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Old 03-13-2018, 12:56 PM
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Instant Pot as an Autoclave Sterilization

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Did you know - if you have an Instant Pot or a home pressure cooker you can use it to sterilize stuff.

I don't see the need for regular maintenance, but if there were an illness or something. I could see it coming in handy.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12267939
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:28 PM
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Re: Instant Pot as an Autoclave Sterilization

Interesting concept. I bet a regular pressure cooker (the stovetop variety) would work for this too.

The only thing I ever need to really carefully sterilize are canning jars, bands and lids. But as-per the USDA guidelines, boiling in a pot of water is sufficient sterilization for food preservation purposes. Most of the things I can are low-acid and require pressure canning (in a pressure canner, which is like a large pressure cooker) which is more effective than water bath (boiling the jars in a large pot) canning for killing bacteria in the food.
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:40 PM
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Re: Instant Pot as an Autoclave Sterilization

Huh, never thought to use our Insta-Pot this way. Smart idea!
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:53 PM
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Re: Instant Pot as an Autoclave Sterilization

Never heard of instapot but yes, pressure cookers work as a mini autoclave. Home orchid growers can use it as part of the sterile culture method of germinating orchid seeds.
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:39 PM
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Re: Instant Pot as an Autoclave Sterilization

Brilliant!
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