Pressure Cooking 101

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You’ll learn why you should be using a pressure cooker, how pressure cookers came to be, the basics on how they work, basic safety measures, the differences between a stove top and electric pressure cooker, pressure cooker terms in recipes, and if your pressure canner will work as a pressure cooker and vice versa. The videos will take a total of 20 minutes to watch (each is about 10 minutes long) so make sure the kids are in bed or at school and that you’ve got the computer to yourself…and make sure your friends watch it too. Then you can experiment with your pressure cookers together! Also, make sure you check back on Wednesday to learn how to pressure cook rice, beans, and wheat in a FRACTION of the time!

INTRODUCTION TO PRESSURE COOKERS: PART ONE

INTRODUCTION TO PRESSURE COOKERS: PART TWO

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Make sure if you have a different pressure cooker than I do that you reference YOUR owner’s manual for specific times and measurements for these items. I’ve also added some homework items for you (yes, I said homework! I want you to actually TRY these concepts for yourself!) they are fun recipes you can try that I like to use OR you can try your own recipe. Make sure to leave a comment with successes and questions so we all can learn from each other!

COOKING BEANS IN AN ELECTRIC PRESSURE COOKER

HOMEWORK RECIPES TO TRY:
Low-Fat Blueberry Muffins
Low-fat Pumpkin Brownies

COOKING RICE IN AN ELECTRIC PRESSURE COOKER

HOMEWORK RECIPES TO TRY:
NEW! Fried Rice
NEW! Hawaiian Meatballs and Rice

COOKING WHEAT BERRIES IN AN ELECTRIC PRESSURE COOKER

HOMEWORK RECIPES TO TRY:
Wheat Berry Salad with Apples & Cashews
Feta Wheat Berry Salad

PORCUPINE MEATBALLS PART ONE

PORCUPINE MEATBALLS PART TWO

MAKING SLOW COOKER CHICKEN IN YOUR PRESSURE COOKER IN 15 MINUTES

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PorcupineMeatballs

Porcupine Meatballs

1 1/2 lbs. Hamburger
2/3 Cup Rice, uncooked
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Pepper
2 tsp. Minced Onion, dry
Combine above ingredients & form into small balls

1 Can Tomato Soup
1/2 Cup Water
Mix & Heat the soup and water in the Pressure Cooker.
Drop meat balls into hot soup mixture.
Close cover securely with pressure regulator on top.
Cook 10 minutes at 15 lbs pressure.
Let pressure drop of its own accord. (Natural Release Method)

TIPS

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Click HERE to download this 2 page handout with tips and tricks for your pressure cooker along with a couple recipes to try. I didn’t put general cook times for basic items (like rice, meat, etc.) because you should check your owners manual for those as each pressure cooker can be different.

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  • http://www.sandfordhighschool.com/ GED ONLINE

    All videos are great :) thanks for sharing!

  • Jalvinmudy

    please help Im having trouble downloading the cards so cant print them out.

  • Amy

    Thanks so much for taking the time to put these videos together.  I’ve been pressure cooking for a while and many of my friends wanted to me to teach them how to so in my research to find the best way to organize my thoughts, I found this blog.  I only watched the first 2 videos, so forgive me if this was corrected in another video but there are such things as an all-in-one pressure cooker/canners.  I have one.  Instead of the standard pressure regulator, it has one with the markings 5, 10 and 15 – this way you can set the pressure low, med, or high as needed.  I think this might be the difference to make it also appropriate for canning.  I referenced both of my manuals and this was my best assumption.  I only mention it because if you were truly in an emergency situation, it would be nice to know that this one item could be even more versatile.  Thanks again!

  • Nancy

    I can’t wait to try that chicken! I just bought the Cuisinart electric pressure cooker last week and I’m So excited to have it. I just got a great deal on some chicken, So finding this was perfect timing. Thanks for your great info! Field tender chicken in 15 minutes blows my mind!

  • Nancy

    That’s FORK tender chicken. Lol I didn’t check my auto correct. :)

  • Mariangeles

    hola, quisiera saber cual de las ollas es mejor las de presion solamente o las que son arroceras y presion tipo cuckoo, o cuchen. Muchas gracias

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  • Mi Win

    I like to just take a whole frozen chicken, plunk it in the pot, add a small amount (1-2 cups) water or chicken broth and let’er rip! I let the cooker come up to full pressure, cook 15 minutes, allow natural release, and viola! There you have a wonderfully cooked chicken ready for anything you want to make with it, or eat it as is. YUM!