How to Cook Pinto Beans in a Pressure Cooker

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Cooking pinto beans in a pressure cooker is a great way to cut down the process to about half the time. Cook pinto beans in a pressure cooker with help from a nutrition and culinary educator in this free video clip.

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I'm Siona Sammartino. And this is how to cook pinto beans in a pressure cooker. If you're looking for a cooking technique that's going to save you time, money without compromising the flavor or the nutrients. Pressure cooking absolutely the way to go. It cuts the cooking time down by about half. It retains minerals, so you wind up needing less salt and it still turns out super yummy. And lastly, most people are afraid of pressure cookers.But gone are the days of those exploding, crazy pressure cookers. Most of the models these days have a new safety system, so it's going to work out just fine. So, here's how you do it, To start, add one cup of pinto beans to the pressure cooker, that have been rinsed, soaked for six to eight hours. And then, drained and rinsed again. Cover your beans by about half inch, with water. Then, bring to a boil, uncovered, which takes about five minutes. In the mean time, ensure the rubber gasket is properly fitted in the lid. You want it to be fully under each overhang. Add a small strip of Kombu seaweed, seal the pressure cooker by lining up the arrows on the handles, twist and lock. Turn the heat to high, until the pressure reaches high, on this model, that's indicated by the second red line. Reduce the heat as low as you can to stabilize and maintain high pressure. Then, cook the pinto beans for 25 to 30 minutes. after this time, remove the cooker from the heat and allow the pressure to come down naturally. This takes about seven, eight minutes. Once the pressure dial has released, open the lid, remove the Kombu. And stir in a half to three-quarter teaspoons of sea salt. And that's how you pressure cook pinto beans.


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