I get so many reader questions about how to use an Instant Pot and I understand…it can be overwhelming at first! I’ve compiled some essential tips and tricks that will turn you into an expert in no time!
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Rest assured, Instant Pots today are nothing like those scary steaming hot pressure cookers of old. Trust me, if you can run a microwave, you can use an Instant Pot!
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My Best Tips & Tricks
#1 Be willing to experiment. The Instant Pot can be used in so many different ways!
- Slow Cooker
- Rice Cooker
- Sauté Pan
- Yogurt Maker
- The BEST hard boiled eggs
#2 Safety First! While they have multiple built-in safety features, it’s still crucial to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and instructions. It’s almost impossible to injure yourself, but you must ALWAYS release the pressure carefully and away from your face. Never force the lid open if it’s stuck either!
#3 Water Ratios: You need liquid to have it steam up properly. When in doubt, start with 1 cup of liquid, but if you are cooking something that absorbs water, you’ll need more.
#4 The Sauté Function is your buddy! It’s excellent for browning meat and sautéing onions and garlic before pressure cooking. It really helps to kick up the flavor of your recipes!
#5 Natural Release vs Quick Release: I use natural release for dishes with rice as a rule. Veggies and meats can handle the quick release! (You don’t want to overcook them)
#6 Accessories! There are SO many accessories these days! I love my steamer basket, egg molds, and the glass lid for slow cooking.
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