Pressure cookers are great for cooking food quickly while also retaining the vitamins and minerals that can be lost when food is cooked using other methods. They can reduce cooking times by up to 50% if you’ve never used one before, then this is how to start.
How to start
I use a pressure cooker all the time when cooking food such as sweet potatoes, beans, maize, njahi, and many others. The first thing you do when you buy yourself one is to follow the instructions for your specific model.
To use a pressure cooker, start by putting the food you want to cook inside the pot, including meat, vegetables, and enough liquid to cook it properly. Next, close the lid securely. Then, place the pot on the heat and turn to high. Once steam starts coming out of the pressure regulator lower the heat to a simmer. When the food is done, remove the cooker from the heat and allow the pressure to release over the next 20 minutes before opening it.
- Each amount of food has a different amount of water needed to go with it, consult the manual.
- Turn off the heat when your food has cooked for the amount of time given in your recipe if you cook longer it is more than likely develop into the consistency of baby food.
- To check to make sure that all of the pressure has been released move the pressure regulator. If there is no sound of escaping steam, all of the pressure has been released.
- If you do not use the lid, the pressure cooker will function like a regular pot.
- Modern pressure cookers have additional safeguards to prevent the user from opening a pressurized pot.
- Even when it is safe to open the lid, lift the lid away from your face, as the contents will be steaming hot.
- Taking it off the heat and allowing it to release on its own.
- Time turning a pressure release valve use a spoon for this, as hot steam will rush out.
- Running the pressure cooker under a cold tap.
To protect your pressure cooker investment, wash it carefully, paying special attention to the rubber seal and the vent. When storing it, the lid should be placed upside down on top of the pot or set on the side.