Your pressure cooker is a jack of all trades - you can use it for everything from steaming rice to making yogurt to slow cooking meat. Instant Pot, Farberware, Fagor, Breville, Crock-Pot, and Ninja Foodi are just a few brands that manufacture this space-saving, multi-tasking machine.
A pressure cooker can handle almost anything you throw at it, but that doesn't make it indestructible. Your pressure cooker needs to be cleaned regularly to prevent clogs, remove stubborn food residue, and get rid of lingering smells.
Washing the inner pot and wiping down the housing makes up the majority of cleaning this type of appliance. However, if things start malfunctioning, it might be time to check the smaller pieces under the lid and deep clean a few forgotten areas.
It's important to clean your pressure cooker's sealing ring, which fits around the inside rim of the body of the cooker to form a pressure-tight seal with the lid while cooking. This piece tends to absorb the odors of the food you're cooking. After cleaning and deodorizing, it needs to be properly placed to maintain its seal. Residue or food particles lodged in the steam release handle, anti-block shield, and float valve may affect their function and throw off your pressure level.
Cleaning aluminum pressure cookers with white vinegar can lead to irreversible staining - not to mention the permanent damage it can do to your stone countertops if that's where you're doing your cleaning. Soapy water usually won't do the trick when cleaning baked-on food gunk, and even the familiar baking soda mixtures can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to start removing anything.
Lastly, steer clear of using scouring pads, steel wool, and abrasive cleaners, as these could scratch the liner or other components.
Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner won't harm your favorite kitchen appliance when it comes time for a deep cleaning. The formula powers out grime, cuts through grease and oil, and removes stubborn stains without bleach.
Always soak your pressure cooker's removable parts in soapy water after use, and deep clean the whole appliance at least once a month.