11. Use Liquid for Pressure Cooking
In order to harness the power of pressure cooking, you must use water or broth. Pressure cookers work by heating liquids to form steam. In the sealed environment of the pressure cooker, the steam is not allowed to escape. The pressure created in this environment heats the temperature beyond boiling, and the food is able to cook faster than it otherwise would. This means you can cook food in less time. For a more in-depth explanation of how pressure cooking works, check out this video from Martha Stewart.
10. Slow Cooking
You may love your slow cooker, and the idea of multiple appliances taking up space in your kitchen doesn’t appeal to you. In that case, know that the Instant Pot can handle your slow cooking needs as well. The slow cooker setting on the Instant Pot means you can add your ingredients in the morning and let them cook all day for a delicious slow-cooked meal.
9. Pot in Pot Cooking Method
While pressure cooking requires water, not all meals cooked in the Instant Pot need to be broths and soups. After placing the water in your Instant Pot, add a steam rack and another pot above it and you will be able to bake a cheesecake or lasagna, steam some veggies, or bake a cake. You can use your own metal trivet and oven safe container in your pressure cooker. Alternatively, you can order Instant Pot brand accessories such as an egg steamer rack, springform pan, or steamer basket. Don’t worry about dripping water on your kitchen counter when removing the lid of your pot. Simply slide the handle of the lid into the grooves of the outer pot handle for clean and easy use.