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Old 03-01-2018, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Thanks. Yes, we eat beans. It seems the reviews are mixed about how well pressure cookers cook rice though.
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Old 03-01-2018, 01:15 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Mine makes perfect rice. The Instant Pot comes with a measuring cup for rice which is about 3/4 cup. I use one cup water for every measuring cup of rice, and add a bit of salt and butter, then cook on high for 3 minutes and leave it to do a natural release for 12 minutes. That method has worked every time. It has a rice button, but I prefer the other method.

Most of the rice problems I see in the IP group come from too much water or too little water.
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Old 03-01-2018, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Thanks. Yes, we eat beans. It seems the reviews are mixed about how well pressure cookers cook rice though.
I cook brown rice in my 6 qt IP. I prefer that rice to the rice my rice cooker does, and it was state of the art when I bought it in the early aughts.

In answer to another question about rice, I cook 1 C of brown rice and then reheat portions in the micro, when needed for us two. So far this works fine. If I owned another, smaller cooker, I'd use it to make smaller quantities of brown rice at a time, in place of my rice cooker. So far, I haven't made up my mind to purchase the 3 qt, which is what I see myself doing to cook rice and potatoes in, to accompany an IP meal.

I did have to do rice several times to finally get it right.
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Old 03-01-2018, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I looked at the 6 quart Instant Pot today at Kohl's, and that thing is HUGE ! I'm re-thinking the pressure cooker idea.
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Old 03-01-2018, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Do you eat beans? You can cook unsoaked beans in about an hour in a pressure cooker...
I've tried that several times, but the pressure cooker just didn't produce that rich, creamy, soupy bean broth I get with a four-hour stovetop cook.
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Old 03-01-2018, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I've tried that several times, but the pressure cooker just didn't produce that rich, creamy, soupy bean broth I get with a four-hour stovetop cook.
You get much better beans with an overnight soak before cooking in the IP.

Even with a stovetop PC, a 4 hour soak before cooking produced superior beans.

You might be able to find a chart with bean cook times online. But most IP ir PC cookbooks will have a similar chart.
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Old 03-01-2018, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Prepperland
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IMHO, the Presto 8 qt stainless steel pressure cooker ($65) is ideal.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Presto-8-...01370/10771203

Plus, it will fit nicely with this Tramontina pot:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Tramontin...r-Set/19581116

Diameter: 9.344 inches (24cm); lid and steamer insert will fit Presto 8 qt pressure cooker

{{Great for separating meat and stock cooked in pressure cooker}}
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Old 03-02-2018, 01:02 AM
 
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Thanks all. I'm looking into the Instant Pot Duo 60, and the Cosori Multi-cooker. They're both 6 quart with stainless steel pots.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07414FZLW..._t1_B06VV9M11N

I have the 6qt Duo and love it. I talked my sister into the Cosori and she loves hers. if i were buying now I would get the Cosori for the functions mine doesn't have. Just today I made a dozen hard cooked eggs, then I made 6 medium potatoes to use various ways with the ones not eaten at dinner. Check youtube for videos that compare the two. Happy cooking!

I forgot the Cosori comes with an extra sealing ring and a glass lid. Instant Pot does not and they will cost about $22 or more to buy for the Instant Pot. Also the pot has better markings inside than my Instant Pot's 1/2 and full markings.
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Old 03-02-2018, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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...Even with a stovetop PC, a 4 hour soak before cooking produced superior beans...
I tried several soaking times with the pressure cooker. My stovetop beans are just so much better than pressure cooker beans.

BTW - I just completed a slow-cooked batch of beans on the stove and put them in the fridge twenty minutes ago. I like to have something cooking while I'm working through the night.
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Old 03-02-2018, 07:26 AM
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Location: Jollyville, TX
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I looked at the 6 quart Instant Pot today at Kohl's, and that thing is HUGE ! I'm re-thinking the pressure cooker idea.
I had a hard time with that originally, but my intention was to replace my oblong crockpot with the IP, so storage-wise, it fit in the same place. Unfortunately, I decided that I couldn't give up my crockpot so I had to do some re-arranging so the IP would fit inside the pantry cupboard when it wasn't being used. I have limited counter space and the only appliances that don't get relegated to the pantry are my coffee pot and toaster oven.

It's been worth it I tell ya - I find myself dragging it out of the cupboard several times a week. I have really enjoyed using it and cooking different things I didn't expect to at first.
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