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How To Stop Pressure Cooker Burning On Bottom?

By Lori Walker | Fact checked by Jamie Feit, MS, RD | Updated on April 13, 2022

Are you facing the same problem that I faced when cooking in a pressure cooker? Whatever I cooked stuck to the bottom of the pot that eventually burnt my cooker. If you’re facing the same issue and desperately want to know how to stop pressure cooker burning on bottom, this guide is for you.

The simple tricks I followed helped me stop burning my cooker on the bottom and cooked the food nicely. So, if you follow the same tricks, you’ll also get relieved from burning the pressure cooker bottom. So, continue reading!

why does my pressure cooker burn on the bottom?

If the pressure cooker burns bottom, there is uneven heat distribution. But the pressure cookers that were released in recent years provide equal heat distribution. Yet, the food is burning and sticking to the bottom.

It’s because once you load the cooker with food, you have to seal the pot. So, you can’t stir the food. When there is short of water-based liquid in the pot, the cooker might become overheat, and then guess what?

The food starts sticking to the cooker’s base that eventually burns the bottom of the pressure cooker. 

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how do i keep the bottom of my pressure cooker from burning

I’ve described some key points below. If you follow these notes when cooking in a pressure cooker, you can minimize your food and pot’s burning. Let’s check them out:

How to stop pressure cooker burning on the bottom

Read the user manual:

You should read the user manual of your pressure cooker though it seems like a tedious task. It’s because you will find some helpful information in it about the cooker.

For example, it could be the instructions about adjusting the heat, recommended cooking times, tips to cook your food, cleaning process, and so on. 

These guidelines will help you prepare the food better and prevent burning on the bottom of your cooker.

Don’t forget that every pressure cooker’s cooking time might differ depending on the brand, size, materials it is made from, and the cooktops you’re using.

So, if you don’t read the manual thoroughly, you might end up burning your meals as well as the bottom of your pot.  

Ensure enough cup of liquid in the pot:

When you have sufficient cooking liquid in the pot, it can produce enough steam that creates pressure to cook the food in a quick time.

But if there is not adequate water-based liquid to pressure in the pot, it becomes an overheat error that results in burning the food and the bottom of the pressure cooker. 

Make sure the rubber sealing ring is working correctly: 

After putting all ingredients in the pressure cooker, you have to close the lid properly. Make sure the silicone sealing is placed perfectly, or it should work decently.

Otherwise, the steam will be coming out on a regular basis, and there will be a lack of liquid to pressure. So, the food and bottom of the pot will get burn.

Use cooking rack:

Using a cooking rack in the pot’s base to cook chicken, meat, and vegetables is a fantastic idea to stop burning to your pressure cooker bottom and get well-cooked meals. 

The steam rack will keep the food up off the bottom so the cooking liquid can flow underneath. It will ensure the dish cooks well from everywhere with no burning and preserving your food’s vitamins and minerals.

Use the cooker as a pressure canner:

When you need to cook the cream-based sauce, fruits, jams, jellies, pickles, and so on, you can use the cooker as a pressure canner.

Put a steam rack on the bottom of the pot and place all the cans. This method will also prevent burning your cooker and foods.

Add the thickening elements later:

Some ingredients like milk, coconut milk, flour, cornstarch get scorched easily. That’s why you can add these starchy foods once the pressure cooking is done.

But before doing so, you have to make sure there is sufficient water in the pot to pressure cook fruitfully. 

How to Clean a Burnt Pressure Cooker Pot?

I’ll show you a super easy pressure cooker hack to clean a scorched, burnt deep layer of dark brown cement from your pressure cooker pot.

How to Clean a Burnt Pressure Cooker Pot

“Before I knew this trick, I had to do a lot to clean the burnt pot. I left the pot to soak the dishwasher for the whole night, then the next day scrubbing it for hours with a heavy-duty metal scrub sponge. Still, the scorch mark was found in the pot.”

But when my friend Megan showed me the following method, I can deep clean the burnt pressure cooker in minutes. So, let’s reveal the deep cleaning process: 

Depending on the scorching level, add some baking soda and dishwashing soap to the pot (I add one tablespoon each), then half-filled with water.

After that, close the lid properly and pressure cook them for 5 minutes. When you remove the top, you’ll see a nasty brown layer floating in the soapy water, which is gross.

Then make the pot empty and wipe away the extra stuck-on residue with a paper towel (if there is any). Next, quick scrub for 5 seconds and rinse well. The pot will shine with sliver sun rays.

The wrap-up:

Thanks for reading the complete guide about how to stop pressure cooker burning on the bottom. I hope you’ve found this article helpful and informative.

To sum up, I just want to mention that the method I’ve shared above helped me stop burning my food and cooker almost 100%. So, I believe if you follow the same formula, you’ll also get the best result. 

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