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  • #38784

    Laura Pazzaglia
    Keymaster

    Are you learning to pressure cook, or teaching someone else? Join our free online video series, and then come back here to the forums to ask any question you might have!

    Welcome to Pressure Cooking School!

    Ciao,

    L

    #38789

    Anonymous
    Participant

    Excellent work Laura!

    Will you show stovetop pressure cookers in your videos too?

    #38799

    Laura Pazzaglia
    Keymaster

    Hi David, unfortunately not. That’s what our original series featured. This series will be using only the three electric multi-cookers pictured but the info can be applied to any electric cooker and – useful for stovetop cooks.

    Merry Christmas!

    L

    P.S. I’m in the second week of influenza and making a light Christmas dinner in my toaster oven; milk-poached fish filets and artichokes and potatoes gratin. ; )

    #38807

    Digitalcanuck
    Participant

    Hey Laura, I sent you a message through your contact form about posting the cooking school videos on our site (Cookery Nation). I am wondering if you received it.

    I hope you are feeling better.

    Lisa

    #38814

    Digitalcanuck
    Participant

    It’s me again Laura. I have decided to just post the videos in a series on our site. Perhaps we can discuss the contributor idea later. I have provided loads of links back to your cooking school pages and to the forum. I really hope this gets people going with their pressure cookers, especially for my demographic. Thank you so much for making this info available so that we can teach others. You can see the series we have created here: http://cookerynation.com/pressure-cooking-school/

    On a side note: my hubby was determined to make xmas pudding in our stove top pc and he found your recipe. He said “this hippy pressure cooking site looks like it has the info I need”. I laughed and showed him your cookbook (and corrected him on the site’s name, lol).

    Thanks again.

    Lisa

    #38822

    Anonymous
    Participant

    Maybe consider making videos in future showing a stovetop pressure cooker? I’m sure there are many people who already have one and lack the confidence to use it.

    I personally prefer having a stovetop pressure cooker, I have a small kitchen it takes up less room than an electric one would. It’s an older Fagor made in Spain, feels very well made like it will last forever, much better made than newer pressure cookers.

    I’m probably right in saying that electric ones are easier for newbies because there’s less fiddling around with the stove and it’s more automated?

    #39215

    TBDgirl
    Participant

    Very informative! Thank you!

    #41118

    bbm
    Participant

    Thank you so much for creating pressure cooking school. I have completed the first set of classes and eagerly anticipate the remainder. I have learned so much about my electric pressure cooker that would have been missed by just following recipes one after the other! The lessons are well sequenced and entertaining yet polished. I actually feel as though I could make decisions regarding modifications rather that having to “stay on point” with a recipe.

    Belinda

    #41126

    Laura Pazzaglia
    Keymaster

    Belinda, we are taping the next set of lessons right now- the next one will come in April.

    We’ve been a little delayed because of a tragic “hangnail infection” and I was sure you didn’t want me pointing at food (especially in the upcoming meat lesson) with a bandaged finger! : D

    So glad you find these useful – AND that it’s given you more confidence in your pressure cooking. That’s the goal!

    See you soon, and Welcome!

    #106710

    jimLE
    Participant

    i only have the stove top pressure cooker myself.in which i’ve canned some items,but yet im still new at it.my main concern with it.is canning some home made beef stew.so any stove top cooker class’s will be greatly appreciated..

    #167590

    Greg
    Participant

    Hi Jim and welcome.
    Laura does have lessons based around stove top pressure cookers. It is an older series without the high tech videos she is doing now. They are accessible from the menu bar on the right of this – and every – page (Under “Start Here”). But I am pretty sure she doesn’t touch on pressure canning. This is a specialist area and not for the beginner.

    Pressure canning in a pressure cooker is fraught with danger. If you get it wrong you are putting both yourself and your family at serious risk.

    Some general quidelines:
    1. Don’t ever use an electric pressure cooker for pressure canning. With one exception I am aware of they are simply NOT suitable. Despite what several brand’s marketing departments would have you believe.

    2. The pressure cooker must be large. At least 10 litres. Preferably more. This is because the time it takes that huge volume of water to come to pressure is included in the canning time. A smaller PC will come to pressure faster so this time will be reduced and the food may not be sterilised properly.

    3. Do not use one of the modern spring based pressure cookers. If the spring loses tension for whatever reason it may not reach the correct pressure/temperature to be effective. Manufacturing defects and age can both cause this. This is one time when the older weight valve is superior.

    4. Part of the pressure canning cycle includes a venting stage. This is important to ensure the head space is filled with steam and not air. Spring based pressure cookers often automatically seal making this important step difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. This is why I do not use my 12 litre Kuhn Rikon for pressure canning despite the fact that canning was in the back of my mind when I bought it. I know better now.

    In short, if pressure canning is important to you, get a purpose built pressure canner and follow the directions that come with it. Keep your pressure cooker for cooking meals to have now.

    #372405

    stephen walker
    Participant

    How do you find the videos?

    #372662

    Greg
    Participant

    There are links (how to pressure cook. And. Pressure cooking lessons) in the bar on the right of this page.

    #518352

    Niluht Gardens
    Participant

    Thank You Laura and HIP team! I have been having so much fun with our new Christmas pressure cooker. Just wanted to log in and let you know how appreciated all your content is; looking forward to browsing the cookbook soon!

    #590955

    Laura Pazzaglia
    Keymaster

    Thanks Nilhut Gardens – it’s always great to hear that someone found the content useful!

    Ciao,

    L

    #662454

    Jonilyn
    Participant

    Hi Laura,

    It has been a few years since I’ve posted anything. I’m still pressure cooking using both my stove top models and my instant pots. Your website is still the best website for accurate, safe pressure cooking.

    I have many friends and complete strangers using the Instant Pot to the point my husband teases me that I have started a cult.

    Finally in Canada, some stores such as Canadian Tire/ Best Buy are offering some great sales on the Instant Pot.

    Just thought I’d say hello and let yo know the Cooking School videos are fantastic.

    Warmest regards,

    Jonilyn.

    #881208

    PawPaw
    Participant

    Just joined a couple days ago, seem to be having an issue with two of the forums. The “Kitchen Chit-Chat” & “Beginner Basic” forums keeps logging me off every time I click on one of those forums. I can still read the post in those forums, but cannot reply to any of them, keeps saying you’re not Logged In.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Pawpaw

    #881402

    Laura Pazzaglia
    Keymaster

    Hi and welcome, Pawpaw! You ran into a peculiarity to keep this site running on fewer resources. The website will show you an “older” page (where you haven’t logged in yet) so as not to generate a new page for every visit and every visitor.

    When you run into these pages (and I see from your recent posts you figure it out, somehow) – just re-load the page in the browser holding down the shift-key on the computer – or tap “refresh” from the pull-down menu on your phone. This will have your web browser communicate with the website asking for a brand-new page, just for you.

    Ciao,

    L

    #886404

    Mary H
    Participant

    I want to thank you for your Pressure Cooking School series. Both the posts and the videos have given me the courage to use my Instant Pot rather than taking it back to the store. (I was hit with buyer’s remorse almost as soon as I bought it because it seemed kind of scary.) I see many recipes on your website that I look forward to trying, but I’m going to work my way through the ones in the Cooking School first. Thank you again.

    #887875

    herbmmm
    Participant

    How on earth do I start a new topic? I’m pretty competent with a computer but for the life of me I can’t seem to be able to start a new topic in your forum!

    #888018

    Greg
    Participant

    How on earth do I start a new topic?

    It is a bit Klutzy:

    1. Be logged in.
    2. Go to the individual forum you want to start your new topic in. Do a force refresh if that page does not think you are logged in. (ongoing issues with over zealous caching)
    3. Scroll down to the bottom. You will see a section that allows you to enter a new topic and your initial comment.

    Oh, and be aware the “Notify me of new replies” check box no longer works in the forums.

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