Rediscover how pressure cookers can deliver fork-tender results in a fraction of the time needed for braising or slow cooking.
Thanks to the popularity of new programmable electric models, busy home cooks are rediscovering how pressure cookers deliver fork-tender results in a fraction of the time needed for braising or slow-cooking. As always, carefully follow the manufacturer's recommendations for safe operation.
Double-check to make sure the gasket on your pressure cooker is clean and crack-free, and the vent tube isn't clogged. Remember that pressure cookers require a minimum amount of liquid and a maximum amount of food to function properly. Depending on the model and recipe, your pressure cooker may take up to 20 minutes to build up pressure.
Many modern pressure cookers have a "brown" setting, but you can always give your beef a quick sear on the stovetop. For extra flavor, add a small amount of liquid — such as beef broth, wine, juice or even water — to the hot pan and scrape up any crusty bits sticking to the bottom before transferring it to the pressure cooker.
Follow recipe guidelines and trust the timer. Keep in mind most pressure cookers include a safety feature that prevents the lid from being opened while the contents are under pressure.
There are two methods for releasing pressure from your pressure cooker: quick release and natural release. The quick release method involves manually opening the pressure release valve, while the natural release method involves turning off the heat and allowing the pressure to drop on its own. For best results, we recommend letting the pressure release naturally. Be sure to refer to your user manual for specific instructions.
Many pressure cooker recipes are for one-pot meals that can go straight to the table, while some recipes make ingredients to be used in other recipes. Either way, when you follow the guidelines for preparation and safe operation, you're sure to get a great-tasting dish.
Cover the pressure release valve on your pressure cooker with a kitchen towel to avoid steam burns.
Also known as a "sealing ring," this part is responsible for maintaining an airtight seal under high pressures. It's made of dishwasher-safe silicone in modern pressure cookers.