Fagor

In business for well over two decades, Fagor has established themselves as the silver and gold of cookware, pots, steamers, and especially pressure cookers. Needless to say, I just couldn’t wait to try them out. And with a love for pressure cooking, I decided to do so with the Fagor 670041970 Premium Pressure Cooker.

Features/Settings

Like all pressure cookers, Fagor’s Premium pressure cooker gives you the ability to create delicious and nutritious meals fast and easy – and all in one pot. But what makes this one special are the pre-programmed settings it comes with. There are 5 in particular, making your experience cooking beans, meat, white rice, brown rice, and risotto smooth and easy. All you have to do is put in your ingredients, pick the setting, and wait for the pot to do its magic in a matter of minutes. I’m not kidding. The Fagor 670041970 Premium Pressure Cooker really makes it that easy.

Among the many great features and settings of the Fagor 670041970 Premium Pressure Cooker you will find:

  • Up to 6 hour time delay feature so you can have a meal ready by the time you wake up or come home from work (one of my favorites! I talk more about that below…)
  • Keep warm, pressure cooker, saute, brown, simmer, steam and stir fry settings for an even easier cooking experience (programmable up to 99 minutes for bigger meals)
  • A removable, non-stick pot (dishwasher safe too – super easy to clean!)
  • Self-locking lid (makes pressure cooking even easier!)
  • Auto pressure release function
  • Stainless steel finish
  • LED screen with soft touch control buttons
  • Comes with a user’s manual that gives you detailed instructions and even includes a couple recipes
  • 1-year warranty on all parts (manufacturer’s guarantee)

Safety

Pressure cooking can be a little intimidating (and unfortunately dangerous) for inexperienced beginners. But as pioneers in quality and expertise, Fagor designs their pressure cooker with top of the line safety features.

Some safety features included on the Fagor 670041970 Premium Pressure Cooker are:

  • Self-locking lid
  • Auto pressure release function
  • Pressure regulating knob with three settings
    • Pressure – for use while cooking
    • Steam – to release steam before opening the pot. Should always be used before unlocking the lid. Make sure your face or hands aren’t lingering over the top of the pot because this is where the hot air will shoot out of. But once the steam has all been released you’ll know you’re safe to open the lid!
    • Clean – Obviously, for use while cleaning the pressure cooker. 😉
  • As an extra precaution, make sure you always use oven mitts around any and all pressure cookers. The Fagor 670041970 Premium Pressure Cooker in particular gets steaming hot around the sides, but is fine to touch on the handles and soft touch pad.

My experience

I was enrolled in a cooking class that had a Cuisinart on stock. It ran for over $100USD and worked pretty well. I was a little skeptical when I bought my Fagor 670041970 Premium Pressure Cooker for a little cheaper. You know, usually less money means less quality. But I was pleasantly surprised by this one. As it turns out, it was even more powerful, quiet, and roomier than the Cuisinart. All in all, here is what you can expect.

Something I was very excited about was the time delay feature. Basically, you load your food in hours before you need it, tell the pressure cooker when you’ll need it by, and you’re done! I’m not really a morning person, so mornings are always a little bit hectic around here. With the Fagor 670041970 Premium Pressure Cooker I can always be sure I’d have a meal ready to go when I woke up. All I have to do is transfer it to a container and take it off to work with me! As a nutritionist, that is very important to me. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

I only wish that I could program it for a little more than the 6 hours that this Fagor pressure cooker allows. As mentioned, I hate mornings. So I really need my sleep! At least 8 hours a night, as any healthy functioning human being should get. But this means that I have to set my alarm to wake me up in the middle of the night so I can set the time for my pressure cooker. Luckily, I don’t really have issues falling back asleep. But I can see how this would present issues for people who do.

On the flip side, it gets the job done even faster than most pressure cookers are capable of. Both fresh and frozen vegetables are ready within a matter of 5 minutes. Quinoa can be done in a shocking 2 minutes. Risotto in 6. Tender, fall off the bone baby back ribs in 35. And cheesecake in just under 30. Like I said, this thing is powerful. It definitely has the timing to prove it!

This particular model is available in both a 6 and 8 quart size. As a single woman, I opted for the smaller one. But honestly, it could still be smaller! If I cook a full meal in this thing it provides me with enough leftovers for days. So if I know I have a busy and stressful few days ahead of me, I’m sure to make a full meal! And it’s a lifesaver.

In fact, just a couple months ago I convinced one of my friends to drop some money on one of these on the convenience factor alone. She’s a working single mother with two kids in high school. Needless to say, she’s a little busy and wearing a few too many hats at once. We had a coffee date and although the woman is beautiful she was definitely looking a little stressed out. After asking if I could help her with anything, she said she just needed advice on how to get healthy food into the mouths of both her and her children. Having owned and loved one of these pressure cookers for a while now I didn’t even hesitate to answer. Now, this friend of mine has her glow back. She can prepare convenient, nutritious, and tasty meals that even her kids like and have leftovers that last for days. She now calls it a “blessing” in her life. J

Not to mention, the 8 ounce size works just perfect for her family. So if you’re cooking for a troop as well, the size up is the way to go!

One last thing I’d like to mention about my experience is the pot insert, which I have mixed feelings about. What I like about it is that it’s non-stick, dishwasher safe, and removable. I love cleaning it because I don’t have to clean it at all! I just stick it in the dishwasher and move on with my day. What I don’t like, however, is that the pot itself just seems to be a little flimsy. Maybe it’s the material, maybe it’s a manufacturer defect. But either way I feel that after a few more months of use I’ll probably end up having to replace it. I’ll keep you guys posted on that though!

My advice

The Fagor guys really did make this premium pressure cooker super easy to use. But I do warn you:

You should probably read the manual before, during, and after you cook. At least for the first couple times.

The reason I suggest that is because this thing is very fast and very powerful. I started using the Fagor 670041970 Premium Pressure Cooker as someone who’s experienced with pressure cooking and it took me a couple uses to really get used to it. The manufacturers have done a good job with the user’s manual though, which is why I was able to get used to the fast cooking paces so easily.

Not to mention, the user’s manual has loads of tasty recipes to try out! I was honestly surprised at the quality of them since they do come from a user’s manual. But after trying a couple I have to say… they’re Vanessa approved. 😉

Also, if you don’t already have heat proof containers or steamer baskets on hand, you should probably pick some up. Those tools are needed in a lot of pressure cooking recipes. And unlike other pressure cookers, the Fagor 670041970 Premium Pressure Cooker doesn’t come with them.

Other side notes and precautions include that you should always make sure to include at least one cup of liquid in each recipe and to make sure that you don’t fill the pot more than two thirds of the way full. The first scenario leads to burnt food and the second leads to overflowing, which isn’t fun for anyone. But these are precautions that should be followed through with any and all pressure cookers anyway.

Overview

If a busy day (or a busy life…) doesn’t allow the time to read my detailed review, I thought I’d break it down for you. All in all, here were my thoughts on the Fagor 670041970 Premium Pressure Cooker

Pros:

  • Powerful, fast, and quiet experience
  • Lots of pre-programmed settings for ease of cooking
  • Relatively low price
  • Roomy size (you’ll have leftovers for days!)
  • Time delay feature (lets you add ingredients start cooking at a later time)
  • Auto pressure release function
  • Tons of safety features (great for beginners!)
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

As you can see, the good points weigh out the bad when it comes to this electric pressure cooker. If you’re in the market for one, the Fagor 670041970 Premium Pressure Cooker is certainly worth considering.

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