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My nu wave pressure cooker has continuous steam coming from knob and it has almost no liquid when it is finished cooking.

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Paula deen pressure cooker. Can I use it for slow cooking? What is temp of keep warm? Could put lid on loose. Also, timing notches are mixed into keep warm button. I overcooked my first batch


A pressure cooker is NOT anything close to a slow cooker. The cooking philosophy are practically totally opposites. A pressure cooker basically cooks your food in a fraction of time because it is under pressure. A slow cooker takes hours.

The whole idea of using a pressure cooker is that it is sealed and applies pressure to cook the food faster. The lid needs to be sealed for the pressure cooker to operate properly. It is frequently referred to as "infusion" cooking now days.

You need to read the instruction book that came with the pressure cooker. Pressure cookers usually cook for less than an hour--my homemade pressure cooker spaghetti sauce is cooked in less than 30 minutes. They are nice and were very popular long before anyone thought of microwaves and slow cookers. However, there are some precautions to be taken. There must be water or liquid in a pressure cooker. The rubber seal needs to be cleaned frequently and, when the rubber seal warps/stretches and no longer seals, it needs to be replaced. There are also certain foods that CANNOT be cooked in a pressure cooker like rice, dry beans, etc. The pressure control valve operates to regulate the amount of pressure and releases extra pressure otherwise the unit would blow up (very dangerous!). Most pressure cookers (required on all new ones) have a small rubber emergency stopper that will "blow off" in case the pressure is too high. I've seen this happen and my mother cleaning potatoes & meat from the ceiling!

Mar 03, 2017 | Crock Pots & Slow Cookers

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Should the lid be a tight fit or loose


Most crock pots are made of porous ceramic and is relatively brittle. It is glazed on all sides (except the bottom usually), to make it hold liquids without absorption. The lids, usually glass or thermoplastic, sit of top, but do not usually fit tightly as this could crack the crock. Also, it is not a pressure cooker, so you want excess steam to vent. The lid just keeps the heat inside and allows condensation to drip back into the crock, reducing the speed at which the fluids cook off, thus the term slow cooker.

Nov 06, 2015 | Hamilton Beach Crock Pots & Slow Cookers

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Steam release valve is not very tight....very loose. how do you install it?


I posted the same question, as I was very nervous about the loose fitting steam release valve. I thought for sure it was defective. I have never used a pressure cooker before and I think most people are nervous the first time. I finally called customer service and was told this is how it is supposed to be. It's supposed to be loose, and the lid won't fit tightly. Everything works out fine when you start the cooker. The valve tightens up and the lid fits securely. Keep in mind also that it takes quite some time for the cook cycle to begin. When it took so long to start the actual cooking, I thought yes, I was right, this one is defective. But I cooked a perfect turkey breast and am continuing on to make turkey soup. I hope I have helped, as there doesn't seem to be anybody who wants to share their knowledge with us newbies!

Feb 08, 2011 | Wolfgang Puck 5-Quart Electronic Pressure...

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Do you lock the lid while cooking?


make sure u DO NOT lock the clips while cooking, its not a pressure cooker. if you lock the lid the heat and pressure from whatever you are cooking causes an air-tight seal and the lid will shatter or the ceramic pot it self will crack...

Nov 29, 2010 | Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Stay or Go...

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Steam is coming out from the floating lock pin but the timer is counting down. should steam be escaping while cooking under pressure?


Yes, otherwise the cooker would blow up from the pressure. This was a common problem with pressure cookers used on a stove from many years ago. Hope this helps!

Sep 26, 2010 | Wolfgang Puck 5-Quart Electronic Pressure...

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Steam coming out of floating valve on handle.


No. if the steam is coming out, the vent valve is not seated on the vent and pressure won't build up. Either remove the plastic cover from the vent valve or slide it up enough so that the valve seals on the vent. If you remove the plastic cap, you will need to manually tilt the valve to "quick-vent" the cooker. Watch out for steam burns! Should work fine after that. You need to unplug the cooker and re-plug it to reset the "E4" error message.

Jan 16, 2010 | Wolfgang Puck 5-Quart Electronic Pressure...

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Steam escapes from pressure cooker


the gaskets are junk , i had to toss one myself i used one time then stored for a year and the gasket went bad , mine came from hsn when i called them ,there where no parts made for it . so out it went cheep china junk . sorry , good luck

Jan 14, 2009 | Wolfgang Puck 5-Quart Electronic Pressure...

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