If you just got an Instant pot, then you may need to do a water test before trying any “real” recipes. An Instant Pot water test is a great way to get comfortable with your Instant Pot and to make sure that it’s working efficiently.
Getting to know your Instant Pot is a great way to overcome the first-timer fears. A water test should be done on all new pressure cookers to make sure your appliance is functioning properly and to help you learn a little bit about it as well.
Many people jump straight into a recipe and then become scared while their pressure cooker is in use. Sounds, smells, timers, buttons, and steam are all intimidating to those who are just starting out. By doing this water test, you can become more comfortable with your machine and have it go from scary to normal in no time.
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How to do an Instant pot water test
- Add 1 cup of water to the inner pot of the pressure cooker.
- Close the Lid.
- Make sure the seal valve is in the closed position.
- Set to Manual / Pressure Cook for 1 minute.
- Use the +/- keys to adjust to 1 minute.
- Allow the pressure cooker to heat up and seal.
- After 1 minute the timer will Beep.
- Open the Pressure valve to release steam by using the back of a spoon.
- Open the lid.
That’s it! Doing a water test is a very important first step in owning your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.
Is it necessary to complete a Water test?
While it may not be required by manufacturers, the benefits of doing this simple test are pretty great. You can see first-hand how your machine operates and make sure that it is doing so properly.
By doing the Water Test you can also make sure your sealing ring is in it’s proper place and you make sure your new Instant Pot is ready for a recipe.
What if my Water Test Fails?
Your machine could be broken, which is great news to find out now before your dinner is ruined. That being said, you should run some additional diagnostics before trying to return your new appliance.
Make sure that the inner seal is on the lid of the Instant Pot correctly and that the steam release valve is pointed to the sealed symbol.
Why is my seal valve wobbly and loose?
As scary as it may seem to have a wobbly valve, it’s actually supposed to be this way. When the pressure cooker reaches a high temperature, the sealing ring will expand and help it to fit nice and snug.
Is Hissing normal when my Instant Pot is pressuring up?
While your Instant Pot is coming up to pressure, it will make noises and release some steam from the pressure release valve. The colder that the ingredients inside the pot is, the longer it takes to come to temperature, but the noises and steam are normal while pressuring up.
I’m afraid to release the pressure with my hand, what do I do?
Using a hand towel to wrap your hand as you adjust it can help to prevent a fear of steam burns, but if you don’t feel comfortable with that suggestion, you can also use the backside of a spoon or the ladle that came with your Instant Pot.