It only takes one or two spicy meals before you find yourself wondering how to clean an Instant Pot. Fortunately, it’s a very simple process — yet another reason to love this incredibly versatile, multi-function cooking machine!
What is an Instant Pot?
Both serve as all-in-one electric pressure cookers, slow cookers, rice cookers, steamers, and warmers in which you can also saute and brown foods. (No extra pots to clean!) The Duo also makes yogurt!
I know what you’re thinking: “Aren’t pressure cookers dangerous?” Listen, this isn’t your grandma’s pressure cooker — the one that sat on the stove hissing and jiggling, and which Grandma worried might explode and send a spray of boiling food everywhere if she didn’t continuously monitor the pressure.
Nope, this one is practically silent. Just like your slow cooker, it’s electric which means it constantly monitors and adjusts its pressure to cook food safely and correctly. For that matter, it can completely replace your slow cooker (and rice cooker, and vegetable steamer), too. Hooray for fewer kitchen gadgets!
Why would I want one?
I can’t begin to describe how much I adore mine — so much so that it and my Keurig are the only two kitchen appliances I never, ever put away. It’s just that functional and easy to use.
With an Instant Pot, you don’t have to remember to defrost meat before making dinner. That’s right: you can put frozen chicken, roasts, or chops straight into the pot, add some liquids, turn it on and go do something else. Within 30-40 minutes (even faster with defrosted meat) you’re sitting down to dinner!
Prefer to avoid meat? Add pasta, sauce, and a bit of water and walk away. After 5-8 minutes at full pressure, your dinner is ready and perfectly cooked: all you need to do is stir.
It’s brilliant at making tender, perfectly cooked rice, oatmeal (steel cut or rolled), beans and legumes, too.
It’s so versatile that I use mine every single day. I think my oven and stove are beginning to miss me! But, because it gets so much use, I’d only had it for a few days before starting to wonder how to clean an Instant Pot. Well, here’s how.
How To Clean Instant Pot Pressure Cookers
It only takes a couple of minutes to clean the four main parts of the Instant Pot the outside, the inside, the lid, and the silicone ring. Fortunately, they’re super easy to take care of, which is one more reason why I love this thing! (I have the Duo, by the way.)
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- The outside: Unplug the appliance and wipe the exterior with a microfiber cloth using soap and water. Avoid getting the multifunction button panel very wet. Buff dry.
- The inside: Pull out the high-polish stainless steel insert and trivet. These can be washed in the dishwasher or with soap and water. Remove stubborn spots by scouring with baking soda or Barkeeper’s Friend. Use a damp microfiber cloth to remove any spills within the housing unit or around the appliance rim.
- The lid: Gently remove the silicone ring from the lid and set it aside. Pull the vented anti-block lid off then wash it, as well as the lid, in hot, soapy water. (Some people say you can put the lid in the top rack of the dishwasher. I haven’t tried this.) Buff dry, then put the anti-block lid back on.
- The silicone ring: This part is dishwasher safe, so I just toss it on the top rack after every use. You can also wash it by hand. To remove odors, soak it in a bowl filled with 4 cups hot water and either 1 cup white vinegar or 2-3 denture tablets for 15 minutes then rinse and let it fully dry before reinserting.
That’s all there is to cleaning your Instant Pot to keep it looking — and smelling — like new!
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