Table of Contents
- 1 How To Open A Jammed Pressure Cooker Lid
- 1.1 Remove The Pressure Cooker From Heat Source
- 1.2 Place A Towel on Top of The Pressure Cooker
- 1.3 Ensure All Pressure Is Released From The Pot
- 1.4 Try To Open The Pressure Cooker Lid
- 1.5 Frequently Asked Questions
- 1.6 6 Great Pressure Cookers
How To Open A Jammed Pressure Cooker Lid
Pressure cookers are great tools for cooking, but what happens if you find your pressure cooker lid jammed? This is a common problem when using pressure cookers. In fact, it’s one of the most frequently asked questions on pressure cooker forums and websites.
If you’ve ever had a jammed lid on your pressure cooker, then you know how frustrating this situation can be. You’re ready to serve dinner or complete another task around the house only to find yourself unable to access your food because of a jammed lid. The worst part is, there doesn’t seem to be any way to solve the problem apart from waiting for all remaining heat in the pot to dissipate (which could take an hour depending upon how much liquid was inside).
Luckily there is a way to get around this problem! To safely open a pressure cooker with a sticky lid, turn off the heat source and allow any remaining steam to release naturally. Then use these steps below to remove the cover without damaging your pot or injuring yourself!
Remove The Pressure Cooker From Heat Source
Pressure cookers are an excellent tool for cooking foods quickly and conveniently, but the lid may become stuck for several reasons. Whatever the reason for it sticking, you want to make sure that you have removed it from the heat source to ensure the internal pressure is no longer building up.
Once you have removed the pressure cooker from the heat source the next thing you want to do is ensure that all the steam and pressure have been released from the pot.
Ensure All Pressure Is Released From The Pot
Suppose your pressure cooker doesn’t have an automatic release valve. In that case, the only way to open it is by releasing the pressure manually using the pressure regulator weight, safety plug, or quick-release valve.
This procedure can be dangerous because escaping steam will burn you badly if not handled properly.
Try To Open The Pressure Cooker Lid
Once all of the excess steam has escaped from underneath the lid, it is time to try and remove it. With the towel and mitt still in place, try and open the pressure cooker as usual if this does not work, place some pressure around the edges and try to open simultaneously.
If you have a stovetop pressure cooker (not electric) and the lid is still stuck, you could try placing it in the sink and running some cold water on the lid. This should work!
If, however, this does not work or you have an electric pressure cooker, try tapping on the edges of the appliance with a rubber mallet or something that will not damage it. Then try pushing down on the lid and opening.
As a last resort, I have found that closing all the release valves and putting the pressure cooker back on the heat source to build up pressure may help loosen the lid.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you want to release the pressure on your cooker, there are two popular methods. One is called quick release and works in about 2 minutes, whereas natural release can take up to 30 minutes.
You will know your pressure cooker quick release is complete when you see/hear the float valve dropdown. You may now open the pressure cooker safely.
Pressure cooker failure rates are pretty low. There's no difference between their failure rate and other household appliances like blenders or coffee makers!
Pressure cookers have a reputation for being unreliable. Many people don't trust the safety of pressure cookers, and they avoid them altogether, believing that they are likely to break often or explode.
While there is a slight chance of your pressure cooker breaking, it's not something you should be worried about at all.
Your pressure cooker's life is dependant on the type of pressure cooker you purchase and how you maintain it.
By keeping your pressure cooker clean and storing it correctly, you'll be able to prolong its life. For example, always ensure no food residue is left on the lid inside by washing it immediately after each use.
Most stovetop pressure cookers can last 20 years or more if maintained correctly, whereas electric pressure cookers, on average, tend to last between 5 - 10 years if used frequently.
It would be best if you replaced your gasket roughly every 2-3 years. If your gasket starts to leak or crack before this, then it's time for a replacement. You'll know when this happens because there will be water leaking from under the lid in between cycles while you're using the pressure cooker. Other signs that indicate that you need a new gasket include if steam escapes from under the lid after reaching maximum pressure or if you notice any discoloration on your gasket (this could mean mold has grown underneath).
The gasket is the part of your pressure cooker that creates an airtight seal to build up pressure and steam inside the pot. Over time, it will start to wear down as it gets used and heated up repeatedly, so it is natural for this part to be replaced more than others.