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Instant Pot 10 minute natural release

sbbodcderf | Jul 25, 202103:09 PM     10

I used my Instant Pot for the first time yesterday. Beef stew. I'm trying to understand the "10 minute natural release". I thought this was some sort of "resting time", or letting the pressure gradually subside.

However, after 20 minutes off cooking, the timer starting counting back up to ten. I expected it to stop at ten, and perhaps get a beep alert, but instead the minutes kept increasing, another 4 minutes until I checked, so I did a "quick' release, and was kinda surprised at the volume of steam, which lasted what seemed like over 30 seconds.

Even with the extra 4 minutes, the stew was cooked beautifully, but am I missing or not understanding some procedures?

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