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weird smell from pressure cooker

jedovaty | Dec 18, 2012 11:01 PM

I purchased a low cost, 6qt fagor pressure cooker primarily to make quick stocks and experiment with some high-pressure steaming recipes. Never used one before.

All my foods come out smelling very strange; thus far I have made duck, turkey, chicken, and beef stock, several steamed "breads", some braised greens, and a couple different curries - all have that weird smell. It's like a "brown" maybe "caramelized" scent. Never smelled it before, so difficult to characterize. It's not a burnt scent. I was surprised that the scent does not appear to impact the taste - making this an even more curious phenomenon.

I washed the unit very thoroughly when I purchased it, and it's been through the dishwasher several times. Would this be a function of high pressure cooking that I'll find in other pressure cookers, or possibly something wrong with mine? Initially I thought it could be the gasket (it does retain the scent for a few days), but that goes into the dishwasher as well.

Thanks for your time.

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