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From: Guy (adsl631959090.dsl.snfc21.pacbell.net) 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 56 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 doable 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 1/31/2" 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. 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.
