Microwave pressure cookers are a great help for those who want to have a home-cooked meal but might not have the time to make one. In a pressure cooker, food and liquid is sealed inside the cooker, then heated. The Nordic Ware microwave pressure cooker works similar to hob models. When heat is applied, steam pressure builds up inside the cooker and cooks the food rapidly. There is a pressure release valve on the top of the cooker that lets some steam escape during cooking to prevent the cooker from exploding.
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Place liquid, such as stock, broth or water, in the pressure cooker.
Layer meats and vegetables in the pressure cooker.
Secure the lid onto the pressure cooker. Move the steam release valve to see if it feels gummy; if it does, clean it. If it does not, it is working correctly. Ensure the lid is on tight, then place the pressure cooker into the microwave.
Turn on the microwave for your recipe's recommended period of time.
Let the pressure cooker sit in the microwave for several minutes after the oven has turned off. This lets the rest of the steam escape and allows the pressure to come down inside the cooker.
Remove the lid once the pressure has returned to normal. The cooker will be quiet, and no more steam will be escaping. This can take 20 to 30 minutes. The food continues to cook during this time, so don't rush the cooling process -- this can result in food that is not cooked properly.
Tips and warnings
- Nordic Ware has recipes with detailed instructions that come with the pressure cooker.
- Never open a pressure cooker while it is under pressure. Serious injury can result.
- Nordic Ware recommends never filling the pressure cooker more than two-thirds full. The remaining space is for steam expansion. Overfilling might cause the cooker to work improperly.
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