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From: Dan (scsiapat1.net.americas.agilent.com)
Subject: General thoughts and a question about gaskets
Date: June 3, 2005 at 8:50 am PST

Hi All,
Great board. I've learned a lot about getting much better results from my PC. I've had a KR for years, but haven't used it because all the rice and beans I cook didn't cook well. Now I presoak nearly everything (including brown rice) and use an insert, and I'm in love with my PC. I've since bought three more (the duo set, and the 8 qt stock pot). The great thing is the lids are all interchangable on these pots, they just differ in height, so it's easier to keep things simple. So I have a 2, 5, 7 and 8 sizes, and often use all of them for one meal. I like cooking with a lot of variety, and this really works well. I also bought an extra lid for the duo set (80$ at culinaryparts.com), so they could be used simultaneously. Well worth it! The only problem was the overpressure release valve was installed backwards, after a lot of hissing I figure that out and now it works great. Keep an eye out for that on recent KR cookers, maybe they had a run where somebody installed them wrong.

A question about maintenance. Lorna Sass recommends oiling the gasket of your PC. I didn't do that on my first, and it picked up all the smells of the food I was cooking in it (basil, thai, etc.) I have a few new gaskets, would oiling them help prevent odor pickup? Does anybody else have issues with this? It will actually taint the flavor of the next dish. I thought oil carries flavor, so I don't understand why it would prevent odor build up.

Dan





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