At first glance, your Instant Pot can be pretty overwhelming. Maybe you haven’t even unboxed your new Instant Pot, or you’re just plain intimidated by it.
There are a number of mistakes new instant pot users make, all of which you can avoid by reading this post! The more familiar you are with your pressure cooker, the more you can do to ensure a successful first use!
Here are 10 common mistakes to avoid as a new instant pot user.
Mistake: You Forget to Put the Inner Pot Back
Your kitchen can get a little chaotic during meal time. You’re rushing around to get dinner on the table, but you’ve made one critical error! You’ve poured your recipe ingredients into your Instant Pot, but forgot to put the inner pot back after rinsing it!
This is one of the most common mistakes across both novice and experienced Instant Pot users, but it’s one that can seriously damage your Instant Pot. To avoid this, put the lid, or even your cooking spoon, on top of the Instant Pot as a reminder when you remove the inner pot.
Mistake: You Overfilled Your Instant Pot
Every Instant Pot has a max fill line on the inside of the pot. When you fill liquid past this line you risk clogging the venting knob, which could mean big problems down the road.
If you accidentally fill past the max fill line, don’t panic. The simple fix is just using the natural pressure release to relieve the pressure, remove the extra liquid and re-seal the pot.
Mistake: You Used Quick Release for Foamy Food or When Your Instant Pot was Overfilled
Have you ever seen those pictures of failed Instant Pot recipes with food all over the outside and the counter? This is the reason why!
If you’re not sure when to use the quick pressure release or natural pressure release, it could result in a big mess, and one of the biggest Instant Pot mistakes.
When making foamy foods, if you use Quick Release, you risk splattering so be sure to keep a close eye on your Instant Pot while cooking. When making foamy food, you should also use the natural release to avoid splattering.
Mistake: You Hit the Timer Button When Setting Your Cooking Time
When you press the timer button on your Instant Pot, you’re not setting your cooking time! The timer button is for delayed cooking, and will be lit green when ready.
If you see that your timer button is lit green, press your keep warm or cancel button and your Instant Pot will begin cooking again.
Mistake: You Forgot to Put the Venting Knob to the Sealing Position
One of the most common mistakes new Instant Pot users make is forgetting to turn the venting knob to the sealing position. You’ll know it’s in the sealing position when the floating valve has popped up.
Mistake: You Put Your Instant Pot on the Stove
When you have very little counter space, you may try to move your Instant Pot to the stove top to save some space. You should never put your InstantPot on the stove – this could lead to accidentally burning the bottom of your Instant Pot!
Mistake: You Used Too Much Liquid
Adding too much liquid to your Instant Pot will increase your cooking time. This can mean accidentally overcooking your food, diluting your seasoning or creating a bland dish. To avoid this, make sure you are not filling past the full line, but not using less than the minimum.
Mistake: You Forgot to Put the Sealing Ring Back
The lid of your InstantPot has something called a sealing ring. This ring is made of silicone and will tend to absorb the smells of all the food you cook. This leads to many users removing this piece and washing or airing out the ring.
The mistake comes from forgetting to put it back before your next use. Just as we put that wooden spoon there to remind us we forgot the inner pot, make sure you leave a reminder to keep you from forgetting to put back the sealing ring.
Mistake: You Used the Rice Button to Cook All Types of Rice
The rice button is not an all-in-one solution for making rice. Different types of rice will require different amounts of water to rice ratios, and that will change the cooking time.
There are also certain types of rices and grains that will require use of the Multi-Grain button. S, when making rice, quinoa or another grain, use your manual button and keep an eye on your Instant Pot.
Mistake: You Used Hot Liquid Instead of Cold
The last of the Instant Pot mistakes is to using the wrong temperature of water. Pay close attention to whether your recipe calls for hot or cold liquid. Using hot instead of cold can lead to undercooking your meal and shortening your cook time.
Have you made any other rookie Instant Pot mistakes?