You Just Got an Instant Pot—Now What?
I don't remember the exact moment that Instant Pot became the kitchen appliance; but it seems like, at every dinner party, the host credits at least one of their mouthwatering dishes to this multi-talented gadget. And not just my friends—Instant Pot is Amazon's top seller in their Home and Kitchen section, with reviewers calling it a "game changer for those who are short on time." If you're known for spending time in the kitchen, there's a good chance you were gifted an Instant Pot at some point.
What exactly is an Instant Pot, anyway? This wonder machine is a programmable, electric pressure-cooker, which means it combines heat and pressure to cook food in about half the time of traditional methods. Most models also have settings for sear, sauté, steam, slow-cook, and simmer. You can also use the Instant Pot to cook rice, make yogurt, and walk your dog. OK, that last one was just wishful thinking, but the Instant Pot really can cook almost anything. Along with all those functions, though, can come a fair bit of confusion. We have a few tips for making sure the start of your pressure-cooking journey is as smooth as possible.
If you recently acquired an Instant Pot, use these pointers to get started. If you're still on the hunt for one, I personally use the 6-quart Duo Nova; large enough to fit a whole chicken, but not so big that it takes up all my spare counter space. If you're regularly feeding four or more people, you might want to go with an 8-quart model.