Pressure cookers can save you time and money, helping you prepare delicious meals that retain nutritional values often lost in other cooking methods.
Today’s modern pressure cookers are so easy to use! They are convenient, use less energy, lock in flavor and nutrition and you only have to clean up one pot! Who doesn’t like a quick and easy cleanup?!
Pressure cooking does require some adjustments, however. Follow these tips for the best pressure-cooking results:
SIMPLE GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW
- Always follow the manufacturer’s directions regarding the minimum amount of liquid to add to your cooker.
- The most convenient and best way to store your pressure cooker after using it is to place the lid upside down, on top of the pot.
- Before storing, always wash the pot, lid and rubber gasket by hand with soapy, warm water; dry well before putting away.
- Always check the safety valves to make sure that they are clean and unobstructed and that the rubber gasket is always pliable and flexible before inserting it under the lid
- Never fill your cooker more than one-half to two-thirds full, depending upon what you are cooking.
- When adapting traditional recipes to the pressure cooker, usually you will need to add more spices and herbs and less liquid.
- Decrease the cooking time compared to standard recipes by 50 percent and see how things turn out. Remember, you can always go back and cook the food longer if need be, while overcooked mushy food cannot be saved!
- Be sure to deglaze the pot, scraping up any browned bits clinging to the bottom with a small amount of wine, broth or even water, so they are loosened, adding flavor to your food, as well as discouraging scorching.
- Be sure to set your timer when the cooker reaches desired pressure, and do not walk away, take a shower or leave the house. One of the nice features of having an electric pressure cooker is not having to set a timer!
- When opening the cooker, be sure to tilt the lid away from you so that the extremely hot steam does not burn you.
- Remember that food coming out of the cooker will be hotter than food cooked by other methods.
Bear in mind that high altitude means longer cooking times.
You may have to increase the cooking times if you live at an elevation of 3,000 feet above sea level or higher. A good general rule is to increase the cooking time by 5 percent for every 1,000 feet you are above the first 2,000 feet above sea level.