December 23, 2016 at 3:43 am #38784
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!
LDecember 23, 2016 at 4:02 pm #38789AnonymousParticipant
Excellent work Laura!
Will you show stovetop pressure cookers in your videos too?December 24, 2016 at 1:45 pm #38799
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.
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. ; )December 26, 2016 at 12:48 pm #38807DigitalcanuckParticipant
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.
LisaDecember 27, 2016 at 5:35 pm #38814DigitalcanuckParticipant
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).
LisaDecember 28, 2016 at 5:30 am #38822AnonymousParticipant
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?January 20, 2017 at 8:08 pm #39215TBDgirlParticipant
Very informative! Thank you!March 14, 2017 at 7:21 am #41118bbmParticipant
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.
BelindaMarch 14, 2017 at 7:25 am #41126
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!May 10, 2017 at 9:33 pm #106710jimLEParticipant
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..May 30, 2017 at 11:27 pm #167590
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.October 19, 2017 at 1:08 am #372405stephen walkerParticipant
How do you find the videos?October 20, 2017 at 6:47 pm #372662
There are links (how to pressure cook. And. Pressure cooking lessons) in the bar on the right of this page.December 31, 2017 at 3:52 am #518352Niluht GardensParticipant
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!January 14, 2018 at 1:09 pm #590955
Thanks Nilhut Gardens – it’s always great to hear that someone found the content useful!
LJanuary 30, 2018 at 10:35 pm #662454JonilynParticipant
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.
Jonilyn.May 23, 2018 at 6:53 am #881208PawPawParticipant
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.
PawpawMay 24, 2018 at 6:42 am #881402
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.
LOctober 13, 2018 at 4:44 pm #886404Mary HParticipant
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.January 17, 2019 at 10:34 am #887875herbmmmParticipant
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!January 26, 2019 at 4:18 pm #888018
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.
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.