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Pressure Cooker "Safety Fuse Plate" Bubbles During Use

Beans and legumes produce a lot of scum/foam (it's a mostly denatured protein mat) while cooking. For a pressure cooker, this can clog your vents (a bad thing). So you want to ensure that not too ...
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Matza balls 'explode' at high altitude

Some recipes for mazta have chemical leavening. Chemical leaveners operate very differently at varied elevations. See here for conversion and tips. This is a very common problem. Judging by the ...
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Cooking (not baking) adjustments for altitude

I haven't tried this specifically at altitude, but baking soda does wonders for softening stubborn beans in general. Serious Eats recommends soaking them in it; I've had success with adding a pinch to ...
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Do spices grown in higher altitude above 1500m for e.g. ( Himalayan foothills ) have any special feature or higher potency?

This is only a partial answer concerning pepper, but it is known that coffee plants grown in higher altitudes have lower caffeine content [1]. This is due to the lower abundance of insects, against ...
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Poached eggs at altitude?

I live up in the mountains. Two things I do not do are: a) remove food from heat and expect it to still cook properly, because boiling points are lower at higher altitudes; and b) use the cited time ...
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Is it possible to brew good tea on a mountain?

Boiling point decreases with altitude: Optimum temperature for brewing black tea is 100C (sea level). However, optimum temperature for green tea is 80C which corresponds to 6000m. If you use a ...
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Do spices grown in higher altitude above 1500m for e.g. ( Himalayan foothills ) have any special feature or higher potency?

In general, the benefit of "mountain grown" spices is not anything inherent to altitude, but rather that being grown in the Himalayas necessarily means that the plants are hand-cultivated ...
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Do I still need to adjust for high altitude if using a pressure cooker?

You still will need to adjust for altitude with an instant pot. The cooker is adding 12-15 psi above the ambient pressure, which is lower at altitude. That means the total pressure inside the pot is ...
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Matza balls 'explode' at high altitude

I initially started boiling 1/2 of the balls when I noticed they totally fell apart. I'm at 7,000 ft. I simply added 1/2 cup matzo meal to the rest (I used two envelopes matzo ball mix) and they ...
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Matza balls 'explode' at high altitude

The answer has more to do with pressure than temperature. The higher your altitude the lower the pressure. Because the water is at a lower pressure than at sea level there are fewer water molecules ...
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Pressure canner vs water bath at altitude

Nothing opinion-based about it. If you are canning anything that's "low-acid" you need a pressure canner, regardless of altitude. That's "higher pressure than at sea level." Boiling water bath ...
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Adjusting cookie recipes for high altitude

I cook at a summer camp at 9200 ft. above sea level. I add 1/4 cup flour to a batch of 36 chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies. They rise and look beautiful, but are hard after one day, so need to ...
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Poached eggs at altitude?

I live at 5,000' elevation. I need to consider the time involved when cooking in water. Your question reminded me I have not made poached eggs for many years. So I made a couple. Farm fresh eggs, 2~3 ...
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Poached eggs at altitude?

I live at 5700 feet in Colorado and the method OP describes makes perfectly cooked poached eggs: bring water (enough to cover both eggs) in a saucepan plus a teaspoon of salt, and teaspoon of vinegar ...
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