20 Tips You Need When Cooking With An Instant Pot
By CRAWFORD SMITH
Food - Drink
Quick Release
The fastest way to release the pressure from your Instant Pot after your food is done is by hitting the quick release switch, but it’s not always the best option. Liquid-heavy preparations, starchy foods like oatmeal, and braised meats work best with a natural pressure release.
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Condensation Cup
Most models of Instant Pot come fitted with a small plastic cup that's meant to collect the condensed steam that the pot produces during cooking. It's such a minor part of the Instant Pot experience that it's easy to forget, but not cleaning it could have dire consequences, including bugs making their home there.
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Steam
Instant Pots eject steam when they depressurize, which can be dangerous and wreck kitchen cabinets over time. If your kitchen is set up in a way that makes it difficult to vent steam safely, you can consider buying a steam diverter, but be careful, as the Instant Pot was not originally designed to work with them.
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Lid Holder
The lid of an Instant Pot has to be big and bulky to work properly, which can make it tricky to deal with. Instant Brands recognized this issue, and the handles of the base and lid are made to fit together, so you can stick the lid handle into one of the base handles and it will hold the lid in place.
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Sealing Ring
The sealing ring is key to ensuring that your Instant Pot works the way it should, as it prevents pressure and liquid from escaping and causing messes or even explosions. The Food Network recommends that you buy a new sealing ring every year or so, or more frequently if you're a heavy Instant Pot user.
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