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    In the cooking times section Broccoli is listed as 5 minutes cooking with a normal release. What is the difference between normal release and natural release? Thanks in advance.


    Natural means wait for the pressure cooker to come down on its own. Just let it sit there turned off until the pressure indicator shows that pressure is gone.

    Normal means release pressure using whatever means the pressure cooker allows. On some models it is a button to press. Others have a knob to turn. Some of the electrics allow you to push a button on the front to achieve this. Weight operated ones have you lift the weight off using tongs. There are probably other means.

    Laura uses a few other terms too, but these are the main ones.

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