Instant Pot Explosion

We love our Instant Pot, the digital pressure cooker that seems to suddenly be in every home. You can't mess up - just throw in random ingredients and you'll get something yummy every time. It's foolproof. At least, that's how I used to feel about our Instant Pot, until the explosion...

Ack! My brand new all-white kitchen!

I tried to re-seal the vent but the pressure was too high to cooperate. I'm honestly not sure what went wrong with this batch of oatmeal. I've made it a million times. The Instant Pot was only about halfway full.

Here is the link to my extra-healthy Super Oatmeal Instant Pot recipe, in case you are curious or a fan of the delicious. It probably won't explode when you make it.

Oatmeal? More like a batch of tasty homemade glue.

 I was bummed that my quick and easy breakfast had turned into a gelatinous mess. Looking at my slimy countertop, I thought this Instant Pot fail was surely destined for the trash, along with a stack of gooey paper towels.

 But guess what? Remember how I said you'll get something yummy out of the Instant Pot every time? Every. Single. Time.

Explosion be darned.

This is the same batch of oatmeal that was oozing all over my kitchen, stirred. Go Instant Pot!

Update: In almost 2 months since posting this, I haven't had this problem again. I think the important lesson to take away here is that you should not (must not!) manually release the pressure when you are cooking oatmeal.

Our kitchen is fine. Pica and Biscuit loooved helping me clean the floor. They did such a thorough job, I came this close to putting them up on the counters to assist with cleanup there as well.
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