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1/3/13 8:26 P

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I will definitely try using hot water and starting the pot with the browning feature. I had noticed that some online instructions for cooking rice said add hot water, not cold.

Thanks for the advice. Can't wait to try it again.

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1/3/13 8:23 P

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I have never added dried mushrooms. But if I did I guess I would add them at the beginning.

A new trick that I use now for pressure cooking is to let my water begin heating in the cooker while I chop my veggies or prepare other things using the "brown" button. Then I toss the food in the cooker and hit the stop button and cover and set the timer. That way the water in the cooker is hot and it takes just a minute to build the pressure. This really helps me cut the time down to build pressure for some of the dishes. The cooker is sitting over there getting hot while I am slicing and cutting, then I toss in the stuff, push the buttons and off she goes and in a few minutes she beeps.

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1/3/13 6:32 P

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Okay, I'm putting the ingredients for your "fried rice" on my shopping list, IMVEGAN. I may add some tempeh to the dish. Have you ever added dried mushrooms and if so, did you presoak them and at which interval did you add?

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1/3/13 5:37 P

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IMVEGAN, we all LOVED your "Fried Rice." Everyone in the office ended up trying it and raving about it. We even discussed making this regularly.

Having never used a pressure cooker before we didn't realize how long it would take to heat up/build up pressure, but the actual cooking time was spot on. We also added some tofu with the veggies. Yumm!

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1/2/13 11:44 P

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Split pea soup in 8 min..... Almost miraculous isn't it? Was it good? I don't have to ask, I know it was. The pressure infuses the food with flavor. If you have a good recipe the food is wonderful.

I made a Tunisian tomato chickpea and collard green stew in my pressure cooker for supper. It is one of our favs. a little spicy with a lot of coriander and a touch of cumin. I used to cook it for hours. Now the total pressure cooked time is 12 minutes.

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1/2/13 11:25 P

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I just got an electric Pressure Cooker for christmas and just make split pea soup in eight minutes

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1/2/13 5:44 P

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IMVEGAN, you've inspired me to break the pressure cooker I bought in August out of the box! I was telling a coworker about reading your recipe yesterday. So, tomorrow at work, two coworkers and I are going to make your "Fried Rice" recipe with my electric pressure cooker. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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10/27/12 9:05 A

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wow hee that sounds great and the electric presser cooker sounds great too

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10/27/12 8:09 A

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Thanks! Forgiven for the extra minute! Ha! I cooked wild rice last night and it took ForEVER!, Definitely inspired me to pursue a pressure cooker!
Thanks everyone the imput.


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10/26/12 11:33 P

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I have a Nesco Electric Pressure Cooker. I saw mine at Target. Here is the link

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Re-read my brown rice "fried rice" recipe. It takes 8 minutes in my pressure cooker. I cooked for 7 minutes added the veggies and cooked for 1 more minute making a total of 8 minutes. Read your pressure cooker book, each cooker will take a little different time and a little different amount of water.

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10/26/12 5:53 P

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I have a Futura brand pressure cooker and I love it.....
I'm going to try cooking brown rice this way!

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10/26/12 2:37 P

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Wow! You all made a believer put of me. Seven minutes for brown rice!!!!!!! I use a Japanese rice cooker that takes about an hour and a half. Seven minutes!!!!!!!!!!! Woo Hoo
Any recommendations on a brand name (if we're allowed ro do this). I love the electric idea.
Thanks so much you two :)



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10/26/12 1:45 P

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That sounds yummy, IMVEGAN.

I do not presoak my beans; however, I cook them until the pressure cooker steams loudly, turn off & release the steam, drain, rinse, add more water then cook until tender. I believe this accomplishes the same as the presoak, without the prior planning. :D

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10/26/12 1:04 P

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I use mine several times a week. I have an electric pressure cooker. 8 minutes for brown rice. 8 minutes for chickpeas or other beans. (presoaked overnight) I always presoak and throw that water away to lower gas. Some folks don't have that issue. I don't anymore because I eat beans every day but I still presoak. I find it also helps to keep the beans whole and pretty.

I love Jill Nussinow's webpage Veggie Queen. I love my electric pressure cooker too because I can turn it on and walk away. Plus, it doubles as a slow cooker.

Yesterday I made pressure cooker "fried rice" It was just for me so I put 3/4 cup of brown basmati rice in my cooker and added 1 cup of water a splash of low sodium soy and a 1sp of rice wine vinegar and pressure cooked for 7 minutes. I quick released the cooker and added cut up carrots, red peppers, onions, cabbage, and mushrooms and pressure cooked for one minute. I quick released again and added broccoli and put on the top to steam for a minute. I did not pressure cook again and then stirred. IT was yummy!

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10/26/12 12:02 P

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It's a fast way to cook hard veggies, too, like potatoes, beets, etc. Anything that takes a long time to cook is faster in the pressure cooker. Brown rice...

I recommend getting a stainless steel one. The cheapies are aluminum. Yuck.

With the pressure cooker, you can make the equivalent of 10 cans of beans for the cost of about 1 can.

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I've never used a pressure cooker, but have thought about it. Yummy, beans in less than one hour. As a vegetarian, what other things do you cook in your p. cooker?



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Ooohhh that sounds really yummy!! I don't own a pressure cooker, so it takes a long time for me to cook beans!! That just might be a good investment for my family though since we always seem to have dried beans in the pantry lol.




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At 6pm, I decided to have kidney beans for dinner. Since I keep a variety of dried beans on hand, no problem. Before 7pm, I sat down to a lovely bowl of kidney beans cooked with garlic & spices and topped with 1.5 cups mixed: cilantro, green onions, orange bell pepper, and yellow mildly hot peppers. YUM! Love that pressure cooker. :D

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