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    When I bought my last instant they included an extra seal. When I looked up why, it pretty much stated that one of them should be used for the funkier stuff cause the smell isn't coming out.
    Last edited by tenphases; April 10, 2021, 02:32 PM.


      Do skillets smell? Has anybody sniffed their pots & pans? I think I’ll try it out since there is no one to actually see me sniffing my Stargazer or my Griswold, just my dog, & he would probably think it’s normal.


      • Mr. Bones
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        Much Love to yerself an Derbster, ya ol skillet sniffer, from way out here, on th windswept Prairie!

      I don't smell mine so it doesn't really bother me.


        I've been using my instant pots since they first came out. The rings will never fully deodorize and I've tried everything. However, I've also discovered that the smell of the rings never transfers to the food. Try using you IP to make pot in pot rice and tell me if you can taste any off putting flavors. I sure can't.


        • Mosca
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          It has transferred for me. That doesn’t invalidate your results. But it did ruin a whole pot of some pork thing I was making.

        Most of what I make in the IP is of the savory variety, so I also have the 3-pack that I bought that has remained unused. However when I first got mine, I read that leaving the ring out in the sun will help get rid of the smell - UV rays or something magic like that. As a disclaimer, I've never tried it.


          Doc!!! My head hurts, when I do this!!! OY!!!

          Doc: Then, don't do that!!!


            I originally bought 2 sealing rings because the turmeric I use in Indian food in the Instant Pot turned the seal yellow. Then I found out that the color pretty quickly goes away with use so I’ve never used the backup seal.

            I never noticed a lingering smell on the silicone seal and I’ve got a pretty sensitive sniffer. I store the IP with the lid upside down on top of the pot assembly. I reinsert the seal into the lid just before each cook. I always let it free range between IP cooks.

            Last edited by fzxdoc; April 11, 2021, 01:15 PM.


              I consider the sealing ring a consumable item. When it starts to smell, I replace it.


                I have the extra rings as well. I have found that a good hot wash in my dishwasher gets rid of the smell. The whole lid is dishwasher safe.



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