PowerXL PCXL-PRO6 Pressure Cooker Owner's Manual (2024)

PowerXL PCXL-PRO6 Pressure Cooker Owner's Manual (1)

PowerXL PCXL-PRO6 Pressure Cooker Owner's Manual (2)

Owner’s Manual
Bonus Canning Guide Included

For Model #PCXL-PRO6
IMPORTANT: Do Not Use This Pressure Cooker
Until You Have Read This Entire Manual Thoroughly
Warranty information inside.

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2Important Safeguards


4Built-In Safety Features

6General Operating Instructions

7General Operating Instructions

8General Operating Instructions

9Pressure Canning Guide

10Pressure Canning Guide


12Pressure Canning Guide

13Documents / Resources

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You are about to discover what so many other food lovers have known for years. Simply, that meals prepared properly with the pressure cooking method taste better and cook faster than foods prepared using conventional stovetop methods.

For decades, our culinary design division has created some of the most useful and popular kitchen appliances for worldwide use. The Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro™ is the latest in our distinguished line.

We have tested and perfected the right combination of metals, cooking surfaces and digital technology guaranteed to help you get mealtime raves from the whole family. Once familiar with the “one-touch” pre-set system, you’ll find that many of your favorite family recipes can be cooked perfectly in a fraction of the time.

The sealed cooking chamber builds up heat and pressure. The result … more flavor stays locked within the food and less energy is wasted in a shorter cooking time. The “sealed” cooking process eliminates messy stovetop spills while “trapping” heat, making for cooler kitchens and easier cleanups.

The Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro™ will provide you many years of delicious family meals and memories around the dinner table… but before you begin it is very important that you read this entire manual making certain that you are totally familiar with its operation and precautions.

Important Safeguards

When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions should always be followed including the following:

  • Read and follow all instructions carefully.
  • This appliance is not intended for use by persons with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they are under the supervision of a responsible person or have been given proper instruction in using
    the appliance. This appliance is not intended for use by children.
  • Always be sure the float valve is on correctly before use. Incorrect assembly may prevent the cooker from building pressure or
    allow steam to come out from the sides of the lid (See page 7 for assembly).
  • Do not touch hot surfaces. Use handles or knobs.
  • To protect against electric shock do not immerse or rinse cords or plugs in water or other liquid.
  • This appliance should never be operated by children and special care should be taken when the unit is in use in their presence.
  • Unplug from outlet when not in use and before cleaning. Allow to cool before putting on or taking off parts.
  • Do not operate any appliance with a damaged cord or plug or after the appliance malfunctions or has been damaged in any manner.
    Return appliance to the nearest authorized service facility for examination, repair or adjustment.
  • Do not use any attachments or utensils that were not recommended or supplied by the manufacturer. The use of attachments not
    recommended for use by the manufacturer may cause serious hazardous situations including personal injury.
  • Do not use outdoors.
  • Do not let the cord hang over the edge of the table or counter, or touch hot surfaces.
  • Do not place on or near a hot gas or electric burner, or in a heated oven.
  • Extreme caution must be used when moving an appliance containing hot oil or other hot liquids.
  • Always attach plug to appliance first, then plug the cord into the wall outlet. To disconnect, set any control to “OFF”, then remove the plug from wall outlet.
  • Do not use the appliance for anything other than its intended use.
  • This appliance cooks under pressure. Improper use may result in scalding injury. Make certain the unit is properly closed before operating. See Instructions For Use.
  • Never fill the unit above the MAX LINE in the Inner Pot (Illustration #2, page 4). When using foods that expand during cooking such
    as rice or dried beans, follow the recipe for “pressure cooking” those products, and as a rule of thumb, do not fill the unit above the “halfway” point. Overfilling may cause clogging, allowing excess pressure to develop. See Instructions For Use.
  • Be aware that certain foods, such as applesauce, cranberries, pearl barley, oatmeal or other cereals, split peas, noodles, macaroni, rhubarb, and spaghetti, can foam, froth, sputter, and clog the pressure release device (steam vent). Recipes using these items must be followed carefully to avoid problems. –
  • Always check the pressure release devices for clogs before use.
  • Do not open until the unit has cooled and all internal pressure has been released. If the unit is difficult to open, this indicates that the
    cooker is still pressurized – do not force it open. Any pressure in the cooker can be hazardous. See Instructions For Use.
  • Do not use this pressure cooker for pressure frying with oil.
  • This appliance has been designed for use with a 3 prong, grounded, 120V electrical outlet only. Do not use any other electrical outlet.
  • The unit generates extreme heat and steam in its operation. All necessary precautions must be taken to avoid fire, burns and
    another personal injury during its operation.
  • When in operation the unit requires sufficient air space on all sides including top and bottom. Never operate the unit near any flammable materials such as dish towels, paper towels, curtains, paper plates, etc.
  • Always plug the electrical cord directly into the wall outlet. Never use this unit with an extension cord of any kind.
  • Anyone who has not fully read and understood all operating and safety instructions contained in this manual is not qualified to operate or clean this appliance.
  • If this unit falls or accidentally becomes immersed in water, unplug it from the wall outlet immediately. Do not reach into the water!
  • Do not operate this appliance on an unstable surface.
  • If this appliance begins to malfunction during use, immediately unplug the cord. Do not use or attempt to repair a malfunctioning
  • NEVER FORCE OPEN. If you need to open the unit, press the KEEP WARM/SAUTÉ/CANCEL button 3x to cancel (fig. 1 page 6)
    and then carefully slide the Rapid Release Button forward (fig. 4 page 4) in short bursts at first. After initial short bursts, leave the button in the forward position until all pressure has escaped and the digital pressure indicator does not register. Caution: During this process protect your skin from any contact with escaping steam. Press down gently on Lid and turn clockwise until Lid meets resistance. Lift carefully and place aside. Always open the lid away from you to avoid skin contact with any remaining heat or steam.
  • CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, COOK ONLY IN THE REMOVABLE CONTAINER. Do not immerse the housing or base in water. Before use, clean the bottom of the Inner Pot and the surface of the heater plate… insert the Inner Pot, turning it slightly clockwise and counterclockwise until you are sure it is sitting correctly on the heater plate. Failure to do so will prevent proper operation and may cause damage to the unit.
  • CAUTION HOT SURFACES. This appliance generates heat and escaping steam during use. Proper precautions must be taken to prevent the risk of personal injury, fires, and damage to property.



A short power-supply cord is provided to reduce the risk resulting from becoming entangled in or tripping over a longer cord. Do not use an extension cord with this product


If the electrical circuit is overloaded with other appliances, your appliance may not operate properly. It should be operated on a dedicated electrical circuit.

NOTE: This product must be grounded. If it should malfunction or break down, grounding provides path of least resistance for electric current to reduce the risk of electric shock. This product is equipped with a cord having an equipment-grounding conductor and a grounding plug. The plug must be plugged into an appropriate outlet that is properly installed and grounded in accordance with all local codes and ordinances.



  • The Digital Display on your Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro™ offers a wide range of cooking choices including QUICK, MEDIUM and WELL settings as well as STEAM, SLOW COOK and special settings for RICE/RISOTTO, MEATS and FISH, STEWS, SOUPS and BEANS and LENTILS, and much more.
  • Multi-function KEEP WARM / SAUTÉ / CANCEL button works as follows: Press 1x for KEEP WARM, press 2x for SAUTÉ, press 3x for
    CANCEL. (fig. 1 page 6)
  • The SAUTÉ mode allows you to sear or brown food using the Inner Pot before cooking under pressure.
  • Cooking Time and Pressure Levels may be adjusted to suit any recipe or personal preference. At the completion of the cooking cycle, the unit
    will automatically shift to the KEEP WARM mode.
  • Digital Pressure Cooking utilizes temperatures up to 248 F (120 C) creating a more sterile and healthier environment when compared to traditional cooking methods.
  • The Pressure Vent feature allows you to lower pressure quickly and completely. To do so, carefully slide the Rapid Release Button forward (fig. 4 page 4) in short bursts at first. After initial short bursts, leave the button in the forward position until all pressure has escaped. Never use bare hands.
    CAUTION: During this process protect your skin from any contact with escaping steam.
  • The STEAM mode heats cooking liquid in the Inner Pot to a boil in a matter of minutes, for steaming and cooking an endless variety of foods.
  • The KEEP WARM mode holds and keeps cooked food warm for an extended period of time. Foods kept at KEEP WARM mode for periods beyond 4 hours may lose their good flavor and texture.

Multi-function KEEP WARM

Built-In Safety Features

  1. Lid Safety Device: Prevents pressure build-up if the lid is not closed properly and prevents the lid from opening until all pressure is released.
  2. Pressure and Temperature Sensor Controls: Maintain even heat and pressure by automatically activating or deactivating the power supply.
  3. “Back-up” Safety Release Valve: Should the Temperature/Pressure Sensor device malfunction, causing pressure to build beyond maximum setting, the “Back-Up” will automatically “kick in” and release the built-up pressure.
  4. “Clog Resistant” Feature: Prevents food from blocking the steam release port.
  5. “Spring-Loaded” Safety Pressure Release: Should all safety features listed above fail, this “spring-loaded” device located beneath the heating element will automatically lower the Inner Pot, causing it to separate automatically from the Rubber Gasket. This will enable the steam and pressure to automatically escape around the pot Lid, avoiding a dangerous situation.
  6. Temperature “Cut-Off ” Device: Should the unit malfunction and cause the internal temperature to rise beyond the “Safe” limit, this device will cut off the power supply and will not automatically reset.

Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro™ PARTS & ACCESSORIES

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IMPORTANT: Your Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro TM has been shipped with the components shown above. Check everything carefully before use. If any part is missing or damaged do not use this product and contact the shipper using the customer service number located on the back cover of the owner’s manual.

General Operating Instructions


Before using the Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro™ for the first time, wash the Inner Pot, Lid and Rubber Gasket (pictured below #1) with warm soapy water. Rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly.

To ensure correct fitting of the Rubber Gasket, fill the Inner Pot (pictured below #2) with water about 2/3 full, place the Lid on the cooker (Pictured below #3), then Rotate the Pressure Valve to the Close position and run on CANNING mode for 10 minutes. When the cycle is complete, carefully slide the Rapid Release Button forward (fig. 4 below) in short bursts at first. After initial short bursts, leave the button in the forward position until all pressure has escaped and the digital pressure indicator does not register. Let the appliance cool to room temperature. Pour out the water. Rinse and towel dry the Inner Pot. The unit is now ready for use.

#1 Lid (underside) Rubber Gasket

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For proper cleaning, the Rubber Gasket should be removed. Using the Pull Tab located beneath the Lid, remove the Pot Lid Liner that holds the Gasket. After cleaning, re-attach Gasket to Lid Liner and snap back in place.

#2 Inner Pot

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#3 Placing The Lid On The Cooker

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Place Inner Pot into the unit with food. Never load Inner Pot above the MAX line. Rotate the Inner Pot to make certain that it is seated properly on the Heating Plate. Check for proper placement of rubber Gasket/ Lid Liner (underside Lid rim) then, place Cooker Lid on Cooker with Lid Handle and Pressure Valve pointed to the “1:00 o’clock” position (fig. A). Rotate Lid counterclockwise until you feel a click and the symbols on the Lid are centered with the LED Display.

HOT LID WARNING: Use black composite handle only when opening lid. The stainless steel parts become very hot and could burn your hands.

#4 Pressure Valve
WARNING: Avoid serious injury. Carefully slide the Rapid Release Button forward in short bursts at first. After initial short bursts, leave the button in the forward position until all pressure has escaped and the digital pressure indicator does not register.

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The Condensation Collector easily picks up any moisture that may drip off when using this unit. Simply align and push the collector into the channels on the back of the cooker. Empty and clean after each use.

  • Never load Inner Pot above the MAX line. Rotate the Inner Pot to make certain that it is seated properly on the Heating Plate.
  • Always be certain the Pressure Valve is free-floating and clear of any obstructions.
  • Attach the AC Cord to the base of the unit then plug the AC Cord into a dedicated 120V wall outlet.
  • Steam and pressure must be released completely from the Cooker before the Lid will open. To do this, carefully follow the instructions on the previous page.
    CAUTION: During this process protect your skin by avoiding any contact with escaping steam or the stainless steel portion of the Pot Lid.
  • Press down gently on Lid and turn clockwise until Lid meets resistance… lift carefully and place aside. Avoid personal injury resulting from hot unit surfaces and dripping liquids.

Note: The “cook times” shown in the recipe booklet do not include the additional time needed to pressurize the unit before cooking begins. Full pressurization could take up to 17 minutes.


In addition to the gasket, the other safety devices on the Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro™ must also be cleaned after each use.
THE PRESSURE VALVE: To remove the Pressure Valve, simply pull up and valve will release from its spring lock mechanism. Apply mild detergent and wash it under warm running water. After cleaning, check to see that the interior spring-loaded part moves freely by pressing down on it. Put the Pressure Valve back in place by pushing it down onto the spring-loaded mechanism. This appliance requires little maintenance. It contains no user serviceable parts. Do not try to repair it yourself. Contact customer service for qualified repair information.
TO CLEAN: After use, unplug unit and allow to cool completely before cleaning. The unit must be cleaned thoroughly after each use in order to avoid staining caused by a build-up of food or cooking residue.

Note: To ensure safe operation of this unit, strictly follow the cleaning and maintenance instructions after each use. Should a tiny bit of food (such as a grain of rice or pea shell) remain in the unit, it could prevent the safety devices from operating during subsequent use.

IMPORTANT: Always remove the Pressure Valve and clean the opening with pin to remove any blockage that might have occurred during the cooking process. This must be done after each use. The removable cooking pot and Lid are immersible for cleaning. Rinse cooking pot and Lid under hot running water. Use only a mild liquid detergent and a soft cloth, sponge or nylon scrubber for cleaning. Do not use abrasive powders, bicarbonate of soda or bleach. Do not use scouring pads.

When cleaning the Lid, the Rubber Gasket (page 4, Illustration #1) must be removed and washed separately with a sponge or soft cloth and warm, soapy water.

  • Unplug and let the unit cool to room temperature before cleaning.
  • Wash the removable pot with warm, soapy water and clean with a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse off with clean water and towel dry.
  • The Rubber Gasket must always be properly positioned on the underside of the Lid. Check periodically to make sure that it is clean, flexible and not torn. If damaged, do not use this unit.
  • Wipe the mirror-finished outer Housing with a damp soft cloth or sponge (glass cleaner gives housing a brilliant luster).
  • Never use harsh chemical detergents, scouring pads, or powders on any of the parts or components.
  • Always check that the Pressure Valve and Float Valve are in good working order and debris-free.
    Warning – Any other servicing should be performed by an authorized service representative.

General Operating Instructions


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The Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro™ has seven basic cooking modes that may be used alone or in combination to produce an infinite variety of results.

WHEN THE UNIT IS FIRST PLUGGED IN, 0000 will appear on the LED Display. When a cooking process
is selected, such as COOK, the default time will blink 5 times. Then rotating double zeros may appear on
the left side of the screen to signify it is building pressure. Once pressure is built, the zeros will stop rotating
and begin counting down the time. Upon completion the unit will beep, the LED Display will be blank, and
the unit will enter KEEP WARM mode once the time has expired until canceled.

NOTE: You may override pre-programmed time by selecting the TIME ADJUSTMENT button.

IMPORTANT: Any function can be stopped immediately by pressing the KEEP WARM/SAUTÉ/CANCEL button 1 time.


Program ButtonsDefault TimeQuick- Med-Well Select ButtonCook Time Adjust RangeTemperature ° CPressure
° F kPa
Delay TimerN / AN / A0-24 hrs
Canning / Preserving10 mins10-45-120 mins10-120 mins11624182.7 12
Soup / Stew10 mins10-30-60 mins10-60 mins109228507.2
Slow Cook2 hrs2-6-12 hrs2-12 hrs79-93174-199<30<4.3
Rice / Risotto6 mins6-18-25 mins6-25 mins109228507.2
Beans / Lentils5 mins5-15-30 mins5-30 mins109228507.2
Fish / Veg. / Steam2 mins2-4-10 mins2-10 mins109228507.2
Chicken / Meat15 mins15-40-60 mins15-60 mins109228507.2
Time Adjustment10 minsN / A10-120 mins
Keep Warm / Sauté / CancelN / AN / AN / AN / A


  1. kPa as a unit of pressure measurement is widely used throughout the world instead of the “pounds per square inch, PSI” method. kPa to PSI ratio is approximately 7kPa to 1PSI. For example, 2PSI is equal to 14kPa.
  2. This is the range you can change the Default Time to when pressing the COOK TIME button. It will change in 1-minute increments.
  3. When pressing the PRESSURE ADJUST button, it will cancel any other cook mode you are on. You can custom set the pressure from 20 to 80 kPa in 10-kPa intervals. Each kPa will set the cooking time to a default time which can be changed following the COOK TIME instruction above but will not decrease below the default time.




10 minutes
12 minutes
15 minutes
18 minutes
20 minutes
25 minutes
30 minutes
10 – 60 minutes
12 – 60 minutes
15 – 60 minutes
18 – 60 minutes
20 – 60 minutes
25 – 60 minutes
30 – 60 minutes

If there is steam coming out the sides and the Pressure Valve on top of the Lid is in the Lock position, then the Lid has not seated. This sometimes happens when the unit is new. If the gasket is in place try pushing down on the Lid. This should seal the Lid and the steam should stop coming out. It is also important to be sure the Float Valve is assembled correctly. Incorrect assembly may cause steam to come out the sides or prevent pressure from building. The Float Valve should be able to move up and down freely only stopping when the silicon gasket meets the Lid. It is however normal for condensation to appear in the condensation collector. See the illustration below for assembly.

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1. Hold the head of the Float Valve and insert the fluted end into the hole in the Lid of the unit with a pencil or any other slim tool. Push and hold the head of the Float Valve tightly in place and reverse the Lid to the underside.

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2. The fluted end of the Float Valve should be sticking out of the inside of the Lid.

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3. Place the silicon gasket onto the fluted end of the Float Valve so it sits in the groove.

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4. The Float Valve should be able to move up and down freely only stopping when the silicon gasket meets the Lid.

General Operating Instructions


MeatsLiquid / Cups

Approximate Minutes

Beef/Veal, roast or brisket3-435-40
Beef Meatloaf, 2 lbs110-15
Beef, Corned450-60
Pork, roast140-45
Pork, ribs, 2 lbs.320
Leg of Lamb2-435-40
Chicken, whole, 2-3 lbs.3-420
Chicken, pieces, 2-3 lbs.3-415-20
Cornish Hens, two115
Meat/Poultry Soup/Stock4-615-20
Seafood / FishLiquid / Cups

Approximate Minutes

Lobster, 1 1/2 – 2 lbs.12-3
Fish, Soup or Stock1-45-6
VegetablesLiquid / Cups

Approximate Minutes

Asparagus, thin whole11 -2
Beans, fava14
Beans, green12-3
Beans, lima12
Beets, medium110
Broccoli, pieces12
Brussel sprouts, whole14
Carrots, 1-inch pieces14
Corn, on-the-cob13
Pearl Onions, whole12
Potatoes, 1 1/2” chunks16
Potatoes, whole, medium110-11
Squash, acorn, halved17
Squash, summer, zucchini14

NOTE: All pressure cooking modes require the addition of liquid in some form(water, stock, etc.). Unless you are familiar with the pressure cooking process,follow recipes carefully for liquid addition suggestions. Never fill inner pot aboveMAX line. Always use the Rapid Release Button to lower pressure quickly.


Model NumberSupply PowerRated PowerCapacity of Inner PotWorking Pressure

Safety Working Pressure

PCXL-PRO6AC 120V 60HZ1000W6QT0-80 kPa80-90 kPa


  1. DOES THE Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro™
    MADE OF?
    Stainless Steel
    See Diagram on page 3 of this manual.
    It should only come off if there was no pressure inside.
    Each cooking mode has a default time that appears as soon as you select that desired mode button. Before the Default Time “minute count down” clock begins, the unit must first reach the proper pressure and/or temperature for that mode.
    Up to 17 minutes.
    Yes, remember to add an extra 10 minutes for frozen meats.

Pressure Canning Guide

Great Food Anytime…
The canning process will enable you to prepare and preserve all of your family’s favorites including fresh and cooked fruits, vegetables, meats, jams, and jellies. Canning is a great way to bring “out of season” foods to the table economically. You can buy in bulk now at low prices and preserve for the future when items are scarce and more costly.
NOTE: It is important that you read this guide carefully following all steps to ensure that the food has been processed to preserve its nutritional value and is safe for consumption by your family. Improper canning can lead to serious health consequences.

Pressure Canning
The Pressure Canning process can be used for all foods and particularly for those containing little acid. These include vegetables, meats, and seafood.

When canning there is no room for experimentation. Altering cooking time, ingredients and temperatures can be dangerous and risky. Using the exact time, temperature, and method specified in the recipe will protect the food from harmful bacteria, molds, and enzymes. Adding too much time to a
the recipe will destroy nutrients and flavor.

Food enzymes can promote the growth of molds and yeasts, which in turn will cause food to spoil. These agents can be destroyed by achieving a temperature of 212° with steam canning methods however other contaminants may develop such as salmonella, staphylococcus aureus, and clostridium botulinum, the cause of botulism. Killing these harmful bacteria requires a temperature of 240° provided only by the Pressure Canning process.

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Pressure Canning Guide

Food Acidity
The lower the acid content in the food, the greater the potential for spoilage and contamination. Many foods such as fruits are high in acid whereas others such as meats, dairy products, and seafood have low acid levels. (see charts below)

Proper Pressure Canning minimizes the possibility of spoilage and contamination.

Examples of High Acid Foods

Examples of Low Acid Foods

BerriesPickled BeetsCarrotsPotatoes
Fruit JuicesRhubarbMeatWinter Squash

Raw Packing and Hot Packing
Fresh foods contain air. The shelf life of canned food depends on how much air has been removed during the canning process. The more air removed, the longer the shelf life.

Raw Packing is the process of canning fresh but unheated foods. The process causes foods such as fresh fruit to float in their jars. Raw packed foods tend to lose color over time. Raw packing may be preferable in some recipes.

Hot Packing is the process of canning foods that have been pre-cooked prior to packing them in their jars. This reduces the air in the food. Regardless of the method used, all liquids added to the foods should always be heated to a boiling point. This will remove excess air, shrink the foods, prevent floating and create a tighter seal.


Altitude and Pressure Canning
The temperature at which water will boil can vary depending upon your location in regard to sea level.
The Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro™ will operate properly up to a maximum altitude of 2,000 ft. above sea level. Do not use this unit for pressure canning above an altitude of 2,000 ft.

Processing Time and Pressure
The chart below demonstrates proper processing time and pressure for various foods using your
Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro™. The CANNING / PRESERVING button sets the pressure.
A kPa setting of 80 is equal to 11.6 lbs. PSI. At up to 2,000 ft. above sea level, a kPa 80 setting on the unit will produce sufficient pressure and heat to safely process all foods for canning.

Food Item

Packing Conditions

Set Pressure to 80 kPa

Style of PackJar SizeMinutes
AsparagusHot & RawPints30
Beans (green)Hot & RawPints20
Beans (lima, pinto, butter or soy)Hot & RawPints40
CarrotsHot & RawPints25
Corn, whole-kernelHot & RawPints55
Peas, Green or EnglishHot & RawPints40
Potatoes, whiteHotPints35
Meat Strips, Cubes, or ChunksHot or RawPints75
Ground or Chopped MeatHot or RawPints75
Poultry, without bonesHot or RawPints75
Poultry, with bonesHot or RawPints65

For processing times and methods for additional low acid foods, please refer to the National Center for Home
Food Preservation (http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/) or your local county extension agent.

Safe Canning Tips

  • Do not use over-ripe fruit. Bad quality degrades with storage.
  • Do not add more low-acid ingredients (onions, celery, peppers, garlic) than specified in the recipe. This may result in an unsafe product.
  • Don’t over-season with spices. Spices tend to be high in bacteria making canned goods unsafe.
  • Do not add butter or fat. Fats do not store well and may increase the rate of spoilage.
  • Thickeners – never use flour, starch, pasta, rice or barley. Use only USDA-recommended Clear Jel ®.
  • DO add acid (lemon juice, vinegar or citric acid) especially to tomato products when directed in the recipe. If necessary, you can balance the tart taste by adding sugar.

Pressure Canning Guide

Getting Started
Your Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro™ is designed to accommodate 4 – 16 oz. (1 pint) wide mouth jars per canning session. We suggest you use jars with self-sealing lids.

Jar Cleaning
Always wash empty jars in hot water with detergent by hand or in the dishwasher. Rinse thoroughly. Scale or hard-water films on jars are easily removed by soaking jars for several hours in a solution containing 1 cup of vinegar (5 percent acidity) per gallon of water.

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Lid Preparation
The self-sealing lid (A) consists of a flat metal lid held in place during processing by a metal screw band (B). When jars are processed, the lid gasket softens to form an airtight seal with the jar. To ensure a good seal, carefully follow the manufacturer’s directions in preparing lids for use. Examine all metal lids carefully.

Do not use old, dented, or deformed lids, or lids with gaps or other defects in the sealing gasket.

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The Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro™ Pressure Canning Process
To begin, select a recipe that has been pre-tested and approved for pressure canning.
Though ingredients vary, generally speaking, you will be processing the food as demonstrated in this guide.

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  1. Select a pre-tested pressure canning recipe. Choosing only the freshest ingredients, prepare the food as instructed. Vegetables and fruits should be at their peak of fresh-picked ripeness.
  2. Fill 16 oz. clean canning jars to the level shown in FIG.1. Any liquid should not exceed the level shown in FIG.1, so that there remains a headspace at the top of approximately 1 inch. PowerXL PCXL-PRO6 Pressure Cooker Owner's Manual (19)
  3. Using a flexible nonporous spatula gently press between the food and the jar to remove any trapped air bubbles as in FIG.2.
  4. Place a clean lid on top of the jar and then add a screw band. Turn clockwise and hand tighten in place as in FIG.3.

    : Never retighten lids after processing jars. As jars cool, the contents contract, pulling the self-sealinglid firmly against the jar to form a high vacuum.If screw bands are too loose, liquid may escape from jars during processing, and seals may fail.If screw bands are too tight, air cannot vent during processing, and food will discolor during storage. Over tightening also may cause lids to buckle and jars to break, especially with raw-packed, pressure-processed food. Screw bands are not needed on stored jars. They should be removed after jars are cooled.

    When removed, washed, dried, and stored, screw bands may be used many times. If left on stored jars, they become difficult to remove, often rust, and may not work properly again.
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  5. Place the Inner Pot in the base unit. Then put the Wire Rack in the bottom of the Inner Pot. Place filled, sealed jars on Rack. The unit will hold up to 4-16 oz. jars (maximum).

  6. Pour hot water over the jars and into the Inner Pot until the water level reaches 1/4 of the way up the sides of the jars. For 4-16 oz. jars this would be about 6 cups of water. When processing fewer jars, more water would be needed.
  7. After reading the Owner’s Manual, put the lid on the base and lock in place. Plug the unit into the wall outlet.
  8. Select the CANNING/PRESERVING button. The Unit will default to the CANNING program automatically set the pressure at 80 kPa. Now you will need to set the Cook Time as per your recipe.
  9. When the scanning process is complete, press the KEEP WARM/SAUTÉ/CANCEL button 3x to CANCEL. Unplug the unit and carefully slide the Rapid Release Button forward (fig. 4 page 4) in short bursts at first. After initial short bursts, leave the button in the forward position until all the pressure and steam have escaped. Carefully remove the lid.
  10. Using Canning Tongs, remove the hot jars and place them on a heat-resistant surface and allow them to cool to room temperature.
  11. When jars are thoroughly cool, remove the Screw Bands. The lids should be tightly sealed to the jars and when pressed in the center they should not have any “give” or springing motion. If they do, you can not safely store this food for future use. It must be reprocessed immediately or refrigerated and used within a few days.
  12. Place the finished jars on shelves in a cool, clean, dry atmosphere. Properly processed food will last for months and seasons.
    IMPORTANT: The Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro™ when used as a pressure canning device does not have an effective operating capacity for more than 2,000 ft. above sea level.

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Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty
The manufacturer warrants that your Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro™ is free of defects in materials and workmanship and will, at its option, repair or replace any defective Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro™ that is returned to it. All parts and components of the Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro™ are warranted for 60 days from the original date of purchase. This warranty is valid only in accordance with the conditions set forth below:

  1. Normal wear and tear are not covered by this warranty. This warranty applies to consumer use only and is void when the product is used in a commercial or institutional setting.
  2. The warranty extends only to the original consumer purchaser and is not transferable. In addition, proof of purchase must be demonstrated. This warranty is void if the product has been subject to accident, misuse, abuse, improper maintenance or repair, or unauthorized modification.
  3. This limited warranty is the only written or expresses warranty given by the manufacturer. Any implied warrantyof merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose on this product is limited in duration to the duration of this warranty. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you.
  4. Repair or replacement of the product (or, if repair or replacement is not feasible, a refund of the purchase price) is the exclusive remedy of the consumer under this warranty. The manufacturer shall not be liable for any incidental or onsequential damages for breach of this warranty or any implied warranty on this product. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
  5. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

Procedure for Warranty Repairs or Replacement:
If warranty service is necessary, the original purchaser must pack the product securely and send it postage paid with a description of the defect, proof of purchase, and a check or money order for $24.99 to cover the return postage and handling to the following address: Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro, P.O. Box 3007, Wallingford, CT 06492.

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Possible Cause


Lid does not lockThe sealing ring is not properly installedRe-install the sealing ring
Cannot open the lid after all pressure is releasedThe float valve is still upPress the float valve down
Air escapes from the rim of the lidNo sealing ring was installedInstall the sealing ring
Food residue is on the sealing ringClean the sealing ring
Sealing ring is damaged or worn outReplace the sealing ring
Air escapes from the float valve during cookingFood is stuck on the sealing ring of the float valveClean the sealing ring
The sealing ring of the float valve is worn outReplace the sealing ring
Replace the sealing ringThe pressure limit valve is not placed properlAdjust the pressure limit valve to “Close” position
Not enough food or waterCheck recipe for proper quantities
Air escaping from the rim of the lid and the pressure limit valveCall our Customer Service Center


Indicator CodeProblems/Causes
ElPressure switch malfunction
E3Short circuit of sensor
E4Circuit open of sensor

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PowerXL PCXL-PRO6 Pressure Cooker Owner's Manual (2024)


Is there a recall on Power Pressure Cooker XL? ›

No Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL Recall Yet. At the time of this writing, Tristar has not recalled their Power Pressure Cooker XL. Other companies that have experienced safety issues with their products have removed them from the market.

How do I set the manual time on my Power Pressure Cooker XL? ›

To adjust the preset times listed above, use the time adjust button to add time. You cannot reduce the time. If you need less time, use one of the buttons with less time – Fish is the shortest cook time. You have to press the time adjust button immediately after pressing the pressure cook button you want to use.

Does the Power Pressure Cooker XL have a manual setting? ›

My husband cooks a lot of pressure cooker hard boiled eggs and he agreed the time to cook the eggs was the same in the Power Pressure Cooker XL on the rice setting and in the Instant Pot using high pressure and the manual button – 6 minutes with a 6 minute natural release.

What does the P mean on the Power Pressure Cooker XL? ›

Icon of a pot with the letter P means pressure cooking is in progress. Keep Warm. Icon of a thermometer means Keep Warm mode is on.

What is the lawsuit against the Power Pressure Cooker XL? ›

Johnson//Becker filed this lawsuit on Mar. 6, 2023 alleging that Tristar Products, Inc. sold a defective pressure cooker. The suit states that the Power Pressure Cooker XL caused Plaintiff Karen Chesney of Morganville to suffer severe burn injuries.

How can I reset my pressure cooker? ›

To reset to factory default settings, press and hold the “Adjust” button for 3 seconds, when the Instant Pot cooker is in the Off mode.

What is manual setting on pressure cooker? ›

The “Manual” key allows manual setting of cooking time. The time set in this mode is pressure cooking time which will begin to count down when working pressure is reached. The maximum pressure cooking time is 120 minutes. The "Sauté" key is used for open lid sautéing, browning or simmering inside the inner pot.

What is the manual button on a pressure cooker? ›

“Pressure Cook” or “Manual” Button: Depending on which Instant Pot model you own, the Pressure Cook button is sometimes labeled “Manual” and sometimes “Pressure Cook.” This is the button that you will press to start a pressure cooking cycle. It's your basic pressure cooking button.

How do I set my pressure cooker to manual high? ›

Instant Pot MANUAL SETTING (Pressure Cook Button)
  1. Turn the Instant Pot on. ...
  2. Select Pressure Cook button (Manual on older models). ...
  3. Use the +/- keys to change the cooking time in each mode. ...
  4. Use Pressure Level button to adjust the pressure level; press it to toggle between High and Low.
Dec 10, 2020

Will my pressure cooker automatically release pressure? ›

When the food is done cooking, the Instant Pot will automatically release steam gradually until the float valve drops down. This could take up to 30 minutes.

What do the symbols on a pressure cooker mean? ›

Here's what the different Instant Pot status icons mean: Heat (the pot with a fire underneath) indicates the heating element is in use. Pressure Cook (the pot with a P inside) indicates the pressure cook program is in progress. Keep Warm (the temperature icon) indicates if the keep warm setting is on or off.

What are the two settings on a pressure cooker? ›

The simple explanation of the difference between high and low pressure cooker setting is that the settings alter the temperature by changing the boiling point of water.

What do the numbers on a pressure cooker mean? ›

Electric pressure cookers build pressure up to 15 psi but then maintain a lower pressure during the cooking. In the graph below the “operating pressure” is 11.6 even though the cooker reaches 15 psi while it's building pressure. “Operating Pressure” is the true pressure at which an electric pressure cooker cooks.

What pressure cookers are being recalled? ›

Faberware 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cookers are under recall for flawed safety mechanisms that cause too much pressure to build up in the cooker, resulting in an explosion of hot food and steam.

What happens if there is too much pressure in a pressure cooker? ›

Overfilling a pressure cooker has various effects, including loss of flavor and texture. This is caused by the excessive pressure generated by the glut of liquid. Too much pressure breaks down food. As for the risks it is also possible for the food to block the pressure valve if the pot is filled too high.

What happens when you overload pressure cooker? ›

A pressure cooker shouldn't be more than 2/3rds full. With liquids, avoid filling more than half full. Overfilling leads to food being ejected from the pressure release valve – a messy business. If this does happen, you'll need to take apart and clean the parts thoroughly.

What is the average life of pressure cooker? ›

If you're using your pressure cooker on a daily basis and investing in regular maintenance, it may last you up to five years. On average, though, most pressure cookers perform well for up to three years. After that, it's time to consider investing in a replacement.

How do I know if my pressure cooker safety valve is broken? ›

Pressure Cooker Valve Not Working

You may notice the lack of steam while the cooker is heated. The valve could rarely be blocked, but if not cleaned properly, it is possible. Alternatively, the valve may be broken, missing, or the pot may not seal properly. These problems might allow too much steam to escape.

How often do you need to replace a pressure cooker gasket? ›

The gaskets and safety plugs have to be changed every 12 months no matter how often the pressure cooker is used.

Why does my pressure cooker keep stopping? ›

The cooker shuts off early if it mistakenly thinks it has gotten to pressure or if the failsafe temperature is exceeded.

How do I know if my pressure cooker is on and working properly? ›

How Do I Know it works? When the Instant Pot creates enough pressure, the Instant Pot will beep once, and the cooking time will begin to count down from your setting. For instance, if you set the cooking time to 6 minutes, the countdown timer will start from 00:06.

What happens when a pressure cooker fails? ›

As is the case with any over-pressurized vessel, the vessel fails at the weakest point. Often this results in the lid of the pressure cooker exploding upward, spewing hot steam, liquid, and food contents in a bomb-like manner. The liquid can cause horrific second-and third-degree burns to anyone near the cooker.

How do I know when my pressure cooker is done releasing pressure? ›

You will know the Natural Pressure Release process is complete when you see/hear the float valve (metal pin) drop down. Depending on what you are cooking this could be as short as a couple of minutes or up to 30 minutes. Generally the shorter the cooking time the shorter the Natural Release time.

What pressure should my pressure cooker be? ›

Most pressure cookers have a cooking (operating) pressure setting between 0.8–1 bar (11.6–15 psi) (gauge) so the pressure cooker operates at 1.8 to 2.0 bar (absolute). The standard cooking pressure of 15 psi gauge was determined by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1917.

How do pressure cookers work for dummies? ›

A pressure cooker works on a simple principle: Steam pressure. A sealed pot, with a lot of steam inside, builds up high pressure, which helps food cook faster.

What is the pressure cooker setting 1 or 2? ›

Pressure level 2 is HIGH PRESSURE, equivalent to 15 psi (15 pounds of pressure per square inch). Use this setting for most recipes; stews, soups, meats, grains, etc. Pressure level 1 is LOW PRESSURE, equivalent to 8 psi (8 pounds of pressure per square inch).

How do I know if my pressure cooker is on high? ›

Press the "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" button, and check to make sure the pressure level shows as "High" in the display. If it does not, press the Pressure Level button until it shows high. Then, use the plus and minus buttons to change the cooking time to the "at high pressure time".

Is manual mode same as pressure cook? ›

The Manual mode (called the Pressure Cook mode for some later models) is a mode where the pressure and heat have been programmed to change during pressure cooking to be “good for most foods.” Other pressure modes have other change profiles.

How do you keep pressure constant in a pressure cooker? ›

Set one stove element to high heat and one to a lower setting. Set the lower-heat element to whatever setting keeps water boiling at a simmer. Use the element set on high heat to bring the pressure cooker up to pressure. You know its reached pressure when the release valve starts hissing.

What happens if you open a pressure cooker while the pressure is built up? ›

This is due to pressure that has built up inside the appliance and hasn't had time to be released. When you open a pressure cooker too soon, unreleased pressure can cause the appliance to explode, causing severe burns and other serious injuries.

When should I start timing my pressure cooker? ›

The cooking timer you set on your electric pressure starts after your pot reaches pressure. It can take an pressure cooker up to 15 minutes to reach pressure. Using frozen ingredients can increase the time it takes to reach pressure.

Does a pressure cooker have to heat up first? ›

The pot requires a preheating cycle.

While an Instant Pot cooks food faster than the conventional stovetop or oven, its inner pot undergoes a preheating cycle of 10 to 15 minutes, allowing the unit to pressurize properly before food is added.

What is the red thing on a pressure cooker? ›

What is the red ring in the Instant Pot? It's an extra silicone sealing ring. It's great to have a spare one as a backup. Since it tends to absorb some of the food odor during the cooking process, some users use this red ring when cooking sweets.

What is the red knob on pressure cooker? ›

As pressure builds up, the red gauge rises to indicate pressure level. The dial enables you to set the cooker to two pressure levels, one for cooking vegetables, fish and other foods and a second position (higher pressure) for cooking meats.

What is the fire symbol on the pressure cooker? ›

The icon showing a flame under a pot appears whenever the heating element is active. This indicates to you that the element is heating up and cooking is in progress. You'll see this icon during pre-heating mode.

Should the valve be up or down when pressure cooking? ›

Floating Valve and Shield

The float valve is designed to be pushed up once there is sufficient pressure inside the cooker. Once pushed up, the silicone band seals the instant pot and the pin of the float valve serves as a lock, preventing the lid from being opened before pressure has released.

Is low or high heat better for pressure cooker? ›

For stovetop pressure cookers, bring the pot to high pressure. Once the cooker reaches high pressure, it is important to lower the heat immediately. If left over high heat, the food may become overcooked.

What is the PSI on the power pressure cooker XL? ›

What is this? All of these pressure cooking buttons cook at 7.2 psi, which is considered the high end of low pressure on the Instant Pot. However, Power Pressure Cooker XL users report that they do not have to increase the cook time when cooking Pressure Cooking Today recipes that are cooked on high pressure.

Which pressure cooker has a recall on it? ›

This recall involves Instant Pot "Smart" and "Smart-60" electric pressure cookers. They are stainless steel with black molded plastic attachments, have a control panel/keypad on the front and measure about 12 inches in diameter and 12 inches tall. They are Bluetooth® enabled and can be controlled by an app.

Which pressure cookers were recalled? ›

Faberware 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cookers are under recall for flawed safety mechanisms that cause too much pressure to build up in the cooker, resulting in an explosion of hot food and steam.

What company makes Power Pressure Cooker XL? ›

Tristar's electric Power Pressure Cooker XL can be used as a fast and easy cooking hack in ways many may not have tried.

Are today's pressure cookers safe? ›

Even people who have used a pressure cooker will sometimes get a little leery around one. But while such hazards may have been possible in the past, they're practically fiction today. Pressure cookers are safe to use. More than that, they're incredibly useful.

What is the best pressure cooker brand in the world? ›

Best Cookers In India: Stainless Steel Pressure Cookers To Prepare Food Quickly (June, 2023)
Pigeon by Stovekraft Favourite Induction Base Aluminium Pressure Cooker5 Litres
Bergner Argent Elements Tri-ply Stainless Steel3.5 Litres
Stahl Triply Stainless Steel Xpress Pressure Cooker1 Litre
5 more rows
Mar 16, 2023

Why don t chefs use pressure cookers? ›

They are most commonly used in industrial settings to quickly prepare meat or stocks. However, in most scenarios, Elite Chefs avoid using pressure cookers because they provide less control over the final dish. Chefs often prefer slow cooking techniques that accentuate and pull out the flavors of the food.

What is the oldest pressure cooker brand? ›

The Pressure cooker was first introduced to the world by the name of Papin's Digester in late 1679.

What is the best and safest pressure cooker on the market? ›

With this in mind, we consider the Instant Pot Pro Pressure Cooker the overall best option for a multi-cooker and the T-fal Clipso Pressure Cooker the overall best stovetop pressure cooker.

Does anyone use a pressure cooker anymore? ›

Do People Use Pressure Cookers Anymore? For a brief time, pressure cookers declined in use because of the dangers around them and better options. Safety features and energy savings have begun to make them popular again, but you still have people who are afraid to use pressure cookers.

What is the difference between the power cooker and the power cooker XL? ›

The main difference between the two are the variety of size offerings. The Power Pressure Cooker Plus is only available in an 8-quart size and a silver color. The Power Pressure Cooker XL is available in three sizes; 6 quarts, 8 quarts and 10 quarts.

Which brand is famous for pressure cooker? ›

Summary Table: Best Pressure Cookers In India
Serial No.Product Name
1.Hawkins Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker
2.Prestige Popular Aluminum Pressure Cooker
3.Butterfly Cordial Aluminum Pressure Cooker 3L
4.Pigeon By Stovekraft Favourite Aluminium Pressure Cooker
4 more rows

Can you can quart jars in a Power Pressure Cooker XL? ›

Important Fact: USDA does NOT endorse using their canning processes or processing times in electric, pressure-cooker appliances. The appliances are acceptable for cooking, but not canning. It is especially dangerous to use these appliances to attempt to can meat or vegetables.

Can bacteria survive a pressure cooker? ›

Just like boiling food without any pressure, using your electric pressure cooker to cook and prepare food is going to kill the overwhelming majority of bacteria which are responsible for food poisoning including Salmonella, E. coli, and a whole lot more.

Is it safe to leave house with pressure cooker on? ›

It is not advisable to leave your house when your Instant Pot is cooking. If you must leave it alone, make sure it has gotten up to pressure and absolutely no steam is coming out anywhere.

Why is pressure cooker not used in us? ›

Originally Answered: Why isn't pressure cooker available in USA? Pressure Cookers are available in the US. The cuisine doesn't call for much lengthy boiling, which is essentially what a pressure cooker does in a short time. The recipes that do call for it, most people use crockpots and slow cookers.


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