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what is pressure cooker "cooking time"?

fadista | Oct 26, 2012 10:30 PM

Okay, so I decided it finally was time to use my 10-year (?) new Fagor pressure cooker.

The pressure cooking process apears to be:
1. Put in your ingredients, close the lid, and turn on the heat.
2. At some point, the contents will begin to boil, and steam will visibly escape.
3. Turn off the heat.

All the Fagor recipes very helpfully refer to "cooking time," which is never explained. Or a recipe will say "Close and cook for 3-4 minutes."

I know what "cooking time" is in a microwave, or when I'm baking or grilling or sauteing.

But what is it in the process above? Is "cooking time" how long I watch the steam blow out of the hole in Step 2? Or how long I wait after turning off the heat?

Thanks.

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