High Altitude Pressure Cooking Adustments

High Altitude Pressure Cooking Adjustment Chart

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

High Altitude Pressure Cooking Graphic, based on WPA Federal Art Project "See America - Welcome to Montana" by M. WeitzmanApologies to the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project and M. Weitzman

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 154,393 15%
Aurora CO 5403 ft / 1647 m 361,710 15%
Westminster CO 5384 ft / 1641 m 113,479 15%
Thornton CO 5351 ft / 1631 m 136,703 15%
Arvada CO 5344 ft / 1662 m 117,453 15%
Boulder CO 5328 ft / 1624 m 107,125 15%
Albuquerque NM 5312 ft / 1619.1 m 558,545 15%
Denver CO 5278 ft / 1609 m 716,492 15%
Fort Collins CO 5003 ft / 1525 m 164,207 15%
Pueblo CO 4692 ft / 1430 m 111,127 10%
Greeley CO 4675 ft / 1425 m 105,448 10%
Provo UT 4551 ft / 1387 m 117,335 10%
Reno NV 4505.6 ft / 1373 m 248,853 10%
West Jordan UT 4373 ft / 1333 m 113,905 10%
West Valley City UT 4304 ft / 1312 m 136,170 10%
Salt Lake City UT 4226 ft / 1288 m 200,544 10%
Las Cruces NM 3900 ft / 1200 m 101,759 5%
El Paso TX 3740 ft / 1140 m 683,577 5%
Amarillo TX 3605 ft / 1099 m 199,248 5%

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