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From: Rose (
Subject: New to PC'ing (Long w/Questions!)
Date: April 8, 2005 at 10:28 am PST

Hello! After years of being fearful of PC's (based on my mother's experiences of 30 years ago before they were improved), I finally decided to take the plunge. However, I'm now concerned I may have acted too soon before thoroughly investigating all my options. I ended up purchasing a Fagor 4-qt PC, and here are my questions and concerns that I hope I can get some help with:

** Is 4-qt really going to limit what I can do? I am only cooking for 2 people, and space in my kitchen/house is VERY limited, so initially I thought the 4-qt would be sufficient. But after reading a few of the posts on this board, I am starting to worry a little.

** Is the Fagor an inferior brand? I see on this board a lot of praise for the Kuhn Rikon PC. Am I going to be sorry I didn't bite the (price) bullet and invest in the Kuhn?

** One of the reasons I wanted a PC was to cook grains such as brown rice and barley. The booklet that came with the PC says to avoid cooking certain grains (like barley and oatmeal). Do any of you own a Fagor, and if so, have you had success cooking barley and brown rice?

** How long should you soak dried beans before cooking? From different sources I've heard ranges of 1 hour to 4 hours to all day. If I have to soak them 4 hours or all day, I may as well just cook them in the traditional method, as I won't be saving any time.

** Can you cook entire bean based soups or stews from scratch (i.e., dried {soaked} beans, raw grains {rice, barley}, veggies, and liquids?

** What are some of your favorite ways to use your PC, especially those of you who are using a 4-quart size?

The store I purchased this from gives you up to 6 months (!) to return for any reason if not happy, so if it turns out this size doesn't work for me, I can return it, but I still have the "space" issue, so I would really like to see this work.

Question for Sabrina - you posted a recipe for a lentil veggie soup - would that recipe work in a 4-qt PC?

Thanks so much for any help you all can provide, I will so appreciate it!


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