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Have you jumped on the Instant Pot cooking trend yet? It is a must-have appliance in my home. I use it daily because I often forget to pull my meat out to defrost in the morning, or I just need a meal that I can throw into the pot and get some of my endless to-do list tasks done. I LOVE my Instant Pot and can’t imagine life without it. It’s fast and the cleanup is unbeatable!
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Today we are sharing with you some of our FAVORITE EASY recipes as well as a FREE DOWNLOADABLE beginners guide to get you cooking with your Instant Pot!
Here are some of the Basics of the Instant Pot:
- Make sure you have the vent set to sealing when you want to pressure cook. If it isn’t closed, your pot can’t come to pressure and cook your food. The knob moves back and forth between sealing and venting.
- There are two different kinds of pressure releases. You use the knob for venting for pressure release.
- Natural Pressure Release (NPR or NR) and Quick Pressure Release (QPR or QR). When you do a natural pressure release, you let the pressure come down by itself after the pot has finished cooking the food.
- A Quick Pressure Release is a little more daunting. There is a vent seal on the top of the pot that needs to be turned in order for the steam to release quickly. As the vent is turned, steam instantly pours out and can make a startling sound. Never fear! It’s normal and you will get used to it as you use your Instant Pot more.
- The amount of time it takes for you pot to come to pressure depends on the amount of liquid. More liquid=more time.
- You know that your pot has come to pressure when the pin (floater) is up and the countdown starts on the display.
- There are many safety features built into electric pressure cookers so don’t be scared! They aren’t like the old stovetop ones. You can’t open it until the pressure pin goes down and there is also a feature that stops the pot if it senses burning inside as well.
- Be careful with dairy and flour! These ingredients bubble up and can scorch easily and can make a huge mess! Add it at the end when all of the actual pressure cooking is done.
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