How to Operate a Pressure Cooker Properly

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Basic Pressure Cooker Operations

Pressure cookers have simplified home cooking and made for quicker cook times. As cooking has evolved, the pressure cooker has also done some evolving itself. What lives in many of our memories as a loud and steamy silver monster in the kitchen has become modernized in recent years.

Pressure cookers today are much safer and much quieter than the original contraption. While they have changed, they can still present some challenges and don’t go without incident. In this blog, we’ll go through the steps of how to operate a pressure cooker properly.

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How Pressure Cooking Works

As the name indicates, a pressure cooker uses steam pressure inside of the pot which is tightly sealed. Pressure cooking involves heating liquid beyond its boiling point to turn it into steam. Then the pressure inside the cooker increases the temperature which cooks the food faster by adding extra hot steam.

A pressure cooker will always come with a release valve. This allows the user to open the lid and release the pressure inside which will halt cooking. It’s important to closely follow recipes and have accurate timing when using a pressure cooker. There is no way to taste or check on the food without releasing steam and stopping the cooking process.

Some more modern pressure cookers come with a natural release which allows the cooker to release steam slowly as the food inside gets closer to being done. This is a safe way to avoid burns from steam but can take longer than anticipated.

Another way to end cooking is to use a quick-release method. This involves opening the vent to release all steam at once. This will of course be extremely hot. The jet of steam should be pointed away from you to avoid burns.

Pressure Cooking Basic Steps

Pressure cooking is a popular way of cooking because it’s easy to do. Follow these steps for basic pressure cooking.

  • Add your ingredients
  • Make sure to add liquids to the cooker
  • Close the lid
  • Make sure the release valve is closed
  • Select your pressure cooking setting
  • Let the cooker do its work
  • Release the pressure

Safety Tips for Pressure Cookers

As mentioned before, pressure cookers have become much safer in recent years, but they still use hot steam which can cause injury. They can also malfunction causing burns or injury. Use the following safety tips to keep yourself and your family safe.

  • Do not overfill the cooker
  • Pay extra attention to release valves, make sure they are closed when cooking
  • Finish food at low heat when using a stove-top pressure cooker
  • Set a timer
  • Use the proper pressure release settings
  • Never submerge a pressure cooker in water
  • Use the proper temperature-pressure ratios
  • Always use the correct timing for foods
  • Keep children away from pressure cookers
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As efficient and easy as pressure cookers can be, they can also cause injury. If you or a loved one has been injured or burned by a pressure cooker, McLaughlin Law Firm can help. 

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