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“Why did my Instant Pot not come to pressure?”

A question I receive frequently is “Why did my Instant Pot not come to pressure?” ⁣⁣The vast majority of Instant Pot recipes are written for a standard size, 6 quart Instant Pot. Depending on the size you have it requires different liquid ratios. ⁣⁣

All Instant Pots are not created equal. This is one of those cases where bigger is not always better. ⁣⁣
There are recipes, that when made in the 6 quart, can come to pressure with as little as a quarter cup of liquid but the 8 quart really needs 1 to 1 1/2 cups of liquid in order to come to pressure. 9 times out of 10 when a user gets a burn error or when their pot does not come to pressure it’s because they’re using an 8 quart pressure cooker and not enough liquid. ⁣⁣

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All Instant Loss recipes are written for the standard size 6 quart pot. If you have an 8 quart I recommend doubling the recipes. If you don’t need to double see if you can exchange your pot for a smaller size! The 8 quarts are HUGE. They take up a ton of valuable cupboard space and if you’re not cooking for an army you just don’t need it.

Tell me the size of your pot and your family below!

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  1. With our three kids grown and out of the house, I still use the 8 qt for soups and pot-in-pot batches of oatmeal. My 6 qt seems to scorch everything and won’t come to pressure unless it is just water touching the pot bottom–so I use it to steam veggies using a basket to keep food from touching the pot.

  2. The 6 qt is great for 90% of what I make, but I got an 8 as a second instant pot because I figured if I was going to have two then I might as well have two sizes in case I needed a bigger one. The only things I NEED the bigger one for so far (in a year) have been ribs and bigger spaghetti squash. It has come in handy to make bigger batches of retried beans and chili though. For the most part I only pull out the 8 qt if I need to use two pots (but a second 6qt would work just fine most of the time).

  3. I love love my 8 qt. Yes we are a family of 3, but I love making larger batches and freezing them. I understood when I bought mine that I’d need to adjust and it is huge, but wouldn’t trade it for a smaller one. Thanks always for your positive messages. Truly appreciate all of them!❤️

  4. I was given the 8qt as a gift from my daughter. I’ve not had any problems with it. When I cook I cook for 6 plus people. I love it! I always increase the cooking liquid to at least a cup or more just to make sure.

  5. I have an 8 quart and always make sure there is a cup of liquid. I mostly use it for soups anyway. But when I make buffalo wings I put a cup of Frank’s in place of water. Turns out great.

    1. Hi Kelly,
      Most of my recipes are created and made in the 6qt so if you have a larger family I recommend doubling some of them or making sure you at least hit that minimum of 1 1/2 cups of liquid per recipe for your pressure cooker. Wishing you all the best!

    2. Family of 5 here too. I only have an 8 qt too and have not had burn notice issues either.

  6. Lol, I have two 8 qt instant pots…sometimes I double things and sometimes I don’t. Have only had one burn notice and that was on an oatmeal that I probably should have done pot in pot anyways…I like not having to worry about whether doubling anything will fit 🙂. There are 4 of us (2 of which are small kids) but we like to have leftovers for lunch etc. so doubling much of the time works for us! I figure if I’m going to the trouble of cooking it’s less work for me to just double things because I’ve already got all the stuff out 😊

  7. I have the 6qt and the 3qt. There are times I need a smaller one for side dishes so I have 2 running at a time!

  8. I ❤️ my 6 qt Duo & only ever got a burn notice once. My hubby & I have his 2 adopted teens here w/us every other week & I use my 6 qt Duo all the time. I tell all my friends to get that model.

  9. I’m usually cooking for 6+ & use the 8qt. I’ve had great success with all the Instantloss recipes without adjusting them 👏 But I like that I can double them when I need too.

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