9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Instant Pot–once you get the hang of using the manual/pressure cook, saute and keep warm buttons you might want to learn some other things about the Instant Pot. Did you know all of these Instant Pot hacks?
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9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Instant Pot (Video)
FYI: In the video and in this article I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. Other models of Instant Pots might work differently. Refer to the manual that came with your Instant Pot.
In case you’d rather read the information than watch the video here is the information…
#1: The slots in the handles are to hold the lid
The Instant Pot lid has little fins on the side handles. And if you want to take the lid off while cooking, you can just stick that fin into the matching tab on the side of the Instant Pot. They’re the same size and fit right together. The Instant Pot even comes with a little plastic cup that clips to the back and catches any condensation that drips down.
#2: How to Disable the Keep Warm Setting
Usually after food has been cooked the Instant Pot automatically switches over to the KEEP WARM setting. However, you can set the keep warm function to NOT come on after a cooking program is over. Just press the cooking program two times instead of just once. For example if you press the manual button for pressure cooking then press the manual button a second time. The light on the keep warm button will toggle on and off as you press the program button several times. If the light toggles off it means that the pot will not go to the keep warm setting when it is done cooking.
#3: Turn Off the Sound
The beeps and sounds on the Instant Pot are satisfying to some but to others they may be annoying. Especially if you have a sleeping baby. Or if your yogurt is set to finish at 5 in the morning. You can turn off the sounds of the Instant Pot. Just hold the – button down for 3 seconds until the display says S OFF. If you want to turn the sound back on then you can hold the + button for 3 seconds and it will say S ON.
#4: Reset to Factory Settings
The previously used cooking settings, including time, pressure and temperature are stored once the custom settings are defined, even after the Instant Pot is unplugged from power source. To reset to factory default settings, press and hold the “Adjust” button for 3 seconds when the Instant Pot is in the OFF mode.
#5: L Stands for Lapsed Time
When the pot is done with a cooking cycle it switches over to the keep warm setting and starts counting up. The display will start with an L. For example it will say L0:05, meaning it has been done for 5 minutes. The L stands for Lapsed Time.
#6: Timer button is for a delayed start
You can set food to cook on a delay. I would not recommend using this feature for meats, however, as that could cause foodborne illness. To delay cooking just set your Instant Pot to the time that you want it to cook using the manual button (or other button) and then press the button called Timer. Set the timer for how long you want the Instant Pot to delay cooking using the + or – buttons.
#7: Saute settings
Did you know you can adjust the saute setting to different heat settings? Use the adjust button to set the saute to LESS for simmer, NORMAL to sauté and MORE for browning.
#8: There’s a plastic cover on the display
When you get a new Instant Pot there will be a invisible plastic cover on the display. You probably won’t even know that it’s there until it starts to bubble up in a few weeks. Just peel it off and discard.
#9: You can use the yogurt setting to proof bread
I love making bread but on a cold granite countertop it can take way too long to raise. That’s where your Instant Pot comes in handy. Squirt a little oil in the bottom of you pot and place the dough inside. Flip the dough so that both sides are oiled. Now cover the pot with a glass lid, a plate or even plastic wrap works. Do NOT use the normal Instant Pot lid as the dough can raise, push the valve and get the lid stuck. Press the yogurt button and use the adjust button to turn it to the less setting. It will take about 30 minutes.
What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
In the video and in this article I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. Other models of Instant Pots might work differently. Refer to the manual that came with your Instant Pot.
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