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From: Cheryl (
Subject: BobK- you are awesome!
Date: February 9, 2004 at 3:55 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: problem/question posted by BobK on February 9, 2004 at 11:32 am:

I just had to write back and thank you so much for your lengthy and detailed post; I understood it perfectly! I did the "blow test" and it appears I am okay there. I usually take the knob off and clean the little hole after every use, since I have a good friend who had a pressure cooker accident. I am boiling my water right now for the leak test; I'll let you know my results!

I have to say that I instinctively feel like I might not be waiting long enough for it to come up to high pressure. Your explanation makes perfect sense. Since I am a bit of a 'fraidy cat, I tend to lower the heat as soon as the high pressure indicator pops up. I am going to try waiting longer next time.

I understand what you are saying about old beans, but I really don't think that's the problem. I have used beans that I bought fresh from the bean farm in Pescadero, so I know they are fresh. I'm thinking that maybe beans require a higher pressure than rice or potatoes to cook? Or, perhaps, since the rice cooking time is so much longer, it is getting up to high pressure eventually, and it's long enough to cook the rice?

I'll let you know the results of my leak test--

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