1. Do not open the Electric Pressure Cooker while cooking. Most modern electric pressure cookers create pressure inside that makes it impossible to turn them on. However, you should not try to open it while in use under any circumstances. If you need to turn on the hob while cooking food, turn it off and release the pressure before turning it on.
2. Don't release stress until the time is right. Follow the recipe steps as you release the stress. There are two options, the recipe will tell you to release the steam manually or wait for it to release naturally. If the pressure is released too soon, your food may not be fully cooked.
3. Do not overfill the pressure cooker. A pressure cooker isn't meant to be full all the time. Do not fill the pressure cooker above the maximum level, usually ⅔ full. Overfilling may clog the steam safety valve or create excessive pressure.
4. No thickener added. Pressure cookers expel steam from the liquid in the pot, so it's important not to add thickeners like cornstarch or roux until the food has started cooking. When you're cooking thick sauces, soups, or stews, adding thickeners too early can negatively affect the way you cook them, as thicker liquids release less steam. If you want to make a thicker soup or sauce, add a thickener after the food is cooked.
5. Don't give up after bad things happen. If you're struggling with your pressure cooker, don't give up. It takes time to learn a new cooking method and find the one that works best for your cooking habits.