Stovetop pressure cooker buying guide
Pressure cookers can speed up cooking times, produce intense flavours and the tenderest meat. Food is cooked faster and therefore retains more flavour. But if you think of a pressure cooker as the old steam emitting monster that Grandma cooked her corned beef in, it’s time to take a fresh look at this tasty and rapid cooking method. The New Style or Second Generation pressure cooker has largely eliminated escaping steam during cooking and incorporated triple stage locking devices that makes using a pressure cooker completely safe.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
Pressure cookers work in stages. First the food boils without pressure, pushing air out of valve. Once pressure builds the pressure safety pin locks lid closed. Trapped steam builds pressure until desired setting reached and then the food starts cooking.
FEATURES OF THE STOVETOP PRESSURE COOKER:
- Stainless steel
- Internal capacity markings
- Full safety features
- Heavy base
- Most are Induction compatible
- 2 cooking programmes
- Steam cooking programme
- Includes steam basket, trivet and recipe books
- Pouring rim
- Energy saving base
- Colour options
PRESSURE COOKER SAFETY FEATURES:
SAFE CLOSING SYSTEM
This prevents pressure from lifting the lid if it is not properly and completely shut. If the lid is incorrectly positioned, this system will prevent pressure from building up by preventing the locking indicator pin from rising.
SAFE OPENING SYSTEM
When the pressure cooker is under pressure it raises the locking pin indicator, preventing it from opening. The pin can only drop if all pressure is evacuated, and then the lid can be opened.
EXCESS PRESSURE SAFETY FEATURE
A safety system comes into operation if the steam outlet becomes blocked.
Stage 1: Safety valve releases pressure.
Stage 2: Pressure is released by the gasket between the pan and the lid.
Stage 3: Locking indicator pin rises and allows the pressure to be released vertically.
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