What is an electric pressure cooker?

An electric pressure cooker is a device that produces steam from heat used to cook food fast at a very high boiling point. It is the new drive of the most exclusive kitchen. I value this gadget in my kitchen as it makes my cooking easy and fast. Although, it could be a little bit addictive while using, but it’s worth the wave. I could remember when I first got this gadget, it was quite foreign and it took me a lot of time to figure it out. The terms were completely new and a bit intimidating..

Terms like: natural pressure release, quick release, maximum and minimum pressure. Over time I got used to them and I understood every of these terms. In view of this, I would be giving you a full guide on using this beautiful kitchen gadget from my personal experience and expertise information I gathered.

Most pressure cookers, be it stove top pressure cooker or electric pressure cooker have slow-cooker functions. They also have simmering, steaming, and searing functions. But the good thing about an electric pressure cooker is its intuitive interface that gives maximum control over cooking. It is easy to operate, easy to clean and the timing and pressure can be manually adjusted.

Furthermore, this appliance can be used to prepare beans, rice, soups, stews, and a lot of meals. Lastly, this post will give us a broad knowledge on the use of the electric pressure cooker, important cooking lessons, how to use the appliance and few meals you can prepare with the appliance.

Lastly, this post will give us a broad knowledge on the use of the electric pressure cooker, important cooking lessons, how to use the appliance and few meals you can prepare with the appliance.

Electric pressure cooking terms

Pressure release

pressure release displayed

This term is used to release pressure from the electric pressure cooker. The release valve is located on the lid of your electric pressure cooker. By pressing or lifting this valve, you will release the pressure from your electric pressure cooker after you are done cooking. The term as two options. The first option is the quick release while the second option is the natural release.

The quick release is a term used to release pressure immediately after active cooking by lifting or pressing the pressure release valve. This button is usually used when preparing a meal that cooks quickly or meals that don’t benefit from extra cooking time. It is good for cooking things like eggs. The pressure will release in 1 to 2 minutes.

The natural release is a term used for releasing pressure without an external influence. This method does not require any particular button press, pressure drops automatically and slowly itself. You can use natural release when preparing meals like dried beans and meals that need extra heat after preparation. The pressure will release in 10 to 15 minutes.

Pressure indicator

pressure indicator

The pressure indicator is a small button found on the lid of the electric pressure cooker. This device is used to know when the cooker has reached the correct pressure.

The indicator usually as a pin and this pin can let you know when the pressure drops. When pressure drops, the pin drops down. The pressure indicator is called a locking indicator as it acts as a locking agent sometimes.

High or low pressure

What you are cooking determines the pressure option of your pressure cooker. It could either be in low or high pressure.

Although, most new pressure cooker are now having a medium option. The pressure is measured in PSI – pounds per square inch. The low pressure is usually between 6 to 8 PSI while the high pressure is between 13 to 15 PSI.

In addition, every meal as a particular pressure option which is in the appliance manual. Always check your appliance manual to know more about the pressure option.

Trivet and Steam Basket

trivet and steam basket

The electric pressure cooker comes with a trivet and possibly a steam basket. These are used to keep food from touching the bottom of the cooker. Also, I found the trivet by itself was totally fine to use for cooking hard-boiled eggs.

Easy steps to use Electric Pressure Cookers

  • Put the food you want to prepare in the pressure cooker
  • Add the amount of water needed to cook the food. For beans and grains, the water should be half full of the cooker. For any other meal add two-third of the cooker.
  • Close the lid and position the pressure valve to the right settings
  • Choose a particular cooking program and time.
  • Display counts down cooking time Release pressure

In conclusion, the electric pressure cooker is a good device that can be used to cook varieties of meals. Food like beans, rice, American beef stew, French onions soup, black beans with chorizo, smoky barbecue beans among others. You can get more pressure cooker recipes from seriousseats.com

It’s your turn! Tell us what you prepare with your electric pressure cooker.

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