Why does it take more than 10 minutes for pressure to naturally release in my Instant Pot?

Why does it take more than 10 minutes for pressure to naturally release in my Instant Pot?

When a recipe says natural release (NR) for 10 minutes, they are signalling, that is when you can do a quick release of any remaining pressure. That extra 10 minutes is necessary because it adds more cooking time.

If you’re not in a hurry, just let the Instant Pot release on its own. Sometime, this can take up to 40 minutes because it’s dependent on how long it takes for the steam inside the pot to cool down and slowly release through the valve plus cool down from the pressure-causing steam to condensation.

If you want to speed this up, put cold wet clothes on the metal parts of the lid. Putting the cold wet clothes on the metal part of the lid helps the heat inside the pot to transfer outside of the pot quicker. As the water evaporates, the energy is being transferred, steam is turning to condensation, decreasing the pressure until all is released.

Jules Sherred
hello@disabledkitchenandgarden.ca

Jules Sherred is a gender noncomforming autistic disabled trans man. He has lupus with many secondary disorders, including but not limited to, psoriatic arthritis in every joint, fibromyaligia, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic migraines, and antiphospholipid syndrome -- a bleeding and clotting disorder. He also has Complex Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (C-PTSS). He has found great physical and psychological relief in Instant Pot-ting and AeroGarden-ing. After coming up empty trying to find disability resources, written by disabled people, on how to create a disability-friendly kitchen and garden that has multiple benefits, he decided to take matters in his own hands by sharing what he has learned.

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