How to: Clean Your Insta Pot
Over the last few years Insta Pots have increased in popularity, and, while this nifty little machine is great for easy meals, keeping it clean is not always an easy task. Here's a quick few tips to help you keep your Insta Pot clean.
After Each Use
Wash the Inner Pot - The inner pot of your Insta Pot is dishwasher safe which makes it super easy to clean after cooking.
Wipe it Down- Using a damp washcloth, wipe down the inside and outside of the cooker.
Sealing Ring- The silicone ring on the inside of the lid often absorbs food odors and colors. This ring pops out and can be placed on the top rack of your dishwasher.
Lid- Don't forget to wipe down the inside of the lid with a wet washcloth to avoid build-up from forming.
Next time you're ready to deep clean your Insta Pot make sure to follow these steps to prevent clogging, remove stubborn food residue, and elminate odors. Aim to do this process at least once a month if you frequently use your Instapot.
Step 1: Unplug
Always remember to unplug your Insta Pot any time you clean it.
Step 2: Clean the Housing
Using a clean washcloth wipe down the inside and outside of the main cooking part of the Insta Pot. A small cleaning brush can be used to remove dried food residue from the bottom of the pot and can help you reach all the small nooks and crannies.
Step 3: Wash the Lid
Using warm, soapy water and a dishcloth wipe down the lid of your instapot.
Step 4: Check the smaller parts
The smaller parts around the steam valve can easily be blocked with food particles, which is why it's important to clean these parts thoroughly. Start by removing the quick release handle by pulling straight up on it. Give it a quick wash in warm soapy water, then replace it.
Next, remove the shield that covers the steam valve on the inside of the lid. Some models screw off while others just pop off. Wash the shield, then put it back on.
Finally, remove and clean the condensation collection cup that attaches to the side of your Insta Pot.
Step 5: Clean the Sealing Ring
Remove the inner silicone ring on the inside of the lid. If you notice any type of cracking or damage to the sealing ring, for safety purposes make sure to replace it before continuing use.
The silicone ring is dishwasher safe and should be placed in the top rack of your dishwasher. Once it is clean it can be replaced in the Insta Pot, making sure it sits snug against the lid.
Step 6: Wash the Inner Pot & Accessories
Wash the inner pot, steam rack, and all other accessories that you regularly use in your Insta Pot. The inner pot and the steam rack are both dishwasher safe, however not all Insta Pot accessories are so make sure to check with the manufacturer prior to putting them in the dishwasher.
You can also use diluted vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio in a spray bottle to wipe down and disinfect your Insta Pot. This will also help to remove any residues and odors that your Insta Pot can harbor over time.
Remember to never use anything scratchy such as steel wool to clean the inner part of your Insta Pot as it will remove the finish over time.
Step 7: Put it back together
The final step is to put all of the pieces of your Insta Pot back together.
Other Cleaning Tips:
A 1:1 mixture of diluted white vinegar and water can be used to safely clean and disinfect your Insta Pot. This is also a great way to help reduce and eliminate odors caused from bacteria and left over food particals.
Regular cleaning and maintenance of your Insta Pot helps to ensure food particles and odors don't accumulate.
Always remember to clean in between the interior silicone ring and the edge of the pot. Most of the time moisture accumulates here and can cause unwanted odors.
Do you have any tips or tricks on how to clean and maintain your Insta Pot? Leave us a comment below!