The Advantages of Pressure Cooking
Speed: because of the high temperatures used in Pressure Cooking, foods are cooked very fast. Generally foods cooked in a pressure cooker will take 1/3 of the normal cooking time.
Nutritional Value: loss of nutrients is reduced to a minimum from the short cooking times.
Convenience: by using a pressure cooker to cook a complete meal or several foods at once, fewer saucepans are needed saving space in the cupboard and time washing up.
Economy: electricity is saved, as cooking times are so quick and only one heating area is used.
Versatility: delicious recipes can be cooked: from more traditional stocks, soups, casseroles, pasta, rice,cereals, pulses, fish, and vegetables.
Tips & Warnings
The first rule when cooking with a pressure cooker is to brown certain foods to obtain the best flavor. Foods that require browning include beef, chicken, onions and, on occasion, potatoes. You can brown the food right inside the cooker pot. For added flavor, consider experimenting with oils such as canola, olive oil and even butter.
Time Correctly: In the world of pressure cooking, not all foods are created equal. The fact is that some foods take longer to cook than others. For instance, stew beef takes much longer to cook than fish. As a general rule, vegetables always cook faster than meat. In order to ensure great taste and texture in your dishes, place the slow-cooking meats into your pressure cooker first and then return later to add the fast-cooking foods. Unlike conventional cooking that simply requires setting the oven timer and letting the slow heat do its job, pressure cooking requires the ability to read the pressure gauge and the timer correctly. The general rule of thumb to remember is that the timer should start once the pressure gauge reaches your desired pressure level.
Check the Seal: Pressure cookers only work when properly sealed. Food debris or tears in the pressure cooker's lid seal can cause some serious problems including steam and food leakage. To avoid burns and messes, always inspect the seal for any food debris or tears before using. If there is any food stuck on the seal, rinse it off with some mild dish soap and water.
Do’s & Don’ts
Do not use your Prestige pressure cooker in the oven. Never use your pressure cooker without adding water, milk, stock, wine or some other liquid to it.
When cooking with liquids other than water or stock, or with foods like rice and pasta, use a "Medium" setting instead of "High" heat.
When cooking is complete - Remove the cooker from the heat and allow it to stand undisturbed for about 15 minutes. Some pressure cookers have a release button that will easily move once all the pressure is released. Others have a plug which needs to drop through the safety hole on its own, which indicates that the lid is safe to remove.
Dangers of Using a Pressure Cooker
In the past, when pressure cookers were relatively new, there were a large number of accidents. This was due in part to the negligence and improper use of the pressure cookers by inexperienced owners. Often they would be overfilled or too much water would be added, creating an internal pressure that was beyond the capacity of the cooker to contain. Also many of the early pressure cookers lacked the safety features that current standards require. This unfortunate confluence of circumstances has resulted in pressure cookers exploding. Flying pieces of metal have injured, crippled, and even killed anyone within the vicinity of the explosion. Superheated steam has permanently disfigured and blinded people. No such accidents have been reported within the last 25 years as a result of more exacting standards by the government, but the potential for them still exists and should be considered whenever using a pressure cooker. The main thing is that you need to “KNOW YOUR PRESSURE COOKER”. Read your instruction book that accompanies the pressure cooker when purchased.
If you are not sure please contact Prestige Housewares and we will assist you.
Download PDF - Parts indicators for the Prestige 10L Deluxe Pressure Cooker.
Download PDF - Parts indicators for the Prestige Smartplus Pressure Cooker.