Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Always choose the utensil which best fits the amount you want to prepare. The utensil should be at least two thirds full. Process the food on the Saladmaster Machine (usually the No.2 or No.5 cone) and rinse off in cool tap water. Drain off excess water and cover the utensil. Cook on medium heat until the Vapo Valve begins to click. Reduce the heat to very low, warm, or simmer. If the Vapo Valve continues to click at the lowest heat, pull the utensil off of the burner until the valve stops clicking, or use a flame tamer or a wire trivet as in roasting meats. Note: Fruits that contain natural sulphur, such as apricots, may discolor the cover: This will not affect the cooking process.
Dried Beans and Legumes
Rinse the beans well and place in enough water to cover generously. Remember that beans will double in bulk after several hours of soaking.
- Look for shriveled or damaged beans and remove any that float.
- Soak the beans for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.
- Drain the beans and refill the pan with enough water to cover.
Place the utensil over medium heat and cover. When Vapo Valve clicks, reduce heat to low and cook until tender. Most beans should cook one hour. Lentils require 45 minutes. Chick-peas and Soy beans require 3 hours or more.