What Is The Instant Pot Water Test?
First and foremost, I promise your Instant Pot is not going to blow up! The water test is to get you acclimated to your Instant Pot without ruining a meal. If you feel comfortable, you can skip the Instant Pot water test. However, if you are new to a pressure cooker, follow the information below to get yourself comfortable.
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Instant Pot Water Test (Step by Step)
The steps are pretty simple for the water test. Simply follow them and you will be just fine!
First, pour 2-3 cups of water into the inner pot of your instant pot. I only used 1 cup, but the Instant Pot manual suggests 3 cups.
Place the lid on your IP so that the arrows are pointing at each other. The arrows are black on black so can be hard to see. Then, turn your lid to the left to lock it into place.
Then, turn the steam release handle (on top of the lid) to the sealing position. On the duo, it is pushed up and on the lux, you put it in the center. It may be different depending on your model.
Finally, you will push either the “pressure cook” button or the “manual” button. Then, use the +/- keys to change the time to 2-minutes.
If you need extra help be sure to look up your Instant Pot Manual online.
What Will Happen
- While the pot comes to pressure, you will see that it says “On” or “keep warm.” This is normal! It can take 15-20 minutes to come to pressure (sometimes longer). Be patient.
- Once the pot comes to pressure, it will beep, then you will notice the time 2-minutes on the IP. It will count down. After it counts down, it will beep again to let you know it is done.
- If you do not release the pressure, your IP will read L 0:00 and count up as time passes. This is because it is on the keep-warm function. Also, your pot will begin naturally releasing the pressure. If you leave it long enough, the pressure will fully release.
Lastly, you will release the pressure. For a water test, you would not do the natural release. You would do the quick release. Quick-release is when you turn the steam release handle (on the lid) to the venting position.
Step 6: After the Instant Pot Water Test
Jump in and start your first recipe! Start with something simple that you feel comfortable making. Here are some of my suggestions:
- Instant Pot Beginner Recipes That are Easy to Make
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- Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork
- Homemade Sloppy Joes
- Easy Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners
Help! The Instant Pot Water Test Failed
If you have followed the steps above, but you get a burn notice, your pot doesn’t pressurize, or you feel it has failed, here are some things you can try.
- Make sure the inner seal (rubber piece that is along the inside rim of the lid) is on the lid correctly.
- Make sure the steam release valve is in the sealing position (on the lux, I had to push the valve down and sealing).
- Make sure the lid is on correctly.
- Try less water in your pot.
More Advice For The Instant Pot Water Test!
If all else fails, Contact Instant Pot Support
Keep in mind that if you are using a pressure cooker that is not the Instant Pot Brand, the steps and buttons may be different. Do you have any questions? Ask them in the comments below!
Don’t have time to do your water test now? Pin this post so you can find it later!
Looking for Instant Pot recipes? Try these out!
- Instant Pot Orange Chicken
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About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!