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From: david (c-67-171-203-83.hsd1.or.comcast.net)
Subject:         Experimenting with my pc.
Date: June 1, 2006 at 7:39 pm PST

Here are some experiments I am working on.
Feedback appreciated!

Eliminate Foaming: Many old posts suggest methods to eliminate foaming of
foods like rice and split peas. Here is my suggestion to add to the list: after
inserting the water and beans/split peas/rice/etc., chop up some greens and
lay about a 1 inch thick layer on top of everything else. Any green vegetable
will do: kale, chard, spinach, or even cabbage. The idea is that the greens act
as a cover and prevent the underlying beans/grains from splattering. As an
extra benefit, the pc top also comes out perfectly clean since no splattering
has occurred. If you are using an insert, just put the greens on top of the
insert ingredients. When finished cooking, stir the greens into the underlying
mix. Whatever bean or grain dish you are making, you can always find a
green vegetable that will be compatible with your recipe. This is a tasty and
easy way to add more green vegetables to your pc cooking.

Speeding Up Insert Cooking. To speed up insert cooking a few minutes,
measure and add hot/boiling water to the insert bowl. Donít just use room
temperature water. This technique requires some dexterity and planning on
your part. First, add water and your trivet to your pc. Boil the pc water and
simultaneously boil the insert water in another teakettle. Center the insert
bowl with the beans/grains/seasonings in the pc when the pc water boils.
Then measure and add boiling water from the kettle to the insert. Top the
insert with prepared greens. Cover the pc and cook normally. I use tongs to
remove the hot inserts. What do you use?

What if you donít have an appropriate trivet? Go to any cooking store and buy
one of the stainless steel side-folding steamer inserts. Unscrew the center
post. It works fine in your pc as a trivet.

What size insert bowl should you use? After centering the insert bowl on your
trivet, it should have at least an inch of space on all sides and from the top.
This allows steam to circulate. If your bowl is small, itís ok to have more
space than that.

Speed Cool PC Cooked Food. Food right out of the pc is too hot to eat. Speed
cool it by mixing in an appropriate amount of frozen petite green peas. (I use
about 1/8-cup peas for each cup of pc-cooked food.) Let set for about a
minute or two. The peas cool the cooked food; the food heats the peas. Petite
peas go very well with any grain, most beans, and just about any other recipe
you have.

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