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If you have a pressure cooker at home, you are probably using it frequently. This device is so simple to use that you may find yourself turning to it for many recipes.
However, what is the result after a month or two of cooking with it?
A dirty, grimy pressure cooker that smells of all the previous dishes you cooked that needs a deep cleaning.
This simple guide will show you the tips and tricks that every pressure cooker owner should be aware of.
Everything from removing food residue stuck to the pot, to keeping the lid clean and removing odors from the sealing ring and pot in general.
The first step is to clean the inner housing of your pressure cooker -- The portion that houses the non-stick or stainless steel pot.
The cooking pot of your pressure cooker may be made of stainless steel or it could also be a non-stick pot. It can handle a variety of cooking methods, including searing and browning meats, pressure cooking or even making yogurt.
The disadvantage of using one pot for everything is that particles of food and char meat can stick to it. For example, rice is notoriously difficult to work with especially glutinous rice.
For daily cleaning, you can just use a soft sponge and dishwashing liquid to clean the sides before rinsing it clean.
Once every two weeks to a month, depending on your cooking frequency, soak the pot in white vinegar for about 5 minutes before using a sponge to remove any residue and rinsing it clean. The vinegar should significantly soften any residue that should be able to be scrub away easily.
If that still does not work, it’s time to try this Kitchenware Cleaner powder that is safe to use for your pressure cooker pot.
Sprinkle a tablespoon into the pot and pour in boiling water to the top of the pot. Allow it to soak for 15 to 20mins. Pour away the solution and start using a sponge to wipe away any residues. Finish with soap and water and rinse thoroughly.
Oils, fats, liquids, and aromatic spices tend to lodge within the seals and gaskets of the pressure cooker lid. Do you smell the previous dish you cook in your pressure cooker lid even after a week?
Here is a short checklist for keeping it clean:
Remember not to stretch or place the sealing ring into any harsh chemical.
Storage of your pressure cooker
You can store your pressure cooker anywhere you want but remember to store it with the pressure cooker lid upside down and the sealing ring separated so it can air out.
You won’t want any funky smells trapped in the pressure cooker overnight with the lid covered.
Remember to unplug it after every use too.