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From: Guy (
Subject: Re: Does a rice insert need a cover?
Date: May 17, 2003 at 9:44 am PST

In Reply to: Does a rice insert need a cover? posted by Sandra on May 16, 2003 at 10:29 am:

The insert is used without a cover though it is nice to have a lid after your food is cooked. That way it is not necessary to use the pressure cooker lid. The level of moisture in cooked food seems nearly 100% determined by the amount of water in the insert. Grains like rice come out perfect every time for me at a ratio of 8 cups water for 5 cups of rice.

I use a tripod which places the outside bottom of the insert about two inches above the inside bottom of the pressure cooker & put about an inch of water in the cooker. It is not a problem for these levels to vary somewhat. The Ohsawa insert sits pretty low and allows for less water to be under the insert than does the 2" high tripod that I use. Whether or not that can become a problem I don't know. It would be great if someone who uses one could report on it.

Have fun. I am sure that you will enjoy how your foods come out when cooked this way. I rarely pressure cook without using an insert.

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