How hot does a pressure cooker get?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how hot does a pressure cooker get?” with an in-depth analysis of to which extent the pressure cooker gets hot. Moreover, we are going to discuss the working process and uses of a pressure cooker as well as the difference between the pressure cooker and the pressure canners. 

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How hot does a pressure cooker get?

The pressure cooker gets hot to about 250 degrees Fahrenheit with its highest pressure setting of 15 pounds per square ( psi ), which aids in reduced cooking time. 

The pressure cooker can achieve temperatures of 250 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas the boiling point of water is 212 degrees Fahrenheit. This increased temperature, combined with steam, results in extremely quick cooking times.

Pressure cooker pressures and temperatures

Gauge pressure (rel. to sea level)Temperature Appr. cooking time (compared to boiling)
0 bar ( 0 psi)100 °C (212 °F)100%
0.1 bar (1.5 psi)103 °C (217 °F)80%
0.2 bar (2.9 psi)105 °C (221 °F)70%
0.3 bar (4.4 psi)107 °C (225 °F)61%
0.4 bar (5.8 psi)110 °C (230 °F)50%
0.5 bar (7.3 psi)112 °C (234 °F)43%
0.6 bar (8.7 psi)114 °C (237 °F)38%
0.7 bar (10 psi)116 °C (241 °F)33%
0.8 bar (12 psi)117 °C (243 °F)31%
0.9 bar (13 psi)119 °C (246 °F)27%
1.0 bar (15 psi)121 °C (250 °F)23%

Working of pressure cooker

In the pressure cooker, you can prepare any type of food. Anything that can be cooked in water or steam. 

The right amount of liquid, together with the right amount of food, is required for pressure cooking. The most important thing to remember when cooking in a pressure cooker is to keep the unit sealed. When the heat in the pressure cooker rises, it produces steam, which is trapped inside the vacuum-sealed pot and cooks the food.

Moreover, when it comes to the pressure cooker, it works by creating heat under a tight seal, so the temperature is much higher than the boiling point of water and the steam can’t escape. The steam cooks food more quickly than traditional stovetop or oven cooking.

Uses of pressure cooker

When you use a pressure cooker, you can cook dried pulses and beans without soaking them, and you can buy inexpensive pieces of meat without spending hours tenderizing them by cooking.

How to turn off the pressure cooker?

If you’ve ever used a pressure cooker, you’ll be familiar with how to turn it off. 

The first thing you should do is allow the pressure cooker to cool down. If you open the top of the pressure cooker without first cooling it down, the steam that has accumulated in the pressure cooker can blow out and burn your skin.

What are the health benefits of cooking food in the pressure cooker?

Pressure cooking can help to minimize some dietary contaminants. A Korean study of aflatoxins in rice (related to the Aspergillus fungus) found that pressure cooking reduced aflatoxin concentrations to 32% of the amount found in raw rice, compared to 77% from conventional cooking.

Foods unsuitable for pressure cooking

Most foods can be cooked in a pressure cooker; however, some foods are not suitable for cooking in a pressure cooker because they can expand excessively, froth, and splutter, potentially clogging the steam vent and creating a dangerous condition. 

Noodles, pasta, cranberries, cereals, and oatmeal, for example, are examples of items that cannot be cooked in a pressure cooker.

Difference between the pressure cooker and the pressure canner

Pressure cookers and pressure canners are not the same things, and they should not be used interchangeably. 

It’s important to remember that you can use a pressure canner as a pressure cooker, but you can’t use a pressure cooker as a pressure canner since it’s dangerous to your health.

Pressure canners are able to reach 240 degrees Fahrenheit (115.5 degrees Celsius) in order to inactivate the spores that cause botulism poisoning, but pressure cookers are variable and frequently do not reach that temperature.

You can read about botulism here.

Conclusion 

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how hot does a pressure cooker get?” with an in-depth analysis of to which extent the pressure cooker gets hot. Moreover, we discussed the working process and uses of a pressure cooker as well as the difference between the pressure cooker and the pressure canners. 

Citations 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pressure_cooking
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-food-cook-faster-pressure-cooker.html

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.