Cooking with pressure cookers is unbelievably easy. With this being said, we have to know the do’s and don’ts of pressure cooker usage. Find out what you should and should not do with pressure cookers below.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Pressure Cookers

Cooking has never been easier thanks to pressure cookers. The ultimate invention in cookware, pressure cookers cut time and effort in preparing meals. Flexible enough to accommodate our cultural dishes, pressure cookers are immensely popular in Singapore. The ability to sear, boil, roast, simmer, and broil food to perfection is simply beautiful. This is why most homes in Singapore have at least one pressure cooker.

Unfortunately, not many people know how to properly use a pressure cooker. As the name suggests, pressure cookers cook food under immense compression due to a vacuum-sealed ballast-type pot. Due to this, there are a couple of do’s and don’ts we should know before using one. Here are some tips on how to use pressure cookers.

DO NOT open the lid while food is cooking

Do you want to know what it feels like to have boiling food fly out of a pot? That’s what happens when you open a pressure cooker while the food is cooking. Time for a little science lesson. Due to the immense pressure, opening the pot will result in a sudden release of pressure outward. As the pressure is released, the food follows the flow of compressed air outward and BANG!, you have a food explosion! The best thing to do would be to release some compressed air through the nozzle on the top of your lid and turn off the fire.

DO NOT use a scrub on the inner surface

Most pots these days have an interior coated with non-stick metal. This is a thin layer of coating that prevents food stains and rust from developing. Unfortunately, this protective layer can wear off with the use of a scrub or abrasive washing sponge. As we in Singapore generally use sponges equipped with scrubs to rub away tough stains, we may tend to use it on our pressure cooker. One way to avoid this would be to let the pressure cooker soak in some liquid detergent for about half an hour before washing it with a soft sponge.

DO read the manual before using the pressure cooker

Just as with any other electrical appliance, using a pressure cooker requires the right method. It is best that you go through the user’s manual to know what the pressure cooker’s components are. Find out how you can effectively use this wonderful machine to create your favourite delicacies. It is also essential to know what types of food can be cooked in the pressure cooker as not all food can be prepared with the same method. What you could do would be to find some recipes (both traditional, western, and fusion) to try out using the pressure cooker.

Now that you know the simple do’s and don’ts of pressure cookers, you might want to get one of your own. The biggest brands of pressure cookers in Singapore are Philips, Midea, Tefal, Breville, and Milux. Given their established reputation, you definitely can’t go wrong with these top brands.

What are the best pressure cookers in Singapore?

Having an electric pressure cooker at home can save you time from keeping a close eye on the gas stove as well as cleaning dishes. With so many pressure cooker recipes available online, it is evident that many people find pressure cookers useful for homecooked meals. Here’s a list of the top 7 pressure cookers you can purchase in Singapore that make cooking a breeze:

  1. Philips Viva Collection All-In-One Cooker HD2137 - Multiple one-click cooking menus (slow cook, stew, boil soup, cook rice, steam, etc.), automatic keep-warm feature
  2. Midea Pressure Cooker MY-YL50 - even heat distribution, large capacity that accommodates food for up to 10 pax
  3. Mayer MMPC1650 Mini Pressure Cooker - 8 preset menus, 1.6L capacity, compact and affordable, suits small families and couples
  4. Sona SPC2501 Digital Pressure Cooker - 7 preset menus, 6L capacity, super affordable, easy-to-clean non-stick pot
  5. Joyoung Electric Pressure Cooker JYY-50C2 - quick pressure build-up, suitable for boiling soup (ready to be served in 30 minutes), value for money
  6. Philips Pressure & Slow Cooker HD2145 - multiple cooking programs, customisable of up to 3 programs, accurate temperature control, add ingredients halfway through cooking
  7. Instant Pot Duo V2 Electric Pressure Cooker - 10 safety mechanisms, 14 cooking programs, automatic keep-warm feature, 3 temperatures, customisable menus

Where to buy Instant Pot in Singapore?

Currently, there are no retail stores that offer Instant Pot pressure cookers in Singapore. However, you can find the pressure cooker brand on Shopee and Qoo10, which costs around S$349 to S$387.

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