Maybe it is because it is Halloween . . . .
I’ve been using my pressure cooker for a long time, but not frequently. It is a Fagor Duo.
So - I’m making turkey stock for Thanksgiving and doing it in the pressure cooker just takes so much less time (and it turns out great).
However this year, my cooker is doing strange things. It essentially isn’t venting out the “valve” on top. That can’t be good, right? Instead it ends up venting out the side of the lid around the gasket . . . . again, can’t be good.
What I’ve tried:
1- vented the pressure, cleaned and reseated the gasket and lid - still happens
2 - removed the vent valve on top (didn’t know I could but youtube had a video) to clean and re-insert - no help
3- tried lowering to pressure #1 (low) instead of #2 - vented out the top valve for a little and then kept leaking out the side gasket
4 - checked gasket for cracks and tears - none
Don’t know what else to try.
The liquid is below the max fill line (higher than I normally do but about 1" below it)
The little yellow indicator does pop up to show it is under pressure.
It never “releases” through the top valve and eventually I start hearing it blow out the side.
I’ve removed and replaced the lid many times, so it doesn’t seem to be that.
My gut tells me something about how the top pressure valve is seated is the problem but I can’t figure it out. If I push on the back side of the top pressure valve it does release and if I turn the dial to the release setting it does release - so it isn’t blocked, but it doesn’t seem to be venting properly.
I don’t want it to explode but . . . . don’t know what else to try.