Dad uses his Instant pot a lot, at least 4-5 times a week, so he has lots of experience in cleaning them up. The Instant Pot is a fantastic gadget, but it can be a pain to clean. Take rice for example. Dad quickly learned that if you leave rice in the instant pot on warm for too long it turns into something suitable for making a prison shank. This stuff is solid, and pain to clean.
However, Dad doesn’t only make rice; he makes all kinds of meals in the Instant Pot. Some of those meals are sticky or end up with a bunch of “gunk” and burnt on mess on the bottom of the inner pot. So Dad developed a simple “Dad Hack” to make cleanup a breeze!
With the inner pot still inside the main unit pour in about 2-4 cups of warm water. Once again, make sure it covers the offending mess. Next, select the sauté setting and adjust it to “more”. It won’t be long until the water will start to boil. Once it’s boiling take a nice metal spatula and scrape the bottom to loosen all the gunk. Then, let the water boil away all that mess. After about 10 minutes at a rolling boil turn off the Instant Pot and let it cool until you can safely handle the inner pot. Pour the soupy mess down the drain and what you are left with is a basically clean inner pot. The nice thing is this “Dad Hack” is not just for the Instant Pot. You can use this hack for all of your pots and pans by simply boiling them on your stove top.
Dad’s final tip for cleaning up your Instant Pot is the easiest one yet. Jump on the interwebs and order up a silicone pan scraper. This tiny item is Dad’s all-time favorite kitchen tool. Since it is not recommended to use abrasives like steel wool on the inner pot, this scrapper is a must have item. You can easily and safely remove just about anything from the inner pot with a few passes. They are hard enough to get the job done but soft enough not to do any damage. They only cost about $3 for 2 of them and can be used on all types of pots and pans. Trust Dad on this one, you need one in your kitchen.
Since Dad is in charge of getting all the meals on the table in his family he has developed lots of “Dad Hacks” to get the job done quickly. Dad uses things like the Instant Pot, Immersion Circulators (Sous Vide), Air Fryers and just plain simple recipes to serve delicious meals to his family every night. You can find Dad on the interwebs at DadGotThis.com, on Facebook and Dad even has his own YouTube channel where he teaches you all his tricks.
Ok, now go cook something! – Dad
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