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From: Guy (
Subject: Re: barley in soup
Date: April 1, 2004 at 11:28 am PST

In Reply to: Re: barley in soup posted by Debbie on March 31, 2004 at 7:23 pm:

Yes, you do put a smaller pan inside the pc and use a lower ratio of water to food. It is great to be able to adjust the amount to what suits you best. For example, I cook one cup of dry rice with about 1 1/3 cup of water. The texture is very nice. If I were to cook it normally I would have to add water to prevent scorching which would result in mushier rice.

You have to put water in the bottom of the pc to provide steam & avoid burning the pot. I usually put in about 1". The tripod legs are a good way to measure. Also, a trivet placed on the tripod makes for a nice flat platform for a bowl or pot to sit on.

There is a clay (or?) pot which is designed to do the trick but I can't remember what it is called. I prefer using a tripod & bowl because it allows for more water under the food and doesn't rattle. If you give it a try I would like to hear what you think. Have fun.

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