Helpful Tips

How to Store a Pressure Cooker

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If you have a pressure cooker that you rely on several times a week, then you can simply leave it out on your counter, which will keep it highly accessible. Many of these models have a compact design that makes them very space-savvy, so you won’t have to worry about them taking up too much space. But if you don’t use your pressure cooker often, then learning how to store a pressure cooker the right way will ensure the appliance is safely tucked away and clean and ready to go the next time you need it. You’ll also find some great storage tips that are designed to keep your pressure cooker odor and dust-free, basic gasket care, and tips for long-term storage.

Lid Removal

When you use your pressure cooker often, then it makes sense to keep it right on the counter or store it in a low cupboard, one that’s easily accessible. If you’re storing it in a cabinet, all you have to do is remove the gasket from the groove and turn the lid upside down and place it inside the pot. The lid should be completely detached. Some manufacturers recommend storing the lid separately, instead of placing it on top of the pot. Storing it this way will prevent mold growth and any unwanted odors. Mold growth can be a major issue if you live in a humid environment. Because of this, the lid must be completely detached.

Gasket Storage

The gasket is one of the most delicate components on a pressure cooker and it’s also the main component that needs to be replaced every six to twelve months, depending on how often you use this appliance. These components are relatively inexpensive, however, if you can’t find the right type of gasket at your local hardware or home improvement store, then you’ll have to go through the hassle of ordering a replacement part from the manufacturer. Because of this, most pressure cooker owners take extra care with the gasket, cleaning it well after each use and removing it for storage.

After you’ve removed the rubber gasket it should be washed thoroughly and rubbed down with mineral oil. This will help to preserve it and can work to minimize general wear and tear. On average and with proper care, the gasket should last for at least one hundred up to one hundred and fifty cooks. The rubber seal and valve should be stored inside the pot if they’re not attached.

If You Use Your Pressure Cooker Once a Month

If you only use your pressure cooker once a month or so, then you’ll need to spend more time prepping it for storage. I recommend adding one tablespoon of baking soda to the inside of the pot, to prevent odors. You can also take the gasket and seal it in a zip-lock bag, with half a tablespoon of baking soda. Not only will the baking soda work to absorb any unwanted odors, but it will also draw out any remaining moisture. If you have a top of the line model, such as the Kuhn Rikon Duromatic 3344 pressure cooker, then you’ll need to take extra care after each use and deep clean it before storing it. Doing so will significantly lengthen the life of your appliance.

Storing Your Pressure Cooker for the Season

If you use your pressure cooker once every few months, then you’ll need to take additional steps when storing it. Like the other storage methods, the lid should be taken off. Place a tablespoon of baking soda in the pot, take off the gasket, clean it and store it in a zip-lock bag with more baking soda. For an extra layer of protection, you will also need to use a plastic cover or a kitchen garbage bag and seal it inside. Next, if you don’t have the box that the appliance came in, use a small packing box and place the wrapped pressure cooker inside the box, sealing it with some tape.  This will protect the pressure cooker for dust, mold, and debris, especially if you have to store it somewhere dank such as an unfinished basement or a poorly insulated attic.

Manufacturer’s Instructions

More often than not, the included user’s manual will come with storage recommendations. The storage tips I’ve included here are pretty general, which means these are the same methods most manufacturers recommend. However, storage needs may vary from model to model or brand to brand. So, before you even use your new appliance, make sure you read the user’s manual to learn how to clean a pressure cooker and store it properly. This will help to prevent mold growth, a dip in performance, and will ensure your appliance lasts longer.

Many modern models are easy to care for and will only require a deep clean once a month if you use the pressure cooker weekly, or every few months if you use it once or twice a month. However, learning how to properly store and care for your pressure cooker can do wonders in terms of lengthening its lifespan. To learn more about pressure cookers, the features they have to offer and to get a look at other leading models on the market, stop by and visit my buyer’s guide.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to store a pressure cooker will protect it from mold growth, prevents odors, and also protects it from significant changes in temperature. If you’re storing your appliance for a long period of time, it should be kept in a cool, dry place and should never be exposed to prolonged heat. Once you pull it out of storage, make sure you wash the pot, lid, and the gasket, and dry it thoroughly, before use. You can wash all of the components using a mild cleanser and hot water. Remember to never submerge the base of the pressure cooker, and instead wipe it down with a damp sponge.