you do not have to run it under cold water or wait for the pressure to release like you did in the old ones. It is very simple to operate. You set the time you want it to cook and it beeps when it is done. The cover is impossible to remove until the pressure is released. You can buy the cheaper cuts of beef and they come out tender. Last week I made fish chowder, cooked it for ten minutes, and it was delicious.

It is the healthiest way to cook as the vitamins and minerals are retained. The slow cooker can be set up to 9.5 hours so that you can set it in the morning before leaving for work, and there will be a hot delicious meal all ready when you come home. There is also a "keep warm" setting so you can eat when YOU want to. It can be used for many purposes "from soup to nuts", the nuts being the performance pressure cookers are known for. You can cook fish, chicken, vegetables, pork, and beef quicker than you can in a microwave, and they will come out tasting better as they do not lose their moisture. There is also a low pressure setting for cooking the vegetables. It also features a browning setting, and a programmable delay timer for up to eight hours, so you can set it to begin operating at your convenience. It has an LED screen and soft-touch control buttons.

An early pressure cooker was called a steam digester, invented by Denis Papin, a French physicist in 1679. It was a device for extracting fats from bones, which made them brittle so they could easily be ground into bone meal. In present day pressure cookers, the food is cooked at a temperature above the normal boiling point of water so viruses and bacteria are killed. AS the pressure increases, the boiling point of water increases, so the pressure built up in the cooker makes the liquid in the pot rise to a higher temperature before boiling. Very little water is required so vegetables are not cooked covered with water like on the stove. In that case, when you throw out the water you lose vitamins and minerals. In the Fagor multi-cooker, small to medium potatoes cook in eight minutes, shredded cabbage in one minute, and fresh green beans in three minutes. Lentils, beans, and brown rice which normally cook in 45 minutes can cook in 10 minutes.

The durability of stainless steel is well-known, and this brushed stainless pressure cooker fills the bill. It is also very attractive and you just have to wipe the outside to keep it looking great. When you put the Fagor away it is saving space as you are storing one appliance instead of three. It measures 11.5 x 13.5 x 11.5 inches, and weighs 15.2 pounds. The third function of the Fagor is cooking rice. It can prepare anything from sushi rice to rice pudding. All you have to do is enter the ingredients, close the lid, and press the rice cooking button. In just SIX MINUTES you rice will be steamed, perfectly cooked and ready for you to enjoy. No more burned or soggy rice.

With the browning feature of the Fagor, you can use it at the end of the slow cooker cycle to create boiling water in order to add a thickener such as flour or cornstarch. The possibilities with this cooker are endless. Choose between high (9psi) and low (5psi) pressure, depending on what you are cooking. It also has an anti-heating feature for safety. It has plenty of capacity for cooking for a family. It has so many features, purchasing it is, in my opinion, a no-brainer.