An instant pot is the crusader of kitchen appliances. It’s our go-to gadget for flogging up quick-and-easy meals and delightful desserts in recorded time. It can make yogurt, cook eggs, and perform a list of other surprising tricks that make our lives easier. This multitasking appliance can do it all, but it needs regular maintenance to continue cooking at its best. Lucky for you, cleaning an Instant Pot is a fairly simple process. Because most of the components—including the inner cooking pot, sealing ring, and lid—are easily removable and washable, clean-up is easy.
- Warm soapy water
- Soft-bristled brush or toothbrush
- Dishwasher (optional)
- White distilled vinegar
STEP 1: Make sure your Instant pot is cooled down before you begin cleaning. Remove the lid, steam rack, and inner stainless-steel pot from the exterior cooker base. One might also want to check for damage to the cord or any needed repairs at this time.
STEP 2: Clean the base of Instant pot: Much like a slow cooker, the base of pressure cooker contains the heating element and electronic components, so this part should never be inundated in water or placed in the dishwasher. To clean the Instant Pot base, wipe down the outside with a damp cloth to remove crumbs or food splashes. If you need to clean the inside of the cooking base, use a clean, damp material to wipe it down and dry the interior immediately. Clean the recessed area around the lip of the base to remove any stuck-on food.
STEP 3: The inner bowl and steam rack are ended of stainless steel, so these can be washed by hand in warm, soapy water or placed in the dishwasher on either rack for tougher-to-tackle food stains or remains. Over time, you might notice water stains or staining on the bottom of the inner pot, which can be easily removed with vinegar. To renew the finish, pour 1 cup white vinegar into the stainless-steel bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes before pouring it out and rinsing with water. Avoid using steel wool or coarse cleaners, which can damage the stainless-steel surface.
Step 4: Once all parts are spotless and parched, reassemble the Instant Pot lid. Double-check that the sealing ring, anti-block shield, and float valve are securely in place, as these are essential for the pressure cooker to function properly. Put all pieces back together with the base and enjoy your newly clean Instant Pot.
In a nutshell, Cleaning an Instant Pot is more convenient than you might think. All it takes is some washing, and reassembly. These tips on how to clean an Instant Pot will keep your unit clean— and ensure it’ll keep serving you well for years to come