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birdseed's'a'poppin'! - pressure cooking dilemma?
    #1294003 - 02/09/03 05:38 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

We've begun some pint jars of birdseed - mostly millet.
We've been cooking them in a PC at 10psi for 1.5 hours.
But by the time we take them out, the millet is mostly burst and binding the birdseed together in a big cake - which somewhat defeats the purpose of the birdseed, since it's damn hard to shake a solid cake.
We're following the instructions: set heat under PC to high until the regulator starts going quickly, then turn down the heat some until the regulator slows down and measure the time from then.

Any ideas where we might be going wrong?


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Re: birdseed's'a'poppin'! - pressure cooking dilemma? [Re: valour]
    #1294078 - 02/09/03 06:02 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Are you sure its not just clumping together cause this happens. When the pressure is released in the cooker you are sopposed to shake the fuck out of it while its still really hot (use oven mits) and it should loosen up. Keep doing this while the jars are cooling. You should be fine. ITS HARD TO BELIEVE THE BIRDSEED IS POOPING BUT IT IS POSSIBLE


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Re: birdseed's'a'poppin'! - pressure cooking dilemma? [Re: fee]
    #1294109 - 02/09/03 06:20 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I'm not sure - I've seen people mention birdseed popping, but it didn't seem to be a common thing, especially since our pressure cooker isn't as pressured as the ones most people use.  So perhaps it is just clumping up some normally.
It's just that some of the seeds look like they had burst and some goo-ish-ness around some of them seemed unusual and completely different than when they went into the PC.
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Re: birdseed's'a'poppin'! - pressure cooking dilemma? [Re: valour]
    #1294116 - 02/09/03 06:22 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Sounds like you have too much water. Try using less water next time.


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Re: birdseed's'a'poppin'! - pressure cooking dilemma? [Re: valour]
    #1294121 - 02/09/03 06:23 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Ya that sounds normal. Just shake shake shake


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Re: birdseed's'a'poppin'! - pressure cooking dilemma? [Re: valour]
    #1294269 - 02/09/03 07:10 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I have had the problem of grains forming a giant mush cake twice. The first time was because I didnt poke any holes in the lid. If you dont, the pressure cooker will create a vaccuum within the jar, effectively sealing the lid. this causes two problems. A ... your grains smash together forming said cake. B... when you open the lid, or poke a hole, air from outside of the jar will rush into your jar.... along with contams. The second time I got a giant mushcake was when I didnt use tinfoil over my jars. Water got into them. Instant mush. Hope this helps


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Re: birdseed's'a'poppin'! - pressure cooking dilemma? [Re: valour]
    #1295309 - 02/10/03 05:57 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

We've begun some pint jars of birdseed - mostly millet.
We've been cooking them in a PC at 10psi for 1.5 hours.
But by the time we take them out, the millet is mostly burst and binding the birdseed together in a big cake




make sure you have something under the jars to prevent direct heat transfer, it may be why the seeds look burnt, and also at 10 PSI you may want to try PCing them for 30 minutes initialy, wait fot them to cool and then PC them for 45 minutes
or even just a total of 1 hr....the reason for the double PC method is that some contams will only germinate after most others are killed, since your PC wont get to 250 you need to get them to germinate and then kill them with a second trip through hell.....

This method will also help to keep you from caramelizing the birdseed....

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Re: birdseed's'a'poppin'! - pressure cooking dilemma? [Re: Prisoner#1]
    #1296040 - 02/10/03 10:23 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Hm, cool, ok - thanks! I'll try this technique and see if it works better!


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