10 things NOT to do with your Instant Pot — Instant Pot Tips

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Today I’m going to share with you 10 Things Not to Do with Your Instant Pot. These tips are great for new (and maybe some old) Instant Pot users. Please share this video with your friends that are new to Instant Pot cooking!

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#1: Don’t add thickeners (yet). You will get the burn error message! For more on this topic: https://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/the-instant-pot-burn-message/

#2: Don’t underestimate how long it will take to cook a recipe. Just because it’s called an Instant Pot doesn’t mean it’s “instant!” There are 3 time components to a pressure cooker recipe. Building pressure, Pressure cooking and Pressure releasing. For more on estimating times watch this video: https://youtu.be/uHxriRyzaP0 and this one will explain pressure release: https://youtu.be/7hn6w5FEEwI

#3: Don’t forget your yogurt starter. I have been making yogurt in my Instant Pot close to every week for the past 2 years. And there have been a handful of times that I’ve forgotten to add the yogurt starter in with the milk. My yogurt recipe is very simple. But it requires that you add 2 Tbsp of yogurt in with the milk. And, unfortunately, there have been a couple of times that I’ve actually forgotten to stir that in. Then when I go to look for my yogurt the next morning it’s still milk. Womp wah. How to make yogurt: https://youtu.be/cl2s8Sdvr8U

#4: Don’t worry if you’re Instant Pot doesn’t have a manual button. When you’re reading a recipe and it says “press the manual button” and you don’t have a manual button on your Instant Pot don’t fret. Some models of Instant Pots have a button called “manual” and some have buttons called “pressure cook.” They do the exact same thing. They pressure cook your food.

#5: Don’t overfill your pot. Your pressure cooker liner should have a “max fill line.” Make sure that you never fill any liquid over that point.

#6: Don’t disregard thickness. Thickness is a very important determinant in how long you’re going to pressure cook. So if you have a thin chicken breast that has been sliced into a filet that’s going to take a lot less time to cook than a thick, big chicken breast. How to cook chicken according to thickness: https://youtu.be/voxPSSqpnBg

#7: Don’t get burned by the steam. The Instant Pot has a ton of safety mechanisms on it. And it is generally really safe. The one thing I would caution you of is when you’re moving this valve from sealing to venting there is going to be an escape of steam and you just want to quickly do that and move your hand away so that you don’t get burned.

#8: Do not use the timer button to pressure cook, it is for a delay setting and not the pressure cooker setting.

#9: Don’t brown your meats or saute your onions until the pot says HOT.

#10: Don’t keep your Instant Pot in the box. Get it out and use it. If you’re nervous and you’re still unsure of how to use it watch my video “How to Use an Instant Pot.” https://youtu.be/EJd6dC5d62U

You might want to watch my other videos about what NOT to do with your Instant Pot!

5 things not to do with your Instant Pot: https://youtu.be/FAKm2Q8EOXU

5 more things not to do with your Instant Pot: https://youtu.be/KvSE2nKcAz8

7 Instant Pot Mistakes: https://youtu.be/tG6vy1TsP_s

Plus visit these other videos from Six Sisters and Tried, Tested and True:

10 Things to NEVER TO DO With Your Instant Pot: https://youtu.be/L6B32pAEzN8

26 Things NEVER to DO with your Instant Pot: https://youtu.be/DhSW3GcfarU

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