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How to Use Pressure Cooker to Cook Beans

how to use pressure cooker to cook beans

Pressure cooking beans is fast and easy, and you MUST use oil when you are conducting so. It keeps the beans from foaming up as well as keeping the skins from popping off and blocking up the vent tube. Remember never to fill cooker over 2/3 full.

This is actually the basic recipe:
1 cup beans
4 cups water
1 tablespoon oil (unless otherwise noted)

Cook according to the chart below. Soaking for 8 hours will help reduce the cooking. It’s also possible to “presoak” beans by putting them in the cooker while using level of water above and bringing the cooker around pressure. Cut the cooker and allow it to needlessly take 1 hour. Then proceed by cooking the beans with the “presoak” time below.

Unsoaked beans grab the longest. If your cooking comes to an end, quick-release the pressure cooker under cold water in order to avoid foaming or sputtering at the vent. If you hear a sputtering sound, put the cooker in the sink and run cold water above the entire cooker to take the pressure down quickly. Remove and clean the lid, vent, and rubber gasket. Lock the lid back in place and proceed with cooking.

Important: ALWAYS clean the lid and vent thoroughly after cooking beans! Make sure you check the vent tube to be sure no bean skins are stuck in it.

Note: Black Eyed Peas, Split Peas and Lentils don’t have to be soaked or maybe presoaked. You may use them unsoaked and they cook very quickly.

Beans (1 cup dry) Soaked (12 hrs) Presoak Unsoaked Yield
Adzuki 5-9 min 9-13 min 12-14 min 2 cups
Anasazi 4-7 min 7-10 min 20-22 min 2 1/4 cups
Black (turtle) 9-11 min 14-18 min 20-25 min 2 cups
Black-eyed (cow) peas —– —– 9-11 min 2 1/4 cups
Cannellini 9-12 min 14-17 min 22-25 min 2 cups
Chickpeas (garbanzo) 10-12 min 21-25 min 30-40 min 2 1/2 cups
Christmas 8-10 min 10-12 min 16-18 min 1 1/4 cups
Cranberry 9-12 min 20-25 min 30-35 min 2 1/4 cups
Fava* 12-18 min 16-22 min 22-28 min 2 cups
Flageolets 10-14 min 10-14 min 17-22 min 2 cups
Great Northern 8-12 min 14-18 min 25-30 min 2 1/4 cups
Lentils —— —— 7-10 min 2 cups
Lima (large)*** 4-7**min 8-12 min** 12-16 min 2 1/2 cups
Lima (baby) 5-7 min 8-12 min 12-15 min 2 1/2 cups
Peas (split, green) —— —— 8-10 min 2 cups
Peas (whole, green) —— —— 16-18 min 2 cups
Pigeon peas (granules) 6-9 min 15-18 min 20-25 min 3 cups
Pinto 4-6 min 7-10 min 22-25 min 2 1/4 cups
Navy (pea) 6-8 min 10-13 min 16-25 min 2 cups
Red kidney 10-12 min 12-15 min 20-25 min 2 cups
Scarlet runner 12-14 min 12-16 min 17-20 min 1 1/4 cups
Soy beans 9-12 min 15-20 min 28-35 min 2 1/4 cups


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*Skins remain leathery after cooking and need to be removed before serving unless the beans are pureed.

**Make sure to remove loose skins before cooking

***Requires 2 tablespoons of oil for each and every cup of dried beans

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