From the blog November 18, 2011 Judy

New Recipe: Garlic Confit

We love pressure cookers for making garlic confit, stocks, and grains, too!

You can find our recipe for garlic confit along with tips on pressure cooker safety in our Recipe Library! We’ve also included a step-by-step video on how to safely use a pressure cooker and a helpful table on the boiling point of liquids at different gauges of pressure.


  1. Laura @ hip pressure cooking November 18, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for sharing more pressure cooker info!

    HOWEVER, the video shows something very dangerous. The cold-water quick release should NEVER be done over the pressure valve. For the Kuhn Rikon Duromatic it should be done around the outer rim…

    See the Duromatic Pressure Cooker Manual, section 9.3

    For other pressure cookers, anywhere on the lid without obstructing or covering the primary or safety valves.

    Doing so could cause a forceful internal suction that could bend the metal of the lid inwards and damage the pressure cooker irreparably!

    Please correct this information in your video and in the text of your recipe library!



  2. Wayt November 22, 2011 Reply

    The Kuhn-Rikon manual does not state that it is dangerous to run cool water over the valve on the top of the cooker. It does note that water may be sucked into the pot if you do this, however, so best practice is to run water over the rim of the lid or, as we suggest in the tips section, to partially fill your sink with cool water and set the pot in it.

  3. Lori December 5, 2011 Reply

    Why would K-R say not to do it if it isn’t dangerous??

  4. Jenny December 5, 2011 Reply

    Miss Vickie did this and also says you shouldn’t.

    Read her story under “precautions” for the cold water release method:

    I think the concern here is that your book, blog and website have a wide reach and what you are recommending is not right.

  5. Razzy December 5, 2011 Reply

    Exactly, Lori. If it was okay to run cold water directly over the valve of the PC lid, KR would not tell you not to do it. At the least it’s not a good idea and at most it apparently can be dangerous or could damage your PC permanently.

    I hope Modernist Cuisine will correct their video and recipe as Modernist Cuisine is considered an authority and people believe what they say.

  6. Sue December 5, 2011 Reply

    I contacted Kuhn-Rikon directly and they agree that it is very dangerous to release pressure in the way demonstrated in your video. If you are presenting yourself as an authority on safety then you should really correct this information or delete it altogether. You are going to cause someone to get hurt or at the very least damage a very expensive piece of cookware.

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