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From: Sandy Laurie (
Subject: Indispensable! I use mine every day.
Date: December 8, 2003 at 4:39 am PST

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

A pressure cooker is a pot with a lid that seals airtight. When you heat it up, the steam can't escape and pressure builds up. A combination of heat and pressure cooks the food. The newer, second generation models are so easy to use you'd have to try one to believe it.

Foods cooked in a pc are nearly as fast as - and sometimes faster than - foods cooked in a microwave, but they have all the full-bodied flavor and texture they'd have if they were slow cooked. Nutrient retention is good compared to other methods of cooking. Also, MUCH less energy is used to cook because not only does the food cook much faster, but most of the time is spent with the stove turned way down, almost off.

PC's are perfect for soups and stews, but also great for vegetables, sauces, most grains, wonderful for beans and potatoes. We also use ours to make oatmeal with brown rice for breakfast. Speed soaking beans means you can start with dried beans and have them ready to cook in minutes instead of soaking them overnight.

I hate to cook. I find the vast majority of kitchen gadgets do not really make the job any less painful and many of them are more work than they're worth. This one lives up to its good publicity.

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