How Do I Use My Instant Pot?
How Do I Use My Instant Pot? The Instant Pot replaces 7 of my small kitchen appliances – pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, sauté/browning pan, steamer, yogurt maker and stock pot warmer. This ability to cook many different types of meals from breakfast through to dinner including dessert makes it one of the most useful small kitchen appliances on my kitchen counter.
Here’s a short video demonstrating the instant pot’s capabilities.
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What Does An Instant Pot Do?
Here are the 7 small kitchen appliances the Instant Pot replaces:
1 Pressure Cooker
A pressure cooker uses a sealed pot to create pressure that allows water to boil at a higher temperature than an open pot. This cooks food faster because of the higher temperature. Water at atmospheric pressure boils at 212°F (100°C), but in a pressure cooker, water will boil at up to 250°F (121°C). The Instant Pot works as a pressure cooker in a range of 239°F~244°F (115°C~118°C). Because the food cooks faster, the Instant Pot uses less energy than conventional or slow cookers.
2 Slow Cooker
The Instant Pot can also function as a slow cooker. The slow cooker is a very convenient way of cooking for modern lifestyles, where a single person or a working couple do not have the time for conventional cooking methods. Meals can be prepared the evening before, stored in the refrigerator overnight, and put into the slow cooker in the morning before heading out to work. The meal cooks during the day, while everyone is away, and is hot and ready for the dinner meal time.
3 Rice Cooker/Porridge Maker:
Another common convenient small appliance that the Instant Pot replaces is the rice/porridge cooker. My son uses the Delay Start feature to program the Instant Pot to start cooking porridge before he wakes up in the morning so that he can enjoy a nourishing hot bowl of freshly prepared oatmeal before going to work. My wife puts the rice in the Instant Pot in the afternoon and it cooks until done without her worrying about boiling over or boiling dry and burning the rice on the bottom of the pan. The Instant Pot monitors and controls the temperature and cooking duration, sensing when the rice/porridge are cooked to perfection, then automatically goes into keep warm mode waiting for you to serve it.
Read this article and watch the video to find out the secret of How to cook perfect rice in an electric pressure cooker.
4 Sauté/Browning Pan:
This function is available on the new Instant Pot IP-LUX60. Sautéing is a cooking method that uses a small amount of oil at high heat to brown the surface of food without affecting its flavor, texture or moisture content. This is a technique commonly used to brown meat for slow or pressure cooking.
The convenience of being able to sauté the meat in the same pot where it will be cooked later means no extra pans or utensils to clean as well as saving time by less handling of the food.
The sauté function has 3 temperature settings:
- “Normal”: ~320°F (~160°C) for regular browning,
- “More”: ~338°F (~170°C) for darker browning, and
- “Less”: ~221°F (~105°C) for light browning.
Instant Pot pressure cooking works in the same way as a steamer but faster with higher efficiency, less water, and less steam leakage. Under high pressure, steam penetrates the food deeper, quicker, and more evenly. Instant Pot with its sealed lid means less steam leakage. Less steam leakage means less lost flavor, and a cooler, less humid kitchen.
6 Yogurt Maker
The easiest way to describe how Instant Pot makes the yummiest yogurt is a recipe:
This makes an Excellent Fresh Fruit Yogurt
For Plain Yogurt just omit the Fruit!
You will need:
- 4 Wide mouth Pint Jars
- 5 2/3 Cups of Organic Milk whole or reduced fat
- 4 Tbsp of All Natural Sugar
- 4 Tbsp of Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder
- 2 Cups of Fresh Fruit Chopped
- Add 1 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of the Instant Pot and add Grate.
- Put 1 1/3 Cup of Milk in each Jar place lids on loosely place into the instant pot.
- Press Pressure Cycle on the instant pot and reduce the time from 30 minutes to 2 minutes. This scalds the milk killing any pathogens that might be in the milk . Give you a fresh clean slate to start with.
- After the cycle is done release steam from the instant pot and safely with a jar lifter remove jars to cool.
- You can remove the lids carefully and place jars into cool water to speed up the cooling process.
- Once the milk is below 100°F you can add your Yogurt Culture safely to the milk.
( For A Yogurt Culture buy plain Cultured Yogurt from your grocery store.)
- Add 1 Tbsp each of Sugar, Non-Fat Dry Milk, and Yogurt Culture to each jar and stir up the ingredients till mixed well. (to obtain your yogurt culture just buy plain Cultured Greek Yogurt or reg)
Note: After you make plain yogurt you will now have your own culture to keep your Yogurt making process going!)
- Add 1/2 cup of fresh fruit to each jar. carefully not to overfill the jars.
Note: By using the jars this enables you to be able to make plain or different flavors all at the same time.
Leave at least 1/8″inch from the top of each jar. Replace lids and rings and place jars back into the Instant Pot. Make sure it still has the 1 1/2 cup of water in the bottom the instant pot.
- Press the Yogurt cycle on the Instant Pot then increase the time from 8 hours to 12 hours.
- After the cycle is complete, place them in the refrigerator. Cooling them down stops the cooking process by reducing the temperature.
7 Stock Pot Warmer
A warmer is made to keep hot food hot. A stock pot is made to prepare and keep large quantities of foods like soups, stews, and sauces ready to serve and eat. The Instant Pot Duo series comes in 5-, 6- and 8-quart sizes making it great for parties and large gatherings. Not only will it keep it warm until it’s time to serve but it will cook the food ahead of time.
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Other Instant Pot Models
Currently, there are 8 models of Instant Pot. Here is a link to a comparison table for all of the available models.
Want an Instant Pot multi-use cooker that does the work of even more appliances? Check out the Instant Pot Ultra 6 Qt 10-in-1 Programmable Multi-Use Pressure Cooker.
Other Multi-Use Cookers
Read my summary reviews of Instant Pot and other multi-use cookers at my Small Kitchen Appliances For You / Multi-Use Cookers page.
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