5 Common Instant Pot Mistakes And How To Fix Them

It’s easy to see the appeal of an Instant Pot, a versatile multicooker appliance that can cook food in record speed, but there is definitely a learning curve when it comes to using one. At its core, the Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, and if you’re unfamiliar with pressure cooking there are a few basic things to know to avoid some major problems, like burning your food to the bottom or causing the pot to overflow.

Whether you’re brand new to cooking with an Instant Pot or still fine-tuning your cooking times and water ratios, you’ve come to the right place. We spoke with experts to learn the most common mistakes people make when using an Instant Pot and how to avoid them. Here’s what you need to know:

Mistake #1: Adding too much water

Water is essential to cooking with an Instant Pot, because you need steam

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How To Get Rid Of That Nasty Smell In Your Instant Pot

You cooked a perfect quinoa dish in your Instant Pot, but now you’re left with a nasty case of Instant Pot Lid Funk. Today we’ll tell you why, and we’ll also share experts’ suggestions for exiling the stink from your kitchen for good.

The culprit is your Instant Pot’s sealing ring, the food-grade silicone band that goes around the top of the Instant Pot lid, guaranteeing a tight seal for all that pressure cooking you’re doing. See here:

My dirty ring (and where it’s located, because a lot of people aren't aware it's even there!).
My dirty ring (and where it’s located, because a lot of people aren’t aware it’s even there!).

While the smell can be scary, there’s no need to fear. Silicone is entirely safe for food, which is why it’s such a popular material used for kitchen tools and food storage.

There are three reasons the sealing ring gets stanky. First, it’s porous. That means when you cook aromatic dishes

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