Have you left your Instant Pot in its box for months because you're daunted by the setup? Or perhaps you've just bought one, but you're not sure where to start.
The good news is it's extremely easy to set up once you know how. In a matter of minutes, you could be whipping up a stew or brewing up homemade yogurt.
The first step is to remove the Instant Pot from the box. Lift it out and place it on a countertop or table so it's at a comfortable height to go through the rest of the setup process.
You'll find several bits of packaging and other items on and inside your Instant Pot. You'll need to remove and unpack them before use.
Remove the seal from the lid to check for cracks, splits or tears. If any are present, contact the manufacturer or the place you bought your Instant Pot, as it isn't safe to use with a damaged seal.
Wash both the cooking pot and the seal in hot soapy water so they're clean for their first use. Dry them thoroughly before replacing them.
This clear plastic part sits on the back of the appliance to collect condensation that can drip from the unit. It's extremely easy to fit. Just find where it sits and slip it into place.
Plug the power cord into the back of the appliance. It's now ready to use.
A. The exact cooking modes depend on the model you choose, but Instant Pots are part pressure cooker, part slow cooker, so they have both pressure cook and slow cook functions. They can also saute, which is great for browning onions before adding other ingredients.
You'll need to check your chosen model to see which preset cooking modes it has, but most include the following: rice, grains or multigrain, soup or broth, beans or chili, porridge and meat or stew. Some models have additional modes, including yogurt, cake and air fry.
A. The keep-warm function uses low heat to keep food warm after cooking. It's handy when a dish has finished cooking, but you're not yet ready to eat.
A. Yes, every Instant Pot has a timer function, so you can put all the ingredients inside but delay the cooking start time. This is great when you want to prepare a meal early but don't want to start cooking it right away.
A. If you don't want to use one of the preset programs, use the manual mode. To do so, press the "manual" button followed by the "+" or "-" button to adjust the cooking time.
Instant Pot Duo
This 7-in-1 Instant Pot is a solid basic model. It comes in 3, 6 and 8-quart varieties.
Where to buy: Sold by Amazon
Instant Pot Duo Plus
With a few extra programs, this model can do things the Duo can't, including making yogurt and baking cake.
Instant Pot Pro Plus
A more high-tech version of the classic Instant Pot, you have the option of controlling this model via an app.
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