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From: Guy (adsl-63-195-90-90.dsl.snfc21.pacbell.net)
Subject: Sizes
Date: March 15, 2005 at 11:29 am PST

In Reply to: Guy... posted by Goldie on March 12, 2005 at 6:26 pm:

As far as size goes I normally cook 2 1/2 cups of dry peas in a 6 quart insert inside of my 10 liter Fissler. Along with 2 1/2 cups of peas I add 5-6 shredded carrots, 1 chopped red onion and 7 1/2 cups of water. I have cooked 3 cups of peas with roughly the same amount of carrots & onion but with 9 cups of water. It is do-able but is stretching the limits of the 6 quart insert. If you cook without an insert a 6 quart pc should be able to cook 2 1/2 cups of peas with 7 1/2 cups of water. It is a fairly watery so you probably won't have a problem with scorching. As far as rice goes, I have cooked 5 cups inside of the 6 quart insert with no problem. When I formerly cooked without an insert I cooked a maximum of 3 1/2 cups of dry rice in a 6 liter pc.

As far as the tripod included with every Fissler, it is actually a tripod made of solid stainless steel rod. The steamer basket sits right on top of it. I have a trivet from another pc which is a stainless flat plate with 3 holes in it which are used for grasping the plate. It holds vegetables 1/3-1/2" off of the pc bottom. A bowl or pot which has a flat bottom nearly as wide as the tripod will sit nicely on the tripod. Bowls which have a smaller flat part on the bottom will not sit on the tripod. If, however, you get hold of a trivet, it can be placed on the tripod to create a nice stable platform for any bowl or you can simply place the steamer basket on the tripod and place the bowl on/in it. If the steamer basket gets in the way of the bowl that you place in the steamer basket then a trivet may free up a little space so as large as possible of a bowl can be used as an insert. I have a souffle dish that would be too large to fit in my 4.5 or 6 liter pcs inside of the steamer basket but fits nicely on a tripod with a trivet sitting on it. If you buy your pc from Eurostoves you might want to ask them if a trivet can be purchased for a modest amount of money.

I have not soaked grains that I have cooked but I am sure that it would save some cooking time. If you decide to try soaking I suggest writing the times for soaking and cooking to be able to adjust the next time. (if it comes out over or under cooked)

As far as suggesting which size to ultimately buy, that is a tough question. If you cook without an insert the 6 quart is a good size. If you use an insert an 8 liter would be better for the large amounts of food you sound like you want to cook. Finding the right sized insert may be a little tough though. The 6 liter Macy's house brand pot minus handles would be a little too tall for it. It is a virtually perfect fit for the 10 liter that I have. (diameter & height) If you could find a pot the same diameter but about 1 1/2" shorter then the appox. 6" high pot that I use, you'd have a great pc/ insert combination.






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