Pressure Cooking Tips
- Tips and How To's
Mealtime has never been easier with an all-in-one appliance that’s ready when you are. With the capability to cook recipes in less than an hour, your Crock-Pot® Express Crock Multi-Cooker can cook hundreds of types of dishes. Use these tips to master pressure cooking:
Tip 1: Cook in the Express Crock Multi-Cooker
The Crock-Pot® Cooking Pot is designed for the multi-cooker only. Do not use on the stovetop or in the microwave or oven. Don’t forget to unplug the cooker when you’re not using it.
Pro tip – Once cooking is complete, always place a trivet or pot holder under the Crock-Pot® Cooking Pot if removed from the heating base.
Tip 2: Make sure you add enough liquid
Pressure cookers generate steam to build pressure, and you need liquid to create steam. So, for your Express Crock Multi-cooker to build enough pressure to cook your meal, there needs to be enough liquid in the pot to boil and generate steam. One cup – or 8 oz. – of liquid (water, chicken broth, etc.) is usually enough to build pressure successfully.
If you see an E6 error, your Crock-Pot® Express Crock Multi-Cooker hasn’t detected enough liquid to pressurize.
Tip 3: Lock before cooking
To ensure the lid is fastened in a locked position, place the lid on the multi-cooker and make sure the downward-facing arrow (on the lid) aligns with the unlocked symbol. To lock, turn counterclockwise, so the downward-facing arrow aligns with the locked symbol.
Tip 4: Take advantage of all the settings
Instead of cooking all meal ingredients together, make sure each entrée and side is prepared the correct setting. When cooking, use the brown/sauté mode to brown your meat and then sauté any onions and garlic. Then, you can add raw rice and other ingredients and use the rice/risotto pressure mode.
Pro Tip – Never fill the Cooking Pot past the MAX line.
Tip 5: Release the right way There are two ways to release the steam valve once cooking is complete. A pin will go down when the pressure is released.
For high-liquid content (soup, stews, etc.) or rice, use the “Natural Release Method” and wait at least 10 minutes after cooking is complete to rotate the “Steam Release Valve.”
For most other foods, use the Quick Pressure Release Method.
Pro tip - When removing the lid, use a pot holder to grasp the lid handle and lift away from your body to allow steam to escape.
Tip 6: Clean appropriately
Once you enjoy your meal, place the cooking pot in the dishwasher or wash the pot by hand. If you use ingredients with strong odors, we recommend removing and soaking the lid-gasket seal in vinegar or bleach water to eliminate the odor.
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