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From: Guy (adsl-69-109-227-5.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net)
Subject:         Re: Experimenting with my pc.
Date: June 4, 2006 at 12:16 am PST

In Reply to: Experimenting with my pc. posted by david on June 1, 2006 at 7:39 pm:

Good suggestion about the peas. I have added frozen peas to split pea soup for the entire duration of cooking. I was surprised how well they tasted and how much the peas added to presentation & texture. It will be interesting to add them after opening a hot pc of split pea soup.

Also the method of boiling the insert water in a separate pot works great for pasta. When not using heated insert water pasta comes out kind of slimey & seems a little less tasty. I will have to see if it makes a difference in the texture of insert cooked beans. (and other foods)

As for insert setup I use a one piece steamer basket on a tripod with the insert sitting on the flat bottomed basket. For a little more room with a bowl that nearly reaches the edge of the pc a trivet can be placed over the tripod for a nice flat place to put an insert.

As far as bowls go I use, like you do, a mixing bowl. It would be nice to find a 3-4 quart mixing bowl with a wider flat spot on the bottom. I also use a 6 quart pot (minus handles) on a tripod which just fits inside a 10 liter pc when I need to make a pretty big batch of soup. Also, as I often use a 10 liter pc it is easy to remove a 2-3 quart mixing bowl with a pair of oven mits. There is quite a bit of space around such a setup. At this time I have a pair of thick fabric type but I imagine that a pair of silicone gloves would be nicer. Also, maybe a camping/backpacking type clamp used for lifting pots off of burners could be used on inserts. If you come across anything that might fit this description please do post about it. Thanks for your ideas.

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