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    Looking for first pressure cooker

    Somehow I've managed to never use a pressure cooker, but thinking that it might be time to try one. (I have memories of my mother using one to can, and it was a scary, scary experience!) Sounds like you guys love your Kuhn Rikons, but they are a little pricey for something that may not get used very often. What do you think? Do you love your pressure cooker? And is it worth it to start out with one like the K-R?
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    I'll be curious of your responses. I keep meaning to buy one but haven't. When I was window shopping in Germany several years ago the Fagor brand caught my eye, but I know nothing more about them.

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    There's a low-end Fagor on sale right now. It's only about 20% of the price of a Kuhn-Rikon. I've only seen a few reviews--mostly poor, but the postive reviews imply that there's some operator error going on. The reviews for the Kuhn-Rikon are positive across the board.
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    I have used a Fagor Duo for over a year now without any issues. My cleaning person managed to break off the handle, but I have no idea how he did that and it cost me only a few $$ to get a new one from Fagor within a few days. I have the canning setup (haven't used it for canning, yet, but I am working on it...): http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/prod...p?SKU=16700681. No real regrets, but if I had to do it again, I would probably take this set http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/prod...104681&RN=781& - sometimes a 10 quart pot is too much and I wish I had a 4qt one. I heard only good things about the KRs but decided I cannot afford them. BTW, BBB links only for convenience, they may be cheaper elsewhere.

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    I've got the same model as Stefan, w/o the canning setup. One it's a pretty straightforward setup. What's nice is that the Duo has 2 pressure settings. I think Fagor might have had some quality control issues with their handles for a bit, but I haven't had any complaints to make so far. That being said, I'd have probably gone with the K-R, if only because of the reason that I'll shell out the extra $$ to buy once, instead of trying to save money & end up buying twice.

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    Here is some stuff from a while back:
    http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...ressure-cooker
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    Thanks, Spike. I'd looked at those. Not sure how much I'd use a pressure cooker, so I'm a little reluctant go all out on one. Might need to puzzle over this a little more.
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    There is always Goodwill, flea markets, slEaze-Bay!
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    Yeah, worth looking into, although I'd like a new one. Something about using a bomb with a safety valve that may have been mucked around with by someone gives me the heebie-jeebies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucretia View Post
    Yeah, worth looking into, although I'd like a new one. Something about using a bomb with a safety valve that may have been mucked around with by someone gives me the heebie-jeebies.
    Um..yes.

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