Take A Deep Breath Instant Pot Lovers. You Can Still Use Your Instant Pots.

Updated: February 28, 2018
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My heart dropped seeing all the articles circling around last week about the Instant Pot recall. And if you are an avid Instant Pot user like I am, then you know why.

How can we honestly revert back to cooking in our kitchens without these little life-saving devices? I mean, that would mean having to boil my potatoes and pasta, defrost my chicken before cooking, go back to my frozen rice packets and so much more.  Nobody has time for that!

Well, we can all let out a huge sigh of relief. Because although most of the news headlines read differently, your Instant Pot has not been recalled.

I repeat, the Instant Pot has not been recalled. The problems are coming from the Gem 65 8-in-1 multicooker. 

The Consumer Report

The consumer report that came out last Wednesday alerted users of the potential problem with the Gem 65 8-in-1 multicooker. The company’s advice was to “stop using this model.”

There have been a small number of reports of “overheating” which have resulted in “localized melting damage to the underside of the product.” However, the problem is limited to five batch codes: 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734, and 1746. You can find the code on the silver label on the bottom of the pot.

The next steps

If you do own the Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker with one of these codes, contact Instant Pot’s customer service department by emailing support@instantpot.com or calling 1-800-828-7280 and immediately pressing 2. (Customers report getting a much quicker response by calling rather than emailing.)

Is mine the Gem?

For one thing, the gem is oval shaped. In fact, the Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker is one of 14 models by Instant Pot and the only one that’s oval shaped. The device’s eight functions are roast, stew, bake, steam, slow cook, sear/sauté, rice cooking, and warming.

The company is working on handling replacements for these models, so call for more detailed information.

For all of my fellow Instant Pot users… carry on pressure cooking!