A pressure cooker is a pot with a special lid that cooks food faster by regulating the pressure inside the cooker.

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How can I tell if the food inside a pressure cooker is done cooking?

I've been looking into getting a pressure cooker since it works on the premise of increasing the boiling temp of water thereby cooking things more quickly. Operating on the premise that a pressure ...
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What types of cooking are pressure cookers most useful for?

We were just clearing out our kitchen and stared at this brand new, unused pressure cooker we got for our wedding over 10 years ago! We've never felt the need to use it before. I know it's supposed ...
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Maillard in a Pressure Cooker

I was reading about frying in On Food And Cooking this weekend and it mentions that frying works so much better than oven cooking because oil has a far higher specific heat than air so it is able to ...
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What kinds of pressure cookers are there, and what are they good for?

I have never owned a pressure cooker, nor been in a kitchen which has one. But they have been a topic around the site and the blog lately, so I got curious. When I took a look, I noticed that they ...
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Pressure cooker rice quality vs high-end rice cooker

I'm considering buying a proper rice cooker, as we've eaten most of the non-stick coating of the cheap one. The forums rave about induction heating, Zojirushi, Tiger, Toshiba RC-18NMF with its ...
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How long do you have to cook adzuki beans in a pressure cooker before they're edible?

I'm not talking about taste, I'm talking about them not being a health hazard. I cooked unsoaked adzuki beans for maybe a little less than 20 minutes on the lower pressure setting (don't know the ...
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Why would a pressure cooker shorten a braise time?

Say I'm braising a pork shoulder. As i understand it, the point is to maintain a temperature that will melt collagen, while staying below a temperature that would toughen the meat. A good temp for ...
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Would pressure cooking stock create a different result?

I have always made bone stocks by simmering them for a long, long time, either on the stove or in a slow cooker. My new housemate insists this can be done in a pressure cooker. I'm sure this is true, ...
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Can pressure canning be replaced water bath canning?

I wanted to make and can, my Grandma's tomato soup. However I don't have a pressure canner. I made the soup in a 15 PSI pressure cooker and then poured it into sterilized jars and then canned it in a ...
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Quick pressure release vs natural pressure release

I have read recipies that suggest letting the pressure naturally release when cooking grains in a pressure cooker. I've always just released the pressure quickly through the pressure relief valve. ...
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Does pressure cooking preserve alcohol?

I use my pressure cooker a lot and for one recipe I'm practically bathing a few pork loins in white wine. I know that pressure cooking only reduces liquid by less than five percent, and I know that ...
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Can you make popcorn in a pressure cooker?

Will the temperature become too high and will the popcorn burn? Can anything bad happen? Edit: Picture tells the tale. On the left, 5 minutes under pressure. On the right 3,5 minutes without ...
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What am I doing wrong with my pressure cooker?

Every time I try to cook beef in my pressure cooker it gets dry and inedible. Today I tried with 2 x 450 g (2 x 1 lb) beef, with .5 l (2 cups) water and 25 minutes. The result was very dry and there ...
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Is aluminum pressure cooker reactive? Will it give “off” flavors?

I have an aluminum (not stainless steel) 5 qt pressure cooker that I bought fairly cheaply at a kitchen ware outlet store. It seems the traditional pressure cooker application for canning doesn't ...
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New potatoes in pressure cooker with salt: how to optimize water amount and cooking time?

I am trying to replicate a recipe that my father-in-law performed once at home… well, not much of a recipe, rather a cooking style, as you'll see. The idea is to cook new potatoes (specifically, new ...
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The pressure cooker gauge was wrong for cans of soup I processed in the past 5 weeks. What can I do with the soup?

I've been pressure canning zucchini soup the past 2 years and it's a beautiful thing. This year I used a different pressure cooker, and I've just found out that 15psi on this pressure cooker is ...
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why use a pressure cooker for collagen to gelatin conversion?

I was watching S13E16 of Good Eats and to cook his chicken for "chicken and dumplings", he places an old hen (instead of a rooster) in the pressure cooker at the maximum temperature & pressure. ...
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Does cooking in a pressure cooker destroy nutrients?

I've read that because of the higher temperature specially vegetables lose more nutrients in a pressure cooker as opposed to a normal cooking method. Is this true?
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Cooking two pieces of meat in pressure cooker

I know that I need to cook beef for 15 minutes per pound (500 g) in the pressure cooker for well done. So one 4 pound (2 Kg) roast would cook for one hour. But what if I cook two 2 pound (1 Kg) ...
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How to convert slow cooker recipes to pressure cooker with different cooking times?

Google results for this question either don't answer the question at all or don't address what happens when multiple ingredients have different pressure cooking times. I'm specifically looking to ...
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Converting Pressure Cooker recipes for cookers with lower PSI

Most of the recipes I'm using (mainly Modernist; stocks, caramelized vegetables, confit) suggest cooking at 15psi. My pressure cooker has two settings 12psi and 7psi. I've always had success just ...
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How to use a pressure cooker for frozen chicken?

I would like to cook frozen chicken breasts in a pressure cooker for shredding and making chicken mole. I do not want to add anything except water, but I'm having a hard time finding specific ...
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How do I stop the pressure cooker from clogging up when cooking lentils?

When I cook yellow lentils at home, the valve of the pressure cooker seems to clog up. How do I prevent this? By clog up, I mean that the pressure cooker sits quietly on the burner and then all of a ...
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Carbonated Beverage in Pressure Cooker

This recipe for Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwich is written for 8 hours in a slow cooker. I'm considering doing it for an hour in a pressure cooker. I'll paraphrase the cooker ingredients at the click ...
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Canning in a Pressure Cooker

Well, unfortunately the present my mom got me last Christmas turned out to be a pressure cooker and not a pressure canner. I've read that it is unsafe to can low acid foods using a pressure cooker. ...
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Pressure cookers — why are they good at things normally cooked at low heat?

Can someone please explain why pressure cookers are recommended for recipes that normally require low heat (about 180F). Normal recipes for braises, beans, stock, etc suggest cooking them as low and ...
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Cooking pot with regulable water boiling temperature

I'm looking for a pressurized pot where the pressure can be regulated in both directions, that is, higher and lower than atmospheric pressures (higher: high pressure cooker, lower: vacuum ...
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Pressure cooking beans with salt and spices

I am trying to pressure cook beans. In order to to soeed things up eben further I add salt before cooking rather than after. While I know that salt toughening beans is an unsubstantiated myth there ...
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Cooking pasta in a Pressure Cooker

In recent times I'm experimenting with different techniques to cook pasta, the pressure cooker is an inspiration I had from Davide Scabin (link in Italian), even though he's surely not the first one ...
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Can the duration of the whistle determine if food inside a pressure cooker is cooked

Building upon this question, I was wondering if the duration of the whistle can be used to determine if the food inside a pressure cooker is cooked. As suggested by a couple of answers in the ...
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Pressure cooking for one?

I just got myself a pressure cooker, one of those modern ones with both "sautee inside the cooker" functions. The problem is I'll be cooking pretty much for myself, and that most recipes I saw are ...
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If I use a diffuser will I be able to use a pressure cooker to can food on my glass top stove?

I have a glass top stove and just purchased an All American pressure cooker/canner. It's very heavy and will hold 7 quarts or 19 pints. If I use a diffuser will I be able to use my stove to can food?
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Ideal pressure cooker size for cooking a pound (454g) of beans

I'm shopping for a pressure cooker. Could anyone advise me on what size of pressure cooker is sufficient for cooking a pound of beans? I don't want to buy one that is too small and overcrowd it.
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How do I convert stove top pressure cooker recipes into electric pressure cooker recipes?

Many of the pressure cooker recipes I see online seem to be using a stove top cooker, and some say cook on low heat or high heat, or start on high heat and then reduce to low heat while maintaining ...
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Chicken texture: Store Rotisserie v. Pressure Cooker

I just cooked my first hen in a pressure cooker. As you might guess, it didn't come out nicely browned and attractive--because that isn't a characteristic of pressure cookers. But the meat was ...
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Can I use sous vide instead of pressure cooking

In a recipe, I have to pressure cook vegetables in mason jars in duck fat. I don't have a pressure cooker but I do have an Anova Sous Vide Immersion Heater - can I use that instead? Any other factors ...
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Why doesn't any of the Instant Pot recipes I find use the preset buttons (Rice, Bean/Chili, etc.)?

I bought an Instant Pot pressure cooker recently. One of the features is its "Smart Cooking Programs" that can program the settings with the touch of a button. I haven't seen any recipes the use of ...
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What kind of foods react with aluminium pressure cookers?

While researching about pressure cookers, I found a comment in a review that says: As with all aluminum pressure cookers, the metal will react with some foods and can overheat if you are not ...
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Do pressure-cooked vegetables really have nothing else to give? [duplicate]

Yesterday, I watched an episode of Good Eats, where Alton Brown made broth by pressure-cooking mirpoix and beef for about 50 minutes. At the end of that time, he discarded the vegetables, stated that ...
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Is it necessary to only boil vegetables (or chicken) or can they be pressure cooked and later be boiled for the flavour to seep in?

I was following this recipe (I've pasted it at the bottom of the question) for which the cooking time mentioned is 30 min. Although for me, it took around 45 min for the vegetables to get cooked. ...
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Pressure Cooker to Stovetop conversion?

I want to make ramen, in particular, tonkatsu ramen. My cookbook is in Japanese and even though I'm reading everything else fine, a part of it is confusing me (but no worries, I'm not confused about ...
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Does a pressure cooker really cook food evenly?

My mother uses a 5 liter pressure cooker to cook chicken pieces. She heats it for 10 minutes, switches off the stove and waits for the steam pressure to go down before opening the lid. Even ...
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Brining before dehydrating?

I dehydrate my own pressure cooked chicken for camping trips where I add them soups and stews. I cook the chicken in a pressure cooker (rather than baking it or poaching it) to make it more tender and ...
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Cooking Chicken in Cooker Versus Pan?

I usually cook Chicken curry in pressure-cooker so that it gets done fast. I usually get advice for expert cooks that its better to cook it in a pan on low heat. But I don't really find a great deal ...
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Split beans in a pressure cooker?

I just got a Presto 6qt. Pressure Cooker. Its manual states that I shouldn't cook split peas in it; does that include split mung beans or dal, or does it refer only to "green peas?"
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Should I fry the chicken first or should I pressure cook it first?

I fried the chicken breast in the oil till its surface was brown and then I pressure cooked it. The result was hard chicken. I found it quite difficult to chew. What should I do next time to make it ...
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Is my pressure cooker good for the trash bin?

Some serious meat burning occurred in my cooker, and now some of the material on the surface of the bottom of the cooker is gone: Still usable?
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I burnt rice in a pressure cooker, do I need to throw my pressure cooker away now? [duplicate]

I made the mistake of NOT ADDING WATER to some brown rice in the pressure cooker! I was listening to an audio book and well....it wasn't a good a idea to split my focus like that! The inside bottom of ...