Note these tips to use pressure cooker safely

Pressure cooker
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If you are a fan of one pot cooking or if you are looking for some method to shorten your kitchen hours, a pressure cooker can be your best friend. It makes the cooking process faster, more controlled and hassle free. But like every good thing, pressure cooker also comes with a catch. Stories of pressure cooker explosion and the severe burn injuries and even death caused by it sometimes make headlines. Even though it is easier cooking in a pressure cooker, it could be quite dangerous if you are inexperienced or careless.

Here are some tips to use pressure cooker safely.

Smooth steam

The first thing is to ensure that there isn’t any blockage in the vent tube, before closing the lid. If the residue from the previous dish gets stuck here, you could remove it using a cloth or by blowing hard. Do not use sharp objects to remove them. Close the lid and keep it on the stove only after ensuring that the valves are clean and the pressure can be released. Changing the safety valves at intervals is important. Using the safety valves of the same brand of the pressure cooker would ensure additional safety.

Do not overload

Do not fill the pressure cooker with ingredients, up to the rim. If there is no space for the pressure to build up, then the food items would be undercooked. This could even affect the taste and flavour of the dishes.

Cool it down

Make sure that the pressure has been completely released before opening the lid. In case you want to open the lid soon, then insert the cooker in some water before opening the lid.

Proper cleaning

Take off the washer before cleaning the lid after every use. The food particles that get stuck between the lid and the washer could be a breeding ground for bacteria. This could severely affect the health and well being of your family.  

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