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    Merrily Willis

    The cooking times page is very comprehensive…BUT iacvnot see where the times provided for each ingredient item equates to a given quantity or weight of that same item??? Can someone please explain these charts further to help…thanks in advance.

    Laura Pazzaglia

    That’s because in pressure cooking, the quantity doesn’t matter. One grain of rice will take the same amount of time to cook through as 500 grains of rice.

    Pressure cooking time is based on the size and density of the food and how long it will take the steam or cooking liquid to penetrate through to the center and cook it.

    Since rice grains, for example, are all the same size they will all take the same time to cook. The same goes for chicken legs, potatoes, and cabbage leaves. ; )




    Also there is a built in “fudge factor”. If you are cooking a large quantity, it will take longer to get to pressure than if you are cooking a small quantity. It will be cooking during this time too.

    Where the size does change, there is a rule given in the charts. See the meat cuts for example.

    Merrily Willis

    Thank you – that helps :-)

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