Instant Pot’s gave a peek of their upcoming pressure cooker model at pre-International Housewares Show news conference in New York, yesterday. Where top cooking websites were able to take a few photos of the pre-production model and ask questions.
Since this was a quick preview, it’s likely that there are some finer points of this new model that might have been missed or misreported so we’ll need to wait for Instant Pot to release more information about it or for Hip Cooking to get their hands on it for more details.
Here’s a round-up of what I’ve been shown and told from Instant Pot, along with reports from The Kitchn and Bon Appetit have seen.
Late Spring Release
The new model should be released in May or June 2018 – a precise date will be released later.
New Pressure Setting
The new model is called “Max” a reference to the “Maximum Pressure” it can reach. It will have three pressure levels the two standard “low” and “high” pressure (which is 11.6 psi). The new pressure setting is “max” pressure – which is a completely new pressure setting for electric pressure cookers which can reach, and maintain, the temperature equivalent to 15psi.
The higher pressure setting has made it possible for Instant Pot to propose a “pressure canning” function. However, as of the time of this writing, it is important to note that the National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP) – the organization that shares tested processing times, temperatures and pressure for pressure canning – has yet to announce their support for this (or any) electric pressure cooker to be used for canning.
Releases Pressure by Itself
The lid will feature an automated valve, that will open by itself to release pressure. It will have three venting options: vent fully, vent intermittently or don’t vent at all.
Both TheKitchen and the Bon Appetit articles mention a stirring option – I have not personally heard or seen it. But it could be. Instant Pot does have power going into the lid to control the valve, so this power could control something else as well. While their articles say it’s great for bone broth or risotto, those hip to pressure cooking already know that you don’t need to stir risotto while it’s under pressure. However, if this feature is true, it would definitely keep some thicker recipes from sticking to the base and release any super-heated bubbles trapped underneath.
The Max will have the spin-dial, previously seen on the Ultra, but also have a touch-screen. Making it easier to choose an option by tapping on it, and then spinning the dial to set it.
Additional options will include a temperature sensor in the lid which tracks the temperature of the steam inside, the ability to lack the interface so kids and spouses won’t change the programming and few favorite features from the previous model which include: tracking the cooking program, turning off all the sounds, and altitude adjustment. There may also be some kind of connectivity – but there are no specific details about this, yet.
Here’s are the latest articles with information on Instant Pot’s new model (we’ll add more sources as they’re published):
- Exclusive Scoop: Here’s a First Look at the Brand New Instant Pot, Coming Out in Spring – TheKitchn
- The Instant Pot Max Is the Next Generation of the Cult Favorite Product – Bon Appetit