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Old 07-16-2007, 08:13 PM   #11
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I had success today, no problems whatsoever. I cooked 3 pounds of beans in my 21 quart pc, filled only half full over the beans. I could have cooked more beans in that amount of water, I had tons left over, but I would rather err with too little beans than too much. Added my ground beef and topped with shredded cheese. Ended up making 85 smallish burritos (soft taco size tortilla) for the freezer. Hopefully this will keep my two teenagers, tween and husband filled for a while.

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Old 07-16-2007, 08:17 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by jennyema
I use the pressure cooker all the time for beans. I made baked beans over the weekend and last weekend I made refried beans. I've never added oil in the 20 years or so I've been doing it.
All I can say is it's recommended to add oil. I guess those two people "it" happened to made enough of an impact for the recommendation Also, you probably put the right proportions of water to beans making the foam a non-issue.


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Old 12-19-2007, 07:59 PM   #13
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when i was a teen in tennessee, my mom made press.cooking stuff all the time. i remember stuffed cabbage. not beans though.

as i was just learning to cook, i put rice in the cooker. blew the little gauge and the lid right off.

been scared of em ever sense.

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Old 01-15-2008, 12:59 PM   #14
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I just found a site called Miss Vickie's (this system won't allow me to post a URL), that has pretty much anything you'd need to know about pressure cookers, including buying tips. She says to stay away from the Chef's Design models, as they don't come up to the standard 15psi and cooking takes longer and recipes have to be adjusted accordingly. So I guess I'd agree with Cook's and say that Fagor gives you the most for your money.
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Old 01-15-2008, 01:01 PM   #15
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She also says to avoid electric pressure cookers:

Electric pressure cookers seem to be plagued with problems. Yes, they attract novice pressure cooker users who are unsure of pressure cookery, and that helps convince newcomers to "graduate" to the standard stovetop model. If you are contemplating an electric appliance be aware that the very short warrantee -- usually only 1 year compared to 10 with stovestop models -- is a telling indictment of problems to come.
There are fewer safety mechanisms on electric models than on stovetops. Most electric cookers have a smaller capacity. Another drawback is the lack of infinate control options available to users. There is no means of rapid cooling for delicately steamed foods such as tender-crisp veggies like the stove top models which can be placed. All those limitations will minimize the usefulness and cooking options.

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