Even for those with a great passion for cooking, spending hours and hours over a hot stove to create sumptuous meals from scratch for family and friends, albeit rewarding, can still become very tedious and quite inconvenient. But special thanks to the one who invented multi-use cookers - not only do they help speed up cooking time, but they also offer a multitude of cooking methods that can make our kitchen tasks a little bit easier to deal with.
These multi-use cookers help us create everything from slow-cooked stews to pressure-cooking meat on the bone and vegetables, with half the usual time of making them.
While using multi-use cookers reduce our effort in preparing meals, cleaning them would require our utmost attention. With so many different components, where do we even start? We did some research and we're sharing with you this handy guide on cleaning our multi-use cookers, with just a few easy steps. Depending on the brand of your multi-use cookers, special care may be needed so you may refer to your equipment manual. What we're sharing below are just some of the general cleaning steps.
Step 1. Ensure that you have unplugged the appliance. Wipe the exterior surface of your multi-use cooker with a damp Lola® Jumbo Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, making sure that you avoid any electrical parts or the panel area. Use the Wowables® Reusable & Biodegradable Paper Towels to keep these areas free from any liquid while also removing dirt.
Step 2. For the inner pot, remove the stainless steel insert and trivet. Use soapy water on these areas to get rid of any burnt-on food. For stubborn spots that won’t come off easily with just soapy water, use some white vinegar or baking soda on a sponge. The Lola® Natural Cellulose Scrub Sponge might just be what you need for this since it has the strength to scrub off dirt but is gentle enough not to cause any damage to the typical non-stick coating of multi-use cookers in the market.
Step 3. Detach the silicone sealing ring from the lid, then wash them separately with soapy water. At times, sealing rings hold on to stubborn smells, and the best way of dealing with this is to simply use water and white vinegar. Once you're done rinsing the parts, fill your multi-use cooker with equal parts of water and white vinegar. Place the silicone ring inside, then seal with the lid. Let it steam for around 3 minutes, then do a final wash and rinse.
This won't only tackle the pungent smell of your sealing ring, but this will also remove white layers of any mineral deposits that may have been stuck inside the inner pot walls. If your lid also has an anti-block float valve, remove it and wash it as well to remove any clogs. Lastly, it is important to make sure that all these parts are completely dried-off before you re-attach them.
Cleaning your multi-use cooker is this simple and, as promised, is just as easy as 1, 2, 3! Make it a part of your usual kitchen cleaning routine, and you're assured of the benefits of having a multi-use cooker for many years to come.