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5 Links to Read Before Using a Pressure Cooker

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Each week, we’ll be sharing a comprehensive list of links to help you master something new in the kitchen. Culinary greatness, here you come.

Today: How to safely and successfully use your pressure cooker.

When it comes to trusty kitchen tools, pressure cookers are often overlooked -- or avoided at all costs. But modern pressure cookers are both useful and safe! They create intensely flavored, nutrient-dense food that cooks in a third of the time it would normally take. If you're already the proud owner of a pressure cooker, or are thinking of purchasing one, these links will help you use it to its fullest potential.

Rao's MeatballsDan Barber's Braised Short RibsBuffalo Quinoa ChiliVegan Hoppin' John

  • Smart tips for using this magical kitchen tool. (Food & Wine.)
  • Five pressure-cooking essentials from expert Lorna Sass. (The Kitchn.)
  • Now that you've figured out how to use it, here are ten flavor-packed recipes to make with your pressure cooker. (Bon Appétit.)

Pressure cooker fans -- tell us your secrets in the comments!

Tags: 5 links, roundup, techniques, how-to & diy, pressure cooker

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8 days ago mandy

You should also check out http://www.pressurecookercentre... it has some excellent tips and ideas, plus a guide on items we should all stock in our pantry


10 months ago Gabe Grant

For those looking to buy a pressure cooker, don't forget to check out http://www.cookwithpressure.... It's everything you need to know about buying a pressure cooker.


11 months ago William Arnilla III

I read the post and get so very interested. My friend of mine suggested me this pressure cooker called Fagor. What do you guys think about it?

This is what it looks like... http://www.toppressurecookerreviews...


about 1 year ago Peter Taylor

Great links. Pressure cookers are having a bit of a renaissance lately, thanks to the safe designs of the newer models. I would like to add another link that explains what to look for when purchasing a new pressure cooker. http://abellorincz.hubpages...


about 1 year ago ST

There is a great series of lessons in the Beginner Basics section of HipPressureCooking: http://www.hippressurecooking... . Each lesson has a recipe which teaches a different pressure cooking technique. Lesson 6, pressure cooker stock, is one I use over and over, and taught me how much more flavor things have when made in the pressure cooker. While there, look around rest of the site for lots more recipes and other useful pressure cooking information.


about 1 year ago Rohana Miller

What lb pressure for the cheesecake? I use non - digital, traditional pressure cooker with 5, 10, or 15 pressure setting on the round thing with the holes. Love my pressure cooker!


about 1 year ago KathieProctor

I have been making roast beef in my pressure cooker for years, just like my mom did! Brown the roast on all sides, add about two-three cups water, a package of dry onion soup mix, and a bay leaf. Once under pressure cook for 30 to 45 min., depending on size of the roast.


about 1 year ago chefvickie

Cheesecake....gotta love it. 15 minutes in the pressure cooker and 4 hours in the frig. No cracking!


about 1 year ago Amy

I make beef short ribs in red wine and mushrooms fairly often and chicken cacciatore. Love having fork tender short ribs in 20 mins.


about 1 year ago CarlaCooks

I also love my pressure cooker, which I got as a birthday gift last year. It's the only way I can successfully make risotto and it's also great for beans. I've also made this Provençal pork stew ( Mark Bitman on the NYT recently had a recipe for pressure cooker meatballs.


about 1 year ago shjelmberg

I make this food 52 recipe in the pressure cooker with great success!


about 1 year ago Tarragon

I love my pressure cooker for beans (including the soaking!)in about 15 minutes. Put beans and water in the cooker, bring to pressure and cook for 2 minutes. That is the soaking. Then add seasoning (you can change the water or not) and cook at pressure for the requisite time for the particular bean (eg 7 minutes for black beans). Voila!


about 1 year ago ePressureCooker

That's very similar to Lorna Sass' beans technique, but she says to toss the cooking water and rinse off the beans after the first pressure cooking round (2 minutes). Apparently, the first couple of minutes of pressure cooking draws out a lot of the oligosaccharides (the non-digestible carbohydrates which can cause gastrointestinal discomfort and gas) out into the cooking liquid, and if you discard it, you get rid of a good portion of them as well.


about 1 year ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Thank you. Would love to see a roundup of Food52 recipes either created specifically (or adapted) for use with a pressure cooker. I may ask the Hotline to help out on that. ;o)


about 1 year ago EML

Agreed! I love love love my pressure cooker and am always looking for something new to make with it.


about 1 year ago Tarragon

I make this in a pressure cooker with great success