How to Cook Using Your Instant Pot
To cook using your instant pot begin by getting your Instant Pot ready. Plug it in and the display will light up. (Note: If you accidentally unplug the cord from the instant pot while moving it, it will not light up. Check to be sure it is connected to the pot if you ever have it not light up when you plug it in.) The silver pot will sit in the chamber to cook. I always put food in the pot while it is outside the chamber and then set it inside the chamber so I don’t spill anything in the cooking area. I also lift it out of the chamber and set it on a potholder or heat resistant surface to serve the food for the same reason – to keep from dripping or spilling food in the cooking area. I love using my Instant Pot and want to keep it clean inside and out!
Now for the top:
Make sure the milky white plastic looking seal is in place underneath the silver ring. Note: You may have colored seals instead of the milky white ones. I use my finger to get it started and run around it until it is in place.
First you place the silver pot with food in it inside the chamber. Next set the round top in the grooves with the close / open words slightly to the bottom right as you are looking at the top. (It was hard for me to find the right spot when I first purchased the instant pot. I had to move it around slightly until I felt it slip in the groove.) There are markings on the rim of the chamber that show a lock and unlock symbol. You can line the triangle on the top up with the unlock symbol. Next put your hand on the outer handle and twist clockwise to the right until the triangle lines up with the lock symbol. The instant pot makes a kind of musical sound like you are winning the jackpot!
After the lid is locked in place, put the pressure vent on top in the sealing position. DO NOT LEAVE IT IN THE VENTING POSITION. If you do, you might have a messy volcano of juices spewing out the top after cooking begins. Not hazardous – just messy! In my opinion, putting the vent in the sealing position to start with is really the only thing you have to double-check before walking away.
Cleaning Your Instant Pot
You can handwash or place the silver pot in the dishwasher. I prefer to always handwash the top, seals, and vent. They don’t get very dirty and are easy to soap up and rinse quickly.
I keep the instant pot on my kitchen counter so it is always ready for the next cooking adventure!
Instant Pot Accessories
You might like some of these instant pot accessories.
Instant Pot Recipes
Cook Using Your Instant Pot
Now that you know how to cook using your instant pot, try out our instant pot recipes. I hope you enjoy!