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From: Tomato mincemeat (mdsnwinas03pool0-a205.mdsnwi.tds.net)
Subject: Demeyere?
Date: May 13, 2005 at 11:23 pm PST

I have only recently thought about getting a PC. I love bean soup, brown rice, irish oatmeal, and black bean chili, among other things which seem to take ages to cook. From reading the posts here, particularly from Guy, it seems that it makes sense to get a PC with two pressures. But when I look at websites, including manufacturer's websites, such as Fissler, KuhnRikon, Demeyere, and Aeternum...yes, I have been reading this site....I had heard of the other companies, but not Aeternum, until I read this thread, the information is scanty. How do you know if a PC has more than one pressure setting? It isn't obvious from either the manufacturer's websites or from the websites of resellers.

I am also confused about inserts....do inserts come with the PC's?...doesnt seem like it..so what do you use for an insert? Are there websites that carry trivets and steamers designed for a pressure cooker?

Then there is the issue of what kind to get....and whether to get a duo set or some combination....I sort of wonder why you would need more than one pressue cooker...

One of the cooking catalogs that comes in my mail (I have no idea how I got on their mailing list)...but i get a bunch of cooking catalogs even though i have nver orderd from most of them... used to be called Professional Cutlery Direct, carries both Kuhn Rikon and Demeyere pressure cookers (and only those two). It doesn't say anything about being able to vary the pressure ...at least that not as far as I can determine... of either the Kuhn Rikons or the Demeyere.

No one in this thread...i think.... has ever mentioned a Demeyere PC. I have some regular cooking pots from Demeyere that are wonderful. My wife says they are fabulous..far better than anything we have had in the past...and not outrageously expensive. This catalog that I get, although it carries a large number of different sizes and types of Kuhn Rikon pressure cookers, thermocookers, and whatever, says absolutely nothing about the KR in the way of enthusiasm or anything at all, or at least that is my recollection. Oddly, although it ony carries only ONE size of Demeyere pressure cooker, a 9 liter, it positively raves about it. To quote, in part:

"...This one from Demeyere is built like a tank, making it the safest and least intimidating pressure cooker we have seen. Not even a hiss when cooking.... The patented lid closing system assures 100% safety and a modern safe-pressure indicator only allows pressure to build when the lid is locked, and it can only be opened when the pressure is released. Unique knob system lets you release pressures almost instantaneously....:"

Question: is this really any different from Fissler (which seems to be a lot more expensive) or from Aeternum (which seems to be somewhat less expensive)?? or KR??? OR WHAT? I know that other web retailors sell Demeyere pressure cookeres in several sizes....but no one else raves about them quite like this.....are they really this good? and no web retailer says anything about whether the pressure control is variahle.

Most of the cooking sites carry some sort of PC cook book that comes with the cooker....is there a difference? for a beginner? are there any PC cookbooks that are worthwhile paying for?

Any info would be appreciated.


Incidentally...my name comes from love for my great-aunt's mincemeat(?) pie when i was a kid. It was my favorite dessert for Thanksgiving. It was made from green tomatoes, not meat, and she made in in a pressure cooker. I have no idea where the recipe came from and she never wrote it down.

So, I guess this rather long discussion can be reduced to the following questions?

1. How do i determine whether a pc has multiple pressure setting?

2. Does anyone have any experience with Demeyere pressure cookers?

3. Is there any advantage in getting a set...from what i see, usually a saucepot and a sort of braiser combination?

4. How do you get inserts for a PC? if you want to make brown rice, for example, do you need some sort of sieve or perforated steamer? Where do you get trivets and steamers if they don't come with the pc?

5. Does anyone have a recipe for green tomato mincemeat made in a pressure cooker?




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