In an effort to answer the increasing amount of questions we are getting about Instant Pots, we thought we’d create a resource page. Hope this can help answer some of those burning questions about the Instant Pot!
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Home cooks are loving the ease and versatility of the Instant Pot. Any appliance that allows you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your people is a win in our book. We especially love that the Instant Pot can cook freezer meals straight from frozen! This means if you forget to thaw your meal out the night before, no sweat! Pop it in the Instant Pot, set the machine and walk away.
Instant Pot 101
What is an Instant Pot?
Which Type of Instant Pot Should I Get?
Wait, there is more than one type?
Well, yes. There are actually many Instant Pots. Some are just slightly more or less multi-purpose than their brothers and sisters. Most of the models are very similar in terms of pot size, wattage, and voltage.; where they differ is mostly in the software—how many “smart programs” are built in with preset levels of heat, pressure, and time. Hang tight. We’ll walk you through some of the options.
The “Bang for Your Buck Classic” (the one we use!): Instant Pot DUO60-6Qt
This model is the Instant Pot we use and recommend to anyone who asks. It has all the functions you probably need. It’s not too big (although you can snag and 8 quart if you’re feeling crazy) and it’s not too small like it’s little sister, the 3 quart (who works great for a small space like a dorm room).
The “Just Give Me The Basics” Instant Pot LUX60 V3
This one is similar to the “Bang for Your Buck Classic” mentioned above, but with a few exceptions: 1. This one doesn’t have one-touch yogurt-making capabilities. 2. This one can’t toggle between low and high pressure cooking, whereas the model above can. This one IS however, about $20 cheaper.
The “I Like Bells and Whistles” Instant Pot DUO Plus
If you’re taking this Instant Pot thing VERY seriously, you will love all of the bells and whistles on this model. You’ll love its big blue LCD screen and additional cooking programs (egg cooking, cake-making, and sterilization) to name a few. This model is also more fingerprint-resistant than other models. A small perk but never hurts, right?
The “I Just Got a Raise” Instant Pot Smart Bluetooth
This model is no joke. It sports an impressive 14 “smart programs,” plus two programs you can customize and save yourself. It is Bluetooth-enabled which means you can start cooking and watch the cooking progress from afar on your phone. I love the idea of being able to play outside with my kiddos and not popping my head in to monitor how much cooking time is left. This model has got it all.
Why are There So Many Buttons?
Where do I Find Recipes?
How Do I Cook a Freezer Meal in the Instant Pot?
While there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula, we have found that adding 10-15 minutes to the original cooking time does the trick when cooking a frozen meal in the Instant Pot.
I Just Got My Instant Pot. What is the First Step?
The first step is to do an initial test run. Practice makes perfect! There really is a learning curve to this contraption but keep at it. You’ll grow more and more comfortable with it the more you use it.
Do I Need to Buy Any Accessories?
In addition to the stainless steel insert pot, you may want to consider these additional accessories:
- Glass Lid: Great to have if you plan to use your Instant Pot as a slow cooker. It’s also helpful for storing leftovers in the fridge. No need to dirty another dish-just put this lid on the pot and refrigerate!
- Steamer Basket: This basket makes it easy to hard boil eggs or steam vegetables.
- Containers to freeze meals in: One of the tricks of making freezer meals for the Instant Pot is to freeze them in the correct container. The meal needs to be able to fit into the pot while it’s frozen. Using plastic containers like these make this super easy!
Hopefully this helps answer some of your basic questions about the Instant Pot. Like I mentioned above, we have found that the Instant Pot Community on Facebook has been really helpful when asking specific questions about recipes or cooking methods.