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What do the Buttons on the Power Pressure Cooker XL Mean?

· Pressure Cookers

When looking at Power Pressure Cooker XL reviews, a question commonly asked by consumers is “What button should I use?” All the pressure cooker buttons cook the food the same way except for the canning button. So when it comes to choosing a button, the cooking time associated with that button is the most important thing to pay attention to.

Here is a breakdown of all the Power Pressure Cooker XL buttons and what they do.

Fish/Vegetable/Steam – 2-minute cook time; use the cook time selector to adjust to 4 or 10 minutes. This is the shortest cook time available on the Power Pressure Cooker XL.

Beans/Lentils – 5-minute cook time; use the cook time selector to adjust to 15 or 30 minutes.

Rice/Risotto – 6-minute cook time; use the cook time selector to adjust to 18 or 25 minutes. The manual suggests using 6 minutes for white rice, 18 minutes for brown rice and 25 minutes for wild rice.

Soup/Stew – 10-minute cook time; use the cook time selector to adjust to 30 or 60 minutes.

Meat/Chicken – 15 minutes cook time; use the cook time selector to adjust to 40 or 60 minutes.

All of these Power Pressure Cooker XL buttons cook at 7.2 psi.

Additional Power Pressure Cooker XL buttons:

Canning – Unlike the aforementioned settings, the canning button on the Power Pressure Cooker XL cooks at 12 psi. You can do all your pressure cooking using the canning button if you’re cooking longer than 10 minutes. You can also adjust the time to 45 minutes and 120 minutes. The Power Pressure Cooker XL manual does not recommend pressure canning if you are at an altitude above 2,000 feet.

Slow Cook – 2-hour cook time; use the cook time selector to adjust to 6 hours or 12 hours.

Keep Warm/Cancel – Use this button to cancel a function or turn off your pressure cooker. When your pressure cooking time is up, it will automatically switch to ‘Keep Warm.’

Delay Time – Allows you to set the pressure cooker to start cooking later in the day.

Another frequently asked question by consumers is ‘How can I sauté or brown my food in the Power Pressure Cooker XL?’ While the Power Pressure Cooker XL does not have a sauté button, the desired effect can be reached by using the pressure cooking buttons without the lid on. Since the meat/chicken setting has the longest cook time, it can be a good choice for sautéing and browning.

Pressure Valve – Line up the image of the steam coming out with the triangle to quickly release the pressure. This is referred to as the ‘Open Position.’ Line up the circle and the two triangles to pressure cook—the locked position.

Now that you are more familiar with the Power Pressure Cooker XL buttons and all of their functions, get ready to prepare and enjoy some delicious pressure cooked meals.

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