How to Use a Stovetop or Electric Pressure Cooker in 5 easy steps!

Think pressure cooking is complicated? No way! Here are our instructions on how to use either a stovetop or electric pressure cooker in just 5 steps.

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Pressure cooking takes 1/3 the time of conventional cooking, it saves the most nutrition and it’s safe and easy, too!  Here’s how to do it.

How to use Electric Pressure Cookers

  1.  Add food plus 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) of liquid into the pressure cooker. NOTE: Maximum fill  is 1/2 full for beans & grains; 2/3 full for everything else.
  2. Close the lid and position the valve to the correct setting
  3. Choose cooking program and time.
  4. Display counts-down cooking time
  5. Release pressure!  NOTE: Keep fingers out of the way from the steam & tilt the lid away from you.

How to use Stovetop Pressure Cookers

  1.  Add food plus 1 cup (250 ml) of liquid into the pressure cooker. NOTE: Maximum fill  is 1/2 full for beans & grains; 2/3 full for everything else.
  2. Close the lid and position the valve to the correct setting
  3. Select pressure setting and turn heat to HIGH (use MEDIUM on induction).
  4. When pressure is reached, lower heat to maintain pressure & start timer to count cook time.
  5. Release pressure!  NOTE: Keep fingers out of the way from the steam & tilt the lid away from you.

Inside the Pressure Cooker 

This process usually takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes..

  • Food boils without pressure, pushing air out of the valve,
  • Pressure safety pin locks closed,
  • Trapped steam builds pressure until  the desired setting is reached reached

Read your pressure cooker’s instruction manual and follow the safety precautions.  If you need help, join us at the hippressurecooking.com forums!