Convert Pressure Cooker Time To Stove Top
Converting pressure cooker time to stove top time (and vice versa) can be tricky especially if you are new to pressure cooking. After all, you might have a whole repertoire of great recipes that you have used for years and now want to be able to prepare them in the pressure cooker.
Alternatively, you might need to cook something on the stove top but only have the pressure cooker recipe and directions.
First up, you can’t cook everything in a pressure cooker. Fried foods such as fried chicken, breaded meats, steaks or dairy-based recipes are not suitable so you will need to cook these on the stovetop in a conventional way (unless your pressure cooker has an air fryer function).
However, anything that you can cook in a liquid such as soups, casseroles or pasta dishes can be cooked in a pressure cooker. Egg dishes too although of course, not fried eggs, are also suitable.
To convert pressure cooker time to stove top time, you can roughly expect that using the pressure cooker for meats, vegetables, and vegetables should take about 3 times faster than by cooking on the stove top. So, for example, a pressure cooker recipe that takes 20 minutes cooking time on high pressure, will now take an hour on the stove top.
Pressure cookers are great for enabling you to produce slow cooked tasting tender dishes in a fraction of the time it takes to cook a casserole or stew for example on the stove top. So cooking these types of dishes on the stove top is lengthier and time-consuming and does not improve the flavor over the results of cooking under pressure.
Many people use the pressure cooker for pasta dishes. In reality cooking pasta in a pressure cooker does not really save you any time so it really makes no difference whether you cook on the stove top or under pressure.
For example, if the directions on the packet, advise that you need to cook pasta for 12 minutes on the stove top, whereas you can generally cook the same pasta for 4 minutes under high pressure. However, you will need to use natural pressure release (NPR) once the cooking time is over and this may take around five minutes.
Cooking pasta under pressure is more convenient according to many pressure cooking fans but it only saves you around 3 minutes. That said results are usually better and you do not have to watch the pot or worry about it boiling over, as you do with conventional stove top cooking.
As with pasta, meat and everything else, the pressure cooker cooks everything around 75% faster so if you are trying to convert cooking time to stove top time, you will need to multiply cooking times by three.
An added advantage of cooking under pressure is that you can cook directly from frozen so you don’t have to factor in the time it takes to defrost your ingredients either by leaving out or using the microwave.
In general, you only need to add a couple of minutes cooking time when cooking frozen food and as the pressure cooker won’t come up to pressure until the ingredients are thawed out, you don’t have to make any additional cooking time calculations.