Chances are, your friends and acquaintances have been raving about the Instant Pot. According to the manufacturer, this handy gadget functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, saute/searing pan, and warming pot all in one. If you’ve just added this multi-purpose appliance to your kitchen arsenal, you may still be learning how to maximize its benefits. Read on for tips on getting the most out of your Instant Pot, and it will soon be your best friend in the kitchen.
13. Initial Test Run
Before you use your Instant Pot for the very first time, you will need to do an initial test run to make sure your appliance is working properly. After filling the inner pot with three cups of water and following the manufacturer instructions for inserting the sealing ring and anti-block shield, add a few eggs to the water. Five minutes later, you will be done with your test run. In addition to an appliance that is ready to go, you will also have some hard boiled eggs to show for it. Congratulations! You just cooked in your Instant Pot for the very first time!
12. Steam Valve Release Settings
When pressure cooking, there are three different ways to release steam from the cooker. Natural release means the pressure releases on its own after the food is cooked. This can take from five to 40 minutes and is good for soups and other liquids. Quick release of steam occurs when you turn the steam release control to the venting position. This is ideal for abruptly ending the cooking of vegetables, fish, or pasta. Avoid burns from the quick release of steam by using a pot holder or silicone oven mitt. Some recipes will instruct you on a combination of natural and quick release venting. Never open the pot until the contents have been safely depressurized.