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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‘Soup Pot’ Has Players Create Delicious Dishes from The Philippines, Korea, and Japan

One thing that all Asians can agree on is that the continent probably has some of the best food on Earth. And Pinoy game studio, Chikon Club, is looking to celebrate this aspect of Asian culture through their new game Soup Pot.

Unlike the Cooking Mama series, where players are awarded for sticking to the recipe to a tee, Soup Pot is a cooking game with a heavy focus on creativity, capturing the improvisational nature of home cooking and allowing players to experiment with 100 different dishes.

Beautifully stylized 3D renders of ingredients will be at the player’s disposal to create these dishes and players can cook freely without restrictions. From there, players can then channel their inner Masterchef and plate these dishes however they like.

Chikon Club is aiming to make Soup Pot’s in-game kitchen a welcoming place for home cooks of every proficiency. The game is more about

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I’m Cooking and Doing Dishes Nonstop, and This Bamboo Pot Scraper Keeps Me Going

This is Highly Recommend, a column dedicated to our very opinionated editors’ favorite things to eat, drink, and buy.

I’ve been keeping this humble yet mighty bamboo pot scraper perched at my sink for years now. A dear friend of mine gave it to me as a gift, which to be perfectly honest, I thought was a little curious. Then I started using it. It quickly reached permanent staple status, and I didn’t think I could love it more—that is, until I started sheltering at home.

I’ve been cooking a lot and doing the dishes nonstop—or at least that’s what it feels like! These pot scrapers make all that cleaning a little easier by removing stubborn bits of cooked-in food without scratching the surface of your pots and pans. Each corner of the scraper is a different shape, so one edge is more like a right angle and another

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