Quick Cooker Cooking Times | Pampered Chef

Electric pressure cookers can save you time in the kitchen, but just how much time depends on the type of food and amount of water you use. Pampered Chef takes the guesswork out of dinner plans with the Quick Cooker in this guide to pressure cooking beans, grains, rice, vegetables, meats, and poultry.

How to Pressure Cook Beans & Legumes

When you need a pot of beans for dinner but don’t want to bother with soaking them, turn to your electric pressure cooker. Your pressure cooker will let you cook beans, lentils, and legumes in record time. For the best results, use fresh beans—if they’ve been sitting in your pantry for more than a year, it’s time to toss them.

To cook your beans, rise and sort your preferred bean in cool water and drain. Add the beans and water with 1 tbsp of oil to the inner pot of the Quick Cooker. Then Lock the lid and choose the BEANS setting, set the time based on the chart below and press START. Use the chart below for the ratio of beans to water, cooking time, and how to release the steam from your pressure cooker.

How to Pressure Cook Grains

Your pressure cooker can be your secret weapon for quick whole grains. Whole grains can take a long time to cook on the stovetop, which means you need to keep a close eye on them. Your pressure cooker lets you make the same meals in a fraction of the time, without standing over the stove.

To start, rinse 1 cup (250 mL) of grains in cool water and drain. See the chart below for the type of grain, water amount, cooking time, and how to release the steam from your pressure cooker. Lock the lid and choose the WHOLE GRAINS and adjust the time. Press START. When the timer is up, release the steam using the chart shown below.

How to Pressure Cook Rice

Pressure cookers are a fast way to make rice, and unlike rice cookers, they’re great for more than just one food. When you cook rice in a pressure cooker, you’ll get fluffy, fragrant rice with the perfect texture every time.

To get started, rinse your rice of choice in cool water and drain it. Add the rice, 1 cup (250 mL) water, and 1 tbsp (15 mL) of oil to the inner pot of the Quick Cooker. Then lock the lid and choose the BROWN RICE or WHITE RICE setting, adjust the time according to the chart below, and press START. Use the chart below for the ratio of rice to water, cooking time, and how to release the steam from your pressure cooker.

How to Pressure Cook Vegetables

The Quick Cooker can steam fresh vegetables in a fraction of the time you’d spend using other methods, and it preserves more nutrients, too. Because it’s so effective, we don’t recommend cooking tender vegetables like peas, asparagus, or summer squash.

Add at least 1 cup (250 mL) of water to the inner pot of the Quick Cooker. Prepare your veggies according to the chart below. If the vegetable requires the steam rack, add it to the bottom of the inner pot. Lock the lid and select the CUSTOM setting. Adjust the time according to the chart and press START. Use the chart below for the cooking time, and how to release the steam from your pressure cooker.

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How to Pressure Cook Beef

One the best features of a pressure cooker that frozen meat can go right into the Quick Cooker. To make weeknight meal prep easier and let you cook more efficiently in the Quick Cooker, remove frozen meat from the original packaging and freeze it in a resealable plastic bag in a single layer. It will be easier to remove meat from the packaging before pressure cooking and can save some space in your freezer, too.

To cook beef, add at least of water, broth, or sauce to the inner pot of the Quick Cooker. Add your meat to the inner pot, lock the lid, and choose the BEEF/PORK setting. Adjust the time according to the chart and press START. Use the chart below for the ratio of meat to liquid, cooking time, and how to release the steam from your pressure cooker.

How to Pressure Cook Pork

Whether you need to make a quick dinner or forgot to thaw the meat, pork is a great option for an easy weeknight meal in your pressure cooker.

For your pressure cooker pork dish, add water, broth, or sauce to the inner pot of the Quick Cooker, then add your pork. Adjust the time according to the chart below and choose the BEEF/PORK setting and press START. Use the chart below for the ratio of meat to liquid, cooking time, and how to release the steam from your pressure cooker.

How to Pressure Cook Chicken & Turkey

Chicken is a staple for affordable, healthy weeknight meals. With an electric pressure cooker, you can have 2–4 lbs. of boneless chicken breasts done in about 12 minutes.

Add water, broth, or sauce to the inner pot of the Quick Cooker with your poultry. Lock the lid and choose the CHICKEN/POULTRY setting. Adjust the time according to the chart and press START. Use the chart below for the ratio of poultry to liquid, cooking time, and how to release the steam from your pressure cooker.

How do you saute in a pressure cooker?

After cooking in the pressure cooker, you can sauté ingredients separately or together to finish off your meal. To sauté in your pressure cooker, follow the steps below.

1. Add 1 tbsp (15 mL) of oil to the inner pot of the Quick Cooker and lock the lid.

2. Choose SAUTÉ and adjust the time according to the chart below for your protein and how you’d like it cooked (rare, medium rare, or well done).

3. When the timer is up, remove your sautéed protein from the inner pot and use a spoon to deglaze the pot with 1 cup (250 mL) of hot liquid.

4. Add in your remaining ingredients and lock the lid.

5. Choose SAUTÉ again, but this time don’t adjust any time or temperature settings. Press START to cook your sautéed ingredients to reach a desired doneness level.

6. Serve your sautéed sauced dish right away or store in the inner pot until you’re ready to serve it.

7. Use a spoon to remove any extra residue from the sides and bottom of the inner pot if necessary before storing.

8. Remove the steam rack and pour off any excess liquid before locking on the lid and cooling down your pressure cooker for storage.

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9. Press CANCEL, then use a paper towel or washcloth to wipe down all surfaces of your pressure cooker, including the lid, handles, steam rack, and inner pot before storing to remove any leftover food pieces that could harbor bacteria over time.

10. Store your pressure cooker in an appropriate location with temperatures between 32–111°F (0–43°C).

Tips for Making Perfect Pressure Cooker Homemade Chicken Stock (Stocks & Broths)

People often wonder whether they should make their own stock versus buying it at the store. Here’s what we say: if you use store-bought stock, make your own. Here’s why. Traditional chicken stock has very little moisture, and is made with bones that are high in fat and collagen; both will help the flavors of your dish come together in your pressure cooker.

How do you use the Pampered Chef Quick cooker?

A Quick Cooker is a versatile appliance that can not only save time and space in your kitchen, but also enhance your cooking experience.

Here are some of the ways you can use this pressure cooker.

* Use it as an Asian rice cooker: choose the SAUTE setting, add ingredients and lock the lid for either white rice or brown rice. Set the time according to the chart below. When the timer is up, release pressure using the valve method below and release a little steam before opening to keep your rice warm.

* Make a pot roast in it: choose the PORK setting and adjust time according to chart below for a small or medium pot roast (2–3 lbs. or 1–2 kg) and lock the lid. After cooking, use the SAUTE setting to brown the roast if desired.

* Make a breakfast casserole: choose the RED MEAT setting and adjust time according to chart below for a small or medium casserole (2–3 lbs. or 1–2 kg) and lock the lid. After cooking, use the SAUTE setting to brown your ingredients before serving if desired.

* Cook an omelet: choose SAUTÉ or SHORT COOK depending on how hot you’d like your omelet cooked and adjust time according to chart below for one large omelet that is done in 7 minutes.

How do you saute?

After cooking in the pressure cooker, you can sauté ingredients separately or together to finish off your meal. To sauté in your pressure cooker, follow the steps below.

1. Add 1 tbsp (15 mL) of oil to the inner pot of the Quick Cooker and lock the lid.

2. Choose SAUTE and adjust time according to chart below for your protein and how you’d like it cooked (rare, medium rare, or well done).

3. When timer is up, remove your sautéed protein from the inner pot and use a spoon to deglaze the pot with 1 cup of hot liquid.

4. Add in your remaining ingredients and lock the lid.

5. Choose SAUTE again but this time don’t adjust any time or temperature settings. Press START to cook your sautéed ingredients to reach a desired doneness level.

6. Serve your sautéed sauced dish right away or store in the inner pot until you’re ready to serve it.

7. Use a spoon to remove any extra residue from the sides and bottom of the inner pot if necessary before storing.

8. Remove the steam rack and pour off any excess liquid before locking on the lid and cooling down your pressure cooker for storage.

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9. Press CANCEL, then use a paper towel or washcloth to wipe down all surfaces of your pressure cooker, including the lid, handles, steam rack, and inner pot before storing to remove any leftover food pieces that could harbor bacteria over time.

10. Store your pressure cooker in an appropriate location with temperatures between 32–111°F (0–43°C).

How do you use the Pampered Chef Quick Cooker?

A Quick Cooker is a versatile appliance that can not only save time and space in your kitchen, but also enhance your cooking experience. Here are some of the ways you can use this pressure cooker. * Use it as an Asian rice cooker: choose the SAUTE setting, add ingredients and lock the lid for either white rice or brown rice. Set the time according to the chart below. When the timer is up, release pressure using the valve method below and release a little steam before opening to keep your rice warm.

Is saute the same as Browning?

Browning or frying is a cooking technique where you add oil to a hot pan for the purpose of searing or crisping ingredients. In contrast, saute is the technique and practice of cooking foods in a small amount of boiling liquid by stirring occasionally.

What temperature should I saute?

Most commonly, we recommend a temperature of 180–200°F (82–93°C) for browning and 300°F (149°C) to saute. You can read more about temperatures here. You may also find helpful tips on cooking food through at high temperatures in our article here.

What’s the difference between searing and sauteing?

Eating crispy, browned, and flavorful foods is what many of us crave. The difference between browning and sauteing is that searing involves submerging the food in a small amount of fat while sauteing doesn’t.

How to Make Perfect Pressure Cooker Beef Stew in your PRC

* There’s no need to peel the potatoes or carrots before cooking. And don’t add onions to the pressure cooker – they will release extra moisture when cooked and you don’t want that!* Use 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) of beef broth for a more flavourful stew.* You can substitute beef broth with chicken broth if you like.

Do you saute with lid on or off?

Cooks have different preferences when it comes to sauteing. Some leave the lid on, some leave it off. We’ve done both ways and have found sauteing with the lid on cooks more evenly and the process is less messy. If you’re in a hurry, feel free to saute with the lid off!

What’s the difference between searing and sauteing?

Eating crispy, browned, and flavorful foods is what many of us crave. The difference between browning and sautéing is that searing involves submerging the food in a small amount of fat while sautéing doesn’t.

So there you have it, our recommendations on the best pressure cookers on the market today and what to look for when shopping for a pressure cooker online.

Our hope is that this article will not only help you get the most out of your next pressure cooker, but also that it helps to simplify your shopping process so you can find and buy a new or replacement pressure cooker with ease.

If you have any questions about which model is best for your unique situation, feel free to leave a comment below.