Pressure cookers used in the times of our parents or grandparents were nothing less than a nightmare. The stories of lids blowing off and curry flying to the ceiling haunt those who have witnessed it to this day. However, thanks to the advancements in technology we don’t have to worry about any of that with the pressure cookers of today. With multiple safety mechanisms incorporated into the design of the modern pressure cookers, the manufacturers have made absolutely certain that the lid will not come off and the pressure cooker will not become the reason for any harm to the user or the kitchen. In addition to ensuring your safety, they also cook your food 70% faster than most other tools, retain much of the nutrients in the food that would otherwise have been lost and also retain much of the moisture and flavor inside your meal. To make your pressure cooking experience even safer, here are a few safety tips you can follow:
Buy the latest model:
Do not purchase the outdated pressure cooker models available at flee stores. These are the old models which cannot guarantee you the safety that are available with the newer models. Also the parts of these old models might not be in top shape such as the gasket or the lid and you might not be able to find replacement for them in the market of today.
Read the instruction manual:
Since every pressure cooker is different in the safety features they include and also in their mechanism, you need to read the instruction manual properly to be able to understand properly how to use it. Only reading the manual will help you use it properly and safely so that you do not make any mistakes.
Check the gasket regularly:
The rubber gasket of the pressure cooker is the part which makes the seal between the lid and the base for the pressure cooker to function. It also requires much attention from your side to be able to maintain a proper seal. You should keep it clean and check that it should not have any cracks and should be in proper shape. If you see any cracks or the rubber has de-shaped and does not make a proper seal any more, you will need to replace it.
Don’t overfill the pressure cooker:
You need to carefully measure the liquid that you add to the pressure cooker. Never overfill the pressure cooker because it can risk the food from sticking into the valves which can be problematic for the release of steam. In general, keep the liquid level below 2/3rd the maximum capacity of the pressure cooker.
Release the pressure properly:
Releasing the pressure is a crucial part in pressure cooking and needs to be carried out safely. Once you have turned the pressure cooker off, wait for all the pressure to subside before opening the lid.