Instant Pot 7 In 1 Duo 60 anti-block shield has 2 designs, oval and round.

The anti-block shield fits very securely.  To remove, try a rubber jar opener to achieve a firmer grip.  Grip lid securely.  Push on the side and pull out.

The anti-block shield should be removed and cleaned following each meal preparation, especially for meals that may splatter during preparation.

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    • Chris Wrinn
      Chris Wrinn says:

      Hi Kathie,

      Welcome to pressure cooking. High pressure is the typical pressure level, when cooking more delicate foods like vegetables or fish, using low pressure will cook food at a lower temperature to avoid overcooking. If a recipe doesn’t call for low pressure it would be using high pressure. If you have any additional questions, we will be happy to help. We have a great Facebook Community that can assist you with any questions too. https://www.facebook.com/groups/InstantPotCommunity/

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  1. Shary
    Shary says:

    This is the second day I have had my Instant Pot and it is now being used the fourth time. I love it. But your engineers have created a wonderful product, but engineers are known for not communicating. I have spent the night before last and yesterday just looking things up on the internet and reading the instruction book that came with my DUO60 trying to find out how things work. I have used a regular pressure cooker for years. Would you please get a teacher to write up your instructions, a person who knows how to communicate some new to people without any knowledge. I have friends with Instant Pots who don’t use them, I am sure because your instructions are so poor. Since I have been a commercial cook for a retreat center I know how to cook. Since I have used a pressure cooker for over 50 years I understand pressure cooker cooking. I can’t imagine how people without that kind of background can understand how to use your wonderful Instant Pot. I know I will use mine a lot, I just wish other people could too.

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    • Sorley Oneil
      Sorley Oneil says:

      Hello,

      We would like to thank you for your feedback.

      It is customers like yourself that allow us to improve with your comments. We will have this feedback passed along to the appropriate parties to consider.

      Thank you again for your time and please do feel free to reach out again at any time.

      Kind Regards,
      Sorley

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      • Leslie
        Leslie says:

        Hi,
        I agree, the instructions are difficult to follow and I am usually very good at that sort of thing! Please have someone reassess how the manual is written and consider making adjustments! Thanks!

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        • Joyce
          Joyce says:

          I too agree. In the manual the Anti-Block shield looks like it is made from a different material – like rubber. I had to check this website to make certain it was there. Also, I am a person that has never used a pressure cooker and was very hesitant to purchase this product. It is helpful to include descriptions that make it easier for people like me to use the product. For instance, I didn’t realize the steam release handle just sat in the position. I thought it was supposed to “lock” into place.

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          • Sorley O
            Sorley O says:

            Hello Joyce,

            Thank you for sharing, I will be passing this onto our team for review.

            Kind Regards,

      • Danielle
        Danielle says:

        I want to add another comment to stress this. There are large gaps in the descriptions and the “getting started” information that could make the pot easier to use. For example, what/when/why do I need to remove the anti-block shield? Take the descriptions of the different release types from the cookbook and add them to the user manual. Also, what’s the deal with the wiggly steam valve? Finally, how long does pre-heating last for each pre-programmed setting? Thank you.

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        • Sorley O
          Sorley O says:

          Hello Danielle,

          Thank you for following-up. I have passed on your feedback to our team, we appreciate your time and comments. Please allow me to help with a few of the comments you raised;

          The anti-block shield is to be cleaned as needed to avoid the collection of food debris. Largely it depends on what you are cooking, for example starchy and expanding foods would require regular cleaning of the lid’s components.

          The steam release valve works by virtue of its own weight, and needs to sit loosely so it can pivot while the unit is under pressure.

          The pre-heating time largely depends upon the temperature and volume of food as well as the ambient temperature (e.g. frozen or cold food will require a longer pre-heat time).

          I hope this helps, please do feel free to reach out again.

          Kind Regards,
          Sorley

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  2. Monica M
    Monica M says:

    I have design 1 and at the beginning, the anti block shield was easy to install, now it won’t stay in place not matter what I try. What should I do?

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  3. Eddie King
    Eddie King says:

    Very easy to take off, just add pressure with your thumb and it pops off. Why so much water has to be used, 16oz. ????????

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      • Gary
        Gary says:

        I’m sorry, but for most of my experiences with my Instantpot, you only need an amount of water that will barely cover the bottom of the pot. That is usually about 6oz. The only time you need more than that is if you’re making soups, stews, or rice. Too much water excessively dilutes juices from meats, etc;

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        • Chris Wrinn
          Chris Wrinn says:

          Hi Gary,

          We state a minimum amount of liquid to ensure proper pressurization. Vegetables and ingredients with a high water content can increase the amount of liquid that is left after cooking because evaporation is minimal. If there is too much liquid present after cooking, you can use thickeners, or switch to saute to reduce the volume of liquid.

          Chris W

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  4. Peter
    Peter says:

    help- what does this do? It is not mentioned in the guides?
    do I have to remove ant clean. I am not using the pressure cooker yet just saute-1st time
    TY Peter

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    • mjun
      mjun says:

      Hi Peter,
      The anti-block shield is part of the safety mechanism Anti-Blockage Vent which prevents food debris from blocking the vent. It is recommended to be removed and cleaned following each meal preparation.

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    • mjun
      mjun says:

      Hi Deborah,
      The anti-block shield is part of the safety mechanism Anti-Blockage Vent which prevents food debris from blocking the vent. It is recommended to be removed and cleaned following each meal preparation.

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  5. Audrey
    Audrey says:

    In design 2, like my pot, there is a little silicon cover over the little purple thing in the photo. Does that cover come off or stay on during cooking?

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    • mjun
      mjun says:

      Hi Audrey,
      The anti-block shield is part of the safety mechanism Anti-Blockage Vent which prevents food debris from blocking the vent. The anti-block shield needs to remain on the lid especially during cooking. It is recommended to be removed and cleaned following each meal preparation.

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    • mjun
      mjun says:

      The anti-block shield is part of the safety mechanism Anti-Blockage Vent which prevents food debris from blocking the vent. It is recommended to be removed and cleaned following each meal preparation.

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  6. Sherri
    Sherri says:

    I just got one of these pots for christmas. what is the anti block shield for? do you have to use it to run the machine? I am over whelmed reading the instructions……..

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    • mjun
      mjun says:

      Hi Sherri,
      The anti-block shield is part of the safety mechanism Anti-Blockage Vent which prevents food debris from blocking the vent. It is recommended to be removed and cleaned following each meal preparation. If you need additional help please contact support at: https://support.instantpot.com/

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  7. Aleen Caplan Yamasaki
    Aleen Caplan Yamasaki says:

    My lid has what looks like design 2 but in the manual it seems that is label exhaust valve and that there something else that I don’t see called and anti block shield.

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    • mjun
      mjun says:

      Hi Aleen,
      The anti-block shield is part of the safety mechanism Anti-Blockage Vent which prevents food debris from blocking the vent. It is recommended to be removed and cleaned following each meal preparation. If you need additional help please contact support at: https://support.instantpot.com/

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    • mjun
      mjun says:

      Hi D,
      It can be difficult to remove when your pot is still new, however, we do have some suggestions that should help you to remove it.
      1. Try gripping your shield and then twisting and pulling up at the same time.
      2. Use a wet paper towel or use any kind of rubberized glove to assist you with gripping the metal piece.
      3. Try holding the lid like a steering wheel. Using your thumbs for leverage, press firmly against the side of the shield until it pops off.
      The shield is held on by several prongs underneath that hold it by tension, and it is meant to pop off of these prongs.

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  8. Vivian Roberts
    Vivian Roberts says:

    So the anti block shield needs to remain IN PLACE for cooking?? Correct? Then remove it to clean it? Instructions in the box and videos are very confusing. If I’m seeing correctly the website Video’s on are showing the anti block shield off during cooking.
    Thanks

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    • mjun
      mjun says:

      Hi Vivian,
      You need to leave the anti-block shield in place. The anti-block shield is part of the safety mechanism Anti-Blockage Vent which prevents food debris from blocking the vent. It is recommended to be removed and cleaned following each meal preparation.

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  9. Marilyn Alm
    Marilyn Alm says:

    I don’t know what this part is. The pictures in the manual are too small to see, even with a magnifying glass. I am trying to set my Pot up, and the directions make no sense because I do not know what the part IS.

    Was it installed before the Pot was shipped? There is NOTHING to tell me.

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      • Gary Aldridge
        Gary Aldridge says:

        Marilyn’s question was. In part, does the IP60 come with the shield already installed or does it come separate and need to be installed? On mine, the shield is round and is already installed. The instructions.
        however, call for an oval shield to be installed by the owner. Not helpful.
        ,

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        • mjun
          mjun says:

          Hi Gary, thanks for the clarification. Confirming that the Anti-Block shield comes already installed. It isn’t separate. I’ve will pass along the information to our team regarding the instructions stating something different. Thank you

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          • Gregory Sandoval
            Gregory Sandoval says:

            Yes, this is VERY confusing. I HIGHLY recommend you take the time to update this FAQ as well which asks specifically about this issue.
            https://support.instantpot.com/article_front/view/detail.php?aid=16

            TO CLARIFY: The issue is that the user manual for the Duo clearly states on page 6 instructions for installing the Anti-block shield and the illustration shows it is a separate part. The fact is it is ALREADY installed and not a MISSING part which is why the FAQ above was asked.

            This is my first experience with your product. I am already annoyed and frustrated that your manual and instructions are outdated and unclear. Also it is not helpful to have your representatives posting canned descriptions of the part and its purpose and not addressing the user confusion.

          • mjun
            mjun says:

            Hi Gregory,
            Thank you for your feedback. After reviewing your comment I’ve provided your feedback and information to the team. Our goal is to ensure we provide clear information and instructions. We are sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate you taking the time to respond. Confirming the Antiblock shield comes installed in the Instant Pot. We are working on improving the information we provide, thank you for your patience.

        • mjun
          mjun says:

          Hi Stephanie, This post is to indicate a newer anti-block shield. This is located on the underside of the lid. The anti-block shield is part of the safety mechanism Anti-Blockage Vent which prevents food debris from blocking the vent. It is recommended to be removed and cleaned following each meal preparation.

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      • Gregory Sandoval
        Gregory Sandoval says:

        I totally agree. A video would be helpful vs. vague instructions of “push on the side and pull out”. Push what? The shield is ROUND and does not have a “SIDE” to push on…

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