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red kidney beans (pressure cooker)

a recipe by
Lee Thayer
Nakhon Si Thammarat

I use a lot of dry beans as canned is just expensive compared to what you get. 500 grams (1 lb) of dry beans cooked, makes a lot of canned beans for sure. And dry beans are so cheap. I use a 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) 12 psi (80 kPa) stove top pressure cooker (old style but very reliable). The time here will work as written for an electric pressure cooker as they typically run 11-12 psi. Follow your pressure cooker safety instructions at all times.

prep time 6 Hr
cook time 8 Min
method Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot

Ingredients For red kidney beans (pressure cooker)

  • 500 g
    dry red kidney beans, (1 lb)
  • salt, as desired
  • water, as needed
  • 2 Tbsp
    cooking oil, very important

How To Make red kidney beans (pressure cooker)

  • 1
    Rinse the kidney beans and remove any bad ones and any debris, place in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and stir that in. Cover the bowl and let that sit for at least 6 hours. (These look a bit wrinkly, as I took the photo about an hour after I put them in the water.)
  • 2
    After at least 6 hours, drain and rinse the beans and place in your pressure cooker. Add 9 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of salt, and the 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, this keeps the beans from foaming so do not skip the oil.
  • 3
    Place the lid on the pot, add the weight, and bring the heat up to high. When the jiggler starts moving and releasing pressure, start timing this for 8 minutes, and turn the heat down to just maintain the jiggler moving and releasing pressure.
  • Red Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker)
    The time to cook these is 8 minutes. At 8 minutes, turn off the heat and move the pressure cooker to an unused burner and allow a natural release of pressure. When the pressure is released, open the lid, use beans as needed in other recipes.
  • 5
    Drained and ready for use in a recipe. (I made a pot of chili with these.)

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