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From: Guy (
Subject: Larger pressure cookers
Date: May 4, 2003 at 10:36 am PST

In Reply to: Buying another PC posted by DJ on May 4, 2003 at 5:19 am:

I have three pressure cookers, 4.5, 6, & 10 liters. I eat a lot of rice & routinely measure 5 or 6 cups of dry rice to cook in the 10 liter unit. To avoid scorching I use it as a double boiler. I found a 6 quart stainless pot (Macy's house brand) & removed the handles. To fit inside my 10 liter pressure cooker I then bent the stainless brackets so they are flush with the sides of the pot. With the tripod which was supplied for use with a steamer basket the pot fits just about perfectly inside of the 10 L pressure cooker. No scorching whatsoever because only indirect heat in the form of steam & water touches the food. Also, the texture is much better than when cooked in the pressure cooker alone. I think it tastes better because there is absolutely no scorching to affect flavor.

A couple of brands you may want to check out are Aeternum & Fissler. Aeternums are "jiggle top" while Fisslers have a more modern spring type valve system. Aeternum has two short handles while Fissler has one longer & one short handle. Also, Aeternums come in sizes up to 12 liters while the largest Fissler is 10.

With a 10 or 12 liter pressure cooker you will find that it takes more time for maximum pressure to be achieved.

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