10 Instant Pot hacks from home cooks that use their Instant Pots almost every single day!
10 Instant Pot Hacks
In the 365 Days Facebook Group I posed the question, What are your favorite Instant Pot hacks?” I love learning new tips and tricks when it comes to cooking and I love how awesome people are in this group! I got several responses that I wanted to share with your today. I hope they’ll be helpful to you as you use your Instant Pot to cook each day. You can read the responses below or watch the video I created. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel! We now have over 100,000 subscribers!
Start with hot liquid (or not)
Hack #1: Cathy says, “Start with hot liquid so pot comes to pressure quicker.” Another version of this hack is use the sauté button to “pre-heat” the Instant Pot.
This is partially a good idea and partially a bad idea. I’ll tell you why. If liquid is hot then the pot will reach pressure quicker which will bring the total amount of cooking time in the pot less. What’s wrong with that? As a writer of Instant Pot recipes I can tell you that sometimes the time that the pot is coming to pressure is really important and if that is cut down significantly the food might not be done. For example in this cajun sausage, potatoes and green beans recipe the pressure cooking time is only 3 minute. How do potatoes cook in 3 minutes? Well it’s because the pot takes a while to come to pressure because it’s so full and the whole time it’s coming to pressure the potatoes are cooking. So in that case you wouldn’t want the come to pressure time to be less. Make sense? However in a recipe that takes a long time to cook like roast (60+ minutes of pressure cooking) the come to pressure time really isn’t a factor at all. So keep that in mind if you’re going to use this hack.
Deodorize and sanitize silicone seals
Hack #2: Mari said, “I like using my Instant Pot to deodorize, sanitize the silicone seals. Combine 1 part vinegar to 1 part water and one DROP Dawn Liquid Soap to pot, add seals, folding or twisting to be submerged, add the cooking trivet to keep seals underwater. Cover pot with lid, any lid, set up to sauté, let come to boil, turn off heat and let sit half an hour or overnight.”
Get rid of your rice cooker
Hack #3: Christina said, “Get rid of your rice maker…your IP makes PERFECT rice.”
I do have to agree with Christina that the Instant Pot makes the perfect rice. I especially love making brown rice in my Instant Pot. I used to make brown rice on the stove and I could never get it right. Too crunchy. Too much time. Now I just set it and forget it in the Instant Pot.
Next week I’m helping make food for my nephew’s wedding and I’m in charge of the cilantro lime rice. I have no fear that it will turn out absolutely perfect. Good thing I have more than one Instant Pot to cook rice for 100 people!
The notches are there for a reason
Hack #4: Jennifer said, “The lid can be held in the notches on the side. This way, you don’t risk putting it on a hot stove and damaging it.”
And that reminds me…don’t ever put your Instant Pot on top of your stove. Here’s what happens when you set your IP on the stove and accidentally turn the burner on.
This happens a LOT! I’ve seen this happen 100 times. Beth said, “R.I.P. Instant Pot 😫😢😭 My daughter was cleaning the kitchen and shoved it to the back of the stove which flipped on the burner and burned the bottom right out! The smell of burning plastic in my house is almost unbearable right now. I’m so sad ☹️”
The slow cooker function is not great
Hack #5: Emilia said, “Don’t ever use the slow cook option! It doesn’t have warming plates around the sides. Only the bottom gets warm/hot and so it doesn’t cook thoroughly or really at ALL! The worst feature of the instant pot!”
Let’s take this outside
Hack #6: Maureen said, “I always take my IP outside to release the pressure. No worries about ruining cabinets or walls, and NO food smells in the house and on my clothes for days!”
3 quart liner for pot-in-pot
Hack #7: Kathy said, “If you have the 3 quart mini you can use the liner for pot-in-pot method in a 6 or 8 quart. It’s the perfect size, holds a lot, and cleans up like a dream!”
Foam paint brush to clean outer rim
Hack #8: Mary said, “Use a small foam paint brush dipped in soapy water to clean the outer black rim. Then, rinse the paint brush in water and remove any soapy residue. Much more efficient than any other cleaning method that I have found.”
Great tip! I just ordered some foam brushes on Amazon.*
Freeze in the right shape
Hack #9: Kathy said, “When doing meal prep to go from freezer to IP, freeze your meals by pouring them into freezer bags that sit in round containers so it’ll freeze in the same shape as your cooker or pot in pot dish. Repurpose recyclable containers that fit for this purpose such as cool whip or sherbet bowls.”
Cleaning the inner pot
Hack #10: PJ said, “Use Barkeeper’s Friend* to clean the inner pot. I do this every time and even through many uses and cooked on gunk, it looks like the day I bought it three years ago! (Plus I never store leftovers in it. I always empty and clean it that same evening.)”
I agree with PJ on this tip too! I use Bar Keepers Friend all the time. It shines up the cloudy spots on your pot and makes it look like new.
What is your Instant Pot hack? Share in the comments below!
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