Before You Cook
Place the pressure cooker on a dry, level, stable surface such as a countertop.
Remove all packing material.
Carefully wash the base in the dishwasher or in warm, sudsy water with a nonabrasive sponge. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
Wash the lid and the silicone gasket in warm sudsy water. Ensure the lid is “open” when cleaning to avoid water accumulation in the lid. Always remove the gasket when hand washing the components of the pressure cooker lid.
Rinse and dry thoroughly.
Lightly coat the entire gasket with cooking oil, such as olive oil or vegetable oil, after every time you wash the pressure cooker. This extends the life of thegasket and also helps seal the gasket between the lid and the base.
Safe for use on gas, electric, electric coil, ceramic, and induction cook tops
Choose a cooking surface that matches the diameter of the pressure cooker base or is slightly smaller.
Avoid sliding the pressure cooker on glass-top ceramic surfaces.
Electric cook top users: Electric cook top elements hold their heat more than gas or induction during this process, making it take longer to reduce from high heat to a simmer. So, use medium heat (instead of high) for warming the pressure cooker contents to the point of steaming. Continue, as directed, by reducing to a lower temperature that maintains a steady level of steam.
Loading the Pressure Cooker
Prepare the Ingredients
In general, for even cooking results, cut quicker-cooking ingredients into larger pieces and slower-cooking ingredients into smaller pieces..
Place Food in Base
Fill the pressure cooker base no more than 2/3 full. The maximum fill line in the pressure cooker should never be exceeded.
When cooking foods that expand during cooking such as rice or dried vegetables, or when making soups or stocks, do not fill over ½ full.
The pressure cooker does not work well for foods that foam or froth while cooking. Do not use the pressure cooker to cook foods such as pasta, applesauce, cranberries, pearl barley, oatmeal or other cereals, split peas, noodles, macaroni, rhubarb or spaghetti.
Do not rush the preheating process by using high heat.
Follow your recipe regarding how much liquid to add. NEVER use less than ½ cup liquid. If the approximate cooking time is more than 10 minutes, use 2 cups of liquid.
Over-filling the pressure cooker base may cause a risk of clogging the vent pipe and developing excess pressure. Excess steam may cause burns if the pressure cooker is overfilled.
Secure the Lid
Make sure the silicone gasket is positioned around the underside of the lid. Center the lid on the base and press the One Button Lock to attach the two pieces together. (Note: The lid does not need to thread into place or be positioned using a certain orientation to attach securely.)
Never use the pressure cooker without the gasket in place. If the gasket is worn or damaged and does not create a proper seal between the lid and the base, replace it. Contact Calphalon Customer Service at 1-800-809-7267 or visit www.calphalon.com to purchase a replacement gasket.
Butter or Oil
Use the ‘butter test’ to determine whether your pan is hot enough for sautéing. Simply wipe a dab of butter on the bottom of the pan. If it bubbles briskly without burning, your pan is perfectly preheated.
Allow the oil or butter to heat for a minute before adding food to the pan.
Oven & Broiler Use
Not safe for Oven or Broiler use.
Short handles, high cooking temperatures and long cooking times can cause handles to get hot on the stovetop.
Safe for use with all utensils.
Once the Pressure Indicator pops up and steam is releasing in a steady stream, begin the cooking time.
Cleaning & Care
Cool the pressure cooker completely.
Once the steam is completely released, the Pressure Indicator is down, and the Pressure Valve is no longer emitting steam, the lid is ready to be removed.
Disassembling the Pressure Cooker
Press the One Button Unlock to release the lid from the base. Lift the lid being careful to direct any residual heat and steam away from your face.
Store or discard the remaining contents in the pressure cooker.
Carefully wash the base in the dishwasher OR in warm, sudsy water. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
Hand wash the lid and the silicone gasket in warm sudsy water. Always remove the gasket when washing the components of the pressure cooker lid. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
Lightly coat the entire gasket with cooking oil, such as olive oil or vegetable oil, after every time you wash the pressure cooker. This extends the life of the gasket and also helps seal the gasket between the lid and the base.
To maintain the look of the stainless steel, and remove cooked-on grease, we recommend using Bar Keeper’s Friend with a non-abrasive sponge or cloth.
Make sure the pressure cooker is clean and dry.
Invert the lid and place it upside down on top of the base for storage.
Storing the pressure cooker sealed with the gasket in place could cause odors.