Pressure cookers can be made using aluminum, stainless steel, or nonstick. Each material has its own respective benefits, but today we are going to focus on the aluminum pressure cooker. Specifically, we are going to look at the Philippe Richard Pressure Cooker and carefully go over the instructions, reviews, and parts for this popular pressure cooker.
The Philippe Richard brand is owned by TTU (Tabletops Unlimited) that was founded in 1983. What began as an idea for a small cookware company grew into a large reality in a few short years.
Today, TTU is one of the leading companies in the houseware industry, creating high-quality and affordable cookware and cooking preparation products. Among the brands they have designed is Philippe Richard. Philippe Richard has branded a variety of cooking equipment and products, including the pressure cooker.
Today, the Philippe Richard pressure cooker is available to purchase at an affordable price. Because it is affordable, it is important that you know how to use the pressure cooker as well as how to care for it. This will be imperative to ensure you get the most longevity from your pressure cooker.
The instructions to care for this pressure cooker are just as important, if not more important, than the instructions to use this pressure cooker. This is because the wrong or inadequate care of the pressure cooker can lead to rapid deterioration.
So, in this section, not only are we going to detail the instructions for how to use the Philippe Richard pressure cooker, but we are also going to detail how to properly care for it as well.
The pressure cooker includes a pressure regulator, vent pipe, safety lock, lock pin, overpressure plug, safety valve, sealing ring, and vent strainer cap. All of these components work together to create a safe environment for pressure cooking. With these valves, sealants, and safety locks in place, the pressure cooker will safely pressure cook without breaking the seal on the lid, causing injury or damage.
As the pressure cooker is made of aluminum, it will heat quicker than stainless steel at a lower temperature. Therefore, it doesn’t require high heat to bring the pressure cooker up to temperature to become pressurized. This is important when using the pressure cooker, as keeping the aluminum pressure cooker on high heat can cause the contents within it to get too hot, burn, or move.
Once the contents have begun to cook, set a timer for the pressure cooker to cook the content to its entirety. As the timer is finished, remove the pressure cooker from the heat and allow the steam inside to naturally escape through the ventilation pipe. Shortly thereafter, the pressure regulator will indicate the lid can be safely removed, as the pressure has now released.
As we mentioned, the pressure cooker is made of aluminum, so you need to care for it accordingly.
First, aluminum should never be placed in a dishwasher as the high heat, water pressure, and lingering moisture can quickly cause the aluminum to damage and rust. Instead, you should wash the pressure cooker by hand using warm water and a mild detergent.
Immediately after washing, dry with a towel so that the moisture is completely absorbed. If not, the moisture can cause the aluminum component of the pressure cooker to rust.
We are going to look at the Philippe Richard 8-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker. At 8 quarts, virtually any meat can be cooked in this pressure cooker in approximately 30 minutes. What would take hours in a conventional oven or slow cooker takes a fraction of the time in this large pressure cooker.
The pressure cooker is equipped with safety features, such as the pressure regulator, vent pipe, safety lock, lock pin, safety valve, sealing ring, and overpressure plug. There is also an auto-lock system to ensure the lid stays on even if you attempt to open it as it is pressurized. This keeps you safe from injury as well as clean from creating an otherwise big mess.
Because the pressure cooker is aluminum, you will need to hand wash only using water or water and mild dish soap. Harsh cleaning agents will only deteriorate the aluminum causing it to rust or lose its overall durability. However, the good news about this aluminum pressure cooker is that it is extremely affordable, typically less than $30.
Like most kitchen appliances, a part may need to be replaced here-and-there, and this pressure cooker is no exception.
The one part you will want to make sure you never overlook replacing is the sealing ring. Without a proper sealing ring, the pressure cooker may never become pressurized, or the sealing ring may cause pressure to escape prematurely, resulting in injury, damage, or a mess.
GJS suggests replacing the sealing ring every 18-24 months, even if deterioration, deformation, or damage has not been identified. This is always a good idea because the sealing ring plays such an important role in the pressure cooking process. If you notice the sealing ring has been damaged, deformed, or has deteriorated, you should replace it immediately. Do not use the pressure cooker until the sealing ring has been replaced.
The Philippe Richard Pressure Cooker is an affordable pressure cooker that is easy to maintain and can hold a large capacity. Because it is aluminum, it should be placed over lower heat, as the heat of a stovetop has the ability to heat aluminum quicker and hotter than other materials. Once you have finished using the Philippe Richard Pressure Cooker, hand wash it in the sink only using water or water and a mild dishwashing liquid. Make sure you dry it thoroughly as any moisture left behind can cause it to rust.