Pressure cooker has become many people favorite since its invention many years ago. It is not only safe and convenient but it is also cook food fast. Beans are rich in protein and are cooked frequently at home. However many people still don’t know to cook beans using a pressure cooker. In this article, we are going to give you tips and tricks on how to cook beans using the best pressure cooker.
Before you start cooking beans in a pressure cooker, it is very important to first presoak them in water for a period of about 5 hours. To get even more desirable results it is recommend that you soak the beans overnight; this is because beans usually need special attention and soaking them will them to get soft will help them cook fast when placed on pressure cooker. It will also help the bean to maintain their natural taste after being cooked in the pressure cooker.
The mistake that most people make when preparing beans using pressure cooker is not filling the pressure cooker with the right amount of water. In fact, most people don’t know the right amount of water that needs to be filled on the pressure cooker when preparing beans. The recommend amount of water that need to be filled on the pressure when preparing beans is about 3/4 of the pressure cooker. Adding more than this will result to overcooking of beans or in some instance exploding of the pressure cooker. On the other hand, less that the recommended water can result to under cooked beans or burning of the beans.
Although the primary function of salt is to add taste to the food. Scientific studies have also revealed that it can also help to quicken the cooking process. Salts help to lower the boiling point of water from 100 degrees to 95 degrees centigrade. In addition to that, salt also helps to break the toughness of beans, enabling them to cook faster.
Most people usually think that baking soda is only used to bake cakes but that is not true. Baking soda is a tenderizing agent can help to soften the beans to help them cook fast. However, to get full benefits of baking soda, it is recommended that you add baking soda to the beans on pre soaking stage.
Oil usually plays a vital role when cooking beans on pressure cooker. When you add oil to beans while cooking on pressure cooker, it will help to prevent the valves of the pressure cooker from clogging, a factor that may result to explosion.
Adding flavors such as anions, bay leaf, and garlic will help boost up the flavor of the cooking liquid. You are at liberty to add aromatic of your choice but you need to keep it subtle.