Sunday, 13 August 2017

Instant Pot Water Test

Have you purchased and used a "Instant Pot" yet?  Have you even heard of the "IP"? Well, let me enlighten you, if you are not part of this craze!

If you have been keeping up with Wee Bear and I, you know we purchased a motorhome, a 34 foot beauty we named "Aria"! We are planning to explore the United States with our son and family, and anyone else that is brave enough to come along! More on that later......and possibly a new blog in the makings....I have purchased and created the domain name "whereRVgoingtoday"! Stay tuned!

Okay, on to the "IP" ......I was outfitting Aria with her dishes, pots, pans, etc. and read about the "Instant Pot". I was interested, and read more. Basically, it is a programmable pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, egg cooker, warmer, saute and steamer all in one! This is perfect, as any RV owner knows, space is limited in the RV, no matter how big you are! I read reviews and ......well, I dove in! Reading about IP users making their favorite recipes and 5000 other delicious things they have been cooking in their Instant Pot. I have joined several IP groups on Facebook and read about their experiences. This weekend I made my first few dishes, New York Cheesecake with strawberry compote, Crispy Carnita's, Monkey Bread, Spanish rice.....and a few more. All this, after doing the "Water Test".

The "Water Test". This test will tell you if your IP pressure cooker is working properly. This is definitely something you do first, after purchasing the IP.

Safety Check

1. Check the silcone ring is properly seated.

Check and make sure the venting valve and floating valve are unobstructed.

Place the inner pot in the IP

Pour 2 cups water into the 500ml and 3 cups water into the 750 ml.

Close lid- closing in a clockwise direction, lining up the arrows.

 Turn the venting knob to the sealed position.

Initiate the test by pressing the manual button or the steam button. Either one will work.

Press the "-" until it reaches 2 minutes. This means we are pressure cooking for 2 minutes.

Once the steam has been generated inside the pot, the floating valve will pop up. You SHOULD NOT see steam escaping from the pot at this point. Once the steam builds up inside the pot the valve pops up.

Once the pressure has reached high pressure the indicator will switch from "on" to "2", this means the cooking time has started and will pressure cook for 2 minutes.

After the two minute pressure cooking cycle has finished the Instant Pot will automatically go into "keep warm mode".

Press the keep warm/cancel button to turn off the instant pot.

The indicator will switch to "Off".

At this point you can release the pressure and open the lid.

Voila! You have passed the "Instant Pot Water Test"!!!

NEXT- How to release pressure in your Instant Pot- Quick Release vs. Natural Release

Quick Pressure Release (QPR or QR) & Natural Pressure Release (NPR or NR) are 2 methods to release pressure of your Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot.

It is super easy to master these 2 pressure release methods.
First, let’s learn a few basics of your pressure cooker’s lid:

Look closely at your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker’s lid. There’s a Floating Valve (metal pin) and a Venting Knob. Noticed the Sealing Position and Venting Position on the lid?

After the cooking cycle finished, carefully move the venting knob from Sealing Position to Venting Position to quickly release the pressure inside the pressure cooker. This usually takes a few minutes to release all the pressure. Wait until the Floating Valve (metal pin) completely drops before opening the lid.

The steam shooting out maybe intimidating at first. Using a wooden spoon or wear oven mitt/silicone glove to move the Venting Knob may help. You will get used to it 

What’s the advantage?Quick Pressure Release is great for quickly stopping the cooking process to prevent overcooking. It’s ideal for food such as quick-cooking vegetables (e.g broccoli, bok choy, corn, etc.) and delicate seafood (e.g salmon, crab, lobster, etc.)

What’s the catch?
  • Not suitable for food with large liquid volume or high starch content (e.g. porridge, congee, soup, etc.). Food content may splatter out from the Pressure Release Valve.
  • Foamy food may clog the Pressure Release Valve.
  • Food, especially beans may break apart due to the sudden change in pressure/temperature.
  • If the recipe is designed for Natural Pressure Release, the food may come out undercooked.
 Okay, I have given you the basics you need to know to get started with your Instant Pot! Now you can have some fun!!

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