A Guide for Safe Pressure Cooking

It is understandable to have pressure cooking phobia. Initially, pressure cookers were known to cause harm to people since they were not manufactured in a way that upheld safety standards. Traditional pressure cookers can be considered old fashioned in the sense that they exposed users to many risks because they exploded. From a technological perspective, they were very weak and had little to direct safe pressure cooking. Things have changed though. The modern pressure cookers are very empowered in terms of safety features.

It is irrelevant to worry that pressure cookers will breed harm to you. To overcome the fear of pressure cooking, the key thing is to learn how to use a pressure cooker. This article delves into the world of pressure cooking with an aim of debunking common misconceptions and the safety measures to observe in using pressure cookers.

Common Misconceptions About Pressure Cookers​

One of the most evident misconceptions is that pressure cookers are awfully dangerous to use. During the times of our forefathers, it was an uphill task to use pressure cookers and they were relatively dangerous to use. The pressure cookers exploded frequently. Why was the issue of explosion so common? The pressure cooker models back then had only a single weighted pressure regulator that often succumbed to debris. This suppressed the efforts of pressure release leading to extreme pressure build up in the inside of the cooking pot causing an explosion. Is this still the case today? It is definitely not.

In these current times, there is nothing to fear about pressure cookers. The high pressure inside the pressure cookers is not capable of managing an explosion. The modern pressure cookers have many safety features that ensure they do not cause an explosion. The safety features are discussed below.

Pressure Cookers' Safety Features​

Stainless Steel Material​

The modern day pressure cookers are manufactured using high quality steel material. The stainless steel material (composed of chromium and nickel) gives pressure cookers authority and reputation during cooking. The chromium offers a protective layer thus strengthens the pressure cookers. The nickel increases the power of chromium making pressure cookers more durable. It is also related to the shiny nature of the pressure cookers. As a result, pressure cookers made of this type of steel material are not threatened by stains or corrosive materials.

A Locking Lid​

It makes it difficult for a pressure cooker to open until all the pressure is released.

Pressure Indicator​

The current pressure cookers have accurate pressure indicators which are either pop-up indicators or colored markers which display the attainment of the pressure necessary for cooking.

Quick Pressure Release Option​

This pressure release option is located on the pressure regulator. This option is used to emit pressure from a pressure cooking while greatly lessening the chances of heat loss. This method permits cooking to resume mainly when preparing recipes that require cooking some ingredients first then adding the rest towards the end of cooking time.

Safety Tips to Follow in Pressure Cooking​

The Instruction Manual Is Your Pressure Cooking Asset​

An instruction manual can be your saving grace when you are confused about the dos and don’ts of pressure cooking. In other words, it is your pressure cooking buddy. Anytime you are pressure cooking, ensure the instruction manual is on standby just in case you need to ratify something. The instruction manual has all the safety tips you need to follow in pressure cooking. Preserve it well to ensure it is in good condition as it is a good pressure cooking reference point. In case you misplace it, download a new one from a credible website preferably one that belongs to the manufacturer of your pressure cooker model.

Regularly Clean the Rubber Gasket and Maintain It Well​

Assess its condition to determine if it is worn out and execute the necessary repair or replace it if it is beyond repair.

The Amount of Liquid Used Matters​

Pressure cooking cannot do without liquid. The liquid used has to be measured to ensure it is not less or more than the amount needed for a certain recipe.

Fill the Pressure Cooker up to the Required Amount​

Overfilling food in a pressure cooker leads to irregular cooking. There is no enough room for steam to cook all the food in the cooking pot. The food being pressure cooked should be considered. For example, when pressure cooking beans, a few factors have to be looked into. Beans enlarge when cooked. There has to be enough space in the cooking pot to cater for the expansion.

Understand How to Cook Frothy Foods​

Pasta and oatmeal are some of the foods that froth. The amount of frothy foods for pressure cooking need not exceed the recommended level in a cooking pot. If overfilling is done, the frothy foods most probably cause steam valves blockage in the pressure cooker curtailing the steam release process.

Carefully evaluate the pressure cooker before cooking begins​

This is to asses any flaws that could interfere with pressure cooking. For example, check the handles to see if they are firm to aid in carrying a pressure cooker safely after cooking is complete.

Cleaning is mandatory​

The only way a pressure cooker can function well each time pressure cooking is done is if all its components are well cleaned after it is used.​

Finally, as discussed in this article, the fear of pressure cooking is all in your mind. The misconceptions linked to pressure cookers do not have a firm ground. Today’s pressure cookers are a demonstration what safe pressure cooking means. It is upon you to shed off your fears about pressure cooking and give yourself a chance to pressure cook dishes of your choice for your loved ones. In so doing, you will discover one thing: pressure cooking assures 100% efficient and effective cooking.

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