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From: Guy (
Subject: Re: Guy, I got my pc!!!...
Date: April 2, 2005 at 5:33 pm PST

In Reply to: Guy, I got my pc!!!... posted by Goldie on April 2, 2005 at 10:19 am:

Glad it fit. Here is how I cook split pea soup:

1. Add about 1" of water to pot

2. Place tripod in pot & put the insert on the tripod-Add water to insert

3. Bring water under insert to boil

4 I use a ratio of 3 cups water to 1 cup of peas-a typical amount is 2 3/4 cups of peas & a little over 8 cups of water-it will probably handle close to 3 1/2 cups total but it does get full with that amount

5. Shred 4-6 carrots & chop 1 red onion & place in insert water (for 2 1/2 to 3 cups of peas)

6. Add peas & mix together

7. You can add a little salt if you want. I usually add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon. From what I have heard on this board, adding salt makes some legumes tougher but I don't know if peas are affected

8. I set a timer for 30 minutes at the time I close the lid. You will hear steam venting from the 2nd valve for several minutes. After about 5-7 minutes enough boiling action will lift the pin on the second valve to close it and the pc will begin to build pressure. After full pressure has been achieved and it starts to vent steam, turn the burner down to low/ medium. If it keeps loudly hissing out of the main valve, turn it down a bit further. I usually use a heat level that allows just a small amount of steam to vent from the main central valve. You will get to know the ideal settings for different quantities.

9. After 30 minutes turn the heat off & let it do a partial natural release. I let it sit on the burner for 5 minutes & then move the unit into the sink & run a small stream of cool water over about 1/4 of the lid. I have found that if too much water is run over the lid it tends to get the contents boiling rapidly inside & it will sometimes foam. (no big deal but the lid can get some pea-soup residue which needs to be rinsed when cleaning) One other point is that doing a running water release can create a residue of minerals on your pc. Doing a total natural release may keep it looking young longer. Also, you will hear a very audible hissing noise when doing a running water release as the 2nd valve opens automatically and begins to suck air into it to prevent negative pressure.

You can adjust the ratio of water to peas. A 3 to 1 ratio is what I like. Not too watery but not too thick for my tastes.

As far as other foods, I cook brown rice with a ratio of 1 cup of rice to 1 1/4- 1 1/2 cups of water & time it for 25 minutes after closing the lid & do a running water release after it has sat on the burner for about 5 minutes. You may adjust times up or down a bit depending on the rice you cook.

A couple of other points. When steaming foods such as asparagus or potatoes, I will manually override the 2nd valve by using the blade of a table knife to lift it up and seal. If you look under the lid handle you will see the pin and mechanism for opening the pin valve. You can also vent steam with the handle button. I would not use that when the unit is at full pressure because it may spit out foamy food. When at very low pressure it can release the last remaining pressure.

For vegetables, I steam broccoli, brussels sprouts & asparagus for 8-10 minutes at top pressure after closing the lid of my 10 liter pc. In my smaller unit, it takes less time because it doesn't take as long to build up pressure in a small unit.

For cooking oatmeal I use organic rolled oats with a ratio of 1 1/4- 1 1/2 cups of water for each cup of rolled oats. The steps to the best oatmeal I have ever had are:

1. Put 1" of water in pot & place tripod & insert in
2. Turn on heat & put water in insert
3. Once water under the insert is rapidly boiling, add oats, stir & close lid
4. Once steam has been vented & top pressure achieved (audible hissing) turn heat off & let sit for a natural release-open & serve For the best oats, get some organic thick rolled oats. Grain Millers is a great brand. Whole Foods carries them.

Hope you enjoy your new pc. If you get hooked you will probably want another unit or two. :-) (or three?)

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