Five Common Mistakes You Can Avoid As New Instant Pot User
1. Forgetting to place the inner pot back into the IP before pouring in the ingredients.
Place a wooden spoon on top of the IP after every time you take out the inner pot from the IP housing. It’ll help prevent potential damage to your IP.
2. Filling the IP with food and liquid up to the max line. That could result in clogging the venting knob.
Do your best to avoid the max line.
For pressure cooking: fill up to ⅔ of the pot.
For pressure cooking foods that expand during the cooking process: for foods like grains, beans, and dried vegetables fill the pot only a halfway up. If you’ve accidentally overfilled the pot, use Natural Pressure Release to stay safe and clean.
3. Using the quick release for foamy food or when it's overfilled.
Use the natural release for foamy foods.