5 More Things Not to Do With Your Instant Pot — Instant Pot Tips

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Are you somewhat new to the world of electric pressure cooking? I have 5 more things not to do with your Instant Pot to share with you today. These tips of things NOT to do will help you avoid some common Instant Pot mistakes.

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1. DON’T DOUBLE THE COOKING TIME.
I often get the question, “I want to double this recipe. Do I double the cooking time?”

Most often the cooking time will be the same when you double a recipe. Pressure cooking cooks each piece of food equally. That means that each piece of chicken (2, 4 or 8) will require the same cooking time, and so will each grain of rice. That’s because the pressure cooking time is determined by the size and not the quantity of food. In other words, the pressure cooking time is the amount of time the food requires to be cooked all the way to the center.

Doubling the THICKNESS of meats, veggies, and other foods DOES require increasing cook time. This is why someone else’s recommended 8 minutes for a whole potato won’t cook your super duper sized baking potato. However remember that a 2 pound roast is not necessarily twice as thick as a 1 pound roast. If you double the time just due to weight you might get unsatisfactory results.

2. DON’T FORGET TO ADD THIN LIQUID
In order for a pressure cooker to work properly it needs to build pressure with steam. The steam is created by water, broth or another thin liquid that you add into the pot. In order for your pot to come to pressure you’ll need approximately 1 to 1.5 cups of liquid in your 6 quart Instant Pot.

3. DON’T POUR ANYTHING INTO YOUR INSTANT POT WITHOUT THE LINER INSIDE
I’ve seen soooo many people that have ruined their Instant Pots by accidentally pouring ingredients into the pot without the stainless steel liner inside of it! You might think, “I’ll never do that!” Well, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to just start cooking and forget that your liner isn’t inside the base of the Instant Pot.

4. DON’T PUT YOUR INSTANT POT ON THE STOVE BURNER

5. DON’T THINK THAT THE SLOW COOKER SETTING ON THE INSTANT POT IS GOING TO COOK LIKE YOUR NORMAL CROCKPOT.
The Instant Pot does have a slow cooker function on it. However, in my opinion, this is the one Achilles heel of the Instant Pot. The slow cooker function isn’t great.

The slow cooker function works best if you get the pot hot before turning it down.
It only heats from the bottom. Regular slow cookers heat from the sides. You may need to stir every now and then.
America’s Test Kitchen tested tons of brands of electric pressure cookers and instant faired poorly on the slow cooker. But what they did discover is you need to use it on high but treat it as low. So NEVER use low setting. If recipe calls for 8 hours on low, do 8 hours on high.

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