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What is Pressure Cooking & What Makes Instant Pot Different?

Pressure Cooking cooks food using water or other cooking liquid in a cooker with an airtight, sealed lid.

Boiled liquid creates steam to create internal pressure.

Temperature rises quickly to cook food fast. Steam is released prior to opening lid.

With Instant Pot you can cook with or without pressure!

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Getting to know your Instant Pot pressure cooker.

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Open Lid

Turn lid counter-clockwise.

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Close Lid

Turn clockwise until the lid fins line up over base handles.

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Sealing Ring

Make sure it’s snug behind the sealing ring rack. It’s removable and should be cleaned often.

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Anti-Block Shield

Prevents food from clogging the steam release pipe. It’s removable and should be cleaned often.

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Steam Release

On the top of the lid. “Sealing” means seal the cooker, trapping steam and increasing pressure. “Venting” means release the steam through the steam release to decrease pressure.

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Float Valve

On the top of the lid. UP, cooker is pressurized. DOWN, cooker is depressurized.

3 Ways to Release Pressure

Getting to know your Instant Pot pressure cooker.

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Natural Release (NR)

Pressure releases on its own. May take 5 to 40+ minutes. Shorter time with less food in the cooker.

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Quick Release (QR)

Turn steam release to “Venting” position when cooking is complete.

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Combo of Natural and Quick Release: Recipe will instruct you on timing.

How Much Can I Fill the Inner Pot?

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Max 1/2 Full

For Beans, Rice, Grains, Dehydrated Foods and Fruit – These foods either expand during cooking or generate lots of foam (or both). Beans can swell to twice their size during cooking!

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Max 2/3 Full

For Everything Else – Foods that don’t generally bubble, foam, or get any larger during cooking are in this category, including meats, vegetables, soups and stocks.


Every recipe is slightly different. However, all include ingredients, pressure level, cooking time and venting method.

  • Prep ingredients and Sauté if required.
  • Add ingredients to inner pot.
  • Close the lid. Set steam release to “Sealing”.
  • Select Smart Program.
  • Wait for cooker to pressurize.
  • Cooking starts. Timer will count down.
  • Release pressure naturally &/or manually.
  • Wait until the pressure releases and the float valve is down.
  • Then remove the lid.

Clean-up in an Instant!

Put the inner pot in the dishwasher and wipe down the cooker base. Remove the anti-block shield from the lid, wash it, dry it, and re-attach it to the lid.Every few uses, remove the steam release handle/valve, the float valve, and the silicone sealing ring from the lid. Secure the small parts in a mesh bag, and place the bag and the sealing ring on the top rack of your dishwasher, along with the Instant Pot lid, which is also top-rack dishwasher safe.

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