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From: Sandra (
Subject: That is not an easy quesion...
Date: December 6, 2003 at 8:44 pm PST

In Reply to: What exactly is a PC? posted by Nancy-PA on December 6, 2003 at 6:21 pm:

There is so much that can be said. Check Google and you'll find more than you can read.

It cooks under pressure, meaning that the temp. can get hotter than boiling.... which is the hotest you can get with a pot on the stove. It cooks things in about a third of the time.

No you can't cook everything... you wouldn't want to. For instant I can cook dried beans (pre soaked) in about 5-8 minutes, depending on the beans, and I can take dry unsoaked beans and cook them totally tender in 15 minutes. Some foods it will turn to mush under such conditions.

Yes, it does a great job of keeping nutrients because you use a lot less liquid, and cook the food for a shorter amount of time.
As far as taste... it sort of reminds me of the flip side of a crock pot. One cooks low and slow.... the other fast, but the food tastes a lot similar.

Yes, you can easily make a whole meal in a PC... however you run into problems when you combine a lot of ingredients that have vastly different cooking times. There are ways to handle this, however.
All in all... using a PC depends totally on what you want to cook. If you are into a lot of soups, beans, grains, and that sort of thing, a PC is the answer. It just "depends".


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