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Cuisinart® Electric Pressure Cooker Plus
For your safety and continued enjoyment of this product, always read the instruction book carefully before using.
13.Do not let cord hang over edge of
table or counter, or touch hot surfaces.
14.Use of accessories not specifically
recommended by Cuisinart may
cause damage to unit.
15.Do not use outdoors.
16.Do not use under hanging cabinets;
steam from pressure release may
cause damage.
17.Always attach plug to appliance first,
before plugging into wall outlet. To
disconnect, turn control to off, then
remove plug from outlet.
18.Be aware that certain foods, such as
applesauce, cranberries, pearl barley,
oatmeal and other cereals, split peas,
noodles, macaroni, rhubarb, or
spaghetti can foam, froth and sputter,
and clog the pressure release
devices. These foods should not be
cooked in a pressure cooker plus
unless following a Cuisinart® Electric
Pressure Cooker Plus recipe.
19.Always check the pressure release
devices for clogging before use.
20.Do not use this pressure cooker plus
for pressure frying oil.
21. Do not operate any appliance with a
damaged cord or plug, or after the
appliance malfunctions or has been
damaged in any manner. Return
appliance to the nearest Cuisinart®
Authorised Service Facility for
examination, repair or adjustment.
22. Do not operate your appliance in an
appliance garage or under a wall
cabinet. When storing in an
appliance garage, always unplug
the unit from the electrical outlet.
Not doing so could create a risk of
fire, especially if the appliance
touches the walls of the garage or the
door touches the unit as it closes.
23. This appliance is not intended for use
by persons (including children) with
reduced physical, sensory or mental
capabilities, or lack of experience and
knowledge, unless they have been
given supervision or instruction
concerning use of the appliance by a
person responsible for their safety.
24. Children should be supervised to
ensure that they do notplay with the
When using electrical appliances, basic
safety precautions should always be
followed including the following:
1.Read all instructions.
2.Do not touch hot surfaces of pressure
cooker plus. Use handles only.
3.This appliance should not be used
by or near children or individuals with
certain disabilities.
Do not open the pressure cooker plus
until the unit has cooled and all
internal pressure has been released.
If lid is difficult to rotate, this indicates
that the cooker is still pressurized. Do
not force it to open. Any pressure in
the cooker can be hazardous. See
Operating Instructions, page 5.
5.Do not place the pressure cooker
plus in a heated oven or on any
6.Extreme caution must be used when
moving a pressure cooker plus
containing hot liquids or foods.
7.Do not use the pressure cooker plus
for other than intended use.
8.This appliance cooks under pressure.
Improper use may result in scalding
injury. Make certain unit is properly
closed before operating. See
Operating Instructions, page 5.
Do not fill unit over 3⁄5 full. When cooking
foods that expand during cooking, such
as dried vegetables, legumes, beans,
and grains, do not fill the unit over ½
full. Overfilling may cause a risk of
clogging the pressure limit valve and
developing excess pressure.
10.To protect against electrical shock,
do not immerse cord, plugs, or outer
vessel in water or other liquids.
11.Unplug from outlet when not in use
and before cleaning. Allow to cool
before putting on or removing parts.
12.Do not operate any appliance with a
damaged cord or plug or after the
appliance malfunctions or has been
damaged in any manner.
1. Pressure Limit Valve
2. Red Float Valve (Pressure Indicator)
3. Push Rod
4. Sealing Ring
5. Cooking Pot
6. Condensation Collector
8. Outer Body
9. Heating Plate
10. Base
11. Power Cord
12. Lid Handle
13. Lid
14. Sealing Ring Supporting Cover
15. Rubber Grommet
16. Upper Ring
17. Control Panel
18. Trivet - Used for some recipes such
as desserts. See Recipe Booklet.
19. Steam Basket
A short power-supply cord is provided to
reduce the risks resulting from becoming
entangled in or tripping over a longer cord.
Longer extension cords are available and
may be used if care is exercised in their use.
If a long extension cord is used, the marked
electrical rating of the extension cord must
be at least as great as the electrical rating
of the appliance, and the longer cord
should be arranged so that it will not drape
over the or tabletop where it can be pulled
on by children or tripped over.
Important Safeguards........................... 2
Special Cord Set Instructions............... 3
Introduction........................................... 3
Parts and Features................................ 3
Before First Use.................................... 4
Instructions for Use............................... 4
Operating Instructions........................... 5
Pressure Cooker Plus Settings............. 6
Safety Valves......................................... 6
Cleaning................................................ 7
Troubleshooting..................................... 9
Warranty................................................ 9
You’re about to experience a better,
faster, and healthier way of cooking. Your
Cuisinart® Electric Pressure Cooker Plus
seals in steam to cook hotter and faster,
and it seals in nutrients as well. Cook in
less water and experience textures and
tastes that are simply sensational.
Features easy touch-button settings, a
countdown timer, and a cooking pot big
enough for a pot roast with all the fixings.
Before first use
as dried vegetables and beans, or
rice and grains, the total volume must
not exceed 50% capacity (figure 2).
Note: Overfilling may clog the
pressure limit valve which can
cause excess pressure to develop. Always use at least ½ cup liquid
when pressure cooking.
Remove any packaging materials and
promotional labels from your electric
pressure cooker.
Be sure all parts have been included
before discarding any packaging materials.
You may want to keep the box and packing
materials for use at a later date.
Before using your Cuisinart® Electric
Pressure Cooker Plus for the first time,
remove any dust from shipping by wiping
clean with a damp cloth. Thoroughly
clean the lid and the cooking pot. The
cooking pot can be cleaned in the
dishwasher or with warm soapy water.
Rinse with clean water, towel or air dry,
and place in the pressure cooker.
3.To lock the lid in place, remove any
food residue from upper rim of
cooking pot to ensure a proper seal.
Make sure sealing ring is securely in
place on sealing ring supporting
cover (figure 3). Hold knob on sealing
ring supporting cover and press
firmly over the centre post of inner lid
to secure (figure 4). Place lid on
pressure cooker plus and turn it
counterclockwise into position.
1. Place the pressure cooker on a
clean, flat surface where you intend
to cook.
2. Place the condensation collector in
rear of the unit until it clicks into
place (as shown below; also see
#6 on diagram, page 3).
Note: When placing lid on pressure
cooker, the float valve should be
facing the left.
4.Position the pressure limit valve
(located on lid) as directed in figure 5
and 5a, ensuring it is set to the •
position. Note: The pressure limit
valve does not click or lock into
place. Even though it will have a
loose fit, it is safely secured. The float
in handle must be fully down to
properly seal the pot before cooking.
3. P
lace the pressure limit valve on the
lid, as shown in figures 5 and 5a.
Note: The pressure limit valve does
not click or lock into place. Even
though it will have a loose fit, it is
safely secured.
Once the pressure cooker plus is
assembled properly, you are ready to
begin pressure cooking.
1.To remove lid, grasp handle, turn
clockwise and lift.
2.Remove cooking pot from pressure
cooker and add food and liquids as
the recipe directs. Note: The total
volume of food and liquid must not
exceed 60% of the capacity of the
cooking pot (figure 1). For foods such
5.Plug the power cord into the pressure
cooker and then into the wall outlet.
The LED display will show
quality or texture of the food will begin to
change after 1 hour on Keep Warm. In the
Keep Warm setting, a little condensation
in the upper ring is normal.
To Reset or Cancel
Users can reset the function or cancel the
timing setup anytime by pressing the
To Remove Lid
When pressure cooking cycle is finished,
the unit will automatically switch to the
Keep Warm position. At this point you
may choose to release pressure in one
of three ways – Natural Pressure Release,
Quick Pressure Release, or a combination
of both. The choice will be dictated by
the particular food being cooked and
indications in the recipe. If adapting your
own recipe for pressure cooking, find a
similar recipe in our recipe booklet and
use that as a guide.
1.Natural Pressure Release – Following
pressure cooking, allow the unit to
remain on Keep Warm. The pressure
will begin to drop – time for pressure
to drop will depend on the amount of
liquid in the pressure cooker plus and
the length of time that pressure was
maintained. Natural Pressure Release
will take from 12 to 30 minutes.
During this time cooking continues,
so it is recommended for certain cuts
of meats, and some desserts. When
pressure is fully released, the float
(pressure indicator) will drop and the
lid will unlock to open.
With the unit on and the LED displayed,
press the MENU button to select the
desired cooking function. The function
light will flash.
After Selecting Browning, Sauté
Press START, and unit will begin to heat
up. When browning, sautéing is complete,
press START/CANCEL to cancel and cover
the cooker as directed. Wait 2-3 minutes
to allow inner pot to cool slightly. Press
menu again and select Low or High
Pressure function.
After Selecting Low, High Pressure
Press TIME to select number of minutes
needed for pressure cooking. Time
increases in 1-minute increments up to
40 minutes. Time increases in 5-minute
increments of 40 to 99 minutes.
Once cooking time is programmed,
press START/CANCEL to start the cooking
process. As the unit heats up and
pressure builds, the red float will rise.
The amount of liquid and other ingredients
in the pressure cooker determines the
length of time needed for full pressure to
build – generally 5 to 40 minutes
depending on the recipe. (A red blinking
dot on lower-right hand corner of LED
indicates the unit is on and heating up.)
Note: When full pressure is reached,
red light in the lower right-hand corner
of the LED will stop flashing and
remain lit. Pressure cooking will begin
and the timer will start to count down.
The raised red float indicates you are
cooking under pressure. The lid is
double-locked and cannot be opened.
Automatic Keep Warm Feature
When LED display reaches
, the
pressure cooker automatically shifts to
Keep Warm temperature. The Keep Warm
light will turn on and unit will beep to
indicate cooking is complete.
NOTE: The Keep Warm setting should not
be used for more than 12 hours. The
2.Quick Pressure Release – Following
pressure cooking you will hear a series
of beeps indicating the process is
finished. Turn off and pull the handle
of the pressure limit valve forward (see
figures 6 and 6a). Do not touch with
your hand. Use tongs or another tool.
Steam will immediately begin to
release through the valve. Keep face
pilafs and risottos. Sautéing reduces
the time it takes full pressure to build
and pressure cooking to begin.
High Slow cook – This is the setting
to use when you don’t have time for
a long, slow cook. It’s also the setting
to select when “baking” in your
pressure cooker.
6. Low Slow cook – Low is the
standard slow cooker temperature,
and is ideal for foods that you start in
the morning before work, and enjoy
at the end of your day.
7. Steam – A healthy option that retains
all vitamins and nutrients and most
importantly flavour.
Keep Warm – Holds and keeps
cooked food warm for up to 12 hours.
and hands away from steam as it is
released, and do not release pressure
under hanging cabinets, which can
be damaged by steam.
When pressure is fully released, the
pressure indicator will drop and the
lid will unlock to open. Using Quick
Pressure Release stops the pressure
cooking immediately. If further cooking
is necessary, the unit may be returned
to Pressure, or the food may be further
cooked on the Simmer Setting.
Combination Natural Pressure Release
and Quick Pressure Release – For
some recipes, we have chosen to use
a combination of Natural Pressure
Release and Quick Pressure Release.
Allow Natural Pressure Release for
the time indicated in the recipe (food
will continue to cook slightly) followed
by Quick Pressure Release.
When the red float is completely down,
turn the lid clockwise and lift to remove.
Low Pressure
High Pressure
Low Slow Cook High Slow Cook
Keep Warm
1. Low Pressure
2. High Pressure
3. Browning – This preset temperature
allows cooking over high heat,
without the lid, before pressure
cooking. Browning foods in a small
amount of fat in this way seals the
outer surfaces of meats and
vegetables, producing a visually
appealing, flavourful exterior with a
moist, tender interior. Browning
reduces the time it takes full pressure
to build and pressure cooking to
4. Sauté – The preset temperature,
done prior to pressure cooking with
lid removed, allows you to quickly
soften vegetables in a small amount
of fat or liquid without browning, and
to cook items such as rice (Arborio,
brown, Carnaroli, white, etc.) for
Slow cooking
After Selecting Low slow, High slow cook,
press TIME to select number of half hour
needed for slow cooking. Time increases
in 30-minute increments up to 9.5hours.
Cover the cooker as directed. Turn the
pressure limit value to ‘Pressure Release’
position (see figures 6 and 6a) Press
menu button and select Low or High slow
cook function.
when the cooking pot temperature
reaches the preset value, or the
pressure cooker is heating without
any food inside.
Press ‘Time’ to select number of minutes
needed for steaming time increases in 1
minute increments. Place trivet inside
cooking pot. Add 2 cups of water. Top of
trivet should be above water.
Place steaming tray on top of the trivet.
Place food inside steaming tray, ensuring
food is evenly spaced to allow steam to
Close and secure lid and leave the
pressure valve in the open position.
Press start.
Thermal Fuse
The circuit will be opened when the
pressure cooker reaches the
maximum temperature.
Unplug the power cord before cleaning.
2.Clean the outer body with a soft cloth
such as a paper towel or microfibre cloth. Do not immerse the outer body
in water or pour water into it.
3.Rinse with warm water the underside
of the lid including the sealing ring,
pressure limit valve, air escape and
float valve. Dry completely.
There are seven safety devices installed
in the pressure cooker to assure its
Open-and-Close Lid Safety Device
The appliance will not start
pressurising until the lid is closed
and locked properly.
4.Clean area under upper ring with
dampened cloth or microfibre cloth.
Do not use chemical cleaners.
5.Cooking pot is dishwasher-safe. To
hand-clean the cooking pot, use a
soft cloth or sponge and wipe. Be
careful not to damage the inside
coating. Never use harsh chemicals
or scouring pads.
The lid cannot be opened if the
appliance is filled with pressure.
2.Pressure Control Device
The correct pressure level is
automatically maintained during the
cooking cycle.
6.To clean sealing
ring, hold the knob
on the sealing ring
supporting cover
and pull the
sealing ring up.
After cleaning, put
the sealing ring
supporting cover
Pressure Limit Valve
The pressure limit valve will release air
automatically when the pressure inside
exceeds the preset temperature.
Note: Overfilling the pressure
cooker (see Instructions for Use)
may clog the pressure limit valve
which can cause excess pressure
to develop.
Note: The side
with the knob
should face
outward. Do not
put it upside
down (figures 7
and 8).
4. Anti-Block Cover
Prevents any food material from
blocking the pressure limit valve.
Pressure Relief Device
When the pressure cooker reaches
the maximum allowable pressure and
temperature, the cooking pot will
move down until lid separates from
the sealing ring, releasing air
7. T
o clean rubber grommet located in
centre of sealing ring supporting
cover, carefully remove the sealing
ring supporting cover and clean the
grommet, then replace it.
The power will automatically shut off
8.To clean the
pressure limit
valve, remove
and rinse it with
water, then
replace it (figure 9).
9.To clean the condensation collector,
remove and clean it with warm soapy
water, then reinstall it.
Possible Reasons
The ring is not properly installed
Reinstall the ring
Lid does not lock
The float is seized by the push rod
Push the rod with
Cannot open the lid after air
The float is still up
Press the float down
No sealing ring was installed
Install the sealing ring
Food residue on sealing ring
Clean sealing ring
Sealing ring worn out
Replace the sealing
Air escapes from the rim of the lid
Air escapes from the float valve
The float will not rise
Lid not locked properly
Rotate lid fully
Food stuck on the sealing ring of
the float valve
Clean the sealing ring
The sealing ring on the float
wore out
Replace the sealing
The pressure limit valve is not
placed properly
Place the device to
Pressure .
Not enough food and water
Check recipe for
proper quantity
Air escaping from the rim of the lid
and the pressure limit valve
Call our Consumer
Service Centre toll
free at 1800 808 971
(AUST), 0800 435 000
Browning function was just
Unit shuts off when START is
used and temperature in unit is
pressed to begin Pressure Cooking. higher than Pressure Cooking
temperature, so safety shutoff
After Browning, let
unit cool down for 2
or 3 minutes before
you start Pressure
Limited Three-Year
This warranty supersedes all previous
warranties on Cuisinart® Electric Pressure
Cooker Plus.
This warranty is available to consumers only. You
are a consumer if you own a Cuisinart® Electric
Pressure Cooker Plus that was purchased at
retail for personal, family, or household use.
Except as otherwise required under applicable
state law, this warranty is not available to
retailers or other commercial purchasers or
We warrant that your Cuisinart® Electric Pressure
Cooker Plus will be free of defects in material or
workmanship under normal home use for three
years from the date of original purchase. Please
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Auckland New Zealand
However, the above registration methods do not
eliminate the need for the consumer to maintain
the original proof of purchase in order to obtain
the warranty benefits. In the event that you do
not have proof of purchase date, the purchase
date for purposes of this warranty will be the
date of manufacture.
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If your Cuisinart® appliance should prove to be
defective within the warranty period, we will
repair it (or, if we think it necessary, replace it)
without charge to you.
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This warranty expressly excludes any defects or
damages caused by accessories, replacement
parts, or repair service other than those that
have been authorised by Cuisinart®.
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than ordinary household use.
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