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  1. From CPSC https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/double-insight-recalls-multicookers-due-to-fire-hazard-sold-exclusively-at-walmart “Consumer Contact: Double Insight toll-free at 888-891-1473 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday or online at www.instantpot.com and click on “Product Recall†or visit www.gemmulticooker.com for more information. Description: This recall involves Gem 65 8-in-1 model multicookers, a multifunctional, programmable cooking appliance, which includes the functions of roasting, baking, stewing, slow cooking, rice cooking, searing/sautéing, steaming and food warming. Instant Pot is printed on the front of the multicookers. Gem 65 8-in-1 and a batchcode of 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734 or 1746 are printed on the rating label on the underside of the product. Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled multicookers, unplug the unit and return it to Walmart to receive a free replacement. Incidents/Injuries: Double Insight has received 107 reports of overheating, five resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported. Sold Exclusively At: Walmart stores nationwide and online at www.walmart.com from August 2017 through January 2018 for about $80.â€
  2. This thread will document my efforts to use the pot from a 6-quart Instant Pot as an insert inside the 8-quart Instant Pot. Motivations: I have four main motivations for wanting to use the 6-quart pot within the 8-quart Instant Pot: - This should maximize the size of the insert that I can place within the 8-quart Instant Pot since the 6-quart pot nearly fills up the space. This is because of its lack of handles. - Using the 6-quart pot as an insert should allow me to steam potatoes and eggs and then mix the potato salad right in the pot and store it using a silicone lid (assuming Instant Pot ever decides to sell the 6-quart lids again :glare: ). Of course I can accomplish the same thing directly within the 8-quart pot, but that would require me to put water in with the potatoes. - The 6-quart pot is smaller than the 8-quart pot, making it a better size for serving and for fitting into the fridge. Note that you cannot completely fill the 8-quart pot anyway, so 6 quarts is sufficient. - The 6-quart pot and its lid are cheaper than the 8-quart pot. Goals: Here are my goals for this project: - Do not damage or destroy the 8-quart Instant Pot. - Do not injure or kill anyone because of an explosion. - Do not modify any of the items to make this work, although I will consider modifying the 6-quart pot if it is absolutely necessary. - Be able to cook just as many potatoes and eggs in the 6-quart insert as I would normally cook in the 8-quart pot. Test #1: Q: Does the 6-quart pot fit inside the 8-quart pot? A: It depends! Halftime Hope tried it with the pots from her 6- and 8-quart Instant Pots and it didn't work: With our pots, the 6-quart pot fits inside of the 8-quart pot and the rim of the 6-quart slides down about 3/4 inch below the rim of the 8-quart pot. As such, I can fit the 6-quart pot inside the 8-quart and I have plenty of room for the seal. However, as Halftime Hope said, there is NO space between the rim of the 6-quart pot and the sides of the 8-quart pot. None. You can (sorta) see the fit in the picture below (the seal is sitting on top of the 8-quart rim): I am not dissuaded by the tight fit since I'm hopeful that the pressure from the steam will expand the walls of the 8-quart pot enough and/or raise the level of the 6-quart pot enough to allow it to fill all of the space in both pots. But there is a risk that I can see here: If the 6-quart pot is lifted all the way up against the seal it is possible that either the pressure will not equalize inside the 6-quart pot and it could be crushed OR the seal to the 8-quart pot will be disturbed, venting steam out of the pot and preventing pressure from building up. Test #2: Q: How much water can be placed between the 8-quart pot and the 6-quart pot? A: More than three cups. My recipe for potato salad currently calls for two cups, but I tried three since some things call for three. With three cups of water, I can push the 6-quart pot all the way down onto the bottom of the 8-quart pot and no water is forced above the rim of the 6-quart. But the pot is quite a bit more buoyant with three cups of water than with two due to the increased pressure on the bottom due to the added height of water on the sides. Test #3: Q: Can I run the Instant Pot through a 4-minute, low-pressure cycle with two cups of water between the two pots and nothing in the 6-quart pot? A: No! When I tried this, the 6-quart pot rose up to the level of the seal causing steam to be vented directly out of the 8-quart pot around the seal and water to be accumulated in the lip that is there to catch water in case of this type of leak. This test was clearly a FAIL. Just as Halftime Hope had predicted, there does not seem to be sufficient space around the 6-quart pot to allow for the pressure to equalize on the inside and outside of the 6-quart pot. And this test is with just water. I suspect things could be much worse if sticky starch from the potatoes gets into that crack. So the question becomes this: Will adding mass to the 6-quart pot prevent it from floating up, or do vents need to be cut into the 6-quart pot to make it work? I decided to add a test with weights, just to see if that makes any difference. I suspect it won't, but it's worth trying. Test #4: Q: Can I run the Instant Pot through a 4-minute, low-pressure cycle with two cups of water between the two pots and two pounds of glass weights in the 6-quart pot? A: Yes. Amazingly, this test succeeded. The weights must have been just enough to keep the pot from floating up and disturbing the seal. During "cooking", there was a bit of rattling as the water vapor pushed past the rim of the 6-quart pot. I even did a "Quick Release" of the pressure and I did not sense anything that would make me think the 6-quart pot was being shoved up against the seal during venting. At the end of Test #4, very little water was inside the 6-quart pot with most of the water still in the 8-quart pot. This is not an unreasonable result, but it makes me wonder if enough water vapor will get to the potatoes when I actually try to cook them using this method Test #5: Q: Can I cook potatoes (and hard-boil eggs) with the 6-quart pot inside the 8-quart pot using my standard 2 cups of water, low pressure, 4 minutes and quick release of pressure? A: To be continued...
  3. We recently purchased the 8-quart Instant Pot from Amazon. On Wednesday evening, I decided to make potato salad and take advantage of the ability of the Instant Pot to cook both the potatoes and the eggs together. So I scrubbed and cubed the potatoes and put them in the pot with their skins on. The pot was slightly more than half full of potatoes, which does not exceed the limit of 2/3 full specified for non-expanding foods. I then filled the pot with softened, filtered water to just cover the potatoes. Finally, I placed 10 raw eggs in their shells on top of the potatoes. The Instant Pot was set to low pressure and zero minutes. After about 45 minutes, the alarm sounded and it was time for the "Quick Release" of pressure. The eruption of potato water lasted for several minutes. The ejecta did not quite reach the ceiling, but it did produce a lake of potato water on the counter and floor about three feet to the east of the pot and about five feet wide. Every living thing in the vicinity of the eruption perished. It was quite a mess! Sticky, starchy potato water. :glare: So I cleaned up the mess. MomsintheGarden made the sauce using our standard recipe (from my mom) while DS15, DS17 and I peeled the eggs. The outside of the eggshells were covered with a grotesque dark brown scum that was quite a challenge to rinse off. But in classic Instant Pot style, the eggs were perfectly done and they peeled extremely easily. Likewise, the potatoes were perfectly cooked through. The bottom line was the the Instant Pot made a large amount of perfectly-cooked potato salad as well as a gigantic mess in the kitchen and the lid of the pot to be cleaned up. If NASA called Apollo 13 a "successful failure", then I will deem this effort to be a "messiful success". :tongue_smilie: Like NASA, we feel the need to convene a review board to conduct a through review to determine the cause of the eruption and to ensure the the next deployment of the Instant Pot for potato salad results in ejecta that is comprised mostly or entirely of H2O. As members of this critical review board, we would like to hear your expert opinions on why the ejecta contained so much potato as well as your thoughts on how to reduce the potato content in future missions. Your participation in this effort is vital to the cause and is therefore greatly appreciated! :patriot:
  4. TRIGGER WARNING: If you are uncomfortable reading sacrilege on these forums, stop reading now! Here are a couple of things we learned about the Instant Pot after we received it that we wish we had known BEFOREHAND: 1) The actual food capacity for each of the Instant Pot products is as follows: "8-Quart" versions: 5.33 Quarts (4 Quarts for "foods that expand") "6-Quart" versions: 4 Quarts (3 Quarts for "foods that expand") "5-Quart" versions: 3.33 Quarts (2.5 Quarts for "foods that expand") From the manual on page 3: 2) You should NOT cook the following foods in an Instant Pot: - Applesauce - Cranberries - Pearl Barley - Oatmeal or other cereals - Split peas - Noodles - Macaroni - Rhubarb - Spaghetti From the manual on page 3: That second one is particularly interesting since the ONLY thing we have ever actually seen cooked in an Instant Pot with our own eyes is macaroni and cheese. (You know who you are school17777! :lol: ) I'm posting because when I suggested getting the 8-quart Instant Pot for MomsintheGarden she hesitated, saying she thought it was too big. So I called DD24 to ask her about the size since we had bought the "6-quart" unit for her last year. She told me that she wouldn't want one that was smaller or larger than what she had. Me reasoning for getting the "8-quart" unit was that if the "6-quart" unit was just the right size for ONE person, that it couldn't possibly be large enough for SIX people. Now we understand why that is. The pasta thing was a complete surprise to us. In any case, we are glad we purchased the largest unit, even though it is HUGE. The product looks extremely well-engineered. We are hoping to get many years of use out of this product! Hopefully this information will be useful to someone else considering an Instant Pot to help them to know whether or not it will be appropriate for their needs.
  5. I finally broke down and bought an Instant Pot :001_smile: So tell me your favorite recipes. I can't wait for it to arrive! SaveSave
  6. I know this gets asked over and over again but the search feature is not my friend tonight......I got threads from Feb. that had nothing to do with the instant pot. Anyway, I am trying to plan out some meals for fall.....ok, this week at least, and would love to use my instant pot for some of them. We do mostly skinless, boneless chicken breasts, ground beef, roasts, stew meat and I did do kahula pork which was very very good. We have no dietary restrictions but some picky eaters. What are your favorite sites to find tried and true, easy recipes? Since I am newer to the instant pot, I would like CLEAR directions on timing if it is a quick release or natural release, etc.
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