Questions tagged [pressure-cooker]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. I'...
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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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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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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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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 ...