I’ve seen the Instant pot and have been tempted to buy one. Problem is, I already have a few kitchen electronic gadgets that I don’t use now, why do I want to add to the pile? But if you have one, you should be aware of a part you may not be cleaning, but should be. If you are not familiar with the Instant pot, it’s kind of a meal-prep all-star.
One of the articles in MyRecipes, had writer Darcy Lenz reporting that her friend found maggots—yes, maggots—growing in the condensation collector of her trustworthy purveyor of broths, chicken, and braised artichokes. The condensation filter captures moisture from whatever you’re cooking to keep it from dripping all over your countertops. If uncleaned, it hosts the perfect combination of wetness and leftover foods necessary to help larvae thrive.
The solution? Just make sure your cleaning routine takes into account all the nooks, crannies, and secret compartments stashed in your smart appliances. The condensation filter found on some models on the Instant Pot, for instance, is a plastic cup that captures moisture from whatever you’re cooking to keep it from dripping all over your countertops. So the above maggot story likely happened because the person cleaned out just the main compartment, then stuck the contraption in a dark cabinet where the larvae had the perfect combination of wetness and leftover foods necessary to help ’em thrive.
So, next time make sure to clean…everything. Did you hand wash the condensation collector? The silicone ring on the pot (where food residue grows and causes a stench)? The anti-block shield? All the other pieces, including the actual pot, the steam rack, and the lid can be loaded right into the dishwasher.