Thank you for all of this wonderful information, Grace!
The ribs were to die for! I did exactly as you suggested... sort of criss-crossed them in the basket (after browning them in a seperate frying pan -- I'm a glutton for washing tons of pots and pans for just one meal) gave them a dash of salt and pepper and then added 1 1/2 cups of bottled water.
Set it on the burner with the heat turned to high, and when the indicator valve leaped up (minor heart attack on my part... I was so nervous going into this that I was nearly unfit for the task) and the pressure valve started to spew out steam, I turned it to #3 (electric range) and let it cook for 12 minutes. Then took it off the burner and let it cool down until the indicator valve dropped back down into the pot which took 13 minutes.
When I took the lid off the pc I could see that the meat had shrunk along the bone and a toothpick test revealed that it was as tender and cooked as could be. I said a wee thank you prayer and transferred the ribs to the (already boiled) dry garlic sauce.
Just before supper time I brought the pot up to a simmer, then served up the ribs.
My goodness! Awesome is the only word I can use to tell you how good they were!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I wouldn't have done this without your help, Grace!!
What I'd like to attempt now is some chicken breasts (two actually... there's only my husband and myself to cook for) that would be infused with a lemon/pepper mixture.
I've been to Miss Vickie's site looking for recipes but it appears she's in the middle of revamping the pages so I can't find too many right now.
Even though I had done some homework (on the web) before buying this Lagostina pressure cooker... and knowing I would be better off opting for a cooker that could realize 15 psi, I have to say that I'm more than impressed with this little gadget now that I've seen it in action and tasted the results.
I'm not so afraid of it now that I understand how it works. But, again, I'm not sure I would have been brave enough to attempt anything without your post.
Many hugs and thanks to you, Grace!!