A Beginner’s Guide to the Instant Pot

If you’ve been on Pinterest lately, I am sure you’ve seen lots of recipes for the latest and greatest kitchen gadget – the instant pot.

If you’re like me, I’ve pretty much ignored the instant pot thinking that maybe one day I’ll find out what all the excitement is all about. 

beginners guide to the instant pot

But if you’re sitting in your kitchen looking at a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and saute pan then you may have too much going on in the kitchen.

Instant pots handle the tasks of all those appliances and gives you the ideal all-in-one cooking option for you and your family

If you have heard about people making the switch to an instant pot, but aren’t sure if it is right for you, then consider these points to see if the instant pot is right for your family.

The master of one pot cooking

Look out crockpot, there’s a new kitchen gadget in town!  With the instant pot, you can cook meats, stews, soups, rice, and even saute vegetables in the instant pot. This means that you truly have a one pot meal that tastes like you cooked it in traditional ways.

In most cases, you will not have to clean between adding ingredients either. This means you can start off with sautéing vegetables, add meat to brown, and then add the rice or pasta for final cooking. Everything has a setting so you don’t even have to worry about standing over it and timing each step.

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Easy Freezer Meal Prep


There are a lot of people that use freezer cooking methods to cut down food costs and to make cooking easier. If you do this, you may wonder how you will convert that from slow cooker and pressure cooker options to the instant pot. This is also an easy adjustment.


All you will need to do is freeze items individually instead of premixed like you would for a Crockpot or slow cooker. So freeze the meat, the sauce, the vegetables all in separate bags and then add them at the appropriate point in the cooking process.

Easy to convert your pressure cooker recipes

One of the questions many pressure cooker users have about the instant pots is if you can truly convert psi recipes to your instant pot. 

The good news is that you can convert those recipes easily and create an ideal alternative to larger pressure cookers. This is ideal if you have children in the house and are concerned about having a pressure cooker. PSI conversion is fairly easy. 

The typical pressure cooker works at 15 psi while the instant pot works at 11. The only thing you need to know about converting the recipes is to cook them for just a few extra minutes, usually 5 to 10 depending on if the recipe is meatless.

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This is just a quick beginner’s guide to having an instant pot. There are many other things that you will need to learn about the instant pot before you start using it.

Once you get the hang of it, you will find that it can be the ultimate multi-purpose option for your kitchen and your cooking habits.


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