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Leaking Steam Means Leaking Flavour

By , June 21, 2012

In his fascinating blog, Dave Arnold,  Director of Culinary Technology at The International Culinary Center, detailed an amazing discovery in making flavourful soup stocks.

Stove top vs Electric Pressure Cooker 300x121 Leaking Steam Means Leaking FlavourWhat’s the discovery?

“All pressure cookers aren’t created equal. The cooker you use affects flavor.”

Dave and his team of chefs and interns repeatedly tried cooking chicken stocks in two types of pressure cooker and conventional pot, did double blind testing with their eyes closed to factor out the hint of color as an indication to flavour.

To make the long story short, they concluded:

  • Stove-top pressure cookers with a jiggler type regulator  (which makes a continuous chu-chu-chu-chu sound as it operates) make the worst stocks for leaking out flavour in the steam. They are worse than the conventional stock pot.
  • Pressure cookers with spring valve regulator, which allows you to turn down heating to prevent steam leaking, make the most flavourful stocks.

Simply put, escaping steam affects taste.

I’m not sure whether the professional chefs are interested in testing home kitchen oriented Instant Pot.  But I’m rest assured that Instant Pot virtually leaks no steam during operation.  And you don’t need to stand by to turn down the heat.  For most of us, cooking is not a job or profession.

You can find Dave’s blog here:

Braised duck with potato

By , March 30, 2012

Submitted by Angel C.

Braised duck with potato 300x225 Braised duck with potatoThis recipe can be use for other poultries. But I like to use the instant pot to do the duck because the depth of the instant pot can do the best job of keeping the oil splatter in the pot that not a single splatter shield can do. We all know how hard is to remove the oil splatter on the stove and on the wall. And duck fat and potato is a perfect match. The instant pot is the ultimate solution to a quick, easy and delicious meals.


  • 1 Whole duck chopped into chunks
  • 1 Potato chopped into cubes
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger root, sliced
  • 2 green onions cut into 2 inches length
  • 4 table spoons of soy sauce
  • 4 table spoons of sugar
  • 4 table spoons of rice/sherry wine
  • 1/2 tea spoons of salt
  • 1/4 cup of water

1. Heat up the instant pot by pressing “Saute” for 1 minute.
2. Sear the chopped duck in the instant pot with skin side down till golden brown.
3. Stir in and mix all ingredients into the instant pot, except the potato, and press “Poultry.”
4. After the poultry cycle, release pressure and open the lid. Stir in the potato cubes and press “manual” for another 5 minute.