How to use a pressure cooker correctly

It is a kitchen utensil from the last century. Said like this it would seem that we are talking about something in disuse, but nothing further. It is the pressure cooker, invented in 1979 by the French physicist Denis Papin, an expert in steam, but it did not hit the market until 1919. Your ultimate and main goal: cook faster.

Today, one hundred years later, he continues to fulfill his main objective and the passage of time has been great for him, as has improved one of its biggest buts: security.

In case you are one of those who have never used a pressure cooker or still give you some respect, we give you some usage guidelines:

  1. Read the instructions for your pot because, although the basic elements are the same for everyone, in some models the mechanism or some of the parts may vary. For example, some work with a pressure selector, others with pressure indicators by rings or some have depressurization valves and in others it is a button …
  2. Place the food that you are going to cook indoors.
  3. Cover them with water. Normally, the pot is marked with a minimum and a maximum filling level that must be respected. Attention: do not forget water as it is one of the first safety systems in this type of cooking.
  4. Close the lid very well. Check that it has the rubber gasket in good condition and correctly placed. The lid and pot need to fit together perfectly and the handles need to be aligned. In the case of pots with handles, the procedure is the same. When the pot is properly closed you can see that it is not possible to open it except by using the opening tab.
  5. Place the indicator of your pressure cooker according to the food you are going to cook. In the instructions they usually come in what number and what times are the best according to what you are going to prepare.As a general rule: level 1 is suitable for vegetables, rice, pasta and fish and level 2 is suitable for meat, legumes and harder foods in general.
  6. Put the pot on the fire. In principle, with a higher temperature until the pressure valve rises and a little steam begins to come out. This means that the pot has reached the correct pressure and the correct temperature. It is time to start counting the cooking time.

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  7. Calculate cooking time, it will normally coincide with the complete outlet of the valve (it is usually indicated because the two lines of the valve are visible). At this point you may find that it is impossible to open the pressure cooker even using the opening tab.
  8. When the cooking time passes turn off the heat and remove the pot. Let the pot cool. Some people put it under the tap, but it is not recommended. If you want to speed up the process, you can use the depressurization position, available between the pressure levels of the pot.
  9. When it cools, the valve is lowered, which means that there is no longer any pressure inside. You can open the pot now with total security, you just have to be careful not to burn yourself with the steam that comes out. Check the cooking of the ingredients and voila, your express cooking has finished.

To complete this information we bring you a video of MJ’s recipes that he gives us as a gift a rich recipe for lentils: