Pressure Cookers For Dummies
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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 the pressure depending on the type of stove-top pressure cooker you’re using. Your electric pressure cooker with automatically do this for you. Always start with the shortest cooking time; you can always continue cooking under pressure for an additional couple minutes until the desired texture is reached.
Food Cooking Time (in Minutes)
Apples, chunks 2
Artichokes, whole 8 to 10
Asparagus, whole 1 to 2
Barley, pearl 15 to 20
Beans, fresh green or wax, whole or pieces 2 to 3
Beans, lima, shelled 2 to 3
Beets, ¼-inch slices 3 to 4
Beets, whole, peeled 12 to 14
Broccoli, florets or spears 2 to 3
Brussels sprouts, whole 3 to 4
Cabbage, red or green, quartered 3 to 4
Carrots, ¼-inch slices 1 to 2
Cauliflower, florets 2 to 3
Chicken, pieces 10 to 12
Chicken, whole 15 to 20
Corn on the cob 3 to 4
Meat (beef, pork, or lamb), roast 40 to 60
Meat (beef, pork, or lamb),1-inch cubes 15 to 20
Peas, shelled 1 to 1½
Potatoes, pieces or sliced 5 to 7
Potatoes, whole, medium 10 to 12
Potatoes, whole, small or new 5 to 7
Quinoa 7
Rice, brown 15 to 20
Rice, white 5 to 7
Spinach, fresh, 2 to 3
Squash, fall, 1-inch chunks 4 to 6
Squash, summer, sliced 1 to 2
Stock 30
Sweet potatoes, 1½-inch chunks 4 to 5
Turnips, sliced 2 to 3

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