Many people are raving about the Instant Pot line of multicookers: they can bake, braise, stew, simmer, steam, roast and just about everything else. Others are a little afraid of the appliance! Some models have pressure cooker features, and using this the wrong way can cause a minor food explosion.
Recently, Instant Pot sent ripples throughout its devoted community when it announced a recall of some of its models. And no, it’s not because they can end up splattering your lasagna all over the ceiling. The recall is actually based on something much scarier than that: some models are melting and creating a fire hazard.
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Here’s what we know. A while back, Instant Pot announced on Facebook and Twitter that some multicooker owners were having problems with their appliances. They suggested that users stop using them at all while the company investigated the problem.
What exactly is the problem? Apparently, some of the electronics on the bottom of the Gem 65 are faulty. They can overheat, and cause the bottom of the appliance to melt. Once that happens and the wiring is exposed, there’s definitely a risk of fire.
Before you go tossing out your Instant Pot, keep in mind that the problem only seems to affect one model, the Instant Pot Gem 65 8-in-1 multicooker. The other models seem fine. That means Instant Pot pressure cookers are considered ok!
Adding to the confusion, the recall only affects Gem 65s that were sold at Walmart between August 2017 and January 2018. Not sure if yours falls into this category? Take a look at the silver label on the bottom of the device. You’ll see a “batch number” listed. Only Gem 65s labeled with batch number 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734, or 1746 have been recalled.