Instant pots, crockpots, and other multi-functional cooking appliances have recently gained popularity. They can be found in many households. The device combines the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, rice cooker, and warmer into a single, programmable item. Some models even contain inserts for baking cupcakes, coddling an egg, or steaming fish and veggies.
After you’ve mastered all of your Instant Pot’s settings and recipes, you’ll need to learn how to clean it. After each use, a brief hand wash or a quick trip through the dishwasher (lid, seals, and inner chamber) is required, followed by a wipe-down of the base. However, in order to maintain its good condition for many years, you will need to deep clean the appliance once in a while. You can do that using baking soda and vinegar.
How often should an instant pot be cleaned?
You should clean the appliance after every use. That way you will prevent buildup and other grime and grease from accumulating. Since most parts are made of stainless steel, you can easily hand wash them, or even throw them in the dishwasher. Always use hot water and dishwashing liquid (that will cut through grease) when cleaning those parts. If you are using your instant pot regularly (or on a daily basis), deep cleaning is required at least once a month.
Cleaning an instant pot after every use
Clean your instant pot after every use to prevent spoiled food, grease, and other grime from accumulating and ruining the taste of your next meal. This can be easily done using hot water, dishwashing liquid, or just the regular cycle of your dishwasher.
- Unplug the instant pot – Always unplug the appliance before attempting to clean it. Skipping this step may result in fire hazards and danger to your health.
- Clean the interior of the appliance – Allow the stainless steel inner chamber to cool to room temperature after use. Remove any extra food with a plastic or rubber spatula. After that, either hand wash the chamber with hot water and dishwashing liquid or run it through an automatic dishwasher. Also, if you utilised a steaming rack during food preparation, don’t forget to clean it as well.
- Take care of the lid and its seal – Remove the silicone seal from the lid of the device and wipe it down with a moist sponge. The seal can be hand-washed with hot water and dish soap or washed in the dishwasher on the top shelf. Set the cycle to the maximum heat setting, or use your dishwasher’s sanitising cycle.
- Clean the base of the pot – Wipe down the inside and outside of the cooker base with a slightly moist sponge or dishcloth to remove food splatters and spills. For a streak-free gloss on the outside, use a little vinegar on a soft cloth.
- Dry and reassemble – Once the base of the pot and all its parts are clean and dry, put everything back together and enjoy it the next time you decide to cook something delicious.
Deep cleaning your instant pot
Deep cleaning your instant pot once every 6 months (at least) is of crucial importance. While regular daily washing is usually efficient in the short term, deep cleaning will ensure that no heavy buildup accumulates. What is more, it will prolong your appliance’s life.
- Unplug the pot – Again, it is of crucial importance that you unplug the appliance and clean the cord. Check for any exposed wires while on the job.
- Clean the base of the pot – Discard the inner cooking chamber. Wipe off the interior and outside of the base with a damp dishcloth. Pay special attention to the unit’s lip and clear away any food or crumbs that may obstruct a proper seal.
- Make a paste of 1 tablespoon of baking soda and a few drops of water to remove difficult stains from dropped food. Scrub the soiled area with a dishcloth or a gentle toothbrush dipped in the paste. Using a clean, moist cloth, wipe away the paste and food particles. Repeat as necessary until the base is clean.
- Deep clean all components
- Wash the silicone seal in hot, soapy water after removing it. Inspect it carefully for cracks and, if required, replace it.
- Remove the anti-block shield on the inside of the lid by pressing firmly with your thumb against one side of the lid’s outer edge. It should be obvious.
- Wash the shield in hot, soapy water, then thoroughly rinse and dry it.
- Remove the steam release valve and inspect the vents for food particles.
- To remove sticky food, clean the valve in hot, soapy water and use a toothbrush to scrub stuck-on grime.
- Using a soft cloth, rinse and dry the dish.
- Remove the condensation cup from your model and wash it in hot, soapy water.