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High Altitude Pressure Cooking Adustments

My question…do you know how long I would cook Instant Pot Pinto Beans at an altitude of 5000 ft? Commenter Rhonda V The rule of thumb for high altitude pressure cooking, Instant Pot or otherwise: For every 1,000 feet above 2,000-foot elevation, increase cooking time by 5 percent. In metric, that’s 5% for every 300 meters above 600 meters. Pressure Cooking Adjustment By Altitude Altitude Increase % Multiply Cooking Time By 3000 ft / 900 m 5% 1.05 4000 ft / 1200 m 10% 1.10 5000 ft / 1500 m 15% 1.15 6000 ft / 1800 m 20% 1.20 7000 ft / 2100 m 25% 1.25 Pressure Cook America Because I’m a habitual map looker, I stumbled across this list of the cities in the United States by elevation. Here are the cities with a population over 100,000 by elevation (according to Wikipedia): City State Altitude Population Increase % CO Springs CO 6035 feet / 1839 m 465,101 20% Centennial CO 5830 ft / 1777 m 110,250 15% Lakewood CO 5518 ft / 1682 m …

A yellow bowl of alubia blanca beans with chorizo and a red sauce, with olive oil and smoked Spanish paprika in the background.

Instant Pot Spanish Farm Beans (Alubia Blanca De La Granja)

I read it for the pictures.1 Joanie Simon, YouTube food photographer extraordinaire, recommended Art Culinaire Magazine for photo inspiration. And, boy, is she right – the pictures are art-film worthy, and the professional chef recipes are way beyond what I cook at home.2 But that doesn’t mean they can’t spark ideas. I noticed Rancho Gordo Alubia Blanca beans mentioned in in a high-end Judiones de la Granja recipe from MiniBar in Washington, DC. This quick mention led me down the path to this recipe – Instant Pot Spanish Farm Beans. De la granja means “of the farm” – this recipe is the Spanish farmhouse version of pork and beans. The pork is dried Spanish chorizo; the beans are small white beans – try to get Alubia Blanca beans from Rancho Gordo if you can, but Navy beans make a good substitute. Add onions, lots of garlic, and a heaping helping of Pimenton de la Vera, Spanish smoked paprika. (Spanish smoked paprika is one of my favorite spices.) To soak or not to soak, that is …