So, what exactly is an Instant Pot? Simply put, it’s a multi-cooker that can replace a number of appliances in your kitchen. It can be used as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt make, warmer and more depending on model. With its unique design and technology, it cooks food faster while retaining more nutrients.
Using an Instant Pot might seem intimidating at first, but don’t worry! It’s easy to use and comes with clear instructions. Here are some step-by-step instructions to help you get started:
Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the parts
Before using your Instant Pot for the first time, take some time to familiarize yourself with all of its parts. This includes the inner pot (which is removable and dishwasher safe), lid (which locks into place), sealing ring (which keeps steam from escaping), steam release valve (which allows you to release pressure manually) and control panel.
Step 2: Add ingredients
Once you’ve chosen a recipe that you’d like to make in your Instant Pot – whether it’s soup or chili or risotto – add all of your ingredients into the inner pot. Be sure not to fill it more than two-thirds full so there’s enough room for steam.
Step 3: Secure lid
Once all of your ingredients are in place, secure the lid by turning it clockwise until it clicks into place. Make sure that the sealing ring is properly inserted so that no steam escapes during cooking.
Step 4: Select cooking program
Use the control panel on top of the Instant Pot to select which program you’d like to use – such as “pressure cook” or “slow cook”. Then adjust any settings such as temperature or cook time depending on what recipe you’re making.
Step 5: Wait for pressure to build
The Instant Pot will take some time to build pressure before cooking begins. This can take anywhere from 5-30 minutes depending on what you’re cooking and how much food is in the pot.
Step 6: Release steam
Once your food has finished cooking, you’ll need to release the steam pressure before opening the lid. You can do this manually by turning the steam release valve or allow it to release naturally over time.
Step 7: Enjoy!
Your delicious meal is ready to be enjoyed! Whether you’re making a simple one-pot meal or a complex recipe, the Instant Pot makes it easy and fast. Clean up is also a breeze with its removable inner pot that can be washed in the dishwasher.
An Instant Pot is an incredibly versatile appliance that can help save time and effort in the kitchen. With some basic knowledge of how to use it, anyone can become an Instant Pot pro!