Video: Using the Cuisinart Pressure Cooker


Recently I taught a class on pressure cooking and the people who attended said it was really helpful to ease their fear of pressure cooking.

I have lots of my friends, family, and readers who have asked Santa to put a Cuisinart Pressure Cooker under their tree this Christmas. So I decide since I can’t be there in person to help everyone get started using their pressure cooker, I would make a video sharing the basics of using the electric Cuisinart Pressure Cooker.

It’s my first video for the pressure cooker and if everyone finds it useful, I’ll make more. Here’s a close up of the front panel and the pressure control value since the lighting in the video makes it difficult to see them. You can see my pressure cooker has been put to good use.


I made a couple mistakes in the video when I was explaining the recipe, so be sure and visit my Pressure Cooker White Rice post for the recipe and additional info about cooking rice in the pressure cooker.

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  1. cyndy says

    I was so afraid to use a pressure cooker because I remember my mom’s old stovetop with what I used to call the Rocking Projectile. That thing came off once and it put a hole in the plaster ceiling of mom’s kitchen. But, Carol said they’re safer now and I purchased this very same one and am going to use it for the first time today. Thanks for making me feel confident about using it. She recommended that I watch your video first. Thank You

  2. Nancy A. says

    I make an Italian Sausage Vegetable soup in my crock pot that takes 7 – 8 hours on low. How long would I cook it in a pressure cooker? And, can I make it in a pressure cooker? Just thought some days I want it and it is too late to start it. Thanks for any help!

  3. Nancy A. says

    Thank you, Bryden! I will try that next time! Appreciate the help, I have never used a pressure cooker and it is a little scary at first. But, the “baked” potatoes were delicious and the eggs tasted great, so now on to meat dishes!

  4. Nancy A. says

    I know this is probably addressed somewhere, but I can’t find it. (get interrupted a lot). But, when a recipe says use the Natural Pressure release, do you turn it off and unplug or leave it on Keep Warm? Love the “baked” potatoes, they are just like out of the oven! Now, for the hard boiled eggs. Is a non-scratch steamer basket alright in a pressure cooker? I think it is silicone, but not sure. It is sturdy and nice, thought maybe it wouldn’t scratch the interior. It has little feet on the bottom, so do you put it on the trivet or just use it alone in the bottom of the cooker? Sorry for all the questions, but I want to get it right and am starting to actually enjoy using this! Thank you for your time!

  5. Nancy A. says

    I just made the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake and I wondered how in the world do you all get the pan out of the pressure cooker while it is so hot? I bought a 6 cup bundt pan and it fits in mine rather tight and I had a hard time getting it out. The cake itself, looks very good, though, and smells wonderful. Just don’t like to get burned trying to get it out of the pot. If you have any good ways to do that, let me know. Thank you!

    • Barbara Schieving says

      I just stuck some tongs in the middle of the bundt pan and pulled it up. You can also create a foil sling and put it around the pan before you cook it next time for easy removal. Enjoy!

  6. Nancy A. says

    Well, I made white rice today in my new pressure cooker. It was okay, some of it was a little crunchy, not much, still edible. I did the amount of time and water and rice that you said to use. I don’t know if I will keep this or not. May return it, I have several slow cookers and a rice cooker. Love both of those, maybe a pressure cooker is just not for me.

    • Bryden says

      Oh don’t give up after just one try….. I simply love my digital pressure cooker and use it even if not for actual pressure cooking – love it as a frypan, with the deep sides you don’t get the splatter like you do on a usual frying pan…. also you can set the temperature and forget about it. I do hardboiled eggs in mine – cook them for 4 minutes – perfect…. and doesn’t matter how many you are cooking.

      I bought a second inner bowl for mine – so I can cook a couple of things and don’t have to wash the pot out in between….


    • Barbara Schieving says

      Nancy I agree with Bryden, you shouldn’t give up after one try. If the rice wasn’t as soft as you like it, you can steam it longer before opening the pressure cooker, add one minute more to the cook time, or a bit more water. I’m sure there’s been times when you want to cook a slow cooker recipe but forgot to start it in the morning. That would be the perfect time to use your pressure cooker.

  7. Nancy A. says

    I just bought my first pressure cooker — the Cuisinart! I don’t know what to do with it, but really need recipes and how to use it!! It is a beautiful thing! But, I am almost afraid to use it. What would be good to make first? I had a friend once who made porcupine meatballs that were really good. Maybe I should just try rice or beans. I got this because you loved yours so much, so hope I love it as much, too!!

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Nancy – I’m so excited for you. No need to be afraid, after using it a few times you’ll have the hang of it. White rice is the perfect thing to cook first. Here’s a link to a Porcupine Meatballs guest post. Be sure and reduce the amount of soup.

      I’m working on a post for Wednesday of easy recipes for first time pressure cookers. Have fun!

      Merry Christmas!

      • Nancy A. says

        Thank you, I will try the white rice. Can’t wait till Wednesday to see the recipes for beginners. That will be great. Love your site, it is full of great recipes. I have been reading the instruction book this afternoon trying to learn all I can before operating it. Guess just dive in and try the rice. Love rice and want to try some Great Northern beans, too. Thank you for being there and helping the new people!!

  8. Bryden says

    I simply love my digital pressure cooker – I bought a spare inner bowl for mine – means I can use it to cook a couple of things without having to move the first cooked food and wash the bowl…. I love that you can brown your meat, onions etc. and then cook it all in the same bowl…. Bryden

  9. Nancy A. says

    I have never used a pressure cooker before, usually use a crock pot. Pressure cookers seem hard to me because you can’t tell if they are under cooking the food or over cooking it. The lids seem hard to get off, too. But, that Cuisinart sure is beautiful. I am trying to decide if I would use it enough before I spend the money on one.

    • Barbara Schieving says

      The electric pressure cookers have the same set it and forget ease that you get with the crock pot. In fact, most crock pot recipes make great pressure cooking recipes. Under cooking food is not a problem. You just lock the lid in place and cook it for a few more minutes. In the future you’ll just buy one appliance that slow cooks, pressure cooks, is a rice cooker and so much more.

    • Cindy M. says

      Hi Nancy, just jump in and get it, really. I had never used a pressure cooker before either and I don’t know what I would do without this one. I use it a lot and it’s really so easy to use. While I have used mine mostly for soups, I have made pulled pork in it and it is so tender and delicious. These machines are wonderful just for the fact that you can have something like this (recipe) done in a fraction of the time that it would take to make in the traditional way. I hope you get one, you’ll really enjoy it.

      • Nancy A. says

        Thank you, Cindy. I did buy the Cuisinart electric pressure cooker and love it! I was always afraid of pressure cookers, but this one is so easy to use, I just love it. So far, everything has turned out just like it is supposed to. Need to try some meat dishes that my husband would like. They are fast, aren’t they? Can’t believe the food is done in such a short time!! Glad I took the plunge!!

      • Bryden says

        I simply love mine… I have a Tefal which I think is sold under another name in the US…. I bought another inner bowl so I could use it for two things without having to empty and wash out the one which came with the gadget. I love it for browning – because of the high sides (in comparison with a frypan) you don’t get the oil/fat spitting everywhere…

        When my Tefal was in for repair (after many years use) I bought another one as I hated being without it.

  10. Nancy A. says

    Loved this video! I am new to pressure cooking and liked seeing it in action and your explanations. May buy this one you have because I am afraid of pressure cooker blow ups!!

  11. Maria says

    Thank you SO much for posting this video. Your first video was a success!!! I have been
    following your site for some time and I decided to leave a comment. I was introduce to pressure
    cooking a few years ago by a friend from Spain, where pressure cooking is part of many families
    everyday routine. Needless to say I have been hooked every since! I love ALL your recipes because
    these are foods that I eat on a regular basis. Additionally, your site is very easy to navigate.
    Great job and please make more videos!! Happy Holidays…

  12. Carol says

    BLESS YOU! I just got the Cuisinart EPC1200 pressure cooker last weekend-a Merry Christmas TO ME-and this video is going to be SO helpful for me, Barbara. I ‘m used to using a stove top pressure cooker…and still have my ups and downs with that one…..the electric one is a new avenue for me.

    I haven’t had the time to read through the book-just got as far as what piece does what and how to set it up. Your video made a couple things a lot clearer for me. I’m one that does better watching than reading so I’ll be coming back to double check if I’m doing things right when I make my first batch of rice.

    THANK YOU for taking the time to do this….I’d love to see more videos using the pressure cooker. :)