Instant Pot Innovation
You asked and Instant Pot listened. Based on requests from millions of home cooks, the new Duo Evo Plus makes home cooking quicker and easier than ever with increased power for faster heating and pressurizing, plus new quick pressure.
5 Reasons People Love the Instant Pot
1. It makes pressure cooking easy
Let’s be honest: vintage pressure cookers—with their steam dials, multiple latches, and robot-like silver exteriors—are the opposite of intuitive. Instant Pot boasts easy-to-remove lids, safety features, preset buttons, and even searing functionality that offers a simpler way to pressure cook.
2. AND it slow cooks too!
If you’re in the mood for low and slow—whether it’s a braise, a delicate soup, pulled pork or beef stew—your Instant Pot can get you there. Its slow cooking feature is the cherry on top of all the wonderful things it can do.
3. it saves counter space
Neat and trim, with a removable cord, this gadget is a svelte addition to your countertop that could easily replace a rice cooker, a slow cooker or your old, wonky pressure cooker. (Throw those back into storage!)
4. operates at the push of a button
Craving homemade yogurt? Porridge? Beans or beef stew? There are buttons for all of these, which makes it easy to experiment, whip up staples or work without a recipe
5. seasons and cooks evenly
What cook hasn’t frowned to see some black beans melting into nothingness while others remain stubbornly tough? Or noticed that a roast is unevenly cooked? An Instant Pot shines when it comes to even cooking and seasoning: beans are cooked to equal tenderness and salt, miraculously, is distributed perfectly throughout the whole dish.
How to Use the Instant Pot
The Instant Pot is an electric appliance that’s able to pressure cook, slow cook and sauté. It combines these three main functions into convenient preset cooking programs such as making rice, steaming and cooking beans. The best way to become familiar with how it works is to begin by cooking with recipes – try a pressure-cooked dish (like a delicious risotto) to learn about bringing the unit to pressure (it typically takes about 10 minutes) and releasing the steam. Then, try a slow-cooked dish like a stew or braise (try out the “delay start” or “keep warm” functions to see how handy those can be). Next, give one of the preset functions a try – we love the results of preset functions for hard-boiled eggs, beans, and rice. At this point, you’ll be pretty familiar with operating your Instant Pot.
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What’s the difference between an Instant Pot and a Slow Cooker?
An Instant Pot is pressurized, meaning it can cook food much more quickly than a slow cooker. The tight-fitting lid traps the steam rising from the food and builds up pressure and temperature within the pot. With the Instant Pot you can customize your pressure level—high pressure is used for dishes like meat, stews or soups, while low pressure is handy for more delicate dishes like rice, vegetables or seafood.
When do you use natural release and when do you use quick release?
Natural release gradually releases pressure, which can take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, and allows for a bit of extra cooking time as the pressure comes down. Quick release (also known as “venting” or “manual release”) quickly releases pressure and stops the cooking process almost immediately. In general, you use quick release for quicker-cooking foods such as seafood or vegetables, and natural release for anything else, but follow the instructions on your recipe when deciding what release method to use.
How do you clean the instant pot?
Cleaning the Instant Pot is easy: After normal cooking you can simply put the inner pot in the dishwasher and wipe down the housing unit to clean splashes or splatters. Then, remove the antiblock shield underneath the lid, wash it with warm, soapy water and let it dry before re-attaching to the lid. To keep your Instant Pot functioning at peak performance, you’ll need to deep clean every few uses. For that, remove the silicone sealing ring and pop that in the top rack of the dishwasher, along with the Instant Pot lid, which is also top-rack dishwasher safe. Then, use a damp cloth to remove any food particles or buildup around the edge of the external housing unit.
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