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FIRST TIME HERE AM LOOKING FOR A MANUAL FOR AN OLD PRESSURE COOKER

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SORRY FOR THE CAPS FIRST OFF, I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED

I HAVE BEEN USING MY GRANDMOTHERS OLD MIRRO 394 PRESSURE COOKER SINCE I WAS A TEEN, AND IT MAKES SUCH WONDERFUL MEALS. 

I HAVE LOST THE MANUAL THAT CAME WITHIT AND WOULD LIKE O REPLACE IT.  I HAD SEEN THERE WAS A SITE TO DOWNLOAD IT FROM FOR FREE, (WHICH I NEED SINCE I AM ON A VERY LIMITED INCOME)

WHEN I WENT TO THE SITE IT NO LONGER EXISTS, SO, I WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE HAS A SITE I CAN GET IT FROM OR WOULD BE WILLING TO SHARE A COPY OF THE FILE THEYHAVE?  AGAIN IT IS THE   MIRRO MATIC 394 M 4 QT, COKKER THANK YOU SO MUCH AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS NEW COMMUNITY

post #2 of 14

This seems to be a fairly common problem. Unfortunately all I could find were places where you can purchase the manual for about $5.

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post #3 of 14

There is a Pressure Cooking group on Yahoo that has numerous manuals, tips, and recipes.

 

 

 

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PressureCookerRecipes/

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post #4 of 14

Mirro is still in business as part of the Wearever group. They should have past manuals available.  www.mirro.com

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   Like others, I looked around too trying to find a manual for you.  But no luck...sorry.  If you find a place online that has it available free for download, can you please update this thread?  That way if anyone references this thread missing their manual they'll have a place to go for one.

 

 good luck,

   dan

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OK, so I didn't "make myself clear: Go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PressureCookerRecipes/files/_Pressure%20Cooker%20Manuals/ (you probably will have to "join the group") and you will find, in the files, the following: Mirro PressCookerManual2005.pdf Mirror Pressure Cooker 2005 manual with recipes 2595 KB khead123abc Offline Jan 21, 2007 Mirro%20Pressure%20Cooker%20Manual.pdf Mirro Pressure Cooker Manual with recipes (older version) 1893 KB khead123abc Offline Jan 21, 2007 Now, there are a variety of manuals as well, Fagor, Cooking Essentils, etc.
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CALLMESHAG:   Your vintage Mirro is the type pressure cooker with the weighted regulator, commonly referred to now as a "jiggler'.  The directions for these older appliances are fairly universal,  with the only possible variance being the ppsi [pounds per square inch].   I believe the MIRRO cookers are 15ppsi.  The instructions would be straighforward.  With this in mind,  any manual for a similar cooker will suffice for the basics. 

 

However,  I would advise you to be sure your gasket and other parts are in good working order,  and that the pan and lid are both sound.  MIRRO cookers are cast aluminum.  Older ones are prone to stress cracks, especially ones that have been dropped.  Make sure the lid and pan line up properly and that the rims of both are true to round.  If the gasket is dried out or cracked, it should be replaced,  and that might be problematic for this older model.  Gaskets are designed to be used only with the model for which they are made,  so substituting is not recommended.

 

Before resurrecting this cooker for practical use,  do a test drive, to make sure it comes up to pressure and performs as it should in every respect.  Test drives are done using water only,  no food.   You can find out more about this at www.missvickie.com

 

A cautionary note:  Older pressure cookers such as this one lack the integrated safety features that are now standard on newer models.  Especially important are the pressure lock which prevents the cooker from being opened before all pressure has been released,  and the over-pressure release that safely vents excess pressure without calamity.  You might consider getting a new cooker just for this reason alone.  I realize you have financial restraints,  but in this case we are looking at safety as well as value.  There are economically priced cookers on the market.  Even some of the stainless ones are reasonably priced. 


Edited by amazingrace - 10/21/10 at 11:40am
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post #8 of 14
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Thank you so much for all your information, i have been cooking with this pressure cooker weekly sometimes more since i was a tenn,i am now 49. Every 5 years i replace the fuse, and the gasket, the gasket more so if it becomes broken down, i have considered buying a more modern one as well. thank you again     rosemarie

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I have located a usable manual for Mirro pressure cookers. It is a PDF file with a date of "June '04" hand written on the Table of Contents page. I can send it by e-mail to anyone who may be interested. I was looking for any Mirro manual because my wife inherited two older pressure cookers -- a Mirro-matic "6" and a Presto 4-quart, and neither had manuals. I studied the manual and "test drove" the Mirro to make sure it worked. Now, we just made some terrific beef stock and the old Mirro-matic M-396 worked flawlessly. I am now attempting to find out what year it was manufactured (no luck so far). In addition, I have ordered replacement parts for both cookers. The Presto was missing its pressure regulator and overpressure plug.

So, after 37 years of marriage, we're looking forward to discovering many more recipes to try with our "heirloom" pressure cookers!

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Mirro-Matic #394M Manual available here

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Professional Baker or Master Baker....lol.gif
 

post #12 of 14

Here is a link which shows a pdf of the same 1946 manual I use for my Mirro 394M....it has very good recipes within....

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Here is the link....it didn't go through before...:

 

http://www.search-document.com/pdf/1/2/mirro-matic.html

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Here is the link....it didn't go through before...:

 

http://www.search-document.com/pdf/1/2/mirro-matic.html

 

 

Ordinarily I'd think resurrecting old threads was just re-hashing old information.. but you Jeffbo1.. you've changed this game. Thank you for finding the original manual and posting it here. You've done a great service to many.

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