How To Set Up Instant Pot

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After much trial and error as well as research, Ive arrived at a solution. I cannot lie, it was a bitch getting here, but my pain is your gain! Follow these steps to not not only avoid effing up your chicken, but actually maximizing flavor in whatever chicken dish youre making.

Step 1: Heat the pan FIRST using More saute setting

Step 2: Add the oil ONLY AFTER POT HAS REACHED DESIRED TEMP LEVEL and make sure the entire pans surface is covered with a thin coating

Step 3: Allow the oil to heat properly before adding the meat. YOU WANT HOT OIL FIRST!

Step 4: Add the chicken to the outer areas where the oil collects and cook skin side down

After 4 minutes of cooking on Hot setting the chicken should release easily

Step 5: WAIT. WAIT SOME MORE before flipping. Any sticking means chicken aint ready for the FLIP. You can use your tongs to test for release. Cook for about 2 minutes.

Notice skin is still intact and has a nice color to it

Manual Pressure Release Vs Natural Pressure Release

In the Instant Pot world, youll find 2 different ways to release the pressure once the time has run out and the pot has beeped:

manual pressure release and natural pressure release

Manual pressure release means flipping the pressure release handle from Sealing to Venting as soon as the pot beeps. No time is wasted. The food is ready and leaving it under pressure risks overcooking.

Foods and dishes that employ the manual release are: steamed vegetables, fish, and seafood anything that doesnt need to cook any longer than its cooked.

Natural pressure release means, once the Instant Pot beeps, you allow it to automatically switch over to the Keep Warm function with the pressure slowly and naturally releasing. Depending on the dish, this could take a few minutes to over an hour .

Some recipes have a set amount of time for natural release, then instruct you to manually release any remaining pressure after the allotted time. For example, jasmine rice is cooked for 5 minutes on high pressure, allowed to naturally release for 10 minutes to steam, then any remaining pressure is manually released.

I use the manual pressure release much more often than the natural pressure release. Be sure to check the instructions in Instant Pot recipes. The difference in how the pressure is released really can make or break the recipe!

What Foods Are Best For A Pressure Cooker

Pressure cooking uses wet heat only. You gotta have liquid in the cookerthe steam creates the pressure. No liquid, no steam, no pressure.

Pressure cooking is for boiling, steaming, and braising. For example, you wouldnt cook French fries or make a crusty loaf of bread from start to finish by pressure cooking.

But anything boiled or steamed or simmered is ace in your Instant Pot.

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Using The Instant Pot Buttons May Seem A Little Intimidating At First Because There Are So Many But Really Its Easy

Before you know it youll be whipping up fabulous meals and desserts that will impress your friends and family. Have fun!

For step by step instructions, watch my how to use an Instant Pot multicooker video.

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***Many thanks to my friend Sigrid for alerting me to the updated information about the latest versions of the Instant Pot buttons.***

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Once You Get Your New Instant Pot Out Of The Box What Should You Cook First

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Obviously, if youve only done a water test, you havent cooked anything except water.

So, now, its time to get to the really fun part! What to cook first in your new Instant Pot?

My recommendation?

Boiled eggs!

This is easy, inexpensive, and requires no prep work.

There is GREAT debate on the best way to cook hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot in the Facebook groups and online. Many folks swear by the 5-5-5 or 6-6-6 methods. The eggs pressure cook for 5 minutes, naturally release pressure for 5 minutes, followed by a 5-minute bath in ice water.

Personally, I found that those methods ALWAYS over-cooked my hard-boiled eggs. Then, I realized it was likely because I was using non-refrigerated, farm fresh eggs.

Of course it takes less time to cook a cold egg than to cook a room temperature egg!

So, I came up with my No-Fail Method for Hard-Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot specifically for farm fresh eggs that are stored at room temperature.

Regardless of the temperature of your eggs, I recommend beginning your Instant Pot journey with hard-boiled eggs. Use my method for farm-fresh eggs use the 5-5-5 or 6-6-6 method for refrigerated eggs.

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Care And Cleaning Of The Instant Pot

Cleaning the Instant Pot is not hard! Clean it after each use, and always make sure that its unplugged and has cooled down to room temperature before you clean it.

I wash the inner pot, lid, float valve, and silicone ring in the dishwasher. The cooker base just needs to be wiped with a damp cloth. Make sure to let all surfaces dry thoroughly before use and storage.

How Do I Get Into This Thing When Its At Pressure

Now you need to release the pressure. There are two ways:

  • Natural release: That means you do nothing but wait. The more food in the Instant Pot, the longer it takes for the pressure to come downas long as 30 minutes if you have, say, a big batch of chili. In a lot of recipes, this time is actually part of the cooking time, and the recipe will specify natural release in the instructions. Think of it as carryover cooking. Youll use natural release with dried beans, a lot of soups and stews, most meats, steamed desserts, and long-cooking vegetables.
  • Quick release: With this method, you use the quick release valve and steam shoots up out of it. Once again, the more food in your Instant Pot, the longer it takes for the steam to release. Youll use quick release for quick-cooking foods like tender vegetables and seafoods.

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Smart Program: Steam And Slow Cook

These two things have the same process. Slow cook just uses a lower temperature for a longer amount of time than Steam does. When steaming, ensure that you start by placing the steam rack in the bottom of the pot. Add your ingredients per your recipe, close and vent the lid, and choose either STEAM or SLOW COOK. Use the dial to select from the preset options that match your food.

Why You Will Love This Method

Instant Pot DUO Tips and Set Up

If you want to make your own edibles, one of the first steps in the process is to activate the CBD or THC.

The traditional method of decarbing involves baking cannabis in a regular kitchen oven, but the strong smell may be too overwhelming for some people.

Decarbing cannabis in an Instant Pot is a quick, easy, and effective method to achieve decarboxylation – without the odor.

The odor becomes trapped when decarbing in the Instant Pot, leaving less smell for you and a more enjoyable decarb process for everyone overall.

My Well With Cannabis Community is always seeking new ways to effectively decarb their cannabis, and this method has been tried and true, with many happy members loving this process.

This guide will discuss how to decarb cannabis using your Instant Pot or pressure cooker, along with some expert notes, tips, and tricks, and fully answered FAQs.

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Tips To Use The Instant Pot Air Fryer

Think youre all set? Wait up! Here are a few expert tips and tricks you wouldnt want to miss.

  • Make sure you spray a bit of nonstick cooking spray or oil in there before you add in the ingredients youre planning to air fry. This will help keep them from sticking to the inside of the basket.
  • If youre air frying frozen foods, remember to keep some space between them. This will help the hot air circulate, and the foods cook evenly and crisp up perfectly.
  • For larger chunks of food you might want to flip it over halfway through the cooking time.

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What To Use The Trivet For

The trivet comes with the Instant Pot. This is a simple insert that allows you to get some space between the bottom of the pot and whatever food youre cooking. Generally speaking, any food that you might want to cook without having it come into direct contact with liquid can be made more easily with the trivet. You can place the food directly on top of the trivet or add it to a round heat-proof casserole dish or cake pan and place that on top of the trivet.

Think of things like chicken breasts, lasagna, breads, meatloaf, and other things that wouldnt taste great if they were super soggy. Its also commonly used for eggs, veggies, potatoes, or pot-in-pot cooking. Using the trivet can prevent burning or overcooking and also ensure even cooking.

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Unboxing An Instant Pot Duo Nova

After Christmas, I bought myself a second Instant Pot. Since I already had a 6-quart Duo, I decided on an 8-quart Duo Nova this time.

I liked the idea that the buttons were the same on the Duo Nova as they were on the Duo. So I wouldn’t have much of a learning curve with this new IP.

After about a week of my new IP sitting on the floor in the dining room waiting to be opened.

I decided I would make a video of me opening it. It was time to learn how to set up my Instant Pot Duo Nova.

Right away I was able to notice the size difference of the 8-quart vs my 6-quart. Not only is it larger than the 6-quart but much heavier.

The next difference I noticed was the cord. My 6-quart I have to plug it in, which I do like that. However, I have had it come unplugged on me while cooking before.

This could have been because it was moved or not initially plug in all the way.

Whereas the 8-quart’s cord is attached, I’m still on the fence as to if I like this.

Smart Lid

The Duo Nova has what is called a smart lid. Like I stated before the lid automatically will seal its self.

So there are no more worries about forgetting to turn the sealing valve to sealing. And not having the pressure cooker come to pressure.

All you have to do is put the lid on your IP and of course, adjust the LCD screen for the correct cooking time.

What also makes this lid smart is that the steam release is much safer than on older models. All you have to do to release the steam is press this button, that’s it.


Touch The Continue Button To Continue With How To Set Up Instant Pot Smart Wifi

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Find the Continue button exactly in the center of the screen above, as pointed at by the green arrow.

Tapping Continue on the screen above takes you to the WiFi Password page, as pictured next.

The WiFi Password screen prompts you for the password of the WiFi network you want to sign your Instant Pot into. Its also the network that your mobile device is connected to at this time.

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Go Back To The Instant Pot App

Once youve connected your mobile device to the Instant Pot ad hoc network, close the Settings app and again bring up the Instant Pot app. Youll notice that now, the app is trying to activate your Instant Pot on your Instant Pot account. See this pictured next. This page shows a mobile phone and a cloud, with a line between them where a blip of light is running back and fourth between them. Presumably, this means that your mobile device, the Instant Pot, and the cloud servers at the Instant Pot company, are exchanging data to establish the linkage.

After perhaps fifteen seconds, your smart WiFi cooker connects to the WiFi network you picked when you connected your mobile device to it in step 3 above.

When that happens, you get the Connection Successful page in the Instant Pot app, as shown in the next screenshot.

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Lock And Seal The Instant Pot

So you have your pot filled. Now is a good time to confirm the rubber seal inside your lid is properly place. It should fit snugly and tightly inside the lid this will ensure you get a good seal and thus retaining moisture and pressure.

Now you have to lock it. The lid should slide from left to right so it locks in place. You should feel it and you should hear a beeping sound from the Instant Pot alerting you it’s closed properly.

Reheating Saut Slow Cook Or Keep Warm Functions

Quick Get Started with your INSTANT POT – Unboxing & Setup

Here are instructions for using the other 3 possible Instant Pot reheating functions Sauté, Slow Cook, or Keep Warm. I don’t prefer these as much as Steam because they are either more hands-on or slower . The Steam function allows you to be both hands-free and fast!

The optional glass lid is very helpful when using any of these functions. Remember to include a bit of liquid so your food reheats moist instead of dry!

Here’s how to do each one

Sauté Function Add a tablespoon or two of liquid to the insert pot. Add leftovers to the pot. Press the Sauté button. You can also warm soups this way just make sure to watch the pot and stir the soup frequently while it re-heats. Use the glass lid as needed.

Slow Cook Use this feature to re-heat soups, casseroles, sides, and even rolls or bread that you would normally bake to warm up. You put them either in the insert pot itself or in a container inside . Timing is equal to what you’d normally do in a slow cooker it’s on the slower side. Use the regular lid or glass lid to cover the dish while it’s reheating.

Keep Warm This is great for casseroles or baked dishes, especially when you want to warm them more slowly. Put the food in the pot or inside a container in the pot. Press the Keep Warm Button. Use either the regular lid or glass lid to cover the dish while it slowly re-heats.

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Understand How Your Instant Pot Works

To cook properly, it’s important to have a basic understanding of how the Instant Pot works.

Inside your Instant Pot is a metal pot. This is where you’re going to place your food and cooking liquid. The pot slips into the outer Instant Pot and is heated from a heating element below.

The heating element boils the liquid, and all that energy is then trapped inside the Instant Pot. The pressure, steam, and heat then cooks the food much quicker than boiling or using a crockpot. Dry beans, for instance, can take half a day in a crockpot, but can be cooked in under an hour in an Instant Pot.

Youre Finished With How To Set Up Instant Pot Smart Wifi

If you see the screen in the last step, then your Instant Pot Smart WiFi pressure cooker has now been completely set up. Thus, you can now cook with it via the Instant Pot app.

One final warning though. You can only access your Instant Pot with one mobile device at a time. A surprising limitation to be sure, especially since so many internet-enabled devices these days allow multiple devices to log in and access the appliance in question. But we hope theyll code away this limitation in the app at some point later.

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Instant Pot Meat/stew Setting

The meat and stew setting is best for cooking large or tough cuts of meat at high pressure. This button can be used for cooking meat pieces in a little broth or stews that contain meat in them. Below is how to use the Meat/Stew setting on Instant Pot.

  • Turn the Instant Pot on, it will say OFF to indicate the Stand-By mode. Add meat, seasonings and liquids to the pot. Secure and lock the lid. Select the Meat/Stew button. The default Instant Pot meat setting is pre-programmed to set the pot to cook at High pressure for 35 minutes, which is suitable for most dishes like beef stew or pulled pork. If you press the Meat/Stew button again, you can adjust the mode from Normal to Less or More .
  • Less mode 20 minutes at High pressure for soft texture meat great for diced steak, pork or lamb, pork or beef ribs, ground meat like when making taco meat or Bolognese sauce, and most stews that use diced or ground meat.
  • Normal mode 35 minutes at High pressure for very tender meat texture great for slightly larger pieces of meat and for stews that use tougher cuts of meat like Beef Bourguignon.
  • More mode 45 minutes at High pressure for fall-off-the-bone texture great for pork shoulder, beef pot roast or lamb roast.

If desired, use the / + buttons to further customize the time. The cooking time may be adjusted at any time during pressure cooking.


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