Cooking up a Pot of Pressure Cooker Black Beans
Today I’m featuring a pressure cooker recipe from MJ’s Kitchen. Black beans are MJ’s favorite bean and she doesn’t use canned beans because they’re often somewhat tasteless and mushy. She prefers to pressure cooks her beans which yields the best tasting beans possible in a relatively short period of time. My family prefers black beans too, so perhaps that’s why MJ’s post Cooking up a Pot of Black Beans caught my eye.
Cooking Up a Pot of Black Beans in an Instant Pot
I asked MJ to tell me a little bit about herself so I could introduce her to my readers:
Many people have a fear of using a pressure cooker, but since my mother used one religiously, I’ve always treated it as just another tool in the kitchen. It was such a common tool back in the 70’s, that I received two of them as wedding presents.
My pressure cooker is a 70’s avocado green Presto. Yes, it is the one I got for a wedding present; therefore, it is as old as my marriage and has held up just as well. 🙂 I have had to replaced the rubber gasket and the automatic air vent a couple of times because of living in a dry climate where anything made of rubber eventually experiences dry rot. But other than that, this little cooker has cooked up more pots of beans than I could ever begin to count.
I really don’t use my pressure cooker for anything other than dried beans and peas, but I use it religiously for those. I cook 2 to 3 pots of beans a month, so it’s not a tool that collects much dust.
MJ’s secret to great beans is she soaks the beans in a brine before pressure cooking. A process she saw in Cook’s Illustrated. It softens the beans skin without breaking down the bean.
Visit MJ’s Kitchen for MJ’s Pressure Cooker Black Bean recipe and more great info on cooking black beans.
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I have the same pressure cooker, and i love it. It was my parents, and it ended up in my camping gear. Do you happen to know the name of it? Mine is no longer a pressure cooker and its in pretty bad shape. I would like to find a replacement for it.
Hi Raymond – It’s a Presto pressure cooker. If you want a new Presto they have them for sale on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Presto-6-Quart-Stainless-Pressure-Cooker/dp/B00006ISG6/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1382405887&sr=1-1&keywords=presto+pressure+cooker or if you’re thinking about a different stove top, Hip Pressure Cooking has a great buying guide. http://www.hippressurecooking.com/go-shopping/
I think there is a thing about old pressure cookers that makes everything taste better. My mom has a (scary looking) pressure cooker that she has been using since the early 70s, and I swear everything that comes out of there is magical. I am going to try this black bean recipe and see if maybe I can live up to my mom’s cooking!
It’s always hard to live up to Mom’s cooking. I think it’s the memories it conjures while you’re eating it that make it special too. I hope you enjoy the beans and making them your own.
Barbara, Thanks so much for featuring my black beans! The post looks great! You know that you are slowly tempting me to invest in a “new” cooker and try more than just beans. I was really surprised that you have tried beans before. I haven’t bought canned in years because there is such a huge difference! Thanks again and have a wonderful week!
Thanks so much for sharing your bean recipe! I’ll look forward to seeing what else you’re going to make.
Barbara, I have that same set of dishes shown in the top photo. I have had them for about 25 years. I also have most of the extra pieces, platter, soup tureen, espresso cups and saucers, onion soup bowls with lids, etc. Love them.
My grandmother didn’t like to spend time in the kitchen. She loved her presto cooker. Sunday dinner was always spent at her small town Oklahoma home after church. She could make a pot of beans in no time. While they were cooking, she could fry chicken, throw on some potatoes for mashing, and a couple pans of cornbread and rolls.
I really need to start cooking dried beans and stop buying canned beans!
Me too! Not only would we save money, but they would taste better too.