3rd Generation: Smart Programming
3rd Generation Electric Pressure Cookers Equipped with Smart Programming and Enhanced Safety Features
With the advance in pressure and temperature sensor accuracy, the 3rd generation electric pressure cookers implement sophisticated controls with digital technology. Two of the most remarkable features are Smart Programming and Enhanced Safety. These features greatly improve cooking results, maintain consistency and enhance safety.
Each 3rd generation cooker is fitted with a microprocessor. With the accurate readings from pressure and temperature sensors, the microprocessor can be programmed to perform complex cooking tasks. The Smart Programs are tailor made for specific cooking purposes by varying heating intensity, temperature, pressure and cooking duration, to achieve optimum cooking results and maintain consistency. A typical example is in the multigrain cooking program where the grains are soaked at ~60C/86F for a period to soften the grains before cooking starts. Please see our Smart Programming article for more details.
With the microprocessor programs, more sophisticated safety mechanisms become possible. For instance, one common mistake is misplacing the steam release at the open or vent position while starting cooking. With the steam release open, pressure never builds up in the cooking pot. Earlier generation cookers would continue heating. If the situation is not corrected on time, all liquid in the cooking pot would evaporate and the food would be spoiled. The 3rdGeneration cooker implements a mechanism called, Leaky Lid Protection, where the microprocessor detects the excess long pre-heating period and stops the heating with an alarm. More on the safety features here.
All Instant Pot models are 3rd Generation electric pressure cookers.