Since falling in love with Electric Pressure Cookers about 2 years ago, I’ve owned 5 different pressure cookers, which may seem excessive to some (like my husband, my mom, the UPS guy…to name a few), but I like that I’ve been able to try them all out and settle down on my top 2 favorites. I also love having 2 in my pantry for the fact that I can cook shredded pork in one and rice in the other (for example). I also have one of them designated to fragrant savory foods and the other for low odor foods (like rice, quinoa, yogurt, etc.)
I’ll start with my top 2 favorites . . .
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The buttons on the Instant Pot definitely took some figuring out (it wasn’t quite as simple and straight forward as I wanted), but once I got the hang of it, I fell in love with this machine. My number one use for it is homemade yogurt and ricotta, and it does it ingeniously! Without a single stir, the Instant Pot has boiled my milk to 180 degrees without ever scorching the bottom of the pot. Before using the Instant Pot to make yogurt, I scorched many batches using a pot on top of my stove. It’s been very reliable and hasn’t skipped a beat in nearly 2 years.
Yes, I’ve owned both, and yes, I know it’s petty, but after owning and loving the black, I couldn’t help myself when a white version came out. It’s so pretty sitting there on my counter. If I weren’t such a clutter phobe, I would consider letting it sit on my counters permanently. But whether you have the black or the white version, the Fagor Lux is my go to! The buttons and features are so simple that I didn’t even have to read the manual before using it (however, if you’re new to Pressure Cooking, READ THE MANUAL!). I love that it counts down after the pressure is released so I know how long I forgot that I was cooking something (oops!) and it has worked flawlessly and dependably on everything I’ve placed inside it. It reaches a nice hot temperature for browning meats as well. I bought the Lux version because it has the yogurt function, but after a couple tries, I switched back to the Instant Pot for that job. It scorched the bottom of my pan both times and it seemed to take much longer to get to the 180 degrees when compared to the Instant Pot. I’m not saying it can’t be done, and perhaps I just need to play with it a little more, but the Instant Pot is my go to for yogurt. But for everything else (especially the “stinky” stuff), this pot is the first one I grab.
Before I bought the Lux version, I owned this cheaper version of the Fagor line and loved it as well. In retrospect, if I had known I wouldn’t be using the Fagor for Yogurt, I may have stayed with this version because it cost less. But alas, it doesn’t come in pretty white, so I stuck with the Lux version.
This was my first pressure cooker that I bought when everyone around me was buying the Cuisinart model. I got it on a great deal and I loved it while it lasted, but after a year, the plug connection was failing me and it was having malfunctions when trying to reach pressure. According to the Amazon reviews however, a lot of people have loved it and not had my same issues.
We hope this helps you sift through all the options when trying to find the perfect Electric Pressure Cooker for YOU!
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