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Instant Pot Burn – What Does This Mean?

It’s safe to say that many families in the USA have at least one Instant Pot in their home. Most Instant Pots have helped make dinner much easier on the family. Well they sure do in my household! I use the Instant Pot most days! 

As you use the Instant Pot, you may see that there are some unique features. One of theses features is the Instant Pot burn notice but what does the burn notice mean on the Instant Pot?

Today I will answer this question and help you to learn what to do when you have a notice saying: Instant Pot Burn.

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Instant Pot Burn! What Does This Mean?

Interesting enough, some Instant Pots do say the word burn on them at certain times. This usually means that your Instant Pot is overheating and is warning you to investigate and act before it’s too late.

The Instant pot burn notice is a protection to help prevent your tasty pressure cooker meals from burning and getting spoiled.

The Instant Pot was designed to help people cook easy and fast meals when you are busy and the IP burn notice is a great warning to help keep your meals from getting burnt in the pot.

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What Temperature Will Give You An Instant Pot Burn Notice?

A high temperature of 284°F will make the IP detect the Instant pot burn message. That is 140 celsius for those using a different temperature measurement.

What Should I Do When I Get An Instant Pot Burn Notice?

You may notice at some point that your Instant Pot is trying to warn you that your food is about to burn. This is a good thing! It doesn’t mean your food is burnt. The burn notice is your friend and is there to prevent your meal from tasting like charcoal!

Once your pressure cooker reaches the Burn notice temperature, the Burn sign will display and your Instant pot burn message will let you know that something needs to be done. This is a good thing!


Instant Pot Burn Notice Step One:

You need to turn your Instant Pot off right away and release the steam. Any further cooking and your food will burn inside the Instant Pot.

Pay attention to how many minutes your food has been cooking so you know how long to reprogram your recipe once you restart the cooking process.

You should pay close attention to your Instant Pot display as it cooks. Error messages and the Burn Notice can help you.

It’s easy to set it and forget it but you do need to check in every few minutes just incase you get that dreaded Instant Pot burn notification.

Instant Pot Burn Notice Step Two:

Once the steam has dissipated, you will need to investigate your meal. This may mean checking to see if any food has stuck to the bottom of your pot and giving the food in your recipe a good stir.

Also check you have enough water or liquid in the pot for your Instant Pot recipe to continue cooking without a further burn notice.

Instant Pot Burn Notice Step Three:

Finally, once you have checked your food and you are ready to restart the cooking process, simply pop your Instant pot lid back on and reset for the remaining cooking time period.

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How to Keep the Instant Pot from Giving You the Burn Notice

First of all, the Instant Pot isn’t just going to give you this notice for fun. There is usually something prompting this notice. I wanted to help keep your Instant Pot from giving you this burn notice in the future.

  • Make sure your sealing ring is in place – The sealing ring is an important part of the Instant Pot. Without it, the pot won’t seal, which means your food won’t cook. The IP might also get too hot (when the seal is bad) and give you the burn notice. The good news is that you can always buy a replacement ring for your Instant Pot.
  • Not enough liquid – One thing is for sure, your Instant Pot needs to have enough liquid in it when you’re cooking with it. Without enough liquid, the pot can become too hot and result in a burn notice.
  • Thick pasta in the IP – Pasta can be a tricky food item to cook in the Instant Pot. If you don’t catch it on time and there is not enough liquid you could end up with a burn notice because the food is cooking too fast raising the temperature in the pot, resulting in the burn notice.

More Tips To Prevent Instant Pot Burn

I like to spray the Instant Pot before I use it, this helps keep food from sticking. Always make sure there is enough liquid and that you don’t over stuff the pot.

There is a line showing you the point at which not to overfill your pot, however, when cooking food that is likely to expand such as pasta or beans, do be extra careful not to fill the pot right to the very top of the maximum line.

Final Words On The Instant Pot Burn Notice

Read and re-read your directions when cooking your Instant Pot recipe because even though you think you know everything it can be easy to miss out a step. There is always something new to learn!

Oh and one more thing, remember that the notice is to KEEP your food from burning. It doesn’t mean it has burned!

So don’t be afraid to open up the Instant Pot, check on your food and hopefully it will be just fine. You can also continue cooking your meal once this is done. It may be a pain but checking a meal is always better than burning it! Don’t you agree?

Have you seen our Beginners Guide To The Instant Pot?



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