5-5-5 or 6-6-6: A method used to prepare eggs in your Instant Pot®. It refers to the time on pressure cook (manual), the natural release time and the time to soak the eggs in an ice-bath before peeling them.
Anti-block shield: The round component with 5 holes underneath the lid. It is designed to prevent food particles from interfering with the steam release valve. It should be removed and cleaned after each use, especially following the preparation of foods that may splatter. To remove, using your thumb, push the side of the Anti-Block Shield towards the lid rim and lift up. It may take a little effort, but the anti-block shield will pop out.
Condensation Cup: The cup positioned at the rear of your Instant Pot®. It is used to capture any extra condensation that develops during cooking. The Lux series does not include a condensation cup.
Cooker Base (Exterior Cooker): Contains the multiprocessor and the electrical components. Never place anything on the inside of the cooker without the stainless steel inner pot in position.
The cooker base must be kept away from external heat sources and never submerged under water, as it will damage the base.
Delay Start or Timer (older models): Sets the time delay before a cooking program starts.
Duo Pressure: The cooker includes both pressure settings low and high
EPC: Electric Pressure Cooker
Float Valve (Pin): The silver or red pin beside the steam valve, when it is up, your cooker is fully pressurized; when it drops it is no longer pressurized and you can open the cooker.
HP: High Pressure setting
LP: Low Pressure setting
Manual or Pressure Cook (newer models): Use Manual or Pressure Cook function for pressure cooking when custom time and/or pressure level is indicated.
Natural Release (NR or NPR): Allow the cooker to cool down naturally until the float valve drops down. This may take 10 to 15 minutes or even longer, depending on the amount of food inside. The cooker will not go into “Keep Warm” mode until the pressure has been released
PIP: Pot-in-Pot, refers to placing another pot inside your stainless steel inner pot to prepare a dish.
Quick Release (QR or QPR): Turn the Steam Release handle or Quick Release Button to the “Venting” position to let out steam until the float valve drops down. QR is not suitable for food with large liquid volume or high starch content (e.g. oatmeal, porridge, sticky liquids, starchy soup, etc.). Food content may splatter out from the steam release. Use Natural Release (NR) instead.
Sealing Ring: The silicone ring is positioned under the lid. The sealing ring is made of high-quality, heat-resistant silicone. The sealing ring is critical to the proper functioning of your Instant Pot®, it must always be positioned properly on the underside of the lid. Only use Genuine Instant Pot sealing rings, other brands will void your warranty.
Sling: Used for PIP cooking to easily remove the pot from the inner pot. Slings can be in silicone or aluminum foil.
Stainless Steel Inner Pot: The stainless steel food grade liner (304 – 18/8) that sits inside the Cooker Base and engages with the heating element. This is where food and liquid are placed for the cooking to occur. It is dishwasher safe.
Steam Rack (Trivet): The steam rack is placed inside the stainless steel inner pot. It is used to elevate food or your dish above the water in the bottom of the pot while pressure cooking.
Steam Release handle (Pressure Release Valve) or Quick Release Button (Ultra): This is the button that seals in or releases steam when pressure cooking. Ensure the valve is as close to “Sealing” as possible. This is how the pressure cooker will come up to pressure. The steam release handle does not lock tightly it will fit loosely on the lid.
Water Test (Initial Test Run): To help you become familiar with your Instant Pot® and to ensure the cooker is functioning properly.