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How to Clean a Scorched Pressure Cooker Pot

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Accidentally burnt the crap out of your dinner, and now have a seemingly impossible pot to clean? Follow these easy steps and your pot will be clean in no time!


There’s nothing worse than a scorched, burnt layer of crud inside the bottom of your shiny steel pressure cooker pot. We’ve all experienced it. Those hard to remove stains that can occur if you forget to deglaze the bottom or if there’s not enough liquid in the pot. Luckily, the scorched, burnt layer is easy to remove with this essential pressure cooking hacks.

All you need is warm water, baking soda, and liquid dish soap to return your pot to its original glory. 


2 cups warm water

2 tablespoons baking soda

1 tablespoon liquid dish soap (non-foaming)


The first step to restoring your pressure cooker pot is to add warm water, baking soda, and dish soap to the pot. 

Next, slosh the mixture around to combine ingredients.

Seal the lid on pressure cooker and pressure cook at high pressure for 3 minutes. When the cooking time is complete, release pressure naturally through the quick release valve.

Once the lid is removed, the charred residue inside the pot of the pressure cooker will be floating in the soapy liquid. Discard the contents and lightly scrub any remaining residue with a brush, if needed.

Voila! A shiny, like-new pressure cooker pot that required just a few minutes of effortless cleaning.

If your pot is extra-dirty, but not scorched - a popular remedy is to use a gentle, bleach free cleanser that removes baked-on food and other tough stains. While this works well, it does not remove burnt residue.

Aside from removing burnt, scorched crud from your pot, you can also clean the silicone sealing ring under the lid. If you’ve ever noticed an odor lingering from a previous meal, or if you aren’t getting a proper seal during pressure cooking, checking the sealing ring is a good place to start. The ring should always be clean and free of residue before use. Additionally, it should be fitted probably and securely in the lid. The Mealthy MultiPot comes with an extra silicone ring for convenience.

The steam release float valve can also trap residue and food particles from time to time. You can unscrew the valve for cleaning and rise with soap and warm water.

Lastly, make sure you wipe down the external housing unit with a damp cloth from time to time, in order to remove food residue. The recess in the back of the pot that catches spills and splatter should also be cleaned. 

Always use caution when using liquid to clean, as water and other cleaning products can affect operation if it enters the housing unit.