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From: Guy (
Subject: Re: First try with PC... mostly great but have questions
Date: May 17, 2003 at 8:12 pm PST

In Reply to: First try with PC... mostly great but have questions posted by Sandra on May 17, 2003 at 3:26 pm:

For me, using an insert is not a time saver. I think it does take a little longer. I use one because I like the way food comes out. No sticking or scorching and rice which is not mushy but close to perfect, if not perfect, every time. If you have not yet done so you may want to try a batch of rice without the insert to compare how they come out to see if it is worth it for you to take the extra bit of effort.

As far as what temp to cook rice I simply allow the pressure cooker to reach top pressure and then back the heat off to a point to maintain top pressure without the pressure cooker spewing out too much steam.

The smaller pc's reach pressure a lot faster than larger units. I have 4.5, 6 & 10 liter pc's. The 10 liter takes quite awhile to get going but the quantity of food which can be cooked more than makes up for any extra time on the stove. I have a 6 quart pot which fits about perfectly in it. It will cook up to 6 cups of dry rice at a time.

I don't know the exact reason why pressure cookers shouldn't be filled more than 1/2 or 2/3 but I do know that they simply don't work very well when filled too much. Building pressure takes a long time when one is filled to around 3/4 full. That defeats the purpose of using one.

I am going to try your recipe. Sounds great.

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