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Old 06-30-2019, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Every time I use my IP (several times a week), I follow a standard procedure - run my finger around the gasket to make sure it is seated, run a paper towel around the seating area on the the pot, put the lid on, make sure it is sealed and then make sure the the pressure latch is flipped backward. I try to do it in the same order so I am always sure I have done all of it.
I did put the ring in and go around with my finger to make sure it was seated. Either I wasnít paying close attention, or as I said, the ring could be stretched out. I have extras so I used one of those to finish. Not sure if I want to risk using the other one again to see if it was the ring or operator error!
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Old 06-30-2019, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I did put the ring in and go around with my finger to make sure it was seated. Either I wasnít paying close attention, or as I said, the ring could be stretched out. I have extras so I used one of those to finish. Not sure if I want to risk using the other one again to see if it was the ring or operator error!
You can do a water test - where you put just water into the IP, without trying to cook something - to see if the seal still works. In my experience, they get stained and smelly (that doesn't come out even when washed in the dishwasher) before they actually wear out. It's more likely it just wasn't seated correctly.

https://instantpot.com/initial-test-run/
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Old 06-30-2019, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Every time I use my IP (several times a week), I follow a standard procedure - run my finger around the gasket to make sure it is seated, run a paper towel around the seating area on the the pot, put the lid on, make sure it is sealed and then make sure the the pressure latch is flipped backward. I try to do it in the same order so I am always sure I have done all of it.
Good habits.
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Old 06-30-2019, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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You can do a water test - where you put just water into the IP, without trying to cook something - to see if the seal still works. In my experience, they get stained and smelly (that doesn't come out even when washed in the dishwasher) before they actually wear out. It's more likely it just wasn't seated correctly.

https://instantpot.com/initial-test-run/
Yes, I think Iíll do a water test, thanks. I was quite tired that day and am leaning towards the fact that I did a poor job of seating the ring. They do get smelly, donít they?
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Old Today, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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I bought a package of two frozen cheese tamales, 5 ounces each.

The directions say to steam them on a stovetop steamer for 30 minutes if frozen, or 20 minutes if thawed in the refrigerator.

I would like to pressure steam them in my Instant Pot. Does anybody have an idea of what my timing should be? I am new to this and have no idea.
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