A Simple Guide: How to Use Your Instant Pot

So you got an Instant Pot and pulled it out of the box…now what?

Don’t let all the buttons intimidate you or lack of helpful information in the instruction booklet intimidate you! You can use your Instant Pot without fear if you read my helpful tips below! We can have you cooking dinner tonight and you will quickly be on your way to becoming an Instant Pot pro in no time!

It took me a while after I bought my Instant Pot to actually use it because I felt intimidated by it. I was also admittedly a little bit nervous about using the Pressure Cooking setting because of the memories I had of my Mother’s Pressure Cooker whistling away in all of its foreboding scariness!

But after much research and finally gathering the courage to use it, I tried the Instant Pot, and it has quickly become one of my favorite cooking appliances. I use it all of the time now and no longer pull out my Slow Cooker or my Rice Cooker because it is just too easy and convienient to use! And I LOVE having only ONE kitchen appliance on my countertop!


The Instant Pot has a lot of functionality for one appliance, and at a decent price point. (I got mine here). Most of all, I love the convenience and speed of it. I can set it and walk away and not have to think about what’s for dinner in the mad rush of the after school chaos OR I can forget about dinner until 4:30 pm and have something on the table in minutes (which lately has been more my style).  It also saves you time by cooking foods quickly that usually have a longer cooking time like beans.

Continue reading below for everything YOU need to know to get started using your Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot as a Multi-Purpose Appliance

The Instant Pot DUO is a multi-cooker that offers the same functionalities you’d find in the following:

  1. Pressure Cooker
  2. Slow Cooker
  3. Rice Cooker/Porridge Maker
  4. Steamer
  5. Saute/Browning
  6. Yogurt Maker
  7. Warmer
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