The pressure cooker is what we call the greatest innovation in the cookware industry. This technology enables you to prepare recipes quickly, saving time and energy, and also retain the nutrients in all your favorite dishes. Pressure cooking is also one of the healthiest ways to cook food, as you can cook with very little, or practically no oil. With benefits such as these, the pressure cooker is a must-have cookware in all Indian kitchens. However, if you have never had an opportunity to use a pressure cooker and want to, here are some tips to use it effectively. Read on and there will be no other reference you’ll need to make the most of your pressure cooker.
Read the Instruction Manual
Every pressure cooker manufacturer has a set of instructions you must read before using the cookware, because in there, you’ll find precise guidelines, safety features and care instructions. Read it to the T and you’ll know how to use your pressure cooker appropriately while preventing accidents.
Add Enough Liquid
The pressure cooker uses steam to cook food, and for that you need to ensure you add just enough water. If you do not add sufficient water, the cooker won’t be able to generate steam and that would damage your pressure cooker. The instruction manual should help you with the right amount of water your pressure cooker needs. Be sure to read it; however, if you are trying a conventional recipe (one that is not usually cooked in a pressure cooker), you can decrease the water content as it would have evaporated otherwise if it was cooked in a different cookware. Having said that, ensure the quantity of water is not below the recommended amount.
Sauté the Food, for Better Taste
Pressure cooker essentially cooks food on steam, and if you dislike plain steamed foods, you can sauté them before pressure cooking. Sauteing food before adding water enhances its taste, texture and even gives it an appetizing color. Once you’ve sautéed it right, just close the lid and let the pressure cooker work its magic. This method of cooking works best for most veggies, meat, and spices like garlic, onion, dry spices, etc.
Use the Right Amount of Heat
Add the recommended amount of water to the pressure cooker and turn the heat to medium or high to begin the cooking process quickly. When the water begins to boil, turn the heat down so that you can maintain the pressure and cook your food appropriately.
Allow it to Release Pressure
There are a few ways to release pressure once your food is cooked. You can turn off the flame and allow the pressure cooker to cool down and release pressure by itself, release the whistle with a spatula or using your oven gloves to prevent scalding, or hold the pressure cooker under cold running water. The first option is ideal for recipes with longer cooking times, the second is good when you are not cooking delicate food, and the third is when you don’t want to overcook your food. However, never force the lid open until the pressure settles down, as it may lead to burns and injuries.
Mastering these pressure cooker tips ensures efficient, safe, and delicious meals conveniently. With these simple tips you can elevate your culinary skills with confidence!