Kitchen Care:Cleaning & Scrubbing:Pressure Cooker Cleaning Tips

Here is a simple tip to keep the inside of your Pressure Cooker (made of aluminum) sparkling white.
Pour water in the Pressure Cooker and place the pressure pans with the cooking ingredients. Put 1-2 pieces of lemon, a small ball of tamarind or any other citric ingredient in the water. Pressure-cook the dish the normal way. After cooking, the pan will sparkle white and the usual stains will disappear. For old stubborn stains, you may require to repeat the exercise.
-Make sure your cooker is clean inside and out. Most stainless steel pressure cooker bottoms can be washed in the dishwasher unless the manufacturer states otherwise. When washing by hand use hot water and mild dishwashing soap and a sponge or cloth to clean the pot.
Do not use metal or steel wool scouring pad. Use plastic, non-scratching cleaning pads when needed to remove stubborn spots. For more intensive cleaning try a non-abrasive cleanser such as Bon Ami, but do not use the scratchy, abrasive cleaners. For best results on aluminum follow the manufacturers directions.
Make sure the inside of the pot is dry before putting it away. To shine the outside of stainless steel try Bar Keepers Friend, or another good metal polish.
Problem:
My Pressure Cooker is Leaking Steam, What Should I Do Now?
One of the most common complaints with pressure cookers concerns leakage around the seal or gasket. A leak at the seal in a pressure cooker generally occurs due to improper maintenance.
Another cause of leaks around the lid may occur if the rim, or one of the locking flanges, on the base or the lid is damaged, badly scratched, chipped or pitted. This may occur when cooks rap their spoon and other cooking utensils against the rim of the pot. Never knock the rim of the cooker while cleaning or using it. The dents that occur allow the steam to escape. Small scratches on the rim of stainless steel pots may be buffed out with steel wool.Acidic foods, spattering oil, frequent, long cooking times will all hasten the deterioration of gaskets and seals.
At the highest pressure setting the inside temperature of you cooker is only 254º, excessive heat will shorten the life span of you gasket. If there is insufficient water inside the pressure cooker the pot will over heat, or users who persist in using large amounts of oil (oil heats to 400º) will damage the seal and leakage occurs. Many cooks use their pressure cooker in the oven to bake bread, but be sure to remove the gasket and all other rubber parts from the lid. Read the owners manual carefully, most recommend you not exceed a temperature of 300º because it may damage to handles.

1 comment:

Just Someone said...

sometimes when I put the lemon in pressure cooker food tests bitter. my family says that outside lemon water has gone into food.

is there anything to prevent this?