Mirro Matic Pressure Cookers

The Mirro matic pressure cookers are some of the most popular cookers used in North America and globally.

While you are assured of the quality of these products, the real challenge is being able to use them effectively.

This can be a huge challenge for the first timers. If you are used to traditional cooking style, the quick cooking times of the pressure cooker can be something that you find tough to adapt to.

This is where getting some basics of how to use Mirro matic pressure cooker can be useful.

How to use Mirro matic pressure cooker

Check the vent

The most important safety check for any cooker is its vent. If this is clogged the excess cannot escape and it creates a major safety concern.

Fortunately, you need not follow an elaborate procedure to check it. Just hold the lid in the hand and see through the vent.

If you can see the light on the other side clearly, the vent is clean.

Load the cooker

Now you can add the food to the cooker and pour the required amount of water. It is always better to overcook your food slightly than under cook it.

So if you are using some standard recipes, it does no harm to add a little bit more water initially

Close the lid

For most newbies this is the toughest part with pressure cooking.

To do this right, place the gasket properly in the slot provided on the lid. Then place the lid on the cooker and ensure there is sufficient separation between the handle parts on the lid and the cooker body.

Now press the lid and rotate it clockwise till the two grips align themselves perfect. The new gaskets can cause a bit of problem and you may have to press hard to ensure that the handles lock.

Pressure Settings

If your MirroMatic pressure cooker has multiple pressure settings then ensure that you have got that right.

Most cookers have three settings: low, medium and high. For cooking grains, you need to have that set at high

Procedure to open the cooker after you cook the food

With all these set, you can now place the cooker on high heat and cook the food.

If your pressure cooker has a pressure control, you could see it jiggle around for a while.

Also you may see some steam escape from near the handle. However you need not worry, these are regular behaviour.

After cooking the food for the prescribed time, you need to follow the procedure to open the cooker.

  • Shut down the heat and place the cooker on a cooler surface. You could more it to another position on the range that is cold or place it on a coaster on the table. Let it cool. If you were cooking vegetables at low pressure you can speed up the cooling by placing it under cold water too.
  • Once the cooker cools sufficiently, the pressure inside will reduce. If your cooker has a pressure control, try to push it down. If it stay down then you know it is safe to open the cooker, else wait for some more time.
  • Now turn the handles in counter clockwise direction to open the cooker.

You food is ready to be eaten or processed further. Enjoy a nutritious and wholesome meal.

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