Instant Pot Burn Notice: What To Do?

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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?

If you have an Instant Pot, you may have run into the Burn Notice issue. This can be a frustrating problem to deal with, but don’t worry, we are here to help! In this blog post, we will discuss what causes the Burn Notice error and how to fix it. We will also provide some tips on how to prevent this from happening in the future.

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 message 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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Common Reasons For The Burn Message 

There are several things that can cause the Burn Notice error to appear on the display screen. Some of the most common culprits are:

-Using the incorrect settings for the type of food you are cooking.

-Filling your Instant Pot more than half full.

-Putting too much food in at once.

-Having a dirty or damaged sealing ring.

-Not making sure the steam release handle is in the “Sealing” position.

-Not adding enough cups of water to start with 

-Food bits stuck to the bottom of the pot can cause the Burn Notice error. Make sure to clean your Instant Pot regularly with soapy water.

Having a dirty or damaged sealing ring

If your sealing ring is dirty or damaged, it will not be able to create a proper seal. This will allow steam and heat to escape from the Instant Pot, which can lead to burning and overcooking. Make sure to clean your sealing ring regularly and replace it if it is damaged.

Heating Element

One common cause of the Instant Pot Burn Notice error is a defective heating element. If your Instant Pot has a faulty heating element, it will not be able to generate enough heat to cook your food properly. This can lead to burning and overcooking. If the water is not boiling, the heating element may be defective and you should contact Instant Pot for support.

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 electric 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 debris has stuck to the bottom of your pot. If so, give your recipe a good stir with a wooden spoon.

Also check you have enough water or liquid in the pot for your Instant Pot recipe to continue cooking without a further burn notice. If not, add a cup of water. 

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. Always add extra liquid if needed.
  • 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 add some extra cooking liquid if needed. 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?

If you are still having trouble with your Instant Pot burn message, try contacting Instant Pot customer service for help.

We hope this blog post has been helpful! If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Happy pressure cooking!


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