So you just bought a new Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot. Reading all these pressure cooker recipes, you are now confused.What is an Instant Pot Natural Release and Instant Pot Quick Release?
NO ONE told us a Quick Release looks like a steam volcano!?What is a 12-minute Natural Release? Why not 11 minutes?
How? When? What does it all mean?!
If you want to:
Avoid making a big mess in your kitchen…
Cook your meal to perfection…
Know when and how to pressure release: Quick Release or Natural Release?
Persuade your dear wife or husband to buy another Instant Pot…
then read on 🙂
Here’s the Deal:
Quick Pressure Release (QPR or QR) & Natural Pressure Release (NPR or NR) are 2 methods to release pressure of your Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot.
It is super easy to master these 2 pressure release methods.
First, let’s learn a few basics of your pressure cooker’s lid:
Look closely at your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker’s lid. There’s a Floating Valve (metal pin) and a Venting Knob.
Noticed the Sealing Position and Venting Position on the lid?
How to do a Pressure Cooker Quick Release?
After the cooking cycle finished, carefully move the venting knob from Sealing Position to Venting Position to quickly release the pressure inside the pressure cooker.
Usually it takes a few minutes to release all the pressure. Wait until the Floating Valve (metal pin) completely drops before opening the lid.
The steam shooting out maybe intimidating at first. Using a wooden spoon or wear oven mitt/silicone glove to move the Venting Knob may help. You will get used to it 🙂
What’s the advantage?
Quick Pressure Release is great for quickly stopping the cooking process to prevent overcooking. It’s ideal for food such as quick-cooking vegetables (e.g broccoli, bok choy, corn, etc.) and delicate seafood (e.g salmon, crab, lobster, etc.)
What’s the catch?
Not suitable for food with large liquid volume or high starch content (e.g. porridge, congee, soup, etc.). Food content may splatter out from the Pressure Release Valve.
Foamy food may clog the Pressure Release Valve.
Food, especially beans may break apart due to the sudden change in pressure/temperature.
If the recipe is designed for Natural Pressure Release, the food may come out undercooked.
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