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Cooking Under Pressure: How to Care for Your Pressure Cooker

07 Sep 2023

Pressure Cookers are versatile appliances that have revolutionized the way we prepare meals. Vinod Cookware’s pressure cookers are becoming increasingly indispensable in the fast-paced world of modern cooking.However, this handy cooking companion requires some maintenance to ensure it’s your lifelong cooking partner.

  1.     Understand Your Pressure Cooker
Before delving into care and maintenance, it's crucial to familiarize yourself with the basic components and functions of your pressure cooker. Most pressure cookers typically consist of a lid, a pot, a pressure release valve, and a gasket (sealing ring). Understanding how a pressure cooker works is vital for both cooking and safety. Whether you buy a pressure cooker online or not, always read the instruction manual. These manuals usually mention the correct way to take care of the product.

Whether you're a seasoned chef or a novice in the kitchen, take these simple steps to effectively care for your pressure cooker.

  1. Regular Cleaning

Proper cleaning is the foundation of pressure cooker care.

  • Food, particularly acidic food, can erode the metal if kept for a long time in a pressure cooker. After every use, make sure to disassemble the cooker and clean each part thoroughly. 
  • Most pressure cooker components, including the pot and gasket (sealing ring), can be removed and washed separately. 
  • You can use a dishwasher to clean your pressure cooker unless the instruction manual says otherwise. 
  • It’s best to use warm, soapy water and a non-abrasive sponge to avoid damaging the cooker's surfaces.
  • Pay special attention to the sealing ring, as it can trap food particles and odours. Remove it carefully and wash it separately. If necessary, you can soak it in a mixture of water and vinegar to eliminate stubborn odours.
  1. Regular Checks and Maintenance

The safety valve, gasket, and vent pipe are critical components of a pressure cooker. Regularly inspect them for any signs of damage or blockage.

  • To prevent the gasket (sealing ring) from drying out, apply a small amount of vegetable oil to the sealing ring after each use.  
  • The vent pipe allows excess steam to escape during cooking, preventing excessive pressure buildup. Ensure that the vent pipe is always clear of debris or food particles that could obstruct its function.
  • It is best to go with pressure cookers like the Vinod Stainless Steel Outer Lid Pressure Cooker, which comes with a 24-month warranty against manufacturing defects.
  • Ensure the handles and lid secure the pressure cooker correctly. If there are any loose screws, tighten them. If the handle is broken or has developed cracks, replace it immediately.
  1. Storage

Proper storage will help prolong its lifespan.

  • Allow the pressure cooker to dry thoroughly before storing it. This will also ensure there is no bacterial buildup. 
  • When not in use, store your pressure cooker in a cool, dry place. The best way to store a pressure cooker is to keep its lid upside down on the cooker’s bottom.
  • Avoid stacking heavy objects on top of it or subjecting it to extreme temperatures.

Cooking under pressure can be a game-changer in your kitchen, providing speedy and delicious meals. However, it's crucial to care for your pressure cooker properly to be able to enjoy the convenience and efficiency of your pressure cooker for years to come. Remember that safety always comes first when cooking under pressure, so don't hesitate to seek professional assistance if you encounter any issues with your cooker. With proper care and maintenance, your pressure cooker will continue to be a reliable kitchen companion for countless delicious meals.

If you are in the market to shop for durable and reliable pressure cookers, check out our full range of pressure cookers.

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