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canuckfan (Canuckfan)
Posted on Saturday, May 24, 2003 - 07:03 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i'm curious,

when i pressure cook the jars with the substrate inside, won't the pressure kind-of automatically 'squeeze' more water into the rice/verm mixture? doesn't this change the ratio, at least when compared to just boiling in water where there's no pressure to force water into the mix?? any ideas?
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Leprachaun (Leprachaun)
Posted on Saturday, May 24, 2003 - 07:56 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It doesnt add water to the substrate. I think it's because its too hot for moisture to condense in the jar. Your only worry is water infiltration which is kept out by putting aluminium foil on the lids. The jars prob have less moisture after pressure cooking. As they cool after being taken out, they lose moisture as steam. If the pressure is released too quickly, it could cause excessive moisture loss too.
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Smerd (Smerd)
Posted on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 12:59 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Let the jars cool in the PC overnight to minimize moisture loss.
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rodger rabbit (Skyypilot)
Posted on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 05:34 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Also, use the minimum heat while pc'ing. Anytime the weight on your pressure cooker is rattling, you are losing steam from both the cooker AND your jars. They can actually lose moisture during the pc cycle.
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canuckfan (Canuckfan)
Posted on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 07:46 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for the help, total newbie here. I have a hot-plate for this purpose and because it turns on and off to keep the heat up (unlike a stove which keeps the heat constant) it was tougher to tune. I was concerned about it losing water until I figured the pressure would 'push' steam/water into the mix. I guess not.

Just inoc'd my first set of jars now....not as easy as I hoped inside the glovebox!! Still I'm pretty dang excited. I will post updates when I can!! YAY YAY YAY!!!!

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