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Re: Pancakes & Beans

>Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000 08:58:40 -0400
>From: Roy Parker <billwill@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: Pancakes & Beans
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>Beans and pressure cookers can be dangerous because of the foam
>generated. The foam cam block the steam escape valve and there can be
>ADZUKI beans have less foam and are great in a pressure cooker.

  The newer (second-generation) pressure cookers can safely
cook beans.  They (at least the ones I'm familiar with) have
three separate safety releases.  To be in trouble, you'd
need all three safety releases - one of which is a large
opening on the side of the cover - to be blocked.  

    I'm basing this statement on pressure cooker cookbooks -
several of them - and from my own experience.  I cook beans
in the pressure cooker all the time.  

  Also, the instruction booklets which came with my pressure
cookers specify that beans *can* safely be cooked in them -
both of them, two different makes.  One calls for adding a
tablespoon of oil, the other doesn't.  

  These second-generation pressure cookers (without the
jiggle top) are made by Magefesa, Fagor, Kuhn-Rikon, and
others.  I have a Magefesa and a Fagor.

  You can see what these second-generation cookers are like,
if you wish, at Magefesa's web-site:


 I have also read in several cookbooks that you can safely
cook beans in one of the older, jiggle-top pressure cookers
if you add a tablespoon of oil.  I have done it myself a
couple of times before I had the second-generation cookers,
but it made me nervous.  In fact, the jiggle-top cooker
always made me nervous:  the new ones are ever so much

Pat Meadows