Are there Safety Concerns Surrounding Pressure Cookers?

Apr 15, 2021 07:20 AM EDT | By Patrick Jones (

Are there Safety Concerns Surrounding Pressure Cookers?

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Cooking is one of life's greatest pleasures, especially when your kitchen is equipped with wonderful gadgets. Using a pressure cooker is one of the most straightforward ways to produce tasty, hearty, and quick meals.

That being said, there are many horror stories regarding pressure cookers. If you are still undecided, let us help clarify your concerns. Let's explore the safety of pressure cookers....

Safe Modern Designs

The pressure cooker is an invention that has been around since the 1970s, so it's safe to say that this design has been modernized since it was first released on the market. The valve which pressurizes the device has been completely redesigned in order to increase safety.

Lid locks and latches were also added to reinforce security measures. These new additions to the cooker's design were implemented to avoid the lid from exploding under pressure. Previously, pressure cookers were created with minimal safety features, however, the modern versions have at least three to four safety mechanisms.

Thorough Testing   

The product testing standards that are required to manufacture a product in 2021, are nowhere near as relaxed as those established in the 1970s. Before the product can be sold and purchased by consumers, it must undergo a series of tests and safety standards. This lets consumers rest assured that they are purchasing a high-quality and safe product.

However, there is always a small possibility that the product you purchase has some sort of manufacturing defect. Despite the thorough testing standards, you may have a chamber or valve that is defective. This is why you should always be careful when cooking. Defective pressure cookers can cause a great deal of damage to both your kitchen and you. The lid could open and injure someone, the hot liquid could spill, or the vent could trap the steam and cause an explosion.

Following Guidelines   

Lastly, in order to guarantee that the pressure cooker is used safely, you must follow the guidelines provided to you by the manufacturer. Make sure to read the booklet before you begin using your pressure cooker. Even if you have had one before, if you purchase a new and different model, it's worth checking out the instruction manual.

Be careful with the hot steam that is released from the pressure cooker. Always approach the device whilst wearing oven mitts and don't touch any part of the cooker with your bare hands. Before you turn on the stove, you want to double-check that all of the safety features (like valves and clamps) are unobstructed and properly in place.

If you want to make food that will sing to your soul, you will definitely need to invest in a pressure cooker. Nevertheless, many people have safety concerns regarding this device. As long as you follow the safety and manufacturer guidelines you should be able to operate this device easily. However, there is always a slim chance that your product could be defective, in which case you should always approach with caution.

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