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The Instant Pot Float Valve


The float valve is the red or silver pin in the lid of the Instant Pot.
There are different styles of float valves for different models
& sizes of Instant Pots. Here are what some of them look like:

It’s very important to pay attention to whether the float valve is in the
Up or Down position. It indicates whether your pot is pressurized or not.
-When UP the pot is PRESSURIZED.
-When DOWN the pot is NOT PRESSURIZED.


To see what your float valve looks like in both the Up & Down positions
press up on the float valve on the inside of the lid while looking at the
pin on the outside of the lid, then let it drop down. Some pins come
up further than others so it’s important to know what your specific one
looks like in both positions.


When pressure builds in the pot it pushes the float valve up.
There is a small silicone cap on the end of the float valve on the inside
of the lid. The cap holds the float valve on & also seals the hole shut
when the float valve rises, which stops the steam from coming out of it.
When the float valve rises it also engages the lid locking pin & the lid
will lock as a safety feature.

The float valve will drop down when the pressure drops & the lid will unlock.
At this point the lid will open easily.  NEVER FORCE THE LID OFF.

This page has excellent info on the different pressure release methods:

Occasionally food may stick to the float valve causing it to get stuck in the
UP position instead of dropping down when the pressure is released.

If you have turned the steam release handle to the Venting position &
steam is no longer coming out, but the float doesn’t drop down, it is
probably stuck. Wait a couple minutes & then gently tap the float valve
with the handle of a wooden spoon, chopstick, etc. and it should drop down.

Be sure to take the float valve out of the lid & wash it well if this happens.
It’s also a good idea to remove the float valve & wash it every once in awhile
to prevent it from getting gunked up & sticking.

-Remove the silicone cap off the end that’s inside the lid.
-Wash the float valve & the cap in warm soapy water.
-Put float valve back in the lid & attach the silicone cap.

On some models instead of getting a Burn Message the timer on
the pot will start counting down without the pot pressurizing.
If your pot does this it’s the equivalent of a Burn Message.

This page has info on what to do to resolve a BURN issue:

If your float valve doesn’t pop up it means the pot didn’t pressurize,
and there are several reasons this can happen. It could be recipe related
(like not enough thin liquid); operator error (like forgetting to put put
the steam release in the Sealing position); or it could just be that you
need to wait longer. Some things will take longer to pressurize, like
a full pot of soup.
This page goes over all the reasons:


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Stew Meat Recipes


Pressure Cooker Recipes for Stew Meat:


Caldo de Res-Two Sleevers

Beef Barley Soup-Framed Cooks

Beef Barley Soup-Little Spice Jar

Beef Pot Pie Soup-The Typical Mom

Beef Barley Soup-Flour On My Face

Beef Barley Soup-Aromatic Essence

Paleo Beef Soup-From Pasta to Paleo

Beef Barley Soup-Meatloaf & Melodrama

Vegetable Beef Soup-Will Cook For Smiles

Beef Stroganoff Soup-Instant Pot Cooking

Vegetable Beef Soup-Clean Eating Kitchen

Skinny Steak/Beef Soup-Sweet C’s Designs

Beef Stroganoff Soup-Creme De La Crumb

Beef Barley & Mushroom Soup-Yay! For Food

Easy Broccoli & Beef Soup-Wholesome Skillet

Beef Barley Vegetable Soup-Simply Happy Foodie

Healthy Beef Barley Soup-The Clean Eating Couple

Old Fashioned Beef & Vegetable Soup-Berry & Maple

Beef & Barley Soup-365 Days of Slow+Pressure Cooking

Beef Stroganoff:

Beef Stroganoff-Chop Secrets

Beef Stroganoff-Bacon is Magic

Beef Stroganoff-Damn Delicious

Beef Stroganoff-Eat. Drink. Love.

Beef Stroganoff-Little Sweet Baker

Beef Stroganoff-Platings + Pairings

Beef Stroganoff-Your Homebased Mom

Beef Stroganoff -Pressure Luck Cooking

Beef Stroganoff-I Don’t Have Time For That

Ultimate Beef Stroganoff-Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Beef Stroganoff-365 Days of Slow+Pressure Cooking

Beef Stroganoff (Paleo, Dairy-Free, Whole30)-Wholesomelicious


Goulash-Delicious Meets Healthy

Hungarian Goulash-Cook the Story

Hungarian Goulash-Eating European

Beef Goulash-Favorite Family Recipes

Paleo Hungarian Goulash-Perry’s Plate

Hungarian Goulash-Commando Kitchen

Goulash (Hungarian)-Recipes From A Pantry

Hungarian Beef Goulash-MyGourmetConnection

Korean Beef:

Korean Beef-The Spruce Eats

Korean Beef-Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Korean Beef Bowls-Little Spice Jar

Korean Beef-Paint The Kitchen Red

Korean Beef & Brown Rice-Inquiring Chef


Spicy Carob Beef Chili-Whole30

Almost Texan Chili-Cook Smarts

Alton Brown Chili-Gonna Want Seconds

Texas-Style Chili (Paleo)-From Pasta to Paleo

Three Bean Chili-Butter Basil and Breadcrumbs

Beef Picadillo Chili-Raising Generation Nourished


Beef Curry-Two Sleevers

Beef Masala Curry-Gastro Senses

Bombay Beef Curry-Slimming Eats

Red Curry Beef-The Yum Yum Factor

Thai Massaman Curry-Paint The Kitchen Red

Beef Tips:

Beef Tips-My Creative Manner

Beef Tips & Gravy-Sweet & Savory Meals

Red Wine Beef Tips-Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish

Beef Tips-365 Days of Slow+Pressure Cooking

Beef Tips with Gravy-Mommy’s  Home Cooking

Carne Guisada:

Carne Guisada-Two Sleevers

Carne Guisada-My Heart Beets

Carne Guisada-Add Salt & Serve

Carne Guisadsa-Genene Abraham

Beef Bourguignon:

Beef Bourguignon-Sofab Food

Beef Bourguignon-Shugary Sweets

Keto Beef Bourguignon-The Bespoke Bites

Beef Bourguignon-Sweet and Savory Meals

Bourbon Beef Bourgiugnon-My Modern Cookery

Best Beef Bourguignon-The View from Great Island

Low-Carb Beef Bourguignon Stew-Simply So Healthy


Beef Stew-Damn Delicious

Irish Stew-Plated Cravings

Beef Stew-The Foodie Eats

Keto Beef Stew-Real Balanced

Instant Stew-The Domestic Man

Beef & Barley Stew-Mom’s Dinner

Beef & Sweet Potato Stew-$5 Dinners

Steak & Potato Beef Stew-Eating on a Dime

Honey Balsamic Beef Stew-The Recipe Rebel

Beef & Mushroom Stew-Running To The Kitchen

Beef Stew w/Bacon & Mushrooms-Low Carb with Jennifer

Stew (Veggies Added Later):

Beef Stew-Rich Lum

Beef Stew-Instant Loss

Beef Stew-Joyful Abode

Beef Stew-A Bountiful Kitchen

Guinness Beef Stew-Kara Lydon

Guinness Beef Stew-Coco Morante

Lazy Day Beef Stew-Ruth McCusker

Perfect Beef Stew-Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Rosemary Beef Stew-The Buttered Home

Guinness Beef Stew-Sweet and Savory Meals

Irish Guinness Beef Stew-How to Feed a Loon

Old-Fashioned Beef Stew-Pressure Cooking Today

Beef & Wild Mushroom Stew-Pressure Cooking Today

Nana’s Beef Stew-365 Days of Slow+Pressure Cooking

Cheater Beef Stew-365 Days of Slow+Pressure Cooking

Beef & Beer Stew w/Noodles-I Don’t Have Time For That

Apple Cider Beef Stew-365 Days of Slow+Pressure Cooking


Kerala Beef Fry-My Heart Beet

Beef Stew Pasta-Go Go Go Gourmet

Chop Suey-Eat Something Delicious

Chili Beef Burritos-Six Sisters’ Stuff

Beef Pot Pie-Favorite Family Recipes

Beef & Dumplings-Mama Needs Cake

Balsamic Braised Beef-Slimming Eats

Steak and Potatoes-Cooking with Karli

Beef Stewed w/Soy Bean Paste-Chew On

Beef Steak Kabobs-Adventures of a Nurse

Russian Garlicky Beef & Rice-Chop Secrets

Beef & Vegetable Casserole-Slimming Eats

Red Wine Beef w/Mushroom Gravy-Rich Lum

Frozen Stew Meat (w/Gravy)-The Typical Mom

Beef Stew Casserole (w/Rice)-The Typical Mom

Beef & Gravy-365 Days of Slow+Pressure Cooking

Honey Garlic Beef-365 Days of Slow+Pressure Cooking

Sesame Beef w/Zucchini-365 Days of Slow+Pressure Cooking

Golfer’s Special (Beef & Gravy)-365 Days of Slow+Pressure Cooking

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