Firstly, hello to all. This is my first visit. Here is my deal. I am a collector (and user) of vintage cooking pamphlets/booklets. I even started a little blog to talk about my experiences. My upcoming pamphlet I will be using is a vintage Presto pressure cooker recipe book, circa 1946. I selected two recipes from it and purchased my very first pressure cooker to try them out. I purchased a brand new Fagor, as I understand it is potentially dangerous to use the vintage models.
Here are the first two problems I have: The first section in my vintage cookbook is all about various cereals (corn meal, oatmeal, cracked wheat, etc.). I was going to make one of those recipes. Then I see that one of the first instructions with my new Fagor is "NO CEREALS". They apparently gum up the works. What gives? It was fine then, but not now?
The second problem is the second recipe I chose which is for Swiss Steak. My recipes instructions call for 1/4 cup of water. The Fagor instruction manual (and accompanying dvd) say to use never less than 1/2 cup liquid. So.. do I follow the original recipe and use 1/4 cup water, or do I follow the Fagor instructions and use 1/2 cup water, potentially ruining the recipe?
Are there any pressure cooker experts out there that can answer these questions? I sure would appreciate your insight.