How to Remove Anti-Block Sheild
Remove the lid from your instant pot and turn it over to where the anti-block shield lies. Push the shield towards the edge of the lid while putting pressure upwards. It may take extra effort if it’s your first time removing the anti-block shield for cleaning and you might think it may break off—but rest assured it doesn’t.
You can wash the Instant Pot O-ring in the dishwasher, which should sanitize and deodorize it well, or you can use some vinegar and steam my Instant Pot, or dip the ring in vinegar in a bowl. However, it is recommended to remove the Instant Pot O-ring and anti-blocking protection before placing the lid in the dishwasher. After cleaning the lid, anti-blocking protection and silicone O-ring, be sure to check the vapor release valve.
Wash the top of the lid and check for food particles around the drain valve and float valve. Remove the outlet valve by pulling it outward, then lower it into the inner tank. The steam trapped inside the pot pushes the steam release valve up and seals the pot. Once removed, clean it with warm soapy water using a cotton swab or other toothbrush to get into the valve.
Then close the lid and turn the pressure valve to the closed position and let the lid steam for two minutes. When the pressure is completely relieved, remove the lid and wash the inner container with warm soapy water.
Let the white vinegar sit for 5 minutes, then remove and rinse the inner bowl. You can also quickly clean the inner pot by pouring in a cup of white vinegar, soaking it for five minutes, and then rinsing the inner pot. Cloudy or iridescent spots on the bottom of the pan can be removed by spraying white vinegar and letting it dry after a while.
It is normal for stainless steel bowls to turn blue or iridescent after prolonged use. In most cases, you can clean the inner bowl like any stainless steel pan, whether in the dishwasher or by hand. When cleaning, first make sure the inner bowl is clean (no grease or food in the inner bowl).
|Hot water||First unplug the instant pot|
|White Vinegar||Wash the interior with warm water|
|Lemon Peels||Then clean the sealing lid and the ring|
|Dishwasher||After that, wipe down the base unit|
|Baking Soda||In the end, dry it|
Follow the quick release, wash the inner pot with soapy water and you will have a shiny inner pot. If you have stubborn burnt food that cannot be cleaned properly, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the inner pot, followed by 4 cups of water. To remove odors from O-rings, add 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, and a few lemon zests to the inner bowl.
You can wash the deodorant silicone ring with warm soapy water, then vinegar or lemon juice to remove odors. To remove the easy-looking silicone cleaning ring, let the lid cool, then gently pull on the O-ring. O-rings are best rinsed while they are in place, as constant pulling can deform and affect pressure cooking. You’ll also notice steam escaping from the side of the lid if the o-ring is missing, not fully inserted, or stretched and loose.
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The photos below show each step of cleaning the lid, from removing and rinsing the O-ring (photos 1 and 2) to rinsing and drying the lid (photos 3 and 4). Unless the Instant O-Ring is splashed with food or liquids that require thorough cleaning, we typically rinse and dry the O-Ring gently while it is in the lid of the instant product jar (as shown in the photo above). Regarding the frequency of cleaning, it is recommended to clean the lid after each use; there is no need to remove the silicone o-ring and anti-lock mesh every time because flushing works in most cases.
Wipe the bottom of the cover with a damp sponge and soapy water, paying special attention to the O-ring post and drain valve. Use a toothbrush or small foam brush to clean all parts of the lid. If you need to clean the area around the edge of the stove, use a sponge with soapy water or an old toothbrush to clean the edges. To clean the float valve (steel adjustment pin), carefully remove the white silicone button/cap from the inside of the cap, and then remove the stainless steel pin.
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Wash the stainless steel liner by hand with soap and water, or leave the work in the dishwasher as it is dishwasher safe. A non-abrasive stainless steel cleaner removes marks and helps keep your pans looking their way. If water spots appear on the inner pot surface, abrasive, non-abrasive dish cleaners will restore the inner pot’s luster. Although all parts of the Instant Pot (except the bottom of the stove) are dishwasher safe, it’s best not to use the dishwasher with the lid on.
Can you use Instant Pot without anti-Block Shield?
During heating, the sealing ring inflates to form a seal, letting pressure build inside the machine safely. If the sealing ring isn’t inserted accurately or is worn, torn, or out of shape, steam can come out from the lid, and the Instant Pot won’t seal.
Why is my pressure cooker lid stuck?
Pot has extended: The metal of your strain cooker’s body might have extended more than the metal of the cover, particularly assuming that you’ve been cooking at high intensity. Moving your cooker to the kitchen sink, and running cool water on it for a couple of seconds, may free the top.
How do you break a suction seal?
Wedge a spoon, margarine blade, bottle opener, or in the middle of between the container and the top, prying the cover away from the container with a powerful switch activity. Rehash a few times around the border of the cover until you hear a pull commotion. This breaks the vacuum seal, easing the tension on the cover.