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From: Guy (adsl-63-195-90-90.dsl.snfc21.pacbell.net)
Subject: Re: Demeyere?
Date: May 14, 2005 at 12:30 am PST

In Reply to: Demeyere? posted by Tomato mincemeat on May 13, 2005 at 11:23 pm:

I think it is a good guess that if the information about a particular pressure cooker does not state that it has two discreet settings, then it is more likely to have one discreet pressure setting. The manufacturers that have units with two settings include Kuhn Rikon (Top Model), Fissler & Fagor. With that said, I don't think that it is too important to have two pressure settings unless you plan to steam a lot of softer vegetables which would occupy your pressure cooker so you could not cook a main dish in it at the same time.

I think it is nice to have multiple pressure cookers for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that it is nice to have a pc which is optimal for the amount of food that is being cooked. A smaller pc heats up faster than a large unit. If you are cooking a small amount, a smaller pc is more convenient while larger pcs can cook lots of food for lots of people. If you are going to purchase one pc, the consensus on this board is that a 6 or 7 liter unit is optimal. The second reason while multiple pc's are nice is that it is nice to be able to cook in two different units at one time. Once in awile I cook rice in one pc while beans are cooking in another.

As far as inserts go, some manufacturers supply a perforated insert for steaming. Fagor & Fissler include one with a tripod with each of their units. Not sure about other manufacturers but it is nice to have the tripod & basket insert. To answer your question about inserts, I looked around & found a pot that fits well on the tripod in my pc (minus handles) A souffle dish can work well in 22 cm diameter pc's or you can find an inexpensive stainless pot which can be used. It is also easy to use a ceramic or glass bowl. Simply put it inside the pc on the perforated insert which would be sitting on the tripod.

As far as brands go, here is the url for a store that carries the largest number of brands of pc's that I have seen on the internet:

http://www.eurostoves.com/search.asp?type=category&cat=37

They carry the brand you mentioned and are very helpful. They may be able to tell you about it. There is at least one avid pc user on their staff that may be able to help. They can also supply tripods and perforated inserts for various pcs.

One final point. I don't see a big advantage to purchasing a set with a brazing pc. First, sets like these often come with only one lid so both can't be used at one time. Also, I wouldn't use it for cooking meat so I'd rather have a more usable size such as a 4.5 liter rather than a shallower brazing model.

Hope this answers some of your questions. Also, once you get a pc, you may get to the point that you wouldn't want to cook without one.



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