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From: Guy (
Subject: Re: Ohsawa ceramic rice crock insert?
Date: May 6, 2003 at 11:13 am PST

In Reply to: Ohsawa ceramic rice crock insert? posted by Heart on May 6, 2003 at 9:32 am:

I have not used the Ohsawa insert but do use a stainless 6 quart pot (without handles) inside of a 10 quart pressure cooker. I set the pot on the tripod which was supplied for a steamer basket. It holds the pot about 1 1/4" above the bottom of the pressure cooker. The indirect heat makes for far better textured pressure cooked food than does normal pressure cooking. Rice is way fluffier & much less water is needed to cook. That makes is possible to adjust how moist food will come out. Just as important there is absolutely no scorching.

With that said I have not used an Ohsawa insert. A friend of mine has one & occasionally uses it. He says it works well but has a couple of drawbacks. One is that it does not allow for much water under it. He said about 1/4- 1/2" which is not a lot. Another is that is rattles while cooking. If you can live with those two qualities then it might be a good tool.

Another alternative is to do what I did. You may be able to find a stainless pot which will fit inside your unit. I found one (Macy's house brand) & took the handles off & bent the brackets back so it fits just about perfectly inside of a 10 liter cooker. Another possibility is to find a serving bowl or dish which fits inside your cooker and will sit on top of the usually supplied tripod. I found such a product at Crate & Barrell. It is a steep sided serving bowl/dish (about 3 1/2" deep) which just fits inside a standard 6 liter pressure cooker. It would fit just fine in my 4.5 liter unit but the tripod I have is about 1/2" too high for it. One of these days I will make a new tripod made which will allow it to work with it. Hope this helps.

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