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What is this flat metal sieve that came with my pressure cooker for?

The sieve-like item is a steamer insert, used to cook things that do not cook well if submerged in the comparatively large amount of water a pressure cooker needs to operate. The wire is a stand for ...
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Does cooking food inside a pressure cooker and then leaving it locked preserve it similar to canning?

When you take the pressure cooker off the heat, it's filled with high-temperature, high-pressure steam. As it cools, that steam condenses, leaving a vacuum. Pressure cooker valves are designed to ...
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Fix for Greasy Pulled Pork?

I doubt that your meat is really greasy. If it is really overly fat, you will notice it when buying it, your meat will be marbled through and through. But it is difficult to get such meat nowadays at ...
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Why is a pressure canner needed when canning?

Physics stops you from heating up liquids that consist of mostly water to temperatures above (roughly) 100 C. The temperature of your heating element can be set higher, but neither the temperature ...
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Why do I get a 'food burn' alert every time I use my pressure cooker?

A quick google search illustrates that this appears to be a common concern for instant pot users. Have you checked the sealing ring, steam release, and float valve to ensure that they are clean and ...
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Pulled beef in pressure cooker: Is it necessary to sauté beef before pressurizing?

The reason for steps like this when slow-braising meat is to brown the meat (or, if we're being fancy, to cause the Maillard reaction), which will make the dish taste...more like browned meat. You'll ...
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When to put a dry cloth over an electric rice cooker?

Very simple: don't cover it at all, ever. There is a reason for the hole being there. It is there to let stuff out! Usually clean steam, but if you loaded the cooker wrong, a bit of mess can come out. ...
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Can you make Sous Vide Steak in a Pressure Cooker?

I'm afraid you have gotten something wrong. Sous-vide and pressure cooking are, as far as food physics is concerned, on the opposite ends of the scale. Pressure cooking allows you to increase the ...
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Fix for Greasy Pulled Pork?

You can trim/remove some of the fat or use a leaner cut like a loin to achieve this before-hand After cooking pull the pieces of meat out before you shred them and set them aside. Then strain your ...
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Does the beef cut matter when making stroganoff?

Beef cut does matter. Sirloin tip is a relatively tender cut, cuts that have done more work like shoulder, round, leg cuts have more connective tissue and need a significantly longer cooking time. In ...
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pressure cooker overflowing while cooking soup

Simply put: it's happening because you're now blending the vegetables prior to cooking. All vegetables are composed of plant cells, which have relatively rigid, fibrous walls composed of various ...
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Does cooking food inside a pressure cooker and then leaving it locked preserve it similar to canning?

The (old-fashioned Central European) pressure cookers I've worked with have outlet valves which in pressure cooking position let gas out (at defined pressure), but not in. These cookers do have an ...
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Is it sensible to add steamed vegetables to a vegetable curry to reduce cooking time?

I‘m sure you could do this. But the gain may be less than you calculate and the results will not be exactly the same: If you are (pre-)steaming the vegetables, your are keeping their individual ...
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Why does the Instant Pot use pressure while steaming?

TL;DR The Instant Pot is primarily a pressure cooker and its "steam" function is for pressure steaming. I guess typically you do raw/frozen veggies and seafood with this function. You can do normal ...
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Does a pressure cooker really cook food evenly?

As a couple of commenters already mentioned, the base of the pressure cooker gets hotter than the rest, and chicken is no homogeneous size. I would like to add that besides the size difference ...
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Does the beef cut matter when making stroganoff?

Hard to know how this translates to the pressure cooker context, but I've made stroganoff many times over the years in a skillet using a variety of cuts of beef, and I've never noticed that much of a ...
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Glass bowl safe in pressure cooker?

Assuming that you are talking about a tempered glass bowl that is marketed as microwave, dishwasher and oven safe, there should be no problem in the pressure cooker. For glass vessels, the most ...
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Modifying Pressure Cooker Timing for Beans

The beans/water ratio is not particularly important as long as there's enough water. You want the beans covered throughout cooking, keeping in mind that they'll expand and the water level will drop. ...
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Why are my mashed potatoes getting too sticky after mashing?

If you "keep them out" (presumably meaning unheated and unrefrigerated) they are halfway to throwing out at 2 hours from a food safety point of view (where the common metric is that they ...
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Pressure cooker missing a part. How do I fix it?

It's good that the "green arrow valve" never popped up; that's the safety fuse, and only "pops" (destructively, and probably spraying food onto the ceiling) when the cooker pressure goes way too high. ...
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Why does pressure cooking of chicken eggs make eggs easier to peel?

Yes, I wrote a post about this a few years ago - the first to describe the method in a home pressure cooker. The theory goes that the pressure difference inside and outside the egg PLUS the shock of ...
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Is it possible to make pork belly very soft with a pressure cooker?

...a pressure cooker can't really speed up the process for breaking down the fat in the pork belly... Nope - this isn't really true, nor is it a complete description of what's going on. Pork belly ...
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Hot-canning non-acidic, pressure cooked food

While that'd be a lot less risky than no pressure cooking at all, it's not fully safe. For complete safety, it's important that the actual canning processing be pressure cooking. The problem is, even ...
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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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Differences between rice/pressure/multi/slow cooker?

There are several different categories of these devices, but they do all tend to look quite similar. Prices can vary by a very significant amount, though. So. Rice Cooker The simplest kind of rice ...
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Does an Instant Pot actually save time?

It is going to depend greatly on what you cook and where you are. Long braises can be shortened by hours. It is nearly impossible to cook beans in Bogota Colombia without a pressure cooker. cite ...
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Pressure Cooker suitable for traditional Indian dishes, available in Europe

I don't see anything "special" about that recipe that depends on the particular pressure cooker. I don't think you need anything fancier than an old-fashioned pressure cooker and a timer, assuming you ...
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Fix for Greasy Pulled Pork?

I would go for option 3): correct it DURING cooking. Have you already tried cooking it shorter? 110 minutes seems extremely long in a pressure cooker, especially considering that you add another 20 ...
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How do I avoid a burnt underlayer with pressure cookers?

When we use a pressure cooker, we do so with separate pans inside the cooker - flat round tins, in our case - that can be kept off the bottom by adding something underneath. Or stack up cook several ...
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