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Top Ten Suggestions for Pressure Cooker Use

May 03, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 129

  1. Know that altitude affects cooking times. Liquids come to a boil more slowly at higher altitudes. Add 5% more cooking time for every additional 1000 feet of altitude above 2000 feet.
  2. Moisture is affected by altitudes too! Since it takes longer for water to boil above 2000 feet, you will want to add more water (or any liquid you're using) to the recipe by about one-half the additional cooking time. Example: if you add 10% more cooking time, add 5% more liquid.
  3. Understand that the capacity of a pressure cooker is one-half to two-thirds full depending upon the food being cooked. Beans and rice froth... so allow more space for the food by starting half full.
  4. In order for the pressure cooker to function properly, the vent regulators must be cleaned and clear. I've found that using a pipe cleaner to push potential gook out of the valve opening and solve that problem
  5. Lubricate the sealing gasket after every use with vegetable oil after you've hand washed the sealing ring. No, don't use the dishwasher on this item as it will lessen its life.
  6. Your pressure cooker manual will give you cook times for various kinds of food until you've mastered pressure cooking skills on your own. I've found that the heat source (gas or electric) will vary and as a result you will have to experiment a bit to find the correct level of heat and length of time for different foods such as meat and fish and beans. I use a regular kitchen timer to remind me and carry it with me should I leave the kitchen for a few minutes.
  7. Brown your meat in a bit of oil before pressure cooking and this can be done right in the pot in which you apply the pressure. The steam will soften the fibers but it won't brown, so if you're looking for a more appetizing presentation, brown first.
  8. When I was a beginner, I did not realize that you needed to bring the pressure up to the proper level before you set your timer for the actual cooking. When using a gas stove, the pressure will build more quickly than on an electric and adjusting the gas flame will adjust the heat more quickly than an electric.
  9. Follow the recipe for information on whether to release the pressure naturally or quickly after the proper cooking time. Releasing slowly will allow the food to cook longer. Quick release shortens the cooking process. And in some cases you'll even want to run cold water over the pot to decrease the heat even more quickly. If you like crisp vegetables, use the cold water release method and perhaps even immerse the vegetables in ice water to stop the cooking process.
  10. And if you've followed the recipe and the food it not quite done enough, just close the lid and pressure cook for additional minutes. Sometimes simply simmering on your cook top for a few additional minutes will give you the results you want. Read the manual! I know... I know... "When all else fails, try reading the instructions", and if you're of the male species this might be even more difficult. Anyway, Happy eating! This e-commerce site is designed to help you develop good cooking skills, and eat more healthfully with better nutrition and more economically. Find great recipes to lure you back into the kitchen at

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