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From: Sandy Laurie (
Subject: Re: New to PC'ing (Long w/Questions!)
Date: April 11, 2005 at 7:50 am PST

In Reply to: New to PC'ing (Long w/Questions!) posted by Rose on April 8, 2005 at 10:28 am:

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.

Just be careful about amounts. Don't fill it any fuller than the instructions say. But you should still be able to cook most things in it.

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?

I LOVE my Kuhns! They are truly every bit as good as they're said to be. But that doesn't mean the Fagor is a bad brand. I've heard people say they get good results with them.

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.

I always do the soaking in the pc. It takes the process down from hours to minutes. Check to see if the booklet that came with your pc has speedsoaking instructions. If not, let me know and I'll post them here.

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

Absolutely! It's a two-step process: 1. speedsoak the beans. Then drain them and add the other ingredients and voila! Soup from scratch! I do it nearly every day.

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

Soups, stews, chili. And it's great for potatoes! 4 minutes on high and those potatoes are ready to mash.

I still have the "space" issue, so I would really like to see this work.

I got the 2 liter, 4 liter, 6 liter and 7 liter pcs and the 6&7 don't really take up any more room than the 4 - they're just taller. The great thing about the bigger pcs is I can make a batch of soup/stew/chili and freeze the leftovers for my husband to take to work in his lunch or to reheat as a snack. It's a lot easier to pass up the junk food if you can have a bowl of black bean chili in 4 minutes.

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