The Quickie Review – Fissler Pressure Pan Set

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I know, I am a day late with my post, but I somehow managed to give myself a stress fracture in my foot, and didn’t do much except rest yesterday. But better late than never, I say, so here you go!

After a couple years, I thought it might be time to do some quick reviews of my pressure cookers. These will be totally unscientific reviews, and are 100% my opinion.

Up this week, the Fissler Pressure Pan Set. If you are considering a second pressure cooker, this is a great choice. It would not be a good choice for your only pressure cooker, but as a second cooker it is excellent.

No, this isn’t great for making a big ol’ pot of chili or soup, but for recipes such as my Chicken Adobo, or Chipotle Orange Meatballs, or perhaps my Atlanta Brisket it really shines. The extra width and the “Novogrill” grilling surface that allows for excellent browning makes it perfect for wide flat cuts of meat or multiple items like meatballs because it allows you to keep them in one layer.

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A couple things to keep in mind when reading the description on the Fissler Website.

1. The description may lead you to believe that this has a nonstick surface. It is true that the surface sticks less than a normal flat surface, it is by no means nonstick, as in it does not have a nonstick coating. To me, this is a good thing. I try to avoid all nonstick cookware. The “Novogrill” surface does do a great job of browning meat, though. And the shallow depth prevents the meat from steaming rather than browning which seems to happen when trying to brown meat in a deeper pot.

2. The basket that comes with it is referred to on the website as a “frying basket”. Don’t let this lead you to believe that you can deep-fry under pressure in this! You can use this pan as a fryer, but not with the pressure lid. Doing so could be dangerous.

The basket also doubles as a steamer basket, which can be done under pressure. Since a conventional steamer doesn’t really fit in this pan, it can come in handy.

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It also comes with a glass lid, which lets you use it as a conventional skillet or steamer.

I occasionally use this as a skillet, since it is my widest and deepest fry pan. I use it for things such as home fries when my 10″ cast iron skillet isn’t quite deep enough.

One thing I’ve noticed is that the handle tends to get loose after using it for awhile. It can be easily tightened, it is just something to look out for since a loose handle can be dangerous.

All in all, I would say this is well worth the price. I use it at least as often as my 7 litre Kuhn Rikon, it’s just that each one excels at different things. And its usefulness as a non-pressure skillet, fryer and steamer is just a bonus.

So if you are considering a second pressure cooker, the Fissler would be well worth taking a look at.

This review is entirely my opinion and I am in no way compensated for this review.

Instant Pot – 30 Day Update

The Instant Pot Review – Part Deux

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Now that I have been using the Instant Pot for roughly a month, I thought it might be time to check in again and share my thoughts.

I have to say, this electric PC has been growing on me. What I once thought of as a bit of a novelty is becoming quite a useful tool. I would estimate that about 50% of my pressure cooking is done using the Instant Pot. And there are certain areas in which it excels.

One thing that it works great for is pressure-cooked “hard boiled” eggs (by the way, I use this method as posted on Hip Pressure Cooking). With the stovetop pressure cooker, you have to keep a close eye to make sure it doesn’t exceed low pressure. With the Instant Pot, once low pressure is reached it adjusts itself to maintain the low pressure and then shuts itself off at the end of the cooking time. There were times with the stovetop model where I turned away for just a minute or so, only to find the pressure was beyond low pressure. It didn’t ruin the eggs, but I did end up with a few cracked ones. It is pretty much perfect every time with the electric.

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I still don’t know the exact reason, but for some reason I really like the way that steel-cut oats turn out in the Instant Pot. Maybe it is the slightly time it takes to get up to pressure and to do a natural release, but using the same 10 minutes under pressure that I use for the stovetop model, the oats turn out creamier with just the perfect amount of chew. I always head straight for the Instant Pot when preparing oats now.

On my first post about the Instant Pot, I mentioned the “spinning inner pot” that I found a bit annoying. Since then, I recieved a comment from a reader that had a perfectly reasonable and valid reason why she liked the fact that the pot turned. But for me, I still find it a little annoying, but something I can live with.

I have also found that I pretty much use the “Manual” button for everything. The individual buttons at the top beside the timer, basically just set the time, and much of the time it needs to be changed anyway, so I prefer to just use manual.

All in all, I would say it was a good investment and will be getting plenty of use.

Disclaimer: I am in no way connected with Instant Pot and this review is just my humble opinion.