Great care must be taken in handling the pressure‐filled container once the cooking is done. 3 The built‐up steam could hurt people or destroy the home as well as the long awaited dinner if steps were not followed. Both the jiggly weight and the lid must stay sealed and in place throughout the cooling to evade a blast of boiling liquid.
This can be safely done through three pressure‐release methods: 3
Likewise, relationships sometimes build to a pressure point. If we do not release the boiling within our emotions to Jesus an eruption of angry words may proceed. Unfortunately, harsh words can be forgiven but not taken back from being heard. To avoid damage in our relationships with family and close friends we must be aware of the need to keep love in our hearts. We need Jesus’ help to keep the extra pressure covered and contained until the heat can recede before reopening conversation on the difficult topic.
God wants us to avoid an explosion of words that could injure those nearby. He is an ever present help in the time of trouble. 12 (Psalm 46:1)
We are encouraged to count it all joy when we are in difficult situations 13 (James 1:2-4) because Jesus can turn them into miracles in ways we never imagined. The Bible tells us in Romans 8:28 that all things work together for good 14 (Romans 8:28) for those who love God and are called according to His purposes.
Rest in Jesus and let Him release the pressure as you transfer your concerns into His hands.
He is able.
From the heart with all praise to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
In Christ Alone
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1 Pressure cooking: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pressure_cooking
Pressure cooking is the process of cooking food, using water or other cooking liquid, in a sealed
vessel, known as a pressure cooker. Pressure cookers are used for cooking food faster than
conventional cooking methods, which also saves energy. Pressure is created initially by boiling a
liquid such as water or broth inside the closed pressure cooker. The trapped steam increases the internal pressure and temperature. After use, the pressure is slowly released so that the vessel
can be safely opened. Pressure cooking can be used for quick simulation of the effects of long
braising. Almost any food which can be cooked in steam or water‐based liquids can be cooked in
a pressure cooker.
2 Weight‐modified or “jiggly” valve in First Generation Pressure Cookers,
Also known as “old type” pressure cookers, these operate with a weight‐modified or “jiggly” valve,
which releases pressure during operation. Some people might consider them loud or very loud
because the weight‐modified valve operates similarly to the piston in a steam engine. They
typically offer only one pressure level – with the exception of some newer “old style” pressure
cookers that allow the operator to change the weight of the weight‐modified valve.
3 The pressure can be safely released to allow opening of the cooker through: Pressure Release Methods, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pressure_cooking#Pressure_release_methods
Pressure release methods
After cooking, there are three ways of releasing the pressure, either quickly or slowly, before the
lid can be opened. Recipes for pressure cookers state which release method is required at the end of the cooking time for proper results. Failure to follow the recommendation may result in food
that is under-cooked or over‐cooked. Only one of these release methods is used after timing, as
recommended in the recipe.
To avoid opening the pressure cooker too often while cooking different vegetables with varying
cooking times, the vegetables that take longer to cook can be cut into smaller pieces and
vegetables that cook faster can be cut into thicker pieces.
Cold water quick release
This method is the fastest way of releasing pressure with portable pressure cookers; it is
recommended to read the manufacturer’s instruction book, as some may advise against
the cold water release or require it to be performed differently.
The cold water release method involves using slow running cold tap water, over the
edge of the pressure cooker lid, being careful to avoid the steam vent or any other
valves or outlets and never immersing the pressure cooker under water. It is most
suitable for foods with short cooking times. It takes about 20 seconds for the cooker to
cool down enough to lower the pressure so that it can be safely opened. This method is
not suitable for electric pressure cookers, as they are not “immersible.”
Manual, normal, regular or automatic release
This method is sometimes called a quick release, not to be confused with the cold water
release. It involves the quick release of vapor by lifting (or removing) the valve, pushing
a button, or turning a dial. It is most suitable to interrupt cooking to add food that cooks
faster than what is already in the cooker. For example, since meat takes longer to cook
than vegetables, it is necessary to add vegetables to stew later so that it will cook only
for the last few minutes. Unlike the cold water release method, this release method
does not cool down the pressure cooker. The user must release the steam with caution
to avoid being scalded. This release method is not suitable for foods that foam and froth
while cooking; the hot contents might spray outwards due to the pressure released
from the steam vent. This release method takes about two minutes to release the
pressure before the lid can be opened.
The natural release method allows the pressure to drop slowly; this is achieved by
removing the pressure cooker from the heat source and allowing the pressure to lower
without action. It takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes (possibly longer) for the
pressure to disappear before the lid can be opened. On many pressure cookers, a
coloured indicator pin will drop when the pressure has gone. This natural release
method is recommended for foods that foam and froth during cooking, such as rice,
legumes, or recipes with raising agents such as steamed puddings. The texture and
tenderness of meat cooked in a pressure cooker can be improved by using the natural
release method…[that] finishes cooking foods or recipes that have longer cooking times
because the inside of the pressure cooker stays hot. This method is not recommended
for foods that require very short cooking times, otherwise the food overcooks.
4 Gentle words, Holy Bible, Proverbs 15, v. 1, King James Version (KJV), www.BibleGateway.com, Scripture taken from the King James Version (KJV) by Public Domain, http://bit.ly/1ZvScU5
1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
5 Listening between speaking, Ibid, James 1, v. 19-20, http://bit.ly/1TUWp1U
19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
6 Listening between speaking, Ibid, Proverbs 29, v. 11, http://bit.ly/24hQ0QY
11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
7 could bring a heated topic into an unruffled discussion, Ibid, Colossians 4, v. 6, http://bit.ly/1XcEOGU
6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to
answer every man.
8 could bring a heated topic into an unruffled discussion, Ibid, Colossians 3, v. 8, http://bit.ly/1TP1coD
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of
9 could bring a heated topic into an unruffled discussion, Ibid, Ephesians 4, v. 29-32, http://bit.ly/1PgIMLu
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you,
with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s
sake hath forgiven you.
10 resolve the dissension before we go to bed, Ibid, Ephesians 4, v. 26-27, http://bit.ly/1sJ99PO
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.
11 walk in great love, Ibid, John 13, v. 34, http://bit.ly/1sZoL2q
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also
love one another.
12 ever present help in the time of trouble, Ibid, Psalm 46, v. 1, http://bit.ly/25xLtML
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
13 count it all joy when we are in very difficult situations, Ibid, James 1, v. 2-4, http://bit.ly/1sJlCD3
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
14 all things work together for good, Ibid, Romans 8:28, http://bit.ly/1UDCtDm
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the
called according to His purpose.
Donna Turpin shares teaching on Christian love and praise through Prepare Love Praise (R) Ministries NFP. Her articles are often modern day parables bridging Biblical truth with issues of our daily lives. She and her husband Tom lived in the rural Midwest till moving to the Charlotte area.