cover will not fit my pressure cooker. Did I receive
the wrong cover?
A. No, putting on the cover is a little tricky the first
time. Illustrated step by step directions are given
on the inside front and back covers of the Recipe/Instruction
booklet. After putting on the cover one time, you will
be an expert at it.
Q. Why doesn't the cover go on like
most other pressure cookers?
A. Hawkins Pressure Cookers
have a unique cover. It is oval shaped and fits inside
the cooker rather than on top of it. This clever design
ensures total safety when using your Hawkins pressure
Q. How does the safety valve work?
A. The safety valve contains
a fusible alloy that melts at the required temperature
and pressure. This allows all pressure to be released
from inside the pressure cooker. The safety valve must
be replaced if it melts. Bay City International can
supply you with and needed parts.
Q. Why did my safety valve operate?
A. Two things will cause the
safety valve to operate. Should the normal escape of
steam be prevented, the safety valve will operate. Keep
the steam vent (located in the center of the lid) clean
and check every time before use by looking through it.
The safety valve will also operate if there is insufficient
water in the pressure cooker and it boils dry, causing
the temperature to rise beyond the normal operating
Q. My pressure cooker is not working
and I see steam coming out around the handle. What is
A. The safety valve has operated
correctly. See question and answer above.
Q. The lid handle on my Hawkins pressure
cooker seems to be loose. Should I tighten it?
A. No, the lid design allows
for free play on the handle. This is essential for proper
Q. Can I clean my Hawkins pressure
cooker in a dishwasher?
A. No, do not wash in dishwasher.
Cleaning should be done soon after use. For normal cleaning,
wash with hot soapy water using a sponge, nylon scouring
pad, or Scotch Brite.
Q. How do I remove a baked on stain?
A. Try to tackle them while
they are still fresh. Soak in hot water. Make a thick
paste of a chlorine based cleanser such as Ajax or Comet,
and apply to surface. Wait 10 minutes and then scour
with steel wool using a circular motion.
Q. Is there an up or down side on
my sealing ring?
A. Yes there is. Writing on
the sealing ring itself dictates 'other side up'. If
the writing is up then look closely at the sealing ring
and notice that one side is rounded. Put place ring
on cover with that side facing out.