Pressure Cookers

3 Times a Pressure Cooker Is Better than a Slow Cooker (and 3 Times It’s Not) — Tool Tips from The Kitchn

Over the past several years the electric pressure cooker has seen a huge resurgence in popularity. Some cooks have even jumped at the chance to let it replace the slow cooker, but not me. Both of these appliances have made life in the kitchen easier and more convenient, but for different reasons. Make sure both of these tools are helping you in the kitchen by taking advantage of what they do best.


23 Cooking Lessons and Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker — Recipes from The Kitchn

Many cooks have found that the electric pressure cooker has a much shorter learning curve and is somehow less intimidating than the venerable stovetop pressure cooker. We've rounded up all of our electric pressure cooker information and recipes from 2016 so you can explore and consider if this handy appliance is right for you. (P.S.: We think they're fantastic!)


When to Use High or Low Pressure on the Instant Pot — Tool Tips from The Kitchn

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Electric pressure cookers can be surprisingly difficult to understand, thanks to the abundance of multifunction buttons and not a lot of explanation about what those buttons do.

Take the pressure settings. On some models, high pressure is the only option. Others offer both a high and low pressure setting. And one in particular even allows you to select a specific psi (pressure).

So what's a cook to do?

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How To Make Steel-Cut Oatmeal in the Pressure Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Try as I might, the texture of overnight steel-cut oats never appealed to me. The pressure-cooker version, however, is right up my alley. Since I like my steel-cut oats soft and creamy, I've started making them in the pressure cooker. I get the texture I love with a cooking time that fits my schedule.

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Recipe: Freezer-to-Pressure-Cooker Chicken Curry — Freezer to Table

The pressure cooker makes long-cooked dishes like curries possible on a weeknight. If you also want to keep the slicing and dicing to a minimum, partner with your freezer so chicken curry can be on your table in just about 30 minutes whenever that craving hits.

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How To Cook Beans in an Electric Pressure Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Cooking dried beans always seems like such a chore — you have to soak the beans and then cook them low and slow on the stovetop for hours. While this can be a nice project for a low-key Sunday, there are times when you need a pot of beans right now for dinner tonight and you don't have time to soak and cook low and slow.

The electric pressure cooker is a bean-cooking dream. A "rapid soak" of just one minute at high pressure eliminates the overnight soak, and an average cook time of 10 minutes for most beans means that you can have a fresh pot in less than an hour. Here's how to do it.

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