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From: Guy (
Subject: Re: Your easiest and most basic recipes
Date: January 2, 2004 at 8:05 pm PST

In Reply to: Your easiest and most basic recipes posted by Cee on January 2, 2004 at 4:36 pm:

An easy one is split pea soup. Here is how I make it:

2 cups split peas
6-8 shredded carrots
2 chopped onions
5-6 cups water
1/2-1 1/2 tspn salt

put water in pc about 2/3 the height of the tripod accessory
place double boiler insert on top of the tripod & add 5-6 cups water

bring water under the insert to a boil
add ingredients
seal lid
set timer for 20 minutes (will vary based on how big your pc is-I use a 10 quart unit which takes longer to get up to pressure than smaller pc's)
turn heat to approx medium once top pressure has been attained
after 20 minutes remove from heat & depressurize-you may find you need to increase or decrease cooking time based on your particular pressure cooker

If you have encountered scorching a double boiler insert will totally eliminate the problem. As a bonus the foods taste a lot better & have much better texture than when cooked without an insert. I have used pressure cookers for the last 15 years or so and began using an insert about 1 1/2 years ago. It is a little more effort to use the insert but it is well worth it. Will never go back to cooking without one again.

Also, I have made split peas with nothing but water & peas plus a little fresh ground pepper after cooking. Comes out great that way.

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