I have and use pressure cookers/canners and was looking at this new "Instant Pot" for combined
cooking etc. Does anyone use this for canning? Water bath or pressure canning?
Recipes must be converted from traditional canners to this new one, right? Any recipes for The Instant Pot that are tried and true?
You can use the new Instant Pot Max for pressure canning—but should you?
The main reason is that a pressure gauge doesn't tell you what the temperature is
, and if there is air trapped inside or you're at altitude the 15 PSI setting may not reach the necessary temperatures to work. Because the Instant Pot doesn't have an internal thermometer (that we know of), it's just not possible to tell exactly how hot it is inside and when your food will be safe...
In the meantime, you can still use your Instant Pot for nearly everything else, including boiling water canning—just make sure you follow all the appropriate guidelines and use acidic foods to makes sure what you're serving is safe to eat.
But because pressure canners can get up to 15PSI, the steam inside will reach over 240°F, the temperature required to kill the bacteria that causes botulism. (Boiling water canners top out at 212°F)
The new Instant Pot Max claims it can reach 15 PSI
consistently, but that isn't enough to guarantee your food is being heated to the point where it will be safe. CNET recently dug into the issue as well, and found that Instant Pot's own website claims that its models shouldn't be used for pressure canning.