DIY Sling for Pressure Cookers
Show of hands for those that have fallen under the spell of the pressure cooker? I am raising both hands! I have used pressure cookers over the years and will admit to always being a little afraid of them. But not any more!
I was given an electric pressure cooker several years ago and have used it several times a month since then. Recently, I was asked to give the Power Pressure Cooker XL a spin. Wow! What a difference a few years in product improvement makes in pressure cookers.
I use my Power Pressure Cooker XL several times a week, if not daily. It is so easy to use and makes cooking times so much quicker.
The one thing that I wish came with a pressure cooker is a lifting sling. Because the pressure cookers can be used for so many things, including cakes, being able to get the food product out without smashing it or burning your fingers is important, at least to me.
So what does any creative person do (after Googling it and finding nothing on the market)? Why we make our own of course after a friend explains how she made hers (thanks Dana).
You may be thinking… What is sling? Why do I need one?
Well the answer is simple. A sling is a long piece of material that can assist in the lifting of products out of the pressure cooker.
The reason you need one is those dishes are HOT when used inside the pressure cooker and your hand covered mittens will not do the trick.
Here is how to make a sling for your pressure cooker
Heavy duty Aluminum Foil
Directions to Make Sling:
Tear off a piece of foil about 20 inches long and lay out on a flat surface
Starting at long end closest to you, fold up about two finger width edge (like a cuff)
Continue folding over end until you have reached the other side of the piece of foil
When you reach the other side, you may need to fold under the last small edge so when you fold the length over you have a smooth edge (you don’t want a little bit hanging over as it will just get caught on things)
Directions to Use Sling:
Looking at your pressure cooker liner, place the rack in the bottom of the liner and add any liquids needed
Loosely fold the sling in half and place on top of the rack so both sides stick up and out of the pressure cooker (place other sling if needed across the first one so you have lift help from all sides)
Place the dish or foil wrapped product to be cooked on top of the sling, making sure to leave the strips lined up the sides of the cooker
Place the ends of the sling on top of the product if foil wrapped or tuck the ends beside the dish so the sling doesn’t get cooked in the product
Proceed to cook the product as normal
When you are ready to remove the product, straighten the sling straps and use them to lift the dish or product package out of the pressure cooker and onto a serving dish
Use heavy duty foil so you can use the sling several times before needing to create a new one.
When finished with sling, it may have condensation inside it. Straighten it up and stand it on one end to allow moisture to drain. I usually just hang over the curtain rod in kitchen window (funny that none of the children have asked me why I have a foil belt hanging in the kitchen window?)
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