I was hesitant to use a pressure cooker, due to being afraid that it would blow up, but this is great. Only thing is, it is BIG! That is great for canning, but when you are using it to just cook food, it can be a little cumbersome to pour from, since its so big and heavy for my wrists....but that's not really a bad thing....I will probably purchase a smaller one for my cooking and use this 23 Qt for canning only, unless i happen to cook for an army. Its performed great and once it comes up to temperature, it takes no time at all to cook beans and wheat berries...I have to lower my stove to 3 (out of 10) so it saves alot of money. I have only used it so far to cook beans, rice and wheat berries, but it hasn't disappointed me...and with strawberry season coming soon, i am sure I will love canning jams with ease...and i can "can" so much in this pot at one time, that it will take me no time....also now I don't have to worry about the quality either vs. a traditional bath canner. I am looking forward to canning this year. When I made my beans, i had a wonderful gravy from them that i used to make spanish beans/gravy to serve over rice. it was delish! So quick for cooking beans and more healthy grains. it took me 3 mins to cook beans once it got up to temp/pressure. Its extremely durable and will last a very long time. I believe it was worth every penny I paid. i doubt I will ever need to replace it in my lifetime. I can't wait to try canning in it. it doesn't heat up your house or steam it up either...saves time & money...I can't think of a reason not to own one. I feel extremely comfortable with the safety of this product. Althoug it doesn't have many "bells and whistles" so to speak, it doesn't need them. Put the stuff in it with the right amount of the cover by turning it until it locks, place on stove and wait til pressure gauge reaches 15 or whatever your recipe calls for, then turn down to maintain pressure...wait the time for the recipe and then shut it off and remove from stove. Once the pressure indicator falls, you can open it. That's it, folks. most recipes call for you not to fill it more than 1/2 way ( some items call for no more than 1/3) so keep that in mind when you are determining the size you want to use for cooking.
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