The Instant Pot electric pressure cooker has changed the way I cook, helping me prepare budget-friendly meals in a lot less time than traditional methods.
Cleanup is also a breeze. You just throw the inner cooking pot in the dishwasher when you’re done!
How to remove stains from your Instant Pot
But your dishwasher may not be able to remove the toughest stains. Instant Pot’s official website states that minerals or salts in the food and water can cause the inner pot to become discolored.
Stainless steel cleaner is an effective way to remove the marks, but I didn’t have any around the house. Instead, I found a cheap, quick and easy way to make my Instant Pot look like new again.
What’s the secret? About half a cup of vinegar. I also added some baking soda for extra cleaning power.
Instant Pot’s manufacturer recommends that you avoid using steel wool because it could scratch the inner pot, so I grabbed a regular kitchen sponge and scrubbed for about 30 seconds.
How to remove odors from your Instant Pot
Another common complaint about the Instant Pot is lingering odors. If it begins to smell like your leftovers, it’s likely due to the silicone sealing ring.
To tackle the odor, add two cups of vinegar and a few drops of lemon juice, and run steam mode for five minutes.
Sealing ring with lid
How Instant Pot makes life easier
The Instant Pot is so popular right now because it’s more than a pressure cooker. It’s also a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker and warmer — for about $70.
The manufacturer claims the appliance prepares meals up to 70% faster than other methods.
I’ve been cooking with an Instant Pot for the last few months and it never leaves my counter. I use my oven, stove and microwave about 75% less than before this kitchen gadget came into my life.