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From: Guy (
Subject: Re: Can I start with a 3.5/4 liter cooker to see if I like it?
Date: October 2, 2003 at 12:36 pm PST

In Reply to: Can I start with a 3.5/4 liter cooker to see if I like it? posted by Allison on October 2, 2003 at 11:51 am:

I'd suggest buying at least a 5 or 6 liter unit. I own a 4.5 liter & it gets full in a hurry when I put vegetables in it with a tripod on a steamer basket. Also, with a 5 or 6 liter unit it is easy to cook several cups of beans or grains at a time.

One other item to consider is the use of an insert inside of a pressure cooker. (it's essentially double boiling inside a pc) I can't remember the last time I used any of my pc's without using either an insert or a steamer basket. I have posted about the advantages of using inserts before. They are worth repeating:
1. No scorching
2. Much more control over how much liquid is in foods-This morning I pressure cooked oatmeal with an insert. It comes out much fluffier than any other way I've cooked it. It's not mushy at all. (ratio of 1 cup oats to 1 1/4-1 1/3 cups water cooked 7-9 minutes in the pc from the time it is sealed)
3. Beans & grains remain more intact instead of breaking up

There are some very economical 5 to 6 liter pc's around. A brand to consider is Aeternum. They have a wide range of sizes and are reasonably priced.

Whatever you get I bet you'll enjoy it. When I bought my first unit about 15 years ago I had buyer's remorse until I used it. Since then I probably use a pc 10-15 times per week and purchased two additional units.

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