I also use a pressure cooker for almost every meal, and I have been reluctant to use it for split peas and beans because I have had problems with them foaming up and I believe there is a risk of clogging the vent and causing dangerous pressure build up. I could plainly see the residue of the froth on the inside of the lid at the vent. I would like to find a way to get around that problem because the pressure cooker does such a great job of pressure cooking beans.
Let's both try the oil thing and write the results here. Since it's been mentioned here, I'm sure it works. Not sure how much oil to use.
Thanks to Capt.Aaron, I'm now doing Spirulina daily and just can't believe the energy levels I get from it. I believe it's actually helping to cure my acid reflux, which just sucks.
I'm going to an 80% "Hippy Diet" this year. I've already lost 70 lbs over the last year and a half and don't want to go back. A film called Forks Over Knives helped make this decision, too. I plan on doing dried peas and lentils of all sorts in the pressure cooker. Looking forward to trying the oil on top method tomorrow. I'm absolutely convinced the whole food, natural diet is the way to go, however, I'm not giving up eggs, cheese, and I like a little meat once in a while. I eat oatmeal and flaxseed, with dried fruit, most every day. Up to a couple months ago, when monsoon season hit, I completed seven full months of riding my bicycle to work. Looking forward to getting back on the bike in March.
I'll be reading Sailing the Farm tomorrow while cooking, and am planning out this year's garden right now (indoor, outdoor containers, and outdoor raised beds, and I plan on building a small greenhouse). The only thing that will be new is the greenhouse.
I want to be off the grid as much as possible for the rest of my life. Hell, my sailboat hasn't been hooked to shore power for 2.5 years. I have lights, stereo, Chartplotter and most all the comforts of home on board.
Thanks again for this thread, Captain. You have the lifestyle I can only dream about at this time.