Using a Pressure Cooker

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How Long to Cook Foods in a Pressure Cooker

You can’t test foods for doneness while pressure cooking, so here’s a handy table that shows how long to cooks foods in a pressure cooker. The cooking times in the table begin when the pressure cooker [more…]

Cooking Beans in Your Pressure Cooker

Your pressure cooker is an ideal place to cook dried beans and legumes. Always start with the shortest pressure cooker cooking time in this table for a particular bean; you can always continue cooking [more…]

New England Boiled Dinner

Although this New England boiled dinner recipe is very similar to corned beef and cabbage, a smoked pork butt in the New England boiled dinner gives delicious results in less time than corned beef. Available [more…]

Three Ways to Cook in a Pressure Cooker

You can cook food in a pressure cooker in a variety of ways. The kinds of dishes you prepare in your pressure cooker can range from steamed veggies to soups. You approach these pressure-cooker creations [more…]

Making Stew in a Pressure Cooker

When making stew in a pressure cooker, you cook in stages. You can’t add all the stew ingredients to the pressure cooker at the same time. Start by adding the longest-cooking ingredients and finish up [more…]

Pressure Cooker Minestrone Soup

With this pressure cooker adaptation of minestrone soup, you’ll never have to resort to canned soups again! This version of minestrone soup cooks in only 10 minutes. [more…]

Creamy Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is the queen of comfort desserts. Enjoyed around the world in infinite versions, rice pudding is always creamy and soothing, and it has just enough chewiness to satisfy. [more…]


Ratatouille is a hearty vegetable stew from the Provence region of France, and you'll find many variations. This recipe for ratatouille uses a pressure cooker to cook up the brightly colored and flavorful [more…]

Chicken Cacciatore

Cacciatore means “hunter’s style” and refers to how Italian hunters used to prepare small game. Today, cacciatore dishes are usually chicken-based. Serving chicken cacciatore with white rice allows the [more…]

Key Lime Cheesecake

Key limes are native to the Florida Keys (hence the name). Although it’s called Key lime cheesecake, you can make this cheesecake with regular green limes, with equally delicious results! [more…]

Maintaining Pressure in Your Pressure Cooker

When the pressure-release valve starts to make a hissing noise, you’ve exceeded the pressure in your pressure cooker. Basically, the pressure cooker is telling you to lower the burner heat to maintain [more…]

Autumn Harvest Applesauce

With a bright pink blush from tart cranberries, this applesauce surely outshines anything from a jar. You sweeten this applesauce with fresh apple cider and real maple syrup. Use the crispest of apples [more…]

How to Wash a Pressure Cooker

Clean and maintain your pressure cooker like any other good piece of quality cookware. If you keep your pressure cooker clean, you can get years of use out of it. Before putting your pressure cooker away [more…]

Tips for Successful Pressure Cooking

Pressure cookers can save you time and money, helping you prepare delicious meals that retain nutritional values often lost in other cooking methods. Pressure cooking does require some adjustments, however [more…]

Temperature-Pressure Ratios for Pressure Cooking

Pressure cooking is just what the name says — cooking foods under pressure. You cook foods at a lower temperature, but under much higher pressure than in conventional cooking. The following table translates [more…]

Suggested Pressure-Cooker Cooking Times

The suggested cooking times in the following list begin when the pressure cooker reaches high pressure. Always bring the pressure cooker up to high pressure over high heat, then lower the heat to stabilize [more…]

Tips for Pressure Cooking Meat and Poultry

Because many cuts of meat generally take so long to cook using conventional cooking methods, you’ll be surprised and pleased how quickly they cook up in the pressure cooker. Follow these tips, and your [more…]

Pressure Cookers For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You can cook virtually anything in a pressure cooker — from meats and main courses to rice, potatoes, and vegetables of every description, to dessert. Better yet, pressure cooking allows you to prepare [more…]

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