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The Best Instant Pot Tips, Tricks, and Hacks

Instant Pots are here to make your life easier! To use it, you need to throw the ingredients in it, and in a press of a button – your meal is ready.
To help you get the best dishes using Instant pot- we’ve collected a few tricks to getting the most out of your Instant Pot.

Here are some tips, trick, and hacks to improve your Instant Pot experience:

  • Make sure to use liquids in your pressure cooking: The pressure cooker uses steam to build up pressure to cook food. Use a half of a cup of liquid to one cup to create the pressure in the inner pot. It's the only way to create pressure on the unit.
  • To add flavor, you can use different liquids (not just water). Using flavorful liquids like broth, juices, and stocks can add tons of flavor to your meal. For example, replacing water with tomato broth, sauteed onions, and garlic can improve the most basic rice recipe and turn into a flavorful dish.
  • You can use several buttons in your cooking session. You can use the Sautee button to carmelize your onions at the beginning of the cooking process. Afterward, use the Pressure cooking button when it's time to add the remaining ingredients. Once the pressure cooker has done its thing; you can keep it warm until it's time to eat using the Keep Warm setting.
  • Add ten to fifteen minutes to your meal planning time. The instant pot takes up to ten minutes to create the necessary pressure in the inner pot. When you're using the pressure buttons, add ten to fifteen minutes to your cooking time to let the unite create a sufficient amount of pressure.
  • To cook several dishes at once, keep and extra inner pot at hand. That'll allow cooking several meals in one cooking session and avoid timewasting on cleaning one inner pot several times.
  • Purchase extra sealing rings - keep one for spiced dishes, and the other sweet ones. The sealing rings tend to hold on to smells of previously cooked meals. We're sure you don't want your beef broth smelling like a chess cake or the other way around.
  • Be careful with dairy - When you're using dairy products, add them after the pressure cooking process is over. This way, you'll be left with a creamy dish and not a watery and curdled one. Also, you can avoid a messy kitchen full of cheese sauce.
  • Thickening your dish: the Instant Pot retains liquid very well. However, it can damage your meal. If it gets too runny, add a bit of cornstarch mixed with water to thicken the dish. Add the thickener when the cooking process is over. It's essential to doing it only afterward is necessary because adding before the procedure is over will damage the steaming process that'll be generated by the Instant Pot.

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