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From: BobK (
Subject: Re: ended up getting fagor elite at bridal shower and...
Date: April 5, 2005 at 12:02 pm PST

In Reply to: ended up getting fagor elite at bridal shower and... posted by cmvegan on April 4, 2005 at 11:47 am:

Fagors are excellent pressure cookers. I think that you misunderstand the indicator stick. I went to the Fagor site and they say that they have a "Visual indicator lets user know when pressure has been released."
I believe what this is an interlock that prevents you from unlocking
the pressure cooker when it has any pressure at all and not to indicate when full pressure has been achieved. You can test this by pressing the rod up with your fingers and I believe that you will find that there is no resistance, if this were a pressure indicator there would be resistance. You can also assemble the empty cooker, lock the lid in place, turn the pressure cooker upside down and try to unlock the lid. If you can't that indicates the indicator stick is a safety interlock to prevent you from opening the cooker when it has pressure and scalding yourself with hot steam.

This indicator stick on the Fagor serves an entirely different purpose from the pressure indicator rod on second generation pressure
cookers which indicate pressure.

Have you tried just heating some water, say a quart, and when you reach what you think is full pressure turn off the heat and move the cooker with water to a cold burner and record the time until the pressure indicator stick drops down. This should be on the order of 10 to 12 minutes or more if you are truly at high pressure. If the rod drops down in less than 8 minutes I doubt if the cooker is at hight pressure. You should experiment with water only before ever putting any food at all in the cooker to
learn how the cooker acts as a learning activity. You should have some steam coming out from the main valve in small occasional bursts.

If you will scroll down in this group to Feb 8, 2004 there is a thread
started by Problem/question from Cheryl who had a problem with her Fagor not cooking beans because she was not letting the cooker get to full pressure. Read all of the postings that follow in the thread.

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