Knowing Your Stove Top Pressure Cooker – (The Complete Guide)

Pressure cookers have been an ally in the kitchen since ancient times. What is the secret? perhaps it is the ease, the speed or the versatility they offer.

And although many people know them, there are still people who do not know exactly how they work. Do you know that maybe you have at home the best pressure cooker?

How do they work?

Well, it is very simple. When you close the lid, which has a rubber band, it seals. Inside, the temperature rises, the water heats up, steam is created but cannot get out, causing pressure inside the pot. At these pressures the boiling temperature rises to 130ºC and this is what cooks the food faster.

When it reaches the pressure top, the valve opens (which beeps and draws steam) and allows steam to escape to maintain a constant temperature inside the pot.

When we put the pot over high heat and it begins to beep or we see steam coming out of the valve, it is time to lower the heat and count the minutes our food spends inside.

To be able to open it, you have to wait for the pressure to release, and for that it is best to turn off the heat, remove the pot, wait a few minutes for it to cool down a bit and allow the lid to be opened.

If for whatever reason we have cooked the food little, it can be closed again and put on the fire for a while longer. To find out more, check out

For what do you use it?

Although it can be used as a normal pot, with the added pressure, it is best to use it for all those foods that take more than 20 minutes to cook.

That is, dried legumes (previously soaked), stews and stews with legumes, stews with vegetables in large pieces (green beans, artichokes, etc.), grains and whole grains that take time.

And always with a good amount of water so that everything is cooked and the pressure we need is formed. Try never to fill it because it needs space for steam.

Never fill it to more than ¾ of its capacity. In any case, look at the manufacturer’s instructions: many do not recommend exceeding half.

And to reminder: the cuisinart pressure cooker does not fry or brown food with pressure. More details!

How to take care of it?

In general, they are cleaned like any other pot, although we must always monitor a couple of things:

  • That the valve is well clean inside, without any piece of food or residue that clogs it.
  • That the rubber is in good condition, without cracks, that it does not dry out or crack and that it remains flexible. Use only dishwasher, no vinegar, baking soda, or other things that can be corrosive to the rubber. And if it is damaged, buy a new one at any hardware store before using your pot again.
  • Once clean, dry it well and store it in a place where it does not collect dust, moisture or grease (for example, inside a low cabinet in the kitchen, closed).


How to buy the best pressure cooker

Are you a busy person that just simply doesn’t have time to do an elaborate recipe or sit and wait for it to cook for hours in the oven, then maybe you are on the market for the best pressure cooker; a pressure cooker that will allow you to cook healthy food in just a fraction of the time. But here comes the hard part; how do you know which pressure cooker is for you? In this article we will go over how to pick the perfect pressure cooker so sit back, relax and start thinking about all those tasty dishes that you will prepare once you have your pressure cooker.

What is a pressure cooker and how does it work?

Whilst many years ago a pressure cooker was a think that your grandma used that would make a horrible high pitched sound from the stove once it was ready. This has now changed, now there exists two different types of pressure cookers: stove top ones, which are the more traditional ones, and electric ones. However, they both work in the same way. They trap steam which raises the temperature well above boiling point and that forces the liquid into the food. This results in not only the food being cooked faster, but also ensures that the food is more tender and has a load more taste.

Stove top or electric?

Whilst they still work in basically the same way, there is still a small difference between the two. A stove top pressure cooker still requires slightly more attention than an electric one. So, if you have experience or if you only are going to make a soup here and there, then the stove top pressure cooker is for you. However, if you would rather set something to cook and then forget about it because, lets face it, not everyone has the time to wait in the kitchen for the food to cook, then the electrical one might be best for you.Read more.

How to pick the right one for you.

To know which one is the best pressure cooker for you, you must first ask yourself what do you need it for and how much you are willing to invest. Electric pressure cookers range from 50 USD to 200 USD. The benefit of these is that the whole process is pretty much done for you, you just need to do as it tells you and then you don’t need to worry about it any more. This makes it the perfect choice for someone new to pressure cooking or someone with a busy lifestyle. However, the one downside to electric pressure cookers in that they do tend to take longer to cook and that they do also take up a chunk of space in your kitchen. Now to look at stove top ones, these are often cheaper than electric ones but require more work and attention to ensure that the correct pressure is maintained throughout. The advantage to these ones is that they are able to cook the food at a faster rate and that they also are able to brown the meat better than an electric cooker.

In conclusion, before making this purchase you have to think well about your needs and what you will really be needing the device for. Once you have figured out that, in combination with the help given in this article you should be able to find the best pressure cooker for you.