How to Use Your Pressure Cooker

A few tips on how to safely and effectively use your pressure cooker for fast and delicious family dinners

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Pressure cookers prepare food faster by trapping steam, which creates pressure and increases the boiling point of liquids. This makes pressure-cooking a perfect option when time is scarce.

How to Safely and Effectively Use Your Pressure Cooker:

  • Brown meat first and then add vegetables. Scrape off all of the brown bits from the bottom and sides to prevent scorching.
  • Begin timing once safety lock has popped into place.
  • If the pressure gets too high, the safety release valve will kick in and release excess pressure. Simply reduce heat slightly until valve stops hissing.
  • After cooking time has finished, release the pressure quickly for delicate, fast-cooking foods: place a tea towel over the safety release valve to protect yourself from the steam, then lift valve release up. When pressure has been released, the cooker is safe to open.
  • For larger pieces of protein, stews or chili, use the natural release method: turn off heat at the end of the cooking time and leave the cooker to slowly release the pressure on its own; it usually takes 10-15 minutes.

A Few Recipes To Try With Your Pressure Cooker:

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