You cooked a perfect quinoa dish in your Instant Pot, but now you’re left with a nasty case of Instant Pot Lid Funk. We checked with New York-based chef Mariam Shah, who regularly uses her Instant Pot when preparing meals at home. “There’s not much I do except pull it out and wash it with soap and water. In the event the ring is loose, or stored in the Instant Pot while it’s damp, organic matter trapped between the ring and the lid will fuel the growth of microorganisms. Some models of Instant Pot come with two silicone rings, one red color and one clear which can be changed out when cooking different food types to avoid mixing of smells,” Fadden said. How To Clean A Sealing Ring That’s Been Around The Block A Few TimesThese are great tips for anyone with a new, or fairly new, Instant Pot, but what about for those of us who are dealing with one that’s a little seasoned (pun intended)?I took one for the team and stopped washing my Instant Pot sealing ring upon being assigned this article.
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:
While the smell can be scary, there’s no need to fear. Silicone is entirely safe...
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