The purpose of the water test is to allow you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with your Instant Pot® with just a few cups of water and a few minutes. It also serves as a way to ensure that everything is working properly, that your sealing ring is on correctly, and you understand how the sealing/venting work.
Starting the Initial Test Run (Water Test)
Plug in your Instant Pot® ensuring that the power cord is securely and firmly pushed in.
Place the stainless steel inner pot into the cooker base. It is extremely important to remember the inner pot, and to store it in the cooker base whenever possible, to avoid placing ingredients into the cooker base without the inner pot.
Using the measuring cup included, pour in 3 cups of water (750 ml) into the inner pot.
Ensure the sealing ring is in position underneath the lid. The sealing ring is grooved to fit underneath the wire. Once firmly in place, you should not be able to pop it out easily, and the ring should not move freely.
Place this lid on the cooker and close securely. The cooker will beep three times to let you know that the lid is closed.
Turn the steam release handle to the SEALING
Ultra automatically pushes the sealing valve up as you close the lid, so you do not need to set to the sealing position.
Press the STEAM Press the + / – keys to set it for 2 minutes.
Ultra turn your dial to STEAM. Using the dial and selections, set it for 2 minutes.
Ultra press the START
The preheating cycle will start after 10 seconds and the cooker will display ON. Traces of steam will release until the float valve pops up. The Steam program will begin after a few minutes when the cooker comes up to pressure.
Once the cooking cycle is complete, the cooker will beep and switch to Keep Warm if the Auto Keep Warm is ON.
When the cooking cycle is complete, release pressure by the NR or QR method.
Natural Release (NR): This means you do nothing, and allow the cooker to release pressure on its own. You will know the pot is no longer at pressure when the float valve drops.
Quick Release (QR): Turn the steam release handle to venting to release steam quickly.
Ultra press on the quick release button to release steam quickly.
What to expect during the Water Test
It will take approximately 5-10 minutes for the cooker to come to pressure.
During this time, it is entirely normal for the cooker to release steam around the float valve. As the steam builds up, you will see the float valve start to come up slowly. Your cooker may gently hiss and vent steam around the valve.
If you see a lot of steam releasing around the lid, you may need to stop the test, and ensure your sealing ring is in properly.
The cooker does not start counting down the minutes right away. First, the cooker has to come to pressure. Only then will it start the countdown.
Once the float valve is up, there will be no more hissing or steam. The cooker is now up to pressure, and the two-minute countdown will begin.
Once the 2 minutes are up, the cooker will beep to let you know that cooking is complete.
As these are the very steps you will be following to pressure cook you are now ready to start producing easy, fast, and delicious meals in your Instant Pot®!