Have you ever made dinner in your instant pot, then the next day you can still smell the whole meal? It’s the worst!! I figured I can’t be the only one, so I figured I would share the steps I take to eliminate the lingering dinner smells that welcome you the morning after!
#1 – Deodorize your sealing ring
The rubber from your sealing ring absorbs ALL the smells. They are dishwasher safe and if it’s a light smell, will deodorize it as well. But not all of the smells can get eliminated from the dishwasher. The best way I have found to get rid of it is vinegar. Isn’t that the solution for everything?!! I plug up my sink and put the ring in. I pour about 1-2 cups of vinegar into the sink and then fill the sink up with water until the ring is fully submerged. Let it soak for about an hour and then wash it thoroughly with dish soap. Sun rays also help eliminate the smell, so let the ring air dry, preferably in the sun.
#2 – Clean our the ridges around the pot
When you have a really full pot of food, you are bound to get some oversplash. Also while pulling the food out of your pot you will most likely drip/spill a little into the ridges around the pot. Make sure to wipe them down. Sometimes I even have to use a Q-tip to get some of the harder spots.
#3 – Don’t forget the condensation collector
I know that it’s hidden back behind the pot, but you don’t want you to forget about it. This picture is from after I made a batch of soup. Lots of extras made their way out of the pot and into the condensation collector. Make sure to clean this little guy out.
Now tell me, what’s your favorite thing to make in the instant pot?
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