Wondering how to use your new Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, Crockpot Express, Power Pressure Cooker XL, or other brand of electric pressure cooker? Let me help you get it out of the box and into your meal plans with this Getting Started Guide! I have all the details you need to get you cooking and loving your machine!
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Here at Pressure Cooking Today, we post easy and delicious recipes and training guides for the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or any other brand of electric pressure cooker!
If you’re just getting started with your electric pressure cooker or Instant Pot—whether it’s new or or even if you’ve had it for a while—you may have lots of questions! Here are some quick answers to some of the most common:
- Which pressure cooker / Instant Pot button do I use?
- How do I do a quick pressure release?
- What pans and steamer baskets do I recommend for use in the Instant Pot / pressure cooker?
Keep reading for a breakdown of the different pressure cooker parts and the nitty-gritty of making your first meal in the pressure cooker!
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Getting Started Guide: How to Use a Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot
Electric pressure cookers like the Instant Pot Duo Nova or the Ninja Foodi make cooking faster and easier than ever before, so I know you’re going to love it! As with any new tool, there are a few things you’ll need to know before you get cooking!
For your convenience, I’ve created a five-part getting started guide that will walk you through getting your pressure cooker out of the box and into your daily routine!
1. Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Parts Reference Guide
To begin, I break down the basic parts of electric pressure cookers, with specific details for the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, Crockpot Express, Power Pressure Cooker XL.
2. Choosing a Pressure Release Method
Quick pressure release or natural pressure release? It’s one of the most common questions I get. Let me explain the difference and when to use each method!
3. Water Test Run for the Instant Pot / Electric Pressure Cooker
The water test is a no-worry way to familiarize yourself with your machine. You’ll learn hands-on how your pressure cooker comes to pressure and get used to the steps of pressure cooking.
4. Make Your First Meal in Your Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker
You’re ready to get cooking in your new electric pressure cooker! For this post, I break down one of my 30-minute meals into detailed steps, including what buttons to push for the major brands of electric pressure cookers.
5. Easy Recipes to Make in Your New Instant Pot / Electric Pressure Cooker
I’ve compiled a list of easy-to-make pressure cooker recipes for you to start off with and build your confidence using your Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, Crockpot Express, or other brand of electric pressure cooker.
Before you know it, you’ll be making fabulous pressure cooker meals and wondering how you ever cooked without it!
Other Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot How To Guides
- How to Get a Pan Out of the Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot
- How to Know Which Instant Pot Button You Should Use?
- How to Use the Pot-in-Pot Method in Your Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot
- How to Convert a Recipe to a Pressure Cooker Recipe
- How to Pressure Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts
- How to Cook Pasta in the Instant Pot / Electric Pressure Cooker
- How to Make Perfect Pressure Cooker Cheesecake
- How to Make Rice in the Instant Pot / Electric Pressure Cooker
Instant Pot / Electric Pressure Cooker In-Depth User Guide and Reviews
If you already have a pressure cooker, you can read more details about your specific machine in the links below!
(If you’re still researching, definitely read my guide to the Best Instant Pot to Buy for a full comparison of the different Instant Pot models and features.)
- Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus
- Instant Pot Duo Nova
- Instant Pot Duo Crisp
- Instant Pot Duo Smart
- Instant Pot Duo Plus
- Instant Pot Duo Mini 3-quart
- Instant Pot Duo 8-quart
- Instant Pot Duo 6-quart
- Instant Pot Ultra
- Instant Pot Max
- Instant Pot Duo
- Instant Pot Lux
Power Pressure Cooker
Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker Safety Features
Don’t be intimidated by the word “pressure” because new electric pressure cookers are super safe and easy to use! The earliest pressure cookers were created around a simple concept: Food cooks hotter and faster inside a pressure-sealed pot.
(The science behind the pressure cooking magic involves raising the boiling point of water under pressure, which means food in a pressure cooker can cook about 40 degrees hotter than than you could cook on a stove top.)
Today’s electric pressure cookers have built on this science and have added in a slew of built-in safety features to prevent mishaps, including automatic pressure control, heating and pressure sensors, lid detection, and heating plates that distribute heat evenly. These features work together to ensure you get faster cook times and consistent results.
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