" Instant Pot, the modern era miraculous appliance. Within years, this multi-purpose kitchen appliance had made away over many homes. This wonderful appliance has made cooking very effective, attractive and interesting. It has become very famous among the crowd within a limited time.
You must have searched a lot before purchasing an Instant Pot. Must have watched many videos to look at the working of it. But what now, when you are an owner of an Instant Pot? Do all your surveys are over? It's not. I must say you are now very familiar with your owned Instant Pot.
You must have learned how to deal with and operate it. But your job doesn't end here. You should also be aware of the cleaning process of your Instant Pot. We clean our daily utensils to use it again in a better way; soo concept applies to your Instant Pot. In this article, we'll look at the deep cleaning process for an Instant Pot, in detail, step by step. Removing lid, cleaning it, again installing it and to make sure pressure's developing or not. All these are just a new job for you if you'd never done it properly before.
Beside this, there are other parts too that can make is cleaning even more complicated for you. For example, float valve, stream release handle, etc.. You might now be wondering what do these parts are needed to be clean? Yes, of course, some of the sticky food materials may enter these parts and can create a problem in pressure building.
Before having a look at the detailed process to clean your Instant Pot, let us first have a view of the things to be required for proper cleaning of your appliance. For this, you'll need a cotton or damp cloth, vinegar, dish soap, and a scrub brush.
Step 1 - Plug-Off Your Appliance:- Your appliance is an electrical device and dealing it with water without plugging it off, can put you in danger. At the same time, look at the plug wire and make sure that there are no scratches or cuts. Make your device insulation super strong for any leakage of charge. Also, make sure that your device is cooled down before you begin.
Step 2- Remove The Lid and Metal Pot:- Next, you have to remove the upper lid and the metal container for making cleaning deep and better. You can clean/wash the lid and the pot even in the dishwasher. Also, use a small brush to clean the dry food particles from the corners of the lid. To avoid bad odours place the lid upside down in the pot and dry it completely.
Step 3 - Clean The Exteriors:- Use cotton or damp cloth to wipe the stains away from the Instant Pot. Don't use a rough cloth to complete this step, as this would lead to a permanent stain. You can complete this step on a daily basis, after using your appliance. Make sure you dry your device before having it for use.
Step 4 - Remove Dried Food Particles:- You may come across with this problem that some dried food remainings get stuck on the corners or cracks of your appliance. Take a small brush to clean the remainings.
Step 5 - Wash The Lid:- For proper maintenance of your Instant Pot, wash the lid properly in a warm and soapy water. You can wash the lid by hand or even in a dishwasher. If you would allow your appliance to cool down naturally, on its basis, then your lid will be cleaner.Do this step periodically, but clean your lid on a regular basis with a dry cloth.
Step 6 - Remove Steam-release Handle:- Next, you have to remove the stream release handle carefully by pulling it outwards. At the same time, clean all the food particles gathered at the cracks and corner. Removing the stream-release gently is there only precaution you should keep in mind while performing this step.
Step 7 - Remove Anti-block Shield:- To clean the float valve, you have to remove the anti-block shield from the underside of your lid. Wipe the valve to make it clean. Once the cleaning is done, reput the float valve back in its position and rearrange anti-block shield by tightening it with the help of your hands. Note, if you use quick release feature regularly, then don't forget to clean/detach your anti-block shield at regular intervals.
Step 8 - Clean Float Valve:- For proper cleaning of float valve, remove the silicone ring and clean all the parts. Do not fix it back in its position, until it is completely dry. To check the installation of float valve, check its movement by turning it on and off, if the movement is proper, then it is fixed correctly.
Step 9 - Check The Silicon Ring:- This step is the most important one while cleaning your Instant Pot. Firstly, remove the rubber ring carefully and examine its physical condition. Make sure it does not have any cuts or any physical deformity. We heard about a common problem associated with the ring, that is its stubborn smell. To fix this problem, soak your silicone ring in vinegar for some time, and then wash it to remove smells. Gently, reattach the ring properly to avoid any problem in pressure cooking.
Step 10 - Clean the Steel Pot:- Clean the Steel Pot and also the steam rack with your hands or dishwasher. Clean the interior of pot properly. Cleaning your steel pot after every usage is recommended. To maintain the best quality of your steel pot or to avoid rainbows effect, clean or soak the inner part of it with the vinegar. Also, avoid using sharp utensils to saute the food, as this would scratch the pot. Step
Step 11 - Rearrange All Parts:- Make sure you rearrange all the parts properly. Check the silicone ring, float valve, and other parts. Also, check that appliance is dry, not even moisture is allowed. Once all the attachments are fixed, plug-in your magical appliance and begin your smart cooking. Simply, follow these steps to enhance your Instant Pot durability and stability.
Instant Pot is a seven in one, multipurpose appliance that has made cooking easier, to a next level. It works on electric power and supports various types of cooking.
There are various cooking options available on its panel which includes, soup, meat, bean, poultry, rice, multigrain, porridge, steam, slow cook, saute, and yogurt making. In other words, it is a smart cooker that has made cooking soo stylish and attractive.
If you've owned your Instant Pot but is still confused that how to begin with this miraculous appliance, then don't worry. In this article, we'll be dealing and sharing all the tips which one should know before beginning with Instant Pot. First of all, you should know your Instant Pot properly.
For this, we will now explain you its three basic functions.
So quickly, let's begin it:- Saute:- This mode permits you to do the deep cooking. You can saute your vegetables, meat with the lid being off when you begin your cooking. You can even use this mode to thicken your sauces or to make dish dry. You can turn the temperature low for simmer, normal for sauteing and high for browning. To pause the saute mode at any time, press the keep warm/cancel button.
Manual Cooking:- Although your Instant Pot has many programs separately, still for certain type of cooking, manual mode is required. This mode allows you to set the cooking time manually. To begin with, manual cooking, add all your ingredients to the pot and put on the lid, take a look that floats valve is in 'sealing' position.
Now press the 'manual' button, 30-minute default timing appears on the screen. Use key (+) or (-) to adjust the timing. Just after 10 seconds, the cooking begins. To know how much time is required to cool your dish, you'd to play a little maths. Once you set the timing, it takes around 10-15 minutes to attain full pressure cooking.
Cooking is done at high pressure when you are in Manual mode. To cook at lower pressure, press the Pressure Key, just after setting the cooking time. Keep Warm.
Cancel:- This button allows you to stop cooking at any time whenever you want. When you press this button, it turns your Instant Pot on standby mode.
If you press this button in standby mode, it'll begin warm function, that can be used to keep your meal warm. Use the (+) or (-) key to adjust the temperature. Preferred Timing For Various
Slow Cooker:- Deep cooking. Cook time- 4 hours (240 mins).
Soup:- High-pressure cooking. Cook time- 30 minutes.
Meat:- High-pressure cooking. Cook time- 35 minutes.
Yoghurt:- Low-pressure cooking. Cook time- can be set at any time.
Bean/chilli:- High-pressure cooking. Cook time- 30 minutes.
Poultry:- High-pressure cooking. Cook time- 15 minutes.
Multigrain:- High-pressure cooking. Cook time- 40 minutes.
Steam:- High-pressure cooking. Cook time- 10 minutes.
Porridge:- High-pressure cooking. Cook time- 20 minutes.
Rice:- Low-pressure cooking. Cook time- based on the amount of rice and water.
1) Don't mess yourself with cook time:- Your Instant Pot needs time to heat up and begin its job. Add about 10 minutes to your total cook time when you add all the ingredients. Suppose, you are suggested to cook your meal for 30 minutes, but as told your Pot to require an initial time of about 10 minutes to heat up. So your cooking time is now changed to 40 minutes.
2) No need to thaw Frozen ones:- The benefit you receive with your Instant Pot is, you do not have to defrost your frozen ingredients before pouring it. Add all the ingredients to the pot and start your instant pot. You just had to add few more minutes to your total cook time.
3) Set The Venting Knob:- Don't forget to set the Venting Knob. Before you begin your program cooking set the Venting Knob, if you don't di soo, the pot will ruin all your food. Later, you have to begin your cooking again.
4) Quick Release VS Natural Release:- Quick Release- It takes 1-2 minutes to release by turning the venting knob. Natural Release- When you leave your venting knob alone and allow pressure to release naturally, on its own, this is called natural release. It takes about 15 minutes to release. You will be alerted when the pin drops.
5) Make sure you have enough liquid in your Instant Pot:- Cooking in an Instant Pot takes place with the release of steam, so must take care that there is plenty of water when it is steel pot cooking mode. If there's not sufficient moisture in the pot, your food could even burn.
6) Avoid Too Much Water:- Too much liquid as an ingredient in your Instant Pot can ruin the flavours away from your dish. So make sure your steel pot contains an adequate amount of water.
7) Clean the silicone ring regularly:- Do not forget to clean your silicone ring at regular periods. You might be complaining about the stubborn smell of the ring. To fix the problem was the ring properly or soak it in vinegar for some time. Wash it properly, before using it.
8)Easily Remove Burnt Stain:- Suppose, you experiment a new dish with your Instant Pot which gone wrong and leaves behind dirty burnt stains. What should you do now? Soak the steel pot with warm water and take small balls of aluminium foil. Start scrubbing gently and get rid of the problem.
9) Keep Distance With your Instant Pot:- Make sure you always keep your hand and face away from the steam release valve. This can even harm you. Also, remember to place your Instant Pot in an open area which makes steam release easier.