A woman received an unwelcome shock after her pressure cooker spontaneously exploded and sent her Italian beef stew all over the walls of her kitchen.
Kirsty Abercromby, from Tasmania, said she was waiting for her gnocchi dinner to finish cooking in the kitchen appliance when she heard a loud noise.
She shared a picture of the aftermath showing the mess, with the mixture covering parts of the walls, counter, cupboard and ceiling.
An woman received an unwelcome shock after her pressure cooker exploded and sent beef stew all over the walls of her kitchen (pictured)
How to avoid your pressure cooker exploding
Make sure the lid is locked securely, as even a slightly unlocked lid can cause the cooker to explode
Always double check the sealing ring between the lid and the cooker is clean
Do not overfill the pressure cooker beyond the two-thirds line as a rule of thumb
Foods like noodles can foam up when heated and create too much pressure so make sure the recipe allows the use of a pressure cooker
‘The bang was deafening. I was just sitting down with a glass of wine waiting for it to finish and it just exploded,’ she told ABC Hobart.
Kirsty said she doesn’t know what caused the incident involving her ‘previously’ favourite pressure cooker, but added she won’t be ‘risking it again’.
After sharing her kitchen dilemma, man quickly shared their own nightmare experiences with pressure cookers – some of which were even more dramatic than Kirsty’s.
‘Had one I used regularly for 20 years – I loved it,’ one person said, before saying it all went wrong when they walked into the kitchen to check on the food.
‘As I walked through the door there was a loud bang, the lid exploded, hit the bottom of the range hood, came down and smashed the cook-top.
‘It then flew across the room, hit a cupboard and then hit my shoulder. Steak and kidney everywhere. I now don’t have a pressure cooker.’
Another person said their mother’s pressure cooker painted the walls a permanent shade of beetroot after it too exploded.
A similar story was recounted by someone who said their neighbour had to have their whole kitchen repainted after their cooker sent beetroot over the walls.
‘In the 1960s my Mum managed to get rice pudding on the ceiling with a pressure cooker fail,’ one social media user joked.
‘The neighbours came from miles around to see.’