So many people are taking the plunge and purchasing an Instant Pot. In fact on Amazon Prime Day over 200,000 units were sold! WOW! They are an amazing tool to have in your kitchen and I have used mine close to every single day since I got it in April.
When you get that beautiful box in the mail you might feel a little intimidated about what to do next. Watch this video as I take you through what you’ll find in the box and what to do with it.
Some of my favorite basic recipes to make in the Instant Pot are:
Once you feel comfortable with some of these basic recipes you can move on to some more advanced recipes like:
If you’d like to see ALL of my Instant Pot recipes just click here.
Coming to Pressure
One thing you should know is that your Instant Pot will need time to come to pressure. Most recipes don’t include this time in the recipe. Foods that take up more space will take more time to come to pressure. Foods that are frozen will take more time to come to pressure. Usually I give myself 10-15 minutes for the pot to come to pressure before it starts counting down on the timer. You will need some liquid in the bottom of your Instant Pot or it won’t come to pressure. You’ll need at least 1/2 cup to 1 cup of liquid. The slow cooker does not require liquid so this was a bit of a learning curve for me, but now I have it down.
Quick Release and Natural Pressure Release
One thing that you might see when you read a recipe made for a pressure cooker is “Quick Release” and “Natural Pressure Release.” Quick Release (QR) means that when your timer is up and you hear that beeping sound you’ll move the valve from sealing to venting and open up the pot immediately. Natural Pressure Release (NPR) means that you’ll let the pressure release naturally and when the pin drops (as demonstrated in the video above) you open the pot and enjoy your food. I like to use NPR for most meats. It just keeps them more tender and doesn’t dry them out like the QR sometimes can. If your pot is full you’ll want to use a NRP too or else the valve will get all foamy and clogged up.
Just give it a try! It takes a bit of time but believe me once you have mastered the method you will LOVE your Instant Pot so so so much. Have a question about your Instant Pot? Let me know! I’d be glad to help if I can.