Pressure Cooker FAQs: How do they work and how do you use them?
What is a pressure cooker?
We stock a unique selection of pressure cookers. Subtle differences between each model should help you to find a suitable choice regardless of your niche, so it’s worth learning more about pressure cookers before you choose one. Any pressure cooker works as a tightly sealed chamber, generating and trapping steam as its contents are heated up. As they accumulate, water molecules forming the steam start to accumulate and increase the pressure inside. Thanks to their size and versatility, pressure cookers are ideal for batch cooking, particularly through braising and stewing. From our Twist ‘n' Lock Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker to our best-selling High Dome Iconic Aluminium Pressure Cooker, all of our innovative pressure cookers share the same fundamental technologies. Durable, high-quality materials mean that all of our pressure cookers perform with unrivalled functionality and sleek design – and they’re easy to clean, too.
How does a pressure cooker work?
With so many new cooking technologies from which to choose, it’s worth knowing what makes pressure cookers stand out. The science behind pressure cookers is impressive but surprisingly simple, achieved by the boiling point of water being dependent on air pressure. As the pressure increases, so does the boiling point of water. By creating a much higher internal pressure than a regular pan, a Prestige pressure cooker rapidly accelerates cooking times without running any risk of burning the food. Plus, since a pressure cooker is sealed, there’s little opportunity for crucial compounds that make up aromas and flavours to escape. The result? With a pressure cooker, you can quickly learn to create tasty, nutritious meals that require little-to-no interference while cooking.
How do you use your pressure cooker?
A pressure cooker is a fantastic time-saving device, meaning that you’ll never have to prepare and cook in a hurry to enjoy a nutritious meal. From flavoursome casseroles to tender, succulent meat and creamy, rich risottos, a top-of-the-range Prestige pressure cooker yields endless possibilities. Our durable, non-stick pressure cookers come with locking lids so, once you’ve added your ingredients to the pan, you won’t need to check on your food or worry about any sauces boiling over. Don’t forget to use a timer: because pressure cookers are so efficient, just a couple of minutes could make the difference between perfectly cooked or quite overdone. Before cooking meat in your pressure cooker, we’d recommend browning it in a frying pan beforehand to add a deep, robust flavour profile to any recipe. You can find out more about learning how to use your pressure cooker in our handy Help & FAQs section.
What can you cook in a pressure cooker?
If you’re wondering what to cook in a pressure cooker, you’ll be pleased to hear that it’s easy to make a wide range of delicious dishes in your new induction, non-stick or stainless steel pressure cooker. You can also easily convert your favourite recipes if you’re struggling to find a pressure-cooker-specific recipe for a meal that you’ve been craving. Prestige pressure cookers cook foods up to 70% faster so, as a general rule of thumb, food cooks in around a third of the usual time.
At Prestige, we love helping you to push boundaries in your kitchen. Our helpful tutorial video demonstrates how you can make wholesome meals within minutes using our 6 Litre Quick and Easy Aluminium Pressure Cooker, an excellent, entry-level pressure cooker complete with our accessories set. All you need to do is unbox your pressure cooker and give it a wash – then you’ll be ready to go.
Can a pressure cooker be used as a slow cooker?
Pressure cookers are intended to save cooking time and therefore operate very differently to slow cookers. We would never recommend attempting to cook meals in your pressure cooker for an extended period of time, regardless of the heat setting that you choose, nor leaving your pressure cooker unattended. In any kitchen, it’s important to ensure appropriate pressure-cooker safety at home to guarantee the longevity of your Prestige pressure cooker, keeping it pristine for as long as possible.