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How to Cook Corn on the Cob in a Pressure Cooker

Is there something about pressure cookers that cooking sites and chefs don't like? I read your article on cooking corn on the cob — I cook it in a large pressure cooker. I use the pressure cooker almost daily, but most sites seem to ignore the use of it. It's such a time-saver and makes roasts, soups, corn, etc., etc. so good (and fast). Just curious. thanks!

Yes, yes! All right, we can't take it anymore. We — and everyone else who thinks they're big shots in the food world — we all hate pressure cookers! There, are you satisfied?

Actually, we love pressure cookers. They used to help us get dates in college (well, the food we made in pressure cookers helped us get dates in college). But that's how long we've loved pressure cookers.

And you're right, add pressure cookers to the long list of successful ways to prepare corn on the cob. The only negative is that you're limited by the size of your pressure cooker and the size of the ears of corn. You're supposed to try not to crowd the ears, as they need the steam surrounding them to cook evenly, but it's not like you have any real choice other than to put them on top of each other in the pressure cooker.

Different makes and models vary somewhat, but in general, to cook corn on the cob in a pressure cooker, husk and desilk a half-dozen ears of corn. Put a cup of water in the pressure cooker, put the trivet or steamer basket that came with the pressure cooker in the bottom, and put the corn on top. Put the pressure cooker over medium-high heat, and use whatever method your pressure cooker has for recognizing that it has come up to pressure. Lower the heat to medium and let cook for two to three minutes.

Because corn (and other vegetables) cooks so quickly in the pressure cooker, you want to release the pressure quickly when the time is up. With most types of pressure cookers, this involves carrying the beast carefully to the sink, tipping it a few degrees, and allowing cold water to trickle over the top (but keeping it away from the pressure valve). The pressure will dissipate in a couple of seconds (you may hear a decompressing sound — almost like a swooshing "pop" — once the pressure has been released). At this point, you can open the pressure cooker and remove the corn.

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