Stovetop Pressure Cookers are now a known invention in your kitchen. If you are still a newbie and do not know how to operate one, worry not. I have a complete guide for its uses and operational know-how. In this guide I will be elaborating on how can you use a stovetop pressure cooker, how can you maintain it? How can you clean your cooker and troubleshoot your problems with the machine? Stovetop Pressure Cookers are a good deal for faster and effective cooking when you have guests arriving in a few hours and need a hearty meal to welcome them. Go through the complete guide and drop in your comments, do you like my ideas? Do you need any more details? I would be happy to oblige you with your requests.
What is a Stovetop Pressure Cooker?
A stovetop pressure cooker is a heating, boiling pot that cooks the food at high pressure. The Stovetop puts out a small hiss of steam at high pressure and thus has greater evaporation, especially during cooking times of 30 minutes or more. These pressure cookers can preserve more heat-sensitive nutrients than any other cooking method. Its shorter cooking time and high-pressure gradient make it possible. It saves a lot of energy that you rather spend on electric cookers or open cooking methods. You can save yourself from extensive cleaning and preserve the nutrient in the food at the same time.
What are the benefits of pressure cooking?
There are 6 top benefits of pressure cooking or using the stovetop pressure cooker. These are:
- Most of the nutrients are preserved during pressure cooking.
- It saves the energy that is rather spent on electric cookers or open cooking method.
- It saves your time in preparations.
- The kitchen stays cooler as compared to open cookings.
- You don’t have to go through extensive cleaning of the utensil after you have cooked.
- Pressure Cookers preserve food, its taste, aroma and healthy nutrients.
How to use a stovetop pressure cooker for the first time?
Maybe you got a new Stovetop Pressure Cooker in your house warming gift. Or was it your cousin who got you a thanksgiving of the pressure cooker. You don’t have to surpass the gift to someone else. You can use it yourself. Even if you just wanted to buy it for your convenience and having a hard time figuring out its functions. Worry not, I have got you covered. Go through this complete guide to know how to use a stovetop pressure cooker to cook your favorite meals in no time!!
Read the Instructions
The first step is to unbox your cooker and read the instructions that come with it, duhh! Go through the instruction manual. It often explains all the aspects in detail. If you are still not able to formulate through, you can go through the stepwise instructions given below.
Check the body and attachments
You must carefully use a pressure cooker. Make sure all the parts and attachments are inside the box as mentioned in the instruction manuals. Each product and each brand has its own set of attachments and parts. Check if the stovetop is dented, or cracked. A crooked pressure cooker can be a reason for serious injury in an accident.
Do a water Test
It is necessary to build enough pressure and maintain it. Check what happens when the pressure is released. Follow these steps:
- Fill the pot with 1L water.
- Select a cooking position and close the lid.
- Set the knob to the highest setting.
- Place your pot on high heat and wait for the pressure indicator to come up.
- Lower the heat to medium-low once the pressure is built-in.
- Leave the cooker for 5 minutes.
- Remove pressure cooker from the heat, keep it for 10 minutes.
- Release the steam naturally and gradually. You may use the steam release function for a quicker process.
- If everything goes well, you can easily open the lid in 10 minutes, Enjoy the cooker for more cooking.
What happens if a pressure cooker runs out of water?
If you do not monitor the cooking time and pressure, your cooker might soon run out of water. If that happens, it will start evaporating water content from the food. Water expands by a factor of about 1600 when it boils, air alone cannot create pressure without perfect seal. More importantly, if the pressure keeps building, the cooker might explode. Just maintain the water, and switch it off as soon as you realize the water content was lower than needed.