Pressure Cooking - FAQ's

Q: Does my pressure cooker require any maintenance?

A:Only the Gasket which is subject to natural wear and tear and very easy to replace. Gaskets have to be replaced after approx. 400 applications or after two years at the latest.

Q: How do I find parts for my pressure cooker?

A:The manual of your pressure cooker will provide you with information of all parts that are available for your pressure cooker. We either have them available in our store or will provide you with information about where to get them.

Q: What type of stove is suitable for my new Fissler Pressure Cooker?

A:Fissler pressure cookers are suitable for all types of cooker, including induction cookers.

Q: What can a Fissler pressure cooker do that a normal pot can not do?

A:The higher temperature in the Fissler pressure cooker reduces cooking times compared to standard cooking by up to 70%. This saves up to 50% of energy. Thanks to the removal of the atmospheric oxygen and the short cooking times, food is cooked very gently. Vitamins, minerals and flavorings are preserved better, colors remain fresh and natural flavors intensive.

Q: How do I clean my new Pressure Cooker?

A:The manual of your pressure cooker will provide you with information of all parts that are available for your pressure cooker. We either have them available in our store or will provide you with information about where to get them.

Q: When do I start measuring the cooking time with my Fissler Pressure Cooker?

A:The indicated cooking time begins as soon as the setting you have selected has been reached.

Q: How do I know what type of food to cook at what setting and for how long?

A:In general, vegetables and fish are cooked at Setting I, and meat, potatoes, soups and similar food at Setting II. Normal cooking times are approximately cut in half with Setting I, and to one-third at Setting II. However, the exact cooking time always depends on the size and quality of the food, too. The manual booklet for your new Fissler pressure cooker will have all cooking times included!

Q: Why has my Fissler pressure cooker 2 different settings?

A:The gentle setting with its relatively low temperature is ideal for all sensitive foods such as fish or vegetables. The speed setting has a higher temperature and is intended for meat dishes, stews and similar types of food.

Q: What kind of accessories are available for my Fissler pressure cooker?

A:There is an extensive range of accessories available allowing you to take full advantage of your new Fissler Pressure Cooker!

Q: What is the best pressure cooker size for me?

A:That of course depends on your personal preferences and also how much you like to cook in advance but here are some general guidelines:

1-2 person = 2.7qt (2.5ltr.)
2-3 person = 4.8qt (4.5ltr.)
3-4 person = 6.4qt (6.0ltr.)
4-5 person = 8.5qt (8.0ltr.)
5 + person = 10.6qt (10.0ltr.)

Q: I have seen a particular Pressure Cooker size featured in a Magazine. Should I buy the exact same size they featured or are all sizes Pressure Cooker similar.

A:All sizes are the exact same great Fissler pressure cookers with all of the same features. So you can choose the size that fits your family needs the best.

Q: Are there any type of food that should not be prepared in a pressure cooker?

A:You should not prepare Apple sauce and compotes in a pressure cooker since steam bubbles can build which burst upon opening.

Q: Can I deep-fry under pressure?

A:NO - you can NOT deep-fry under pressure.

Foods can ONLY be deep-fried in the pressure cooker WITHOUT the lid! If you decide to deep-fry in the cooker without the lid make sure that the pot you use is high enough to prevent burns caused by foaming or spattering oil.

- Fill the cooker at most half full (1/2 marking) with fat
- Heat the fat at medium. Do not overheat it
- The right temperature for deep-frying has been reached if bubbles immediately form around the handle form around the handle of a wooden spoon when it is dipped in the hot fat
- NEVER cover the cooker while deep frying

Q: Is it possible to prepare dishes other then stews or potato on a Fissler pressure cooker?

A:Generally speaking, nearly all cooking methods are possible with a pressure cooker. You can cook or stew, steam (with inset), sauté and fry (without lid) but also defrost, boil down or strain (with insets).

Q: I have stains on my pressure cooker. What happened and what can I do?

A:These are generally discolorations  which result from substances in the water being absorbed into the passive film of the stainless steel. Cleansers which contain a large amount of basic silicates and phosphates can also produce such discolorations in stainless steel. Adding salt to water which has not yet come to the boil can also produce deposits of salt crystals on the bottom of the pot. The salt then reacts with the stainless steel, forming little white spots on the bottom of the pot. Discolorations can also be produced if stainless steel cookware is placed on a burner that is already very hot. The discolorations can easily be removed with Fissler Stainless Steel Cleanser.

Q: I think my pressure cooker is not working correctly anymore. What can I do?

A:You can consult the chapter " Questions and answers regarding your pressure cooker" in your manual. If you can find a solution, please contact us and we provide you with the phone number for technical support.