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From: Guy (
Subject: Re: Burned the rice, did I ruin my cooker?
Date: April 2, 2003 at 4:30 pm PST

In Reply to: Burned the rice, did I ruin my cooker? posted by Laura on April 2, 2003 at 4:03 pm:

Vinegar is great for cleaning burn remnants off of stainless steel. I severely burned a steamer a number of years ago. Soaking in plain white vinegar overnight made the pot look just about like new. Vinegar is also great for getting rid of mineral deposits & for cleaning the outside of a pressure cooker or whatever other metal fixtures you want to clean without resorting to something abrasive.

Also, how about using your pressure cooker like a double boiler? Not only does it prevent scorching the pot and burning rice but it cooks rice and a lot of other foods to a much better texture. I rarely use mine without the inserts. There is something call an Ohsawa pot which some people on this site have mentioned. They sound like they work pretty well but I prefer to use a bowl or a pot nested inside on the tripod supplied with the pressure cookers which I have. I found a steep sided serving bowl at Crate & Barrel which fits just about perfectly inside of a 6 quart pc.

One more tip. By using a pressure cooker as a double boiler it allows for a much greater variance in the amount of water used for cooking just about any food. I use just over 1 1/2 cups of water for each cup of rice I cook. It comes out much better and lighter than cooking the standard way.

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