We’re now launching into week three of our month-long member discount on Zavor multicookers and induction cooktops. All APPCA members are eligible to get a 35 percent discount on Zavor Electric Multicookers and Induction cooktops PLUS free shipping. Members may purchase up to one induction cooktop and one multicooker of their choice with the discount. The discount will be valid from September 15 to October 15, 2020, and you can obtain the details on our member forum’s private discussion group.

If you’re a chef who hasn’t put a multicooker to use on behalf of clients (or yourselves), we thought we’d share collections of recipes for its pressure cooking function this week. Next week, we’ll look into recipes for several other functions the multicooker offers, like making rice and yogurt, searing and even stir fry. The multicookers by Zavor can do both of these and much more. NOTE: Some of these links reference Instant Pot–but that shouldn’t make a difference to you in the context of recipes.

So, here are links to general recipes:

We’ve got vegetarian pressure cooker recipes, too!

Need vegan pressure cooker recipes? There are tons out there!

Need Keto-friendly pressure cooker recipes? Look at these!

Finally, if you’re a chef who hasn’t been noodling around with pressure cooking and need some tips to get started, here you go…

Have clients with other food needs? We’re pretty sure there are pressure cooker recipes perfect for them, too! In the meantime, be sure to take advantage of this member discount and order your Zavor equipment before October 15, 2020!

What are your favorite pressure cooker dishes you make for your clients?

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As you might have read, we’re in the middle of a month-long member discount on Zavor multicookers and induction cooktops. All APPCA members are eligible to get a 35 percent discount on Zavor Electric Multicookers and Induction cooktops PLUS free shipping. Members may purchase up to one induction cooktop and one multicooker of their choice with the discount. The discount will be valid from September 15 to October 15, 2020 and you can obtain the details on our member forum’s private discussion group.

If you’re a chef who hasn’t put a multicooker to use on behalf of clients (or yourselves), we thought we’d share collections of recipes for it’s slow cooker function this week. Next week, we’ll have lots of resources for you for pressure cooking. The multicookers by Zavor can do both of these and much more.

So, here are links to general recipes:

Need vegetarian slow cooker meals? No problem!

Got vegan clients? There are slow cooker recipes for them!

We’re guessing some of you have Keto diet clients. Here you go…

Have clients with other food needs? We’re pretty sure there are slow cooker recipes perfect for them, too! In the meantime, be sure to take advantage of this member discount and order your Zavor equipment before October 15, 2020!

What are your favorite slow cooker dishes to make for your clients?

Not an APPCA member? Now’s the perfect time to join! Go to personalchef.com to learn about all the benefits that come with membership.

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We’re very excited to announce a great deal only for our APPCA members!

All APPCA members are eligible to get a 35 percent discount on Zavor Electric Multicookers and Induction cooktops PLUS free shipping. Members may purchase up to one induction cooktop and one multicooker of their choice with the discount. The discount will be valid from September 15 to October 15, 2020.

Not familiar with Zavor? Well, you may remember the company Fagor America. In fact, we featured a promotion for members with Fagor back in 2017. The company shut its doors in 2018 but several longtime employees didn’t want to let the quality equipment disappear and launched Zavor before the end of 2018. Think of it as the phoenix of a late, great manufacturer.

Here’s what member April Lee of Tastefully Yours Personal Chef Services in Baltimore, who helped organize this discount with Zavor, said about the promotion:

“Zavor’s multicookers have been name as the best by leading industry reviewers: Cook’s Illustrated/America’s Test Kitchen, Consumer Reports, Food & Wine, Chowhound, EatingWell, and others. The discount plus free shipping really is a generous promotion and great opportunity for personal chefs to buy an excellent appliance.”

We’re betting that you’ll be thrilled with this new company’s wares!

The five products discounted for you include:

 

Induction PRO Cooktop: This cooktop cooks up to 50 percent faster than gas and electric, which saves energy. The cool glass surface means food will not stick. It has eight quick launch buttons for cooking functions: Warm, Simmer, Boil, Rapid Boil, Sauté, Brown, Sear and Stir Fry. Perfect to use as an extra cooking zone in the kitchen.

LUX Multicooker: The Lux Multicooker, available in 4, 6, and 8 quart capacities, offers 7 main functions from pressure cook and slow cook to steam/rice and yogurt. It also has keep warm and time delay functions, a mute feature, adjustable time and temperature, and 3-position pressure valve.

LUX Edge Multicooker: This multicooker has 14 preset functions, including pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and yogurt maker. It also has a manual function for complete cooking control. It’s available in 4, 6, and 8 quart capacities. There is a keep warm function for up to 24 hours and a time delay function for up to 6 hours.

 

LUX LCD Multicooker: The LUX LCD Multicooker was named the Best Multicooker in the market in 2018 by America’s Test Kitchen. It features an LCD screen and has 10 main functions and over 30 settings, plus a Flex setting that allows you to program your own cooking temperature. It is available in 4, 6, and 8 quart capacities.

LUX LCD Multicooker Black: This multicooker has the same functions as the LUX LCD Multicooker, but is available in a stunning black metal finish. It is available in 6 and 8 quart capacities.

Here’s how this will work. On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, we will post this information, plus the link and the promo code in our members-only Private Discussion Forum on the APPCA website. Not an APPCA member but want the discount? We invite you to go to our website, join the organization and get take advantage of the training you’ll get to improve your personal chef business.

Do you use a multicooker or glass cooktop? What do you like about them?

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APPCA’s MidAtlantic Regional Chapter, or MARC, held their annual fall meeting September 24 at the Olney, Maryland, home of Iva Barrerra-Oro. The nine attendees had a packed day, starting with a light breakfast and meet and greet, followed by basic old and new business issues to address.

Then came the meat of the gathering: first a Fagor Pressure Cooker Demo, conducted by April Lee. As you know from an earlier blog post, APPCA members are able to get a 50 percent discount on selected Fagor equipment until Oct. 24. So April did a demo on Fagor’s electric 8-quart multi-cooker.

She likes the model because it frees up a burner and at high pressure is more than adequate to quick cook a variety of foods. According to April, she uses the multi-cooker all the time for stews, stock, long braises, corned beef, and more. As she pointed out, using the pressure cooker allows her to start a dish and let it cook unattended while she takes care of other tasks. As part of her demo, April prepared a Thai Chicken Green Curry with Kobucha Squash and Eggplant. She shared the recipe, which follows below.

Following April’s demo, the group held a business round table that allowed the participants to discuss how they’ve faced business challenges or grown their business and get help on a major challenge they need to resolve. That was supposed to be followed by a SCORE presentation from this year’s chapter president Keith Steury that described the nonprofit agency that helps small business and explained its various offerings–from mentors to a library filled with business templates, articles and e-guides, and videos and podcasts. Due to time constraints, Keith is sending the information from the presentation to the participants to review on their own.

Following a potluck lunch, Bernard Henry gave a knife sharpening demo, during which he demonstrated using a wet stone, which he noted, is time consuming but gets the best result because it’s more gentle on the knife. He also explained how to use a manual sharpening machine and gave an overview of the best types of knives to buy.

Following Bernard’s demo, Keith did a wrap up of the day and the group came up with proposed dates and locations for a spring 2018 meeting before the event concluded at 3 p.m.

 

THAI GREEN CURRY CHICKEN w/KABOCHA SQUASH & EGGPLANT

(adapted by April Lee from Daniel Gritzer, Serious Eats)

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 medium cloves garlic, crushed
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons Thai green curry paste
2 tablespoons fish sauce
One (14-ounce) can coconut milk
6 cups cubed skin-on kabocha squash (about half of a small 4-pound squash, washed skin)
1 medium (12-ounce) eggplant, cubed (about 4 cups)
4 pounds chicken (I prefer boneless chicken thighs)
Kosher salt for seasoning chicken and veggies
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems, chopped
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh Thai basil leaves, chopped or chiffonade
Freshly ground black pepper
Lime wedges, for serving

Directions:
1. Cut chicken into large chunks and season with salt. Also season cubed eggplant and squash.

2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker over medium-high heat (“brown” setting on Fagor multicooker) until shimmering. Add garlic, ginger, coriander, and cumin and cook, stirring, until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add curry paste and cook, stirring another 2 minutes. NOTE: You can actually just put all the ingredients in the pot and pressure cook on high for 13 minutes without browning first. Browning brings out a deeper flavor in the spices, but it’s not nec-essary.

3. Stir in coconut milk and fish sauce. Add half the squash and eggplant. Add chicken and top with the remaining squash and eggplant. Seal pressure cooker and cook on high pressure for 13 minutes.

4. Release pressure, remove lid, and stir in chopped cilantro and Thai basil. Softened vegetables will thicken stew upon stirring. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle the stew into serving bowls and garnish with a few whole Thai basil leaves. Serve with rice and lime wedges on side.

Do you live in a part of the country that has several APPCA members? Contact us if you’d like to start up a chapter!

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This past weekend, MARC (the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter) held its annual meeting with Keith Steury as president. In preparation for it, member April Lee of Tastefully Yours Personal Chef Services contacted housewares manufacturer Fagor to learn about any new products and asked if they could give our members a good deal on their equipment.

Fagor Induction Pro Cooktop Black

Well, April got the deal. Fagor is giving all APPCA members in good standing a 50% discount on their stovetop pressure cookers, their electric multicookers (pressure cooker/rice cooker/slow cooker all in one), as well as their portable induction cooktops, with free shipping (offer is limited to two items per person).

Fagor LUXTM Multicooker: 4 qt Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker , Rice Cooker and Yogurt Maker.

The sale is only good through October 24th.

To place an order, you’ll need to use this order form. Click on the form, download it, and complete it. Then send your order to:

FAGOR AMERICA,  INC.
1099 Wall Street West, Suite 387
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

Attn:  APPCA  50% Offer

Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. There’s a limit of 2 items of each per order and one order per person.

 

Fagor Duo 8 qt Pressure Cooker

Is this a good deal? Well, here’s what April has to say about the electric pressure cookers:

“The biggest point I made is that using these big, 8-quart electric pressure cookers is a godsend for personal chefs because they free up burners on the stove. Plus, they automatically come to the proper pressure so you don’t need to babysit the units. I may use three of these at once which takes care of three entrees (e.g., Corned Beef Brisket, Thai Green Curry Chicken, and Moroccan Lamb Stew) while I focus on other dishes. In one hour or less, I can have three main dishes done that would have taken 3 to 4 hours if cooked conventionally on the stovetop or in low, slow oven. The Fagor 50% off deal with free shipping is very sweet!”
What’s your favorite cookware line? Are you an electric pressure cooker user?

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