Pressure cookers are renowned for their extremely fast cooking. This recognition has earned them employment all over the world. While it’s true that almost every household has access to a pressure cooker, it’s also a known fact that handling it correctly and drawing out the work from it the way you would have liked isn’t that easy. The cases of a pressure cooker not producing desired results are rare. Here are some of the issues that might be the cause of such problems.
It won’t be presumptuous to discuss negligence in the first place(a double entendre intended). Not ensuring safe handling of the equipment can cause some serious problems while cooking. To avoid any issues, one must ensure that
- The rubber gasket can still be utilized – old or worn out gaskets can cause steam leakage
- There is no food residue – food residue can block pressure vents
- The pressure valves must be positioned as instructed in the user manual
- Your hands and face are protected while dealing with the pot and lid
- The gasket must be changed annually
Overfilling provides food with the leeway to make for the vent and smoothly clog it. And, as a matter of fact, steam is so powerful that rupturing the pot would be a cinch for it. To avoid any accidents of such kind, avoid filling the container beyond two-third of its net capacity and see the pressure cooker working the way you want it to.
- Using excess oil while cooking
Oil should be scrupulously used in the pressure cooker. More than the required amount of it could melt the rubber gasket and other delicate parts of the pressure cooker. In case you were wondering why you have certain issues with the gasket, you may be right here.
- Not using enough water
It must be thoroughly imbibed that a pressure cooker works on the pressure generated by steam for which water is required. Not using ample amount of water can lead to slower cooking times which just can be the reason of undercooked servings.
- Using food for which the pressure cooker isn’t designed
While a pressure cooker can cook most of the delicacies available on this planet, it must be taken into consideration that there are some foods that it is not suited for. For examples, the food items such as noodles, macaroni, pasta, split peas, etc. produce froth which can block steam valves and pressure vents. If you want to cook using a pressure cooker, choose from the recipes that are available for it. Leave noodles and pasta for some other day.
- Improper pressure releases
Please ensure that your way of releasing the pressure is either of the two widely used – letting the cooker sit until pressure subsides or deploying the steam valve and letting it whistle. Prying the lid open forcibly can lead to a sudden irrepressible cloud of steam escaping from the pot. Steam is known to cause burns which are far more severe that boiling water. It is, thus, fitting to release the pressure generated after cooking before opening the lid.
- Not taking necessary precautions
To avoid injuries while handling the pressure cooker, do remember to protect your hand and face. You must keep your body away from the vent. Even after releasing the pressure, there is some remnant steam inside the pot which escapes out once the lid is opened. Therefore, the pot should be placed away from your face to avoid burns.
- Not ensuring required pressure
The pressure depends on the kind of food that is being cooked. Ample pressure – not plenty of it – must be ensured. The heat can be accordingly reduced or increased to assure desired pressure. Needless to say, this can avoid longer cooking times as well as lopsided cooking.
Having discussed some common issues, it is pertinent to assimilate that avoiding them can bring back the control of your pressure cooker into your hands. And, the best time to start cooking is now! Happy pressure cooking!