• To ensure best cooking performance when pressure cooking, always make sure the recipe calls for at least 1 cup (8 oz.) of water or other liquid so enough steam can be generated to create pressure.
• When using HIGH or LOW pressure settings, timer will not start counting ‘down’ until sufficient steam pressure is generated.
• When pressure cooking, if you are not sure how much cooking time is necessary, it is better to ‘under’ cook. Then use “quick release” method, remove Lid and check for doneness.
• Never fill Removable Cooking Pot more than half full with food or 2/3 full with liquid. The NESCO® Pressure Cooker must have enough liquid to create steam or food will not cook properly.
• If the Pressure Cooker and other appliance(s) are plugged into same electrical outlet, an electrical overload may occur, causing the circuit breaker to open. Make sure the Pressure Cooker is plugged into a separate 120 volt electrical outlet.
• Tougher, less expensive cuts of meats are better suited for your NESCO® Pressure Cooker because steam pressure helps break down tough fibers in meat making it more tender and palatable.
• Fresh fruit should be cooked under low pressure.
• When pressure cooking beans, add a teaspoon of oil to water to reduce amount of foaming.
• Use handy Glass Lid to cover cooking pot to prevent spattering when browning cuts of meat or warming foods.
• Any liquid such as oils, oil-based marinades and dressings should not be used in NESCO® Pressure Cooker.
• Liquids that contain water can be used when pressure cooking. These include wine, beer, stocks, tomato and other vegetable and fruit juices. Wine must be mixed with an equivalent amount of water because it evaporates quickly during cooking.
NOTE: The boiling point of water decreases as altitude increases, and this changes your Pressure Cooker’s performance. When pressure cooking at higher altitudes, the following will apply: Add 5% to cooking time for every 1,000 feet above first 2,000 feet.
Example: At 3,000 feet add 5%; 4,000 feet add 10%; 5,000 feet add 15%; etc.
Remember, the longer you cook, the more liquid needs to be added to the Pressure Cooker.