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  • Brown function: allows you to brown meat cuts before pressure cooking for better flavor.
  • Steam function: brings water to a boil quickly for steaming foods like fresh vegetables and cooking rice.
  • Slow Cook function: cooks food very slowly to retain flavor and tenderness (9-1/2 hour timer) NOTE: 180°F is the lowest setting on a traditional slow cooker. Many slow cooker recipes require 8 – 9 hours cooking time.
  • Delay Time function: allows you to delay cooking start time up to 8 hours. CAUTION: Perishable foods such as meat, poultry, fish, cheese and other dairy products cannot be left at room temperature for more than 2 hours or no longer than1 hour if room temperature is above 90°F.
Operating Instructions
Notice - All Settings:

• Press ‘START/STOP’ button to clear any previous program before choosing a setting. Inspect Temperature Sensor and bottom of Removable Cooking Pot to make sure these areas are clean.

• Cooker will switch to WARM mode after all cooking functions are completed, except BROWN mode.

• If you forget to select desired cooking time or forget to press ‘START/STOP’ button, display will show “0.0” after 30 seconds and settings will be lost. Repeat function and timing steps to re-program.

Pressure Cooker Setting
Before using your NESCO® Pressure Cooker, check Lid to make sure Rubber Gasket and Pressure Regulator Valve are clean and positioned correctly.

1. Place Removable Cooking Pot into Main Body. Plug cord into standard outlet.

2. Place food into Removable Cooking Pot, according to recipe or chart. NOTE: When cooked under pressure, most foods require a minimum of 1 cup (8 oz.) liquid added.

3. Place Self Locking Lid on Main Body and turn counter-clockwise until it locks into place and Locking Pin ‘clicks’ into place.

4. Turn Pressure Regulator Knob to ‘Pressure’.

5. Choose desired cooking mode by pressing either ‘HIGH’ (10 PSI) or ’LOW’ (5 PSI) pressure button on Control Panel. Check recipe for suggested settings. Indicator light will flash and digital display will show ‘01’ (1 minute of cooking time).

6. Set desired cooking time by pressing ‘HIGH’ button, once for each additional minute or hold down continuously. Maximum cooking time is 99 minutes.

7. Press ‘START/STOP’ button to begin cooking. Indicator light will stop flashing.

8. Cooker will begin to count down (in minutes) and Floating Valve will rise after appropriate cooking pressure has been reached. When time control reaches zero, the Pressure Cooker will beep three times and switch to the WARM setting automatically.

9. When cooking is finished, allow pressure to release by using the ‘natural method’ or immediately using ‘quick release method’ (see below). CAUTION: Hot steam will be ejected when turning Pressure Regulator Knob – be careful!


Pressure Release Methods

Natural Method: After cooking cycle completes, press ‘START/STOP’ button to make sure unit is completely off. Let appliance stand and allow pressure to drop down naturally 10 to 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn Pressure Regulator Knob towards ‘Steam’ in short bursts to make sure all pressure has been released.

Quick Release Method: After cooking cycle completes, press ‘START/STOP’ button to make sure unit is completely off. Turn Pressure Regulator Knob to ‘Steam’ in short bursts and allow pressure to release. CAUTION: KEEP HANDS AND FACE AWAY FROM ESCAPING STEAM AS IT IS EXTREMELY HOT!

WARNING: Do not hold Pressure Regulator Knob. Hot steam/liquid will be ejected. Keep hands and face away from steam vents and use pot holders when removing Cooking Pot or touching any hot items. Never force Lid open until all pressure is released. The Lid will only open after all pressure is released. Remove Lid by lifting it away from you to avoid being scalded by the hot steam.



Warm Setting
This setting will reheat food or keep food warm for a long period of time.
  • Place Removable Cooking Pot in Main Body and add cooked food to be heated.
  • Place Lid on Cooker and lock into place. Plug cord into standard outlet.
  • Turn Pressure Regulator Knob to ‘Steam’.
  • Press ‘WARM’ button on Control Panel. Indicator light will start flashing and display will show “0.0”.
  • (Option: Glass cover may be used in place of lid.)
  • Press ‘START/STOP’ button to begin heating. Indicator light will stop flashing. NOTE: WARM function does not use timed setting.
Brown Setting
This setting is useful for browning cuts of meat and poultry before pressure cooking. This will give them better texture and flavor. Consult recipe for details. Before browning, pat food dry with a paper towel. Make sure oil is hot before adding meat or poultry to cooking pot.
  • Place Removable Cooking Pot in Main Body.
  • Add amount of oil as directed in recipe. Plug cord into standard outlet.
  • Press ‘BROWN’ button on Control Panel. Light will start flashing and display will show “0.0”. Leave Lid off while browning. To prevent spattering, use glass cover on cooker while browning.
  • Press ‘START/STOP’ button to begin heating. Indicator light will stop flashing.
  • Allow to preheat for 1 minute. Then add meat or poultry and begin browning food.
  • While browning, Control Panel will beep 3 times every 10 minutes to alert you it is cooking at a high temperature setting. NOTE: For safety, do not leave the NESCO® Pressure Cooker unattended while browning foods.
Steam Setting
This setting brings water to a boil quickly for steaming foods like fresh vegetables or cooking rice.
  • Place Removable Cooking Pot in Main Body. Plug cord into standard outlet.
  • Place a small, heat-resistant basket, wire rack (included) or trivet in bottom of pot.
  • Add at least 8 oz. water and make sure bottom of rack is above liquid.
  • Place food on rack or trivet. Do not fill pot more than 2/3 full with food. NOTE: If steaming rice, put rice in an 8-inch or smaller bowl and place on rack.
  • Place Lid on Cooker and lock into place. Turn Pressure Regulator Knob to ‘Steam’.
  • Press ‘STEAM’ button on Control Panel. Indicator light will start flashing and display will show “01” (equals 1 minute cooking time).
  • (PC6-25)Set desired steam time by pressing ‘HIGH’ button once for each additional minute or press continuously. Press ‘LOW’ button to decrease cooking minutes.
  • (PC4-14 and PC6-14) Set desired steam time by pressing ‘STEAM’ button once for each additional minute or press continuously.
  • Press ‘START/STOP’ button to begin cooking. Indicator light will stop flashing.
CAUTION: Be careful when removing Lid to check food while unit is cooking. Escaping hot steam can cause serious burns. NEVER put your face directly over cooker when removing Lid.


Slow Cooking Setting
  • Place Removable Cooking Pot in Main Body. Plug cord into standard outlet.
  • Place food inside Cooking Pot according to recipe or chart.
  • Place Lid on Cooker and lock into place.
  • Turn Pressure Regulator Knob to ‘Steam’.
  • Press ‘SLOW COOK’ button on Control Panel. Light will start flashing and display will show “.5” (this means 1/2 hour (30 minutes) cooking time.
  • Set desired slow cook time by pressing ‘SLOW COOK’ button once for each additional 1/2 hour. The longest slow cooking time is 9-1/2 hours at a temperature of 180°F. NOTE: Use slow cooker recipes as a guide only. NESCO® Pressure Cooker may cook foods in less time than indicated in recipe.
  • Press ‘START/STOP’ button to begin cooking. Indicator light will stop flashing.
  • The NESCO® Pressure Cooker will begin to count down in half hour (30 minute) increments after temperature reaches 180°F.
Delay Time Setting
  • The Delay Time function allows you to delay start up to 8 hours, in half hour increments. You can use Delay Time setting with SLOW COOK, STEAM, and HIGH and LOW pressure cooking functions. CAUTION – Perishable foods, such as meat and poultry, fish, cheese and other dairy products, cannot safely be left at room temperature for more than 2 hours, or 1 hour if room temperature is 90°F or higher. When cooking these foods, do not set Delay Time function for more than 1 to 2 hours.
  • Press ‘DELAY TIME’ button. Display will show “0.5” (equals 1/2 hour). Press ‘DELAY TIME’ again until desired amount of delay time is displayed.
  • Select desired cooking mode (HIGH, LOW, STEAM, etc.) and time by pressing appropriate button(s).
  • Press ‘START/STOP’ button and delay time indicator light will turn on.
  • NESCO® Pressure Cooker will begin cooking after delay time has elapsed. Time delay indicator light will turn off.























 
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