Tips To Use An Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is quickly becoming a staple small appliance in American kitchens. If you haven’t heard of it, an Instant Pot is 7 appliances in 1.

The Canadian manufacturer of the device claims that it can replace a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, sauté/browning pan, steamer, yogurt maker and stockpot warmer. Getting used to cooking with this versatile device takes some time, but using these tips, it will become your go-to kitchen appliance in no time!

  • Read the manual, cover to cover. The Instant Pot is not an immediately intuitive device; you must learn how to use it correctly.

  • The manual will tell you important safety tips like never force open the Instant Pot before the pressure has been fully released, otherwise, you could get seriously injured.

  • Cook directly from frozen, don’t worry about defrosting first.

  • Freeze in containers that will fit the Instant Pot. (Alternatively, you can set full freezer bags inside the Instant Pot in the freezer, ensuring you get a shape that will fit it later.)

  • Use caution with dairy as it may coagulate under high temperatures.

  • Use caution with liquor, as it may become very tart.

  • Allow extra time when using a pressure cooker recipe. The Instant Pot has slightly lower pressure than traditional pressure cookers.

  • Consider purchasing a stainless steel insert for easier cleanup and prolonged use.

  • Dietitian, Jillian McMullen says, “Don’t be afraid to use it. The biggest obstacle I see people encounter when they get an Instant Pot is fear and overthinking it. I have converted all of my slow cooker recipes into dishes made in the Instant Pot just by adding in the original ingredients and pushing the corresponding button. For example, if it’s a chicken dish, I push poultry, for chili, I push beans/chili, and so on. I have yet to ruin a meal after eight months of keeping it simple and letting the pot just do its thing.”

    J. White Harris - Apr 19, 2017
    Irene, an Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker.
    I have 4 pressure cookers. One was a wedding present that has been in use since 1969. The second one is a large capacity pressure caner that was discounted because it got scratched up in shipping. Since about 1990 it has been used to can thousands of jars of produce from the gardens we have grown. Both of these are the regular stove top pressure cookers that have been used for generations. Nether of these has ever been a problem to use.

    After reading a lot of articles on the newer electric pressure cookers and reading numerous evaluations and ratings from people who are using them, I decided to get an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. My number three pressure cooker is a 6 quart Instant Pot. As I began to use it I really got excited about how easy it is to use and how versatile it is.

    I started making my own yogurt some time ago and I learned that Instant Pot now has a YOGURT setting on the newer models. My fourth pressure cooker is a 8 quart Instant Pot that has the YOGURT setting. Right now my Instant Pot is making what will be about 3 quarts of Greek Yogurt when it is finished. This yogurt cost me $2.45, that I payed for the gallon of milk that am using to make it. Just check out the price of Greek Yogurt in your grocery store.
    irene walker - Apr 10, 2017
    I was told an instant pot same as electric pressure cooker
    Louise Jacobs - Apr 7, 2017
    I don't have an Instant Pot but I do have a Power Cooker Pressure Cooker. I love it. It is so good to use, so easy, also. Everything tastes so good.
    irene walker - Apr 2, 2017
    Mine I just sit on top and turn, but you have to be sure to set the close the pressure valve so that that the instant pot can build up pressure. Get your instruction book and go over it again.
    Deanna Carr - Mar 31, 2017
    Hi I hope u can help me. I have had an insta pot for over a year. I have never been able to use it because I canot get the top shut. Am I missing something....
    thanks for any help
    Eris Beard - Mar 31, 2017
    So Nice and Quick!! And everything tastes Sooo good!!
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