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Old 08-10-2006, 08:36 AM   #11
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My crock pot has a ceramic insert, also. Never heard of a non stick one. I love the thing and use it a lot for soups and stews and (my favorite) Dottie's short ribs.
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Old 08-10-2006, 04:46 PM   #12
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When I said they were nonstick, I was thinking that they wern't bare metal. Ceramic is to me, sort of nonstick, though it obviously isn't technically so.
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Old 08-10-2006, 05:58 PM   #13
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Me too! But I can get the plastic liners if I wanted to forego the elbow grease.

And as far as I know, I haven't seen pressure cookers with non-stick coatings. They are safe and easy to use. But you do have to follow the directions and understand the inherent dangers of not following them. The thing won't blow up unless you purposely defeat the built in safety devices. But even with the safety devices, if you open the lid while the pot is under pressure, it could be catastrophic.

Example: you have a pressure cooker running at 15 psi. The lid has a ten inch diameter. The resultant inside force is 628 lbs. on the lid, enough to blow it out of your hands and create a hole in your ceiling. But with the pressure equalized between the outside atmosphere and the inside of the pot, there is zero force applied to the lid and it is safe to remove. So if you always make sure to follow the rules, it's perfectly safe.

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The directions abou tmy pressure cooker says that when it starts to jiggle to reduce the heat. OK but I have an electric stove and it takes a while to cool down. Now what am I supposed to do?
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Old 08-10-2006, 09:00 PM   #14
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I do not have one so I do not know what the directions allow you to do, but if you are allowed to move it then how about moving it off the heating element after you turn it off?
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The thing won't blow up unless you purposely defeat the built in safety devices. But even with the safety devices, if you open the lid while the pot is under pressure, it could be catastrophic.
That's certainly true -- IF you could open the lid while the pot is under pressure.

Based on my experience with my two Kuhn Rikon pressure cookers and one other brand (can't recall the name), I'd say it's virtually impossible to remove the lid while there's any significant pressure in the pot. It would require near superhuman strength and a hearty dose of stupidity -- it's highly unlikely ever to happen unintentionally. That may not be true of older designs.
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