The Pressure Cooker’s Minimum Liquid Requirement

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 This article is part of Lesson 2: The First Recipe

Pressure Cooker Minimum Liquid RequirementThe minimum liquid requirement is the least amount of liquid your pressure cooker needs to create enough steam to build and maintain pressure. To pressure cook!

Now, the amount will vary by brand. And that’s because of how the pressure cooker is made and the type of valve it uses.

For example, the Instant Pot requires at least 1 1/2 cups (375ml) of water; while the Fagor LUX (which has a spring valve) only needs 1/2 a cup (125ml)! Your instruction manual should state this minimum, but if it doesn’t or if it isn’t clear I’ve come up with an amount that will bring just about any pressure cooker to pressure: 1 1/2 cups (375ml).

More Info: Pressure Cooker Instruction Manual Library

Make sure that any recipe you cook in your pressure cooker contains at least the minimum required by your pressure cooker – otherwise the pressure cooker won’t build pressure.


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