Tips, Tricks & Tools Thursday — Best Tips For Instant Pot Cooking

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Hello my Lovlies.  As you all know I am in l♥ve with my Instant Pot.  With that in mind, I thought I'd share some tips, tricks & tools with you on how to properly use your Instant Pot®. 

The following tips and pictures came from Dana Vento over at


My Lovlies I am like Dana insomuch as, I was very intimidated when I first got my Instant Pot®. With that in mind, I scoured the internet for tips, tricks, tools & YouTube videos (lol) on how to use my new 
Instant Pot®. 

I liked Dana's tips so much I decided to post them on Cynthia's Tips, Tricks & Tools Thursday exactly as she has them on her website.  

  1. Do not put your Instant Pot on the stove or stove burners when you are cooking. While I realize the stove-top may seem like the best place for it, remember that when you quick release you need to open that lid and you want to tilt the liquid into the pot. If your hood is right there, you may not clear it, and you might scald yourself with rather warm condensation.
  2. Do not put your Instant Pot on the stove as you might have a warm burner which will translate to a burnt and ruined Instant Pot.  Trust me, when you start making recipes you get preoccupied so it is better to be safe than to be sorry and forget and ruin one appliance.
  3. Use a Cutting Board that is heatproof and stable to put the Instant Pot on if your counters can not take any form of heat however, my base has not heated up to any tremendous amount, rather the lid gets really hot.
  4. Do not put meats in a pot and set for delayed cooking for up to 24 hours ahead, your meat will go rancid and you will get sick.
  5. Understand that when you program the pot, the first thing it says is ON, when it actually begins the cooking cycle to the time programmed it will begin the countdown of time then, don’t think it is malfunctioning when you see the word ‘ON’
  6. Never cook without at least 1/2 C of water in  your recipe
  7. Reduce the water content from any of your recipes to 1/2 the liquid when cooking in the Instant Pot
  8. Reduce the cooking time of recipes you are converting from traditional stove top pressure cookers to at least 1/3 of what it used to be (and you may need to tweak it from here).
You can learn more about Pressure Release methods on Dana's website.  There are three methods and you should learn them all so you don't end up with overcooked food. 

Anyway, my Lovlies I hope these tips are valuable to you.  

Please share any tips, tricks, tools and/or recipes you may have for using the Instant Pot®. 

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