A Guide To Using The Instant Pot:
When my mum introduced me to the Instant Pot, my life changed forever! Having chronic illness and being a busy mum myself means I often struggle to have energy and time to cook healthy and nutritious meals.
Standing over the stove cooking a meal often takes a lot of my time and energy. I’ve always loved meal planning. My mum taught me well! She is the best!
Planning meals in the instant pot is not only helping me to save money and stick to a budget, it’s also a fantastic way to lose weight.
I am able to plan out healthy meals that help me stick to the Weight Watchers plan that I follow.
The Instant Pot has been a game changer for my family and here is the low down for anyone asking the question, What is an instant pot?
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Instant Pot for Beginners
Today’s Instant Pot is yesterday’s slow cooker, but faster and better! What is the Instant Pot? Simply put, it is an electric pressure cooker. Yes, like your mother used to use – but new and improved.
It doesn’t stop there though. The Instant Pot is a faster, healthier, more eco-friendly way to cook. It is the absolute best way to cook if you are busy, have a family, work, and even if you want to eat healthier.
The Instant Pot is fantastic for someone like me with chronic illness!
How Does an Instant Pot Work?
Using water or any other cooking liquid in a sealed stainless steel pot (that means no chemicals) and a sealed top, the liquid creates steam which causes pressure to build up inside.
This raises the temperature quickly, cooking your meals faster while sealing in the nutrients and vitamins that are usually lost with slower methods of cooking.
What does this mean for you?
You can cook meals up to 70% faster and retain all of the flavor and taste as well as all of the nutritional value of your food by cooking with your Instant Pot.
It also saves time and money, so I call that a win-win!
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What Can You Make in an Instant Pot?
The Instant Pot is very versatile. You can cook every meal with your pressure cooker, including desserts. You heard that right even desserts!
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Speaking of versatility, there are a ton of other things besides cooking that you can use your Instant Pot for.
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Do the Instant Pot Water Test
Before you use your Instant Pot for the first time, you need to do a water test. This is basically just to get acquainted with your machine and make sure it’s working properly.
Here is a water test instructional video to help you get started.
How To Clean An Instant Pot
It’s important to keep your Instant Pot clean. Do not submerge your appliance in water. Unplug before cleaning. Using a damp cloth, wipe down the exterior of the Instant Pot to remove residue.
You can use a Q-Tip or small brush to get into the nooks and crannies where food may have been left over.
If you continually leave food particles behind, your Instant Pot is going to smell … bad.
Wash the lid and inner pot of your Instant Pot with warm, soapy water.
If you find some burnt on food after cooking (or getting a burn notice… eek!), you can clean your Instant Pot with a mixture of baking soda, dish soap, and water.
Bring to pressure, release steam, and pour out the water. Wipe the remaining gunk off with a paper towel.
If your inner pot is discolored, use white vinegar to clean it.
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Instant Pot Quick Tips
Once you remove the lid to your Instant Pot, you can rest it on the handle. This keeps it off the counter and out of your way.
If you’re following a recipe that calls for flour or cornstarch as a thickening agent, add it after cooking.
Use a long spoon (instead of your fingers/hand) to vent the pressure cooker, so you don’t get hot steam blown into your face.
Also be sure to keep your Instant Pot on the counter with nothing over it. The steam is going to go upward and you don’t want it to ruin your cupboards.
Use the saute feature to brown veggies and large chunks of meat with the lid off before cooking.
Do not overfill your Instant Pot. There is a MAX FILL line; pay attention to it.
If white vinegar isn’t doing the trick, clean the inner pot with this magic cleanser.
Let’s Get Cooking!
Now it’s time to get your Instant Pot out of the box. I know it’s been collecting dust and has most likely become a fixture in your house, but it’s time. 😉
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About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!