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From: Guy (
Subject: Re: Oatmeal ???? No problem
Date: March 3, 2005 at 6:36 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Oatmeal ???? No problem posted by Debbie T on March 3, 2005 at 5:03 pm:

On my 10 liter pc I use a 6 quart stainless steel pot (minus handles) which fits just about perfectly inside on a tripod which is about 2" high. On 4.5 or 6 liter units a souffle dish fits in nicely on a tripod. I am on the lookout for a stainless pot that will fit nicely into the smaller diameter units. If you've read some of my older posts you will see that I am a dedicated insert user. The reason I started using an insert was that whenever I'd bring pressure cooked rice to some relatives' home, it was too mushy for their tastes. A litte little extra water prevented sticking or mild scorching but produced mushy rice. One evening my aunt served brown rice which had been cooked with a double boiler nested in a standard pot. It had much better texture and was not mushy at all so I thought I'd try to cook it in a pc that way. The first results came out great. Also, it is very easy to adjust the amout of liquid in the rice for drier or more moist rice. I use 1 1/3 cups of water for each cup of dry rice. Comes out great every time. One other great use for inserts is to reheat food. Oats & rice come back to life when put under pressure for a few minutes. It is almost as good as freshly made.

Also, I don't add anything to reduce foaming for oats. The release of steam for a minute or two right after closing the lid does the job. Apparently, oxygen is a big factor in creating excess foaming action. Venting it right after closing the lid of a pc will solve the problem and eliminate the need for any additives such as oil. Being a long time McDougaller, (21 years) I was happy to find out how to cook with a pc and not have to use any oil or other contents.

Also, if you are interested in using an inert you'll need a tripod. Eurostoves is a very friendly store which has a wide selection of pc's. They could probably sell one to you. Here is their url:

Finally, if you do get a tripod, the small stainless steel plate (forgot what it is called) that most likely came with your Kuhn can be set on it to provide a flat surface to place a bowl on. Wide bottom souffle dishes will set nicely on the tripod without the plate but bowls which have a small contact area on the bottom need more than the tripod to stay level. Good luck. I bet you'll enjoy your new pc.

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