The Dos and Don’ts of handling a Pressure Cooker

In a day and age when we are running out of time to cook, the pressure cooker is an incredible gift. Not only does it save time, but also cooking gas. There are newer forms of pressure cooker like the non-stick pressure cooker which are also viable for induction oven usage. The coating on the surface makes the cleaning process easier. However it is prone to chipping away at the end of prolonged usage and its use must be discontinued once the process of wearing down begins.
But no matter what form of pressure cooker you are using there are certain norms you need to follow for optimum results.

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Here’s a list of dos and don’ts that will help you get in tune with you pressure cooker.

Dos
1. Get the right size of pressure cooker:
If you’re living alone or with your partner then go for something under 5 liters. A pressure cooker of 5-7 liters will suffice for a family of 4.Too large a cooker will eat up storage space while a size too small won’t be enough for cooking.

2. Always use enough liquid:
The basic mechanism of the pressure cooker is to work by gathering steam. So in no situation should you use it with less than 1 cup of liquid. You needn’t worry that there will be an excess of liquid at the end of the cook. You can always boil it down later to a desired consistency.

3. Adjust the heat:
While you begin on a high flame, you must keep an eye out for the pressure building. Once there is enough steam inside the pressure cooker, lower the flame to continue. You can always crank up the heat if the pressure is seen to be declining.

Don’ts
1. Get the best:
When it comes to pressure cooker manufacturers in India don’t shy away from opting for the best one. Safety must be of top priority. Only the best brands can provide you with that along with true value for money

2. Avoid environmental and health related damage:
As has been mentioned earlier, the Teflon coating is useful for multiple reasons. But avoid ones that cause environmental damage and can proved to be a health hazard.

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