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Slow Cooker Meatloaf (Gluten Free)">Instant Pot Slow Cooker Meatloaf (Gluten Free)

By , April 19, 2013

Submitted by Brandilyn T.

YUMMY! Use ground beef or ground chicken for this recipe. You can also have the option to add potatoes for a full meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 small can drained mushrooms (I like to chop these)
  • 1 cup milk

Options

  • Thick sliced potatoes (about 1/2 ” slices) Sea salt and dry garlic grinder

Topping

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 4 TBSP brown sugar

Directions

Spray inner pot with non-stick spray.

Mix Meatloaf ingredients, shape into a round loaf and place inside pot, forming to fit.

I like to form meatloaf more to one side of the pot and add thick potato slices stacked up in the remaining area next to the loaf. (If you decide to add potatoes, season them now with sea salt/garlic.)

Make your meatloaf topping and add to the top of your loaf.

Close and lock Instant pot lid and make sure the Steam Release Handle is in “venting” position. Choose the Slow Cook key and adjust (using – or +) for time. Then adjust for Temperature (using the Less/Normal/More keys – Less=Low/Normal=Med/More=High)

Cooking Time:

  • LOW 6-8 hours or on HIGH 4-6 hours

Cooker vs. Slow Cooker">Electric Pressure Cooker vs. Slow Cooker

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By , May 6, 2009

Both slow cookers and electric pressure cookers can produce very similar dishes but operate in entirely different ways.

Slow cookers  cook in a relatively low temperature (at approximately 79°C–93°C or 175°F–200°F range) over a long period of time. Meanwhile, electric pressure cookers run at much higher temperature (over boiling point at 115°C~118°C or 239°F~244°F).

This difference in cooking mechanism results in drastically different cooking time. Typically an electric pressure cooker makes a dish under an hour, whereas the minimal cooking time for a slow cooker is 4 hours. An Electric pressure cooker saves about 75% electricity comparing to a slow cooker making a similar dish.

Apart from the difference in cooking temperature, there are two other physical differences

  1. Insulated housing
    Slow cookers typically do not have insulated housing, whereas electric pressure cookers do. This contributes to energy efficiency advantage to electric pressure cookers.
  2. Sealed cooking
    A electric pressure cooker is fully sealed under pressure, letting out no steams and no smells. This is not the case for slow cookers. This makes electric pressure cooker a winner in keeping the kitchen clean and the house smell free.

One disadvantage often cited against slow cookers is that vitamins and other trace nutrients are lost, particularly from vegetables, partially by enzyme action during cooking. When vegetables are cooked at higher temperatures these enzymes are rapidly denatured and have less time in which to act during cooking.

Another disadvantage of slow cookers is that they don’t heat the food at a temperature high enough to remove common toxins (for example in raw kidney beans, and some other beans). On the other hand, electric pressure cookers are very good at detoxifying food, owning to its higher than boiling point operating temperature.

Cooker, 6 Quart">FAQs: Ultra 10-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart

By , May 17, 2017

The FAQs are designed with color-coded keywords to find information quickly and easily.

Where can one purchase the Instant Pot® Duo Plus?
The Instant Pot® Ultra is available at Sur La TableApril 2017 and amazon.com June 2017.

What size is the Ultra available in?
Currently, the Ultra is available in a 6 Quart.

What is the power of the Heating element on the 6 Quart?
1000W

What is the color of the Ultra?
Stainless Steel and Black

What are the dimensions of the Ultra?
The dimensions are 13 x 12.2 x 12.6 inches.

What is the weight of the Ultra?
The weight is 15.7 lbs.

What are the dimensions of the cookers in the Instant Pot® Product line?
The specifications can be found at http://instantpot.com/benefits/specifications-and-manuals/

What is the Ultra program?
The Ultra program provides the user with full control of pressure and non-pressure cooking. You can adjust different parameters based on your favorite recipes.
Note: May be used for sous vide cooking with temperature accuracy of +/- 5°F or 4°C.

What makes the Ultra so unique?
The Ultra is a 10-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker.  It combines the functions of a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Sauté, Steamer, Sterilizer, Warmer, and a truly new and innovative program, the Ultra.  The Ultra program provides the ultimate in user control when selecting the full spectrum of pressure and non-pressure settings.

Designed for the home chef looking for a greater degree of customization and control for even greater precision cooking.

The control panel consists of a large, blue LCD display; a central dial with a simple turn and press provides added precision in program selection and adjustments.  A new ‘Steam Release Reset Button’ ensures the safer handling of the steam release after cooking is completed.  A Cooking Indicator’ to provide a visual on the progress of the dish from preheat, through the cooking phase, and Keep Warm; and, ‘Altitude Adjustment’ to adjust recipes for cooking at altitudes above 2000ft/610m with an automatic altitude unit conversion.

Why is the Ultra called a 10-in-1?
The Ultra is a 10-in-1 as it has 10 commonly used kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice/Porridge Cooker, Cake Maker, Yogurt Maker, Sauté/Searing, Steamer, Warmer, Sterilizer, and the Ultra program.

What are the 16 Smart Built-In Programs?
The 16 Smart programs are: Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Cake, Egg, Slow Cook, Sauté/Searing, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Sterilize, Yogurt, Warm, Pressure Cook, and Ultra.

Why do you refer to Instant Pot® as the SMART cooker?
Instant Pot® is a programmed smart cooker that has preset cooking instructions for food ingredients and cooking methods. For the Ultra, it remembers the last customization on all cooking programs for a more personalized cooking experience.

How does the Smart Programs work?
Instant Pot® is developed with an embedded microprocessor.  The microprocessor carefully runs lab-tested algorithms to control the time, cooking pressure and temperature to ensure consistent cooking results. Users can customize these settings allowing one to achieve their preferred cooking results.

How does the Steam Release Reset Button work?
The Steam Release Reset Button automatically resets the cooker to the ‘Sealing’ position when you open or close the lid if the button is in the venting position.
Note: Even with this feature, Instant Pot® recommends as an added safety precaution that you ensure the Steam Release is in the ‘Sealing’ position before you start any pressure cooking program.

The Steam Release Reset Button resolves the issue of forgetting to set the Steam Release back to the Sealing position following a Quick Release of steam during the previous cooking process.

For additional technical details on the Instant Pot® cookers go to: http://instantpot.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Instant-Pot-Product-Comparison.pdf

How do you adjust the ‘Altitude’ level in Ultra?
To adjust the ‘Altitude’, follow these steps:

  1. Return the cooker to the ‘Standby’ mode by pressing ‘Cancel’;
  2. Press and hold the central dial until the cooker beeps and enters into the system-level settings change;
  3. Rotate the dial to ‘Alt’ and press to select and rotate to the desired altitude units in feet or meters;
  4. When the altitude unit is selected, press the central dial to enter the ‘Altitude’ adjustment mode, rotate the central dial to make the adjustments;
  5. Once the adjustments are made, press the ‘Start’ key to save the system-level settings changes and exit

For the ‘Altitude’ adjustment must it be adjusted for each program?
The Altitude must only be set once for all programs.  Once the altitude is adjusted, it will apply to all programs.

Is there an indication that the program has been adjusted for ‘Altitude’?
No, there is no indication the ‘Altitude’ has been set.  However, the cooking time will be adjusted once the altitude has been updated.   For example, a 30-minute cooking cycle will be automatically adjusted to approximately 34 minutes.

How do you prepare ‘Sous Vide’ dishes in the Ultra?
May be used for sous vide cooking with a temperature accuracy of +/- 5°F or 4°C at different depths.  For sous vide cooking, the inner pot must be filled with water to approximately one inch from the rim of the inner pot.

What is a Progress Indicator?
The Progress Indicator provides a visual on the cooking progress from preheating through to cooking and Keep Warm.

How do I know if the Sound is ON/OFF?
Once you select ON/Off the status is displayed on the LCD panel with Sound ON/OFF.  The ‘Sound’ indicates if is ON/OFF when selecting a program, cooking starts or is completed.

What is the Sterilize program suitable for?
With the ‘Sterilize’ program one can pasteurize dairy products; sterilize baby bottles, jars, utensils, and certain types of canning much more conveniently.
Note: Refer to the ‘USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning’ for details.

How long does the Ultra Pressure Cook?
With the Ultra one can Pressure Cook for a maximum of 6 hours.

What are dual Pressure Settings?
Dual Pressure Settings provides one the ability to cook with high pressure reducing cooking time by up to 70% and low pressure to avoid overcooking delicate food.

What are the High and Low Pressure settings?
High Pressure is from 10.2 – 11.6 psi and Low Pressure is from 5.8 – 7.2 psi.

How many customizations does the Ultra remember?
The Ultra remembers your last customization on all cooking programs

Why do I need to do the Initial Test Run?
The Initial Test Run helps you become familiar with the Instant Pot® and to ensure the cooker is working properly before you start preparing those amazing dishes.

How long after selecting the settings will the cooker Start?
For the Ultra, the cooking process will start once the ‘Start’ button is pressed.  The cooker will beep 3 times and the LCD displays ‘On’.

How long is the delay start time?
The Delay Start can be set for a maximum of 24 hours.

How do I know if the Automatic Keep Warm is ON/OFF?
The ‘Keep Warm’ status is displayed on the LCD panel.

How do I know the length of time lapsed when in Keep Warm?
The ‘Keep Warm’ time is displayed on the LCD panel.

What is the difference between ‘Keep Warm’ and ‘Warm’?
Following the cooking process the ‘Ultra’ automatically goes into ‘Keep Warm’ to keep the dish at the desired temperature until one is ready to serve.  The ‘Warm’ function is used to reheat food.

How long can one set the Warm mode?
The time selection is from 10 minutes to 99 hours and 50 minutes with a default setting of 10 hours.

What temperatures does Instant Pot® operate at on the different settings?
The specification can be found at http://instantpot.com/benefits/specifications-and-manuals/

What is the Quality of the Stainless Steel inner cooking pot?
The inner pot is made from food grade 304 (18/8) stainless steel, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, no chemical coating, compliant with FDA food safety standards. Instant Pot’s inner cooking pot is dishwasher safe.

What is the Exterior of the cooking pot?
The Exterior of the cooker is brushed stainless steel finger print resistant.  It has a lid holder for left- and right- handed users.

How full (food & liquid) can the inner pot be for pressure-cooking?
For all pressure-cooking programs the total amount of pre-cooked food and liquid in the inner pot should not surpass the 2/3 line.  When preparing food that expands during cooking such as rice, beans or vegetables, the inner pot should not pass the ½ line.  Over filling the inner pot may risk clogging the steam release and developing excess pressure.  This may cause leakage, personal injuries, or damage to the cooker.
Note: Fill level warnings do not apply to non-pressure cooking programs.

Can I use a 5 Quart inner pot in a 6 Quart Instant Pot®?
No, one cannot.  Instant Pot® recommends to only use the inner pot which came with your cooker or, a suitable Instant Pot® replacement for the size of your cooker.  Using an inner pot not designed for the cooker may not only damage the cooker, it may not provide the best cooking results.

Can I use another Instant Pot® 6 Quart inner pot in the Ultra?
Yes, the 6 Quart inner pots are interchangeable.

Why does the stainless steel inner pot have a rainbow like stain after washing?
The discoloration on the stainless steel cooking pot is called “rainbowing” which can be caused by exposure to high heat, cooking starchy food (e.g. rice, pasta) or even detergent staining after hand or machine wash.  This is common and normal in all stainless steel cookware.

How should the steam release be positioned for pressure-cooking?
The steam release must be in the ‘Sealing’ position for pressure-cooking.

How do you turn the Instant Pot® OFF?
To turn the Ultra OFF, press CANCEL and remove the plug from the wall outlet.
Note: Unplug from the power outlet when not in use and prior to cleaning.

How do I restore the cooker’s default settings?
To return to the factory default setting for a specific cooking program, rotate to a specific cooking program, press the central dial to enter the program setting mode, then press and hold the Cancel key until the cooker beeps.

For a full reset of all cooking programs to return the cooker to the factory default settings, removing all customizations return the cooker to standby mode by pressing ‘Cancel’, then Press and hold the Cancel key until the cooker beeps.

What is the maximum time for the Sauté function?
The maximum time is 30 minutes as a safety precaution.
Note: Do not use the Instant Pot® lid when Sautéing.

What are the different Sautéing functions for the Ultra?
For the Ultra one may choose temperatures between Medium (for regular browning), Low (for simmering or thickening sauce), and High (for stir-frying or blackening meat).  In addition, there is a custom temperature option to set the desired sauté temperature.

When the cooker has reached the working temperature the LCD will display ‘Hot’.  Add food to the inner pot and begin sautéing.

Should I use the Lid for the Sauté function?
Do not use any lid for the Sauté program or there will be a warning sound.  The sauté time is set for a maximum of 30 minutes as a safety precaution.

How many hours can the Instant Pot® Slow Cook for?
The Slow Cook can be set from 0.5 – 20 hours.

How many temperature settings are there in the Slow Cook program
There are 3 temperature settings, Low, Medium, and High, as well as, custom temperature option.

How does the Slow Cook function work in comparison to a slow cooker?
The Instant Pot® Slow Cooking function controls the slow cooker with 3 different temperature settings.  For instance, medium is 194~205°F/90~96°C; whereas, most conventional slow cookers do not actually control the temperature levels, they only apply different heating intervals or intensity. The difference between the High and Low settings of most conventional slow cookers is only in the time it take to reach 212°F or 100°C.

The 3 temperature ranges in the Instant Pot® are:

  • Less: 82-87.8°C/180-190°F (low setting in a slow cooker)
  • Normal:8~93°C/190-200°F (medium setting in a slow cooker)
  • More: 93~99°C/200~210°F (high setting in a slow cooker)

Note: For non-pressure cooking one may use the Instant Pot® glass lid.

Can I make cooking adjustments after the cooking process has started?
The Ultra allows one to easily adjust settings even after the cooking is in progress.

How long is the Fermentation time for making Yogurt?
Fermentation is up to 99.5 hours at 2 temperatures.

What is the Condensation Collector for?
The condensation collector traps excess liquid to prevent it from spilling onto the counter.

What is the Anti-Block Shield?
The Anti-Block Shield is the round component with 6 holes under the lid.  The Anti-Block Shield prevents food particles from blocking the steam release valve.

Does the Anti-Block Shield need to be removed?
Yes, the Anti-Block Shield must be removed and cleaned after each use, especially following the preparation of foods that may splatter. To remove: Using your thumb, push the side of the Anti-Block Shield towards the lid rim and lift up with some effort. The anti-block shield should pop out.  To install: Position the Anti-Block Shield in place and push down.

What is Delay Start?
The Delay Start sets the total time delay prior to the cooking program starting the cooking process.
Note: When using the Delay Start allow sufficient cooling down time prior to serving.

Can the Delay Start be used for all dishes?
The Delay Start is not recommended for porridge, oatmeal, or any other foamy and thick liquids.  When preparing foods that foam or splatter, the cooking progress should be monitored.

How much time does one have to set the Delay Start?
Up to 24 hours.

How does the Cancel key work?
The cancel function ends a cooking program at any time or returns the cooker to the standby mode displaying OFF.  It can also be used to reset the cooker to full factory default

Does the Pressure Level have any effect on non-pressure cooking programs such as: Slow Cook, Sauté and Yogurt.
No, the Pressure Level is only for pressure-cooking.

How do I know the Pressure-Cooking process has started?
On the Ultra model, pressing the Start button to start cooking.

What Pressure Levels are available?
There are (2) pressure levels, low and high.

Pressure is not building why?
To build pressure it requires at least 1.5 – 2 cups (355 – 473 ml) of water or liquid.
Note: The amount of liquid is dependent on the quart size.

Not setting the steam release valve to the Sealing position for pressure-cooking and steaming.  If it is not Sealed pressure will not build.  For additional troubleshooting, please refer to the troubleshooting steps in the manual, pages 23-25.

How do I know which Controls and Settings to use for my dish?
Please refer to the manual provided with the Ultra.  If working with an Instant Pot® recipe please follow the instructions indicated.

What is the Steam Rack for?
The Steam Rack is used on the bottom of the inner pot when steaming vegetables or to elevate dishes outside of the liquid in the inner pot.

Is the Steam Rack stainless steel?
Yes, it is made from food grade 304 (18/8) stainless steel, compliant to FDA food safety standards.

How do I prevent Staining on the inside of the cooker?
Prior to placing the inner pot in the cooker, wipe the pot dry and ensure the inner pot and the inside of the cooker are free from any debris which may scorch the inside of the cooker.

How do I stop a program after it has started?
Once the cooking process has started, you can press Cancel at any time to end the program.  The cooker will then go into the Standby mode.

How long can the cooker remain in the Keep Warm setting?
The maximum time in Keep Warm is 24 hours. After 24 hours the cooker will automatically turn OFF. The Keep Warm ON/OFF function can be used at any time during the cooking process.
Note:  For Rice it is not recommended to have the Keep Warm on for more than 2 hours

Why does the Keep Warm setting have a maximum time of 24 hours?
The Keep Warm will automatically shut off after 24 hours for safety and energy consumption reasons.

How do I know if the Keep Warm is ON?
For the Ultra, the Cooking Indicator will indicate that the cooker is in the ‘Keep Warm’ phase.  The LCD will also display the elapsed time.

What is the difference between Keep Warm and Warm?
‘Keep Warm’ is for maintaining the temperature of the food once the cooking process is completed.  ‘Warm’ is used mainly to preheat food.

How many temperature settings are available in the Warm setting?
There are 3 temperature settings low, medium and high, as well as, a custom temperature option.

How long can one set the Warm mode?
The time selection is from 10 minutes to 99 hours and 50 minutes with a default setting of 10 hours.

What is the difference between Natural Pressure and Quick Release?
Natural Release: Allows the cooker to cool down naturally until the float valve drops down.  This may take 10 to 40 minutes, or even longer, depending on the amount of food in the cooker.  Place a wet towel on the lid to speed up the cooling process (Note: Do not cover the Steam Release Valve).  Once the cooking process is completed, turn OFF the Keep Warm mode if it is ON.

Quick Release: Turn the steam release button to the Venting position to let steam out until the float valve drops. Never pull out the steam release valve while it is releasing steam as escaping steam is extremely hot and can cause scalds. For food with large liquid volume or starch content, use the Natural Release as thick liquid may splatter out.

How do I know if I should use Natural or Quick Release?
Start by referring to the recipe.  The Quick Release method is used for delicate dishes such as custards and fresh vegetables and the Natural Release method is used for meats, soups and grains.

How do I know when it is Safe to open the lid?
Start by pressing ‘Cancel’. The LCD will display OFF.  Before opening the lid, make sure the float valve has dropped.  Do not open the lid if the float valve has not dropped. Do not open the lid if it is locked and cannot be opened.  Do not force the lid open at any time.
Note: When opening the lid, the inner pot may adhere to the lid.  This is caused by vacuum due to cooling.  To release the vacuum, move the stream release button to the Venting position.

What do I do if the Float Valve is stuck?
Press the Steam Release reset button to the Venting position.  Once all the steam is released, push the float valve down with a pen or long stick.

How much liquid is required in the inner pot for pressure-cooking?
For pressure-cooking always add at least 1.5 – 2.5 cups / 355 – 473 ml (depending on quart size) of water or other liquids with a thin, watery consistency so enough steam can be generated to cook under pressure.  These liquids include cooking sauces, wine, beer, and stocks.
Note: Oils and oil-based sauces do not have sufficient water content and do not account for the required liquid volume.

Are the Instant Pot® Sealing Rings Safe?
The Instant Pot® sealing rings pass UL, FDA and LFGB tests for safety, including food safety.  The Instant Pot® sealing ring is an integral part of the Instant Pot® safety features.  The sealing rings have been designed, engineered, and built with the optimal material to achieve the hardness and strength required to withstand high-pressure force during electric pressure-cooking.

How do I remove the food odor from the Sealing Ring?
The Instant Pot® sealing ring is made from food grade silicone.  Silicone may pick up food odors during cooking. To remove the odor, try the following:

  1. Steam Clean – add 2 cups of water or white vinegar and cut-up lemon rind, run the Steam program for 2 minutes with the sealing ring in position. Then, allow the sealing ring to air dry.
  2. Place the sealing ring in the dishwasher.  High temperature and strong detergent will usually remove the majority of smells.
  3. Soak the sealing ring overnight in white vinegar, lemon juice, tomato juice, or bleach. Then, run it through the dishwasher.
  4. Store the sealing ring in a plastic bag with ground coffee or baking soda.

Or, you may wish to have one sealing ring for savory and another for sweet foods.

How often should the Sealing Ring be cleaned?
It is not necessary to remove the sealing ring after each use.  One should remove the sealing ring and clean following every 5-6 uses or if any food that splatters was prepared.

How often should the Sealing Ring be replaced?
The sealing ring is made from food grade silicone and is extremely durable.  Under normal conditions it should be fine for 18 – 24 months.  If you notice cracks, leaking or deformation in the sealing ring, it should be replaced.  However, the sealing ring is porous and may absorb odors and become discolored.  To avoid discoloration and odors, one may wish to change the sealing ring every 6 – 12 months.

Can I use another brand of Sealing Ring?
Unapproved and unauthorized sealing rings are not manufactured, tested or certified by Instant Pot®; as such, we are unable to confirm if they meet Instant Pot established standards.  The use of third party sealing rings may have unexpected effects on your cooker, and will void the Instant Pot® warranty.  Instant Pot® recommends only using Instant Pot® branded sealing rings.

Is the Instant Pot® Dish Washer Safe?
The inner pot, the lid, the sealing ring and the stream rack are dishwasher safe.  Or, one may wash by hand with detergent. Rinse with clear water and wipe dry with a soft cloth.

For the lid, remove the sealing ring and anti-block shield from the underside and wash with warm, soapy water, rinse with clear water and wipe dry with a soft cloth. 

How do I clean the inside of the cooker?
Wipe the inner cooker base rim and dry with a cloth to prevent rusting of the exterior cooker rim.  Clean the outer body with a damp soft cloth or sponge.

Note: Never use harsh chemical detergents, scouring pads or powders on any of the parts or components.

How do I return the cooker’s default setting for a specific cooking program?
To return to the factory default setting for a specific cooking program, rotate to a specific cooking program, press the central dial to enter the program setting mode, then press and hold the Cancel key until the cooker beeps.

How do I remove all customizations and return to the factory settings?
To remove all customizations and return all setting to the factory default settings, return the cooker to the ‘Standby’ mode by pressing Cancel.  Press and hold the Cancel key until the cooker beeps

Can I place the Instant Pot® on the stovetop while a burner is in use and/or close to a Heat source?
Do not place the cooker on or near a hot gas or electric burner, or in a heated-oven, as this will damage the cooker.
Note: Intended for countertop use only.

Why is there an occasional clicking sound when using my Instant Pot®?
The clicking/cracking sounds in the Instant Pot® comes from the following possible sources:

  1. Water or moisture on the bottom of the inner pot
  2. Instant Pot® power switch turning on and off during operation
  3. Friction between the lid and the housing created by expansion and contraction due to changing internal pressure and temperature
  4. The flat flexible pressure board under the heating element bending under pressure (the board is designed to last over 100,000 uses)
  5. Food such as dry beans popping open during cooking

Why is there water on the groove of the cooker housing top?
It is normal to have some condensation of water in the groove on the top of the cooker, especially during the cooling down period.
If you have an excessive amount of water in the groove, there are two possibilities:

  1. The sealing ring has not been installed properly
  2. The sealing ring requires replacement

Prior to proceeding, inspect your sealing ring.

What Does Ov Ht refer to?
Instant Pot® is built with a burn-protection mechanism.  When a high temperature 140C/ 284F) is detected on the bottom of the inner pot, the burn-protection mechanism suspends heating to avoid food burning.

The only exception to the burn-protection mechanism is with food that has a very high starch content. For instance, if you add flour in your chili, the flour will sink to the bottom, solidifies at low temperatures and can block heat dissipation. In this situation, we suggest you add flour to the chili after initial cooking and perhaps cooking it for an additional one to five minutes to allow thickening of the chili.

Are there any Foods that one must be cautious of or cannot be prepared in the Instant Pot®?
Yes, we recommend caution with foods such as applesauce, cranberries, pearl barley, oatmeal or other cereals, split peas, noodles, pasta and rhubarb as they can foam, froth or sputter and can clog the steam release valve. When preparing these types of food the inner pot should not be more than ½ full.
Note:  Make sure the Steam Release Valve, Float Valve and Anti-Block Shield are clean and free from debris.

Can one Deep Fry in the Instant Pot®?
One cannot deep fry or pressure fry in the cooker with oil.

Can one do Canning with Instant Pot®?
There are two types of canning: boiling-water canning at 100°C/212°F (for acid fruits, tomatoes, pickles and jellied products) and pressure canning at 115~121°C/240~250°F (for low acid vegetables, meat and poultry). Please refer to “USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning” for more details.

Instant Pot® can be used for boiling-water canning. The Instant Pot® current product line is regulated by a pressure sensor instead of a thermometer; the altitude of your location may affect the actual cooking temperature.  We recommend to not use Instant Pot® for pressure canning.

What accessories are included with the Instant Pot®
Accessories include – stainless steel (18/8) steam rack with handles to lower and lift food, condensation collector, rice paddle, soup spoon, and measuring cup.

What accessories are recommended for use with Instant Pot®?
Instant Pot® recommends to only cook in the Instant Pot® stainless steel or ceramic non-stick inner pots for best results. Other brands may not have the correct curvature to match the heating element. Accessories and parts not branded Instant Pot® or recommended by Instant Pot® may cause the cooker to malfunction.

My Instant Pot® has stopped working, what do I do?
Start by referring to the Troubleshooting section of your manual or click on the link below.  If the troubleshooting does not solve the issue, open a support ticket at www.InstantPot.com/support/ or contact the customer service team at 1.800.828.7280 x2.

Here are some of the most common problems with the recommended solution:
http://instantpot.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Ultra-Manual-English-April-18-2017.pdf

Are the Ultra UL and ULC certified?
Yes, it is UL and ULC certified.

How many Safety mechanisms are included?
11 Safety mechanisms.

What are the 11 Safety mechanisms?

  1. Pressure Regulator, ensures working pressure to be under the safety limit
  2. Anti-Blockage Vent, prevents food debris from blocking the vent
  3. Safety Lid Lock, prevents accidental opening of the cooker while it is pressurized
  4. Designed with a sensor for lid position detection, monitors whether the lid is in an unsafe position for pressure-cooking
  5. Automatic Temperature Control, regulates temperature based on the type of program being selected
  6. High Temperature monitoring, avoids burning food
  7. Automatic Pressure Controller, keeps pressure always in a safe range
  8. Electrical current and temperature, fuse cuts off power if the current or internal temperature exceeds safety limits
  9. Excess Pressure Protection, releases excess pressure into internal chamber in a dangerous situation
  10. Smart detection of leaky lid (e.g. steam release is at open position)
  11. New! Steam Release Reset Button – For safer handling of steam release after cooking is completed. The Steam Release Button automatically resets the cooker to the ‘Sealing’ position when you open or close the lid if it is set to the venting position.

How long is the warranty?
The warranty is for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase.  For more details on the warranty go to http://instantpot.com/support/warranty-information/

Does the Instant Pot® include recipes?
Yes, your cooker comes with a recipe booklet.

Where do I find additional recipes?
Try the ‘Recipe Section’ of www.instantpot.com, the Instant Pot® free app or join the Instant Pot® Facebook Community at Facebook.com/groups/instantpotcommunity.  There are a number of amazing bloggers developing recipes for the Instant Pot®, search Instant Pot® Recipes.  Here is a list of our Authorized and Recommended cookbooks one may wish to try.

Can I purchase Instant Pot® in the UK or Europe?
Yes, we have certain Instant Pot® models developed in 220~240v on sale in the UK. If you live in EU countries, you can purchase from www.instantpot.co.uk or amazon.co.uk.

Is the Ultra currently available in the UK or Europe?
No, the Ultra 6 Quart is currently not available in the UK or Europe.

Can I use Instant Pot® in a country with 220V electrical system?
The North American Instant Pot® models are designed to work with 110~120V. Models with a 220~240V are sold in the UK.  Please go to www.instantpot.co.uk or amazon.co.uk.

Is there an Instant Pot Store?
Yes, go to www.instantpot.com/store/

Where is Instant Pot manufactured?
Designed by Canadians, manufactured in China.

Which Social Media platforms can I follow Instant Pot®?
Facebook.com/groups/instantpotcommunity, facebook@instantpot, twitter@instantpot, pinterest@instantpot and instagram@instantpotofficial

Cooker, 6 Quart">FAQs: Duo Plus 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart

By , May 4, 2017

The FAQs are designed with color-coded keywords to find information quickly and easily.

Where can one purchase the Instant Pot® Duo Plus?
The Instant Pot® Duo Plus is available on amazon.comApril 2017 and Williams SonomaJuly 2017.

What size is the Duo Plus available in?
Currently, the Duo Plus is available in a 6 Quart.

What is the power of the Heating element on the 6 Quart?
1000W

What is the color of the Duo Plus?
Stainless Steel and Black

What is the weight of the Duo Plus?
The weight is 14.6 lbs.

What are the dimensions of the Duo Plus?
The dimensions are 12.2 x 12.6 x 13 inches.

What are the dimensions of the models in the Instant Pot® Product line?
The specifications can be found at http://instantpot.com/benefits/specifications-and-manuals/

What is the difference between the Duo and Duo Plus cookers?
The Duo Plus is a 9-in-1, whereas, the Duo is a 7-in-1.  The Duo Plus kitchen appliance combines the functions of a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice/Porridge Cooker, Cake Maker, Yogurt Maker, Sauté/Searing, Steamer, Warmer and Sterilizer.

A new, large, blue LCD display panel and 4 new cooking icons: Heating, indicates preheating or cooking in progress, Pressure Cook, confirms pressure cooking has been selected, Keep Warm and Sound confirms if it is ON or OFF.

  • 11 FAQs: Duo Plus 9 in 1 Multi Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart Heat – advises the cooker is now in preheating or cooking mode
  • 21 FAQs: Duo Plus 9 in 1 Multi Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart Pressure Cook – confirms a pressure cooking program has been selected
  • 3 FAQs: Duo Plus 9 in 1 Multi Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart Keep Warm – confirms if the feature is ON or OFF
  • 4 FAQs: Duo Plus 9 in 1 Multi Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart Sound – confirms if the feature is ON or OFF

The Duo does not have the Sterilize, Cake and Egg programs. The Duo Plus does not have the Poultry program as the Duo.
In addition, the ‘Adjust’ key on the Duo was removed on the Duo Plus.  On the Duo Plus, the repeated pressing on the program keys will allow the user to select between ‘Less’, ‘Normal’ and ‘More’.

For additional technical details on the Instant Pot® cookers go to: http://instantpot.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Instant-Pot-Product-Comparison.pdf

Why is the Duo Plus called a 9 In 1?
The Duo Plus is a 9 In 1 as it has 9 commonly used kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice/Porridge Cooker, Cake Maker, Yogurt Maker, Sauté/Searing, Steamer, Warmer and Sterilizer.

What are the 15 Smart Built-In Programs?
The 15 Smart programs are: Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Cake, Egg, Slow Cook, Sauté/Searing, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Sterilize, Yogurt, Keep Warm, and Pressure Cook.

How does the Smart Programs work?
Instant Pot® is built with an embedded microprocessor. The microprocessor carefully runs lab-tested algorithms to control the time, cooking pressure and temperature to ensure consistent cooking results. Users can customize these settings with the operations keys to control pressure level, +/- to adjust cooking time and a cancel button, allowing one to achieve their preferred cooking results.

What is the Sterilize program suitable for?
With the ‘Sterilize’ program one can pasteurize dairy products; sterilize baby bottles, jars, utensils, and certain types of canning much more conveniently. (Note: Refer to the ‘USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning’ for details)

How long does the Duo Plus Pressure Cook?
With the Duo Plus you can Pressure Cook for a maximum of 6 hours.

What are dual Pressure Settings?
Dual Pressure Settings provides one the ability to cook with high pressure reducing cooking time by up to 70% and low pressure to avoid overcooking delicate food.

What are the High and Low Pressure settings?
High Pressure is from 10.2 – 11.6 psi and Low Pressure is from 5.8 – 7.2 psi.

How many customizations does the Duo Plus remember?
The Duo Plus remembers 3 sets of customizations in “Less”, “Normal” and “More” on all cooking programs.

Why do I need to do the Initial Test Run?
The Initial Test Run helps one become familiar with the Instant Pot® and to ensure the cooker is working properly before you start preparing those amazing dishes.

How long after selecting the settings will the cooker Start?
10 seconds after selecting your settings, the cooking process will start.  The cooker will beep 3 times and the LCD displays ON.

How long is the delay start time?
The Delay Start can be set for a maximum of 24 hours.

How many temperature settings does the Automatic Keep Warm have?
The ‘Keep Warm’ has 3 temperature settings to maintain food at different serving temperatures.

How does one turn ON/Off the Sound?
Select the ‘Sound’ ON/OFF the status is displayed on the LCD display with the sound icon lite.  The ‘Sound’ indicates if it is ON/OFF when selecting a program, cooking starts or is completed.

What temperatures does Instant Pot® operate at on the different settings?
The specification can be found at http://instantpot.com/benefits/specifications-and-manuals/

What is the Quality of the Stainless Steel inner cooking pot?
The inner pot is made from food grade 304 (18/8) stainless steel, 3-ply bottom, no chemical coating, compliant with FDA food safety standards. Instant Pot’s inner cooking pot is dishwasher safe.

What is the Exterior of the cooking pot?
The Exterior of the cooker is brushed stainless steel, finger print resistant.  It has a lid holder for left- and right- handed users.

How full (food & liquid) can the inner pot be for pressure-cooking?
For all pressure-cooking programs the total amount of pre-cooked food and liquid in the inner pot should not pass the 2/3 line.  When preparing food that expands during cooking such as rice, beans or vegetables, the inner pot should not pass the ½ line.  Over filling the inner pot may risk clogging the steam release and developing excess pressure.  This may cause leakage, personal injuries, or damage to the cooker.

Note: Fill level warnings do not apply to non-pressure cooking programs.

Can I use a 5 Quart inner pot in a 6 Quart Instant Pot®?
No, one cannot.  Instant Pot® recommends to only use the inner pot which came with your cooker or, a suitable Instant Pot® replacement for the size of your cooker.  Using an inner pot not designed for the cooker may not only damage the cooker, it may not provide the best cooking results.

Can I use another Instant Pot® 6 Quart inner pot in the Duo Plus?
Yes, the 6 Quart inner pots are interchangeable.

Why does the stainless steel inner pot have a rainbow like stain after washing?
The discoloration on the stainless steel cooking pot is called “rainbowing” which can be caused by exposure to high heat, cooking starchy food (e.g. rice, pasta) or even detergent staining after hand or machine wash.  This is common and normal in all stainless steel cookware.

How should the Steam Release handle be positioned for pressure-cooking?
The steam release handle must be in the Sealing position for pressure-cooking.

How do you turn the Instant Pot® OFF?
To turn the Duo Plus OFF, press CANCEL and remove the plug from the wall outlet.
Note: Unplug from the power outlet when not in use and prior to cleaning.

Why do you refer to Instant Pot® as the SMART cooker?
Instant Pot® is a programmed smart cooker that has preset cooking instructions for food ingredients and cooking methods. For the Duo Plus, it remembers the last 3 sets of customizations in “Less”, “Normal”, and “More” on all cooking programs for a more personalized cooking experience.

Note: To return to the factory default setting for a specific cooking program, return the cooker to Standby mode displaying OFF, then press and hold the cooking program key until the cooker beeps.

For a full reset of all cooking programs and other system settings, return the cooker to Standby mode displaying OFF, then press and hold the Cancel key until the cooker beeps.

What is the maximum time for the Sauté function?
The maximum time is 30 minutes as a safety precaution.
Note: Never have the lid on when Sautéing.

What are the different Sautéing functions?
One may select ‘Normal’ for regular browning/searing, ‘Less’ for simmering or thickening a sauce or ‘More’ for stir-frying or blackening meat.  To change the cooking temperature, press Sauté repeatedly to select between the different settings.

Should I use the Lid for the Sauté function?
No, do not use the Instant Pot® lid with the Sauté function as the cooker requires sufficient venting to prevent overheating.

How many hours can the Instant Pot® Slow Cook for?
The Slow Cook can be set from 0.5 – 20 hours.

How many temperature settings are there in the Slow Cook program 
There are 3 temperature settings

How does the Slow Cook function work in comparison to a slow cooker
The Instant Pot® Slow Cooking function controls the slow cooker with 3 different temperature settings.  For instance, medium is 194~205°F/90~96°C; whereas, most conventional slow cookers do not actually control the temperature levels, they only apply different heating intervals or intensity. The difference between the High and Low settings of most conventional slow cookers is only in the time it take to reach 212°F or 100°C.

The 3 temperature ranges in the Instant Pot® are:

  • Less: 82-87.8°C/180-190°F (low setting in a slow cooker)
  • Normal:8~93°C/190-200°F (medium setting in a slow cooker)
  • More: 93~99°C/200~210°F (high setting in a slow cooker)

Note: For non-pressure cooking one may use the Instant Pot® glass lid.

Can I make cooking adjustments after the cooking process has started?
The Duo Plus allows one to easily adjust settings even after the cooking is in progress.

How long is the Fermentation time for making Yogurt?
Fermentation is up to 99.5 hours at 2 temperatures.

What is Delay Start?
The Delay Start sets the total time delay prior to the cooking program starting the cooking process.
Note: When using the Delay Start allow sufficient cooling down time prior to serving.

Can the Delay Start be used for all dishes?
The Delay Start is not recommended for porridge, oatmeal, or any other foamy and thick liquids.  When preparing foods that foam or splatter, the cooking progress should be monitored.

How much time does one have to set the Delay Start?
Up to 24 hours.

How does the Cancel key work?
The cancel function ends a cooking program at any time or returns the cooker to the standby mode displaying OFF.  It can also be used to reset the cooker to full factory default

Does the Pressure Level have any effect on non-pressure cooking programs such as: Slow Cook, Sauté and Yogurt.
No, the Pressure Level is only for pressure-cooking.

How do I know the Pressure-Cooking process has started?
10 seconds after pressing the settings, the cooker will beep 3 times and will display ON to indicate that the cooker has entered the preheating cycle.  Depending on the amount of food and its temperature, the preheating cycle can take a few minutes to 40 minutes or more.  As the cooker heats up and pressure builds, the float valve rises.  When working pressure is reached, the cooker enters the cooking cycle and displays the remaining cooking time in minutes.  When the cooking cycle is completed, the cooker will beep and switches to the Keep Warm mode  (Note: Only if the Keep Warm function is turned on).
On the Duo Plus, once you select Pressure Cook, the Pressure Cook icon will be lite.

What Pressure Levels are available?
There are (2) pressure levels, low and high.

Pressure is not building why?
To build pressure it requires at least 1.5 – 2 cups (355 – 473 ml) of water or liquid.

Note: The amount of liquid is dependent on the quart size.

Not setting the steam release valve to the Sealing position for pressure-cooking and steaming.  If it is not sealed, pressure will not build.  For additional troubleshooting, please refer to the troubleshooting steps in the manual, pages 24-26. http://instantpot.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/DUO-Plus-Manual-English-April-18-2017.pdf

How do I know which Controls and Settings to use for my dish?
Please verify the manual provided with the Duo Plus.  If working with an Instant Pot® recipe please follow the instructions indicated.  http://instantpot.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/DUO-Plus-Manual-English-April-18-2017.pdf

The Steam Release Handle is loose, is this normal?
Yes, the Steam Release handle should not lock tightly into the lid, it must fit loosely.

What is the Condensation Collector for?
The condensation collector traps any excess liquid to prevent it from spilling onto the counter.

What is the Anti-Block Shield?
The Anti-Block Shield is the round component with 6 holes under the lid.  The Anti-Block Shield prevents food particles from blocking the steam release valve.

Does the Anti-Block Shield need to be removed?
Yes, the Anti-Block Shield must be removed and cleaned after each use, especially following the preparation of foods that may splatter. To remove: Using your thumb, push the side of the Anti-Block Shield towards the lid rim and lift up with some effort. The anti-block shield should pop out.  To install: Position the Anti-Block Shield in place and push down.

What is the Steam Rack for?
The Steam Rack is used on the bottom of the inner pot when steaming vegetables or to elevate dishes outside of the liquid in the inner pot.

Is the Steam Rack stainless steel?
Yes, it is made from food grade 304 (18/8) stainless steel, compliant to FDA food safety standards.

How do I prevent Staining on the inside of the cooker?
Prior to placing the inner pot into the cooker, wipe the pot dry and ensure the inner pot and the inside of the cooker are free from any debris which may scorch the inside of the cooker.

How do I stop a program after it has started?
Once the cooking process has started, you can press Cancel at any time to end the program.  The cooker will then go into the Standby mode.

How long can the cooker remain in the Keep Warm setting?
The maximum time in Keep Warm is 24 hours. After 24 hours the cooker will automatically turn OFF. The Keep Warm ON/OFF function can be used at any time during the cooking process.
Note:  For Rice it is not recommended to have the Keep Warm on for more than 2 hours

Why does the Keep Warm setting have a maximum time of 24 hours?
The Keep Warm will automatically shut off after 24 hours for safety and energy consumption reasons.

How do I know if the Keep Warm is ON?
For Duo Plus, the Keep Warm icon will be lite (Note: If the Keep Warm function is turned ON). When the cooking cycle is completed, the cooker beeps and enters the Keep Warm mode; the Keep Warm icon will be lite (Note: If the Keep Warm function is turned ON).  The LCD displays the elapsed time.

What is the difference between Keep Warm and Warm?
On the Duo Plus there is no Warm’ function, there is only ‘Keep Warm’. ‘Keep Warm’ is for maintaining the temperature of the food once the cooking process is completed.  ‘Warm’ is used mainly to preheat food.

How many temperatures are available in the Warm setting?
There are 3 temperature settings available, low, medium and high.

What is the difference between Natural Pressure and Quick Release?

Natural Release: Allows the cooker to cool down naturally until the float valve drops down.  This may take 10 to 40 minutes, or even longer, depending on the amount of food in the cooker.  Place a wet towel on the lid to speed up the cooling process (Note: Do not cover the steam release valve).  Once the cooking process is completed, turn OFF the Keep Warm mode if it is ON.

Quick Release: Turn the steam release handle to the venting position to let steam out until the float valve drops. Never pull out the steam release handle while it is releasing steam as escaping steam is extremely hot and can cause scalds. For food with large liquid volume or starch content, use the Natural Release as thick liquid may splatter out.

How do I know if I should use Natural or Quick Release?
Start by referring to the recipe.  The Quick Release method is used for delicate dishes such as custards and fresh vegetables and the Natural Release method is used for meats, soups and grains.

How do I know when it is Safe to open the lid?
Start by pressing ‘Cancel’. The LCD will display OFF.  Before opening the lid, make sure the float valve has dropped.  Do not open the lid if the float valve has not dropped. Do not open the lid if it is locked and cannot be opened.  Do not force the lid open at any time.
Note: When opening the lid, the inner pot may adhere to the lid.  This is caused by vacuum due to cooling.  To release the vacuum, move the stream release handle to the Venting position.

What do I do if the Float Valve is stuck?
Move the Steam Release valve to the Venting position.  Once all the steam is released, push the float valve down with a pen or long stick.

How much liquid is required in the inner pot for pressure-cooking?
For pressure-cooking always add at least 1.5 – 2.5 cups / 355 – 473 ml (depending on quart size) of water or other liquids with a thin, watery consistency so enough steam can be generated to cook under pressure.  These liquids include cooking sauces, wine, beer, and stocks.
Note: Oils and oil-based sauces do not have sufficient water content and do not account for the required liquid volume.

Are the Instant Pot® Sealing Rings Safe?
The Instant Pot® sealing rings pass UL, FDA and LFGB tests for safety, including food safety.  The Instant Pot® sealing ring is an integral part of the Instant Pot® safety features.  The sealing rings have been designed, engineered, and built with the optimal material to achieve the hardness and strength required to withstand high-pressure force during electric pressure-cooking.

How do I remove the food odor from the Sealing Ring?
The Instant Pot® sealing ring is made from food grade silicone.  Silicone may pick up food odors during cooking. To remove the odor, try the following:

  1. Steam Clean: add 2 cups of water or white vinegar and cut-up lemon rind, run the Steam program for 2 minutes with the sealing ring in position. Then, allow the sealing ring to air dry.
  2. Place the sealing ring in the dishwasher.  High temperature and strong detergent will usually remove the majority of smells.
  3. Soak the sealing ring overnight in white vinegar, lemon juice, tomato juice, or bleach. Then, run it through the dishwasher.
  4. Store the sealing ring in a plastic bag with ground coffee or baking soda.

Or, you may wish to have one sealing ring for savory and another for sweet foods.

How often should the Sealing Ring be cleaned?
It is not necessary to remove the sealing ring after each use.  One should remove the sealing ring and clean the sealing ring following every 5-6 uses or if any food that splatters was prepared.

How often should the Sealing Ring be replaced?
The sealing ring is made from food grade silicone and is extremely durable.  Under normal conditions it should be fine for 18 – 24 months.  If you notice cracks, leaking or deformation in the sealing ring, it should be replaced.  However, the sealing ring is porous and may absorb odors and become discolored.  To avoid discoloration and odors, one may wish to change the sealing ring every 6 – 12 months.

Can I use another brand of Sealing Ring?
Unapproved and unauthorized sealing rings are not manufactured, tested or certified by Instant Pot®; as such, we are unable to confirm if they meet Instant Pot’s established standards.  The use of third party sealing rings may have unexpected effects on your cooker, and will void the Instant Pot® warranty.  Instant Pot® recommends only using Instant Pot® branded sealing rings.

Is the Instant Pot® Dish Washer Safe?
The inner pot, the lid, the sealing ring and the stream rack are dishwasher safe.  Or, one may wash by hand with detergent. Rinse with clear water and wipe dry with a soft cloth.

For the lid, remove the sealing ring and anti-block shield from the underside and wash with warm, soapy water, rinse with clear water and wipe dry with a soft cloth.

How do I clean the inside of the cooker?
Wipe the inner cooker base rim and dry with a cloth to prevent rusting of the exterior cooker rim.  Clean the outer body with a damp soft cloth or sponge.
Note: Never use harsh chemical detergents, scouring pads or powders on any of the parts or components.

How do I return to the cooker’s default settings?
To return to the factory default setting for a specific cooking program, return the cooker to ‘Standby’ mode displaying OFF; then, press and hold the cooking program key until the cooker beeps.

For a full reset of all cooking programs and system settings, return the cooker to standby mode displaying OFF, then press and hold the Cancel key until the cooker beeps.

Can I place the Instant Pot® on the stovetop while a burner is in use and/or close to a Heat source?
Do not place the cooker on or near a hot gas or electric burner, or in a heated-oven, as this will damage the cooker.
Note: Intended for countertop use only.
Why is there an occasional clicking sound when using my Instant Pot®?
The clicking/cracking sounds in the Instant Pot® comes from the following possible sources:

  1. Water or moisture on the bottom of the inner pot
  2. Instant Pot® power switch turning on and off during operation
  3. Friction between the lid and the housing created by expansion and contraction due to changing internal pressure and temperature
  4. The flat flexible pressure board under the heating element bending under pressure (the board is designed to last over 100,000 uses)
  5. Food such as dry beans popping open during cooking

Why is there water on the groove of the cooker housing top?
It is normal to have some condensation of water in the groove on the top of the cooker, especially during the cooling down period.
If you have an excessive amount of water in the groove, there are two possibilities:

  1. The sealing ring has not been installed properly
  2. The sealing ring requires replacement

Prior to proceeding, inspect your sealing ring.

What Does Ov Ht refer to?
Instant Pot® is built with a burn-protection mechanism.  When a high temperature 140C/ 284F) is detected on the bottom of the inner pot, the burn-protection mechanism suspends heating to avoid food burning.

The only exception to the burn-protection mechanism is with food that has a very high starch content. For instance, if you add flour in your chili, the flour will sink to the bottom, solidifies at low temperatures and can block heat dissipation. In this situation, we suggest you add flour to the chili after initial cooking and perhaps cooking it for an additional one to five minutes to allow thickening of the chili.

Are there any Foods that one must be cautious of or cannot be prepared in the Instant Pot®?
Yes, we recommend caution with foods such as applesauce, cranberries, pearl barley, oatmeal or other cereals, split peas, noodles, pasta and rhubarb as they can foam, froth or sputter and can clog the steam release valve. When preparing these types of food the inner pot should not be more than ½ full.
Note:  Make sure the Steam Release Valve, Float Valve and Anti-Block Shield are clean and free from debris.

Can one Deep Fry in the Instant Pot®?
One cannot deep fry or pressure fry in the cooker with oil.

Can one do Canning with Instant Pot®?
There are two types of canning: boiling-water canning at 100°C/212°F (for acid fruits, tomatoes, pickles and jellied products) and pressure canning at 115~121°C/240~250°F (for low acid vegetables, meat and poultry). Please refer to “USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning” for more details.

Instant Pot® can be used for boiling-water canning. The Instant Pot® current product line is regulated by a pressure sensor instead of a thermometer; the altitude of your location may affect the actual cooking temperature.  We recommend to not use Instant Pot® for pressure canning.

What accessories are included with the Duo Plus?
Accessories include – stainless steel (18/8) steam rack with handles to lower and lift food, condensation collector, rice paddle, soup spoon, and measuring cup.

What accessories are recommended for use with Instant Pot®?
Instant Pot® recommends to only cook in the Instant Pot® stainless steel or ceramic non-stick inner pots for best results. Other brands may not have the correct curvature to match the heating element. Accessories and parts not branded Instant Pot® or recommended by Instant Pot® may cause the cooker to malfunction.

My Instant Pot® has stopped working, what do I do?
Start by referring to the Troubleshooting section of your manual (pages 26-28) or click on the link below.  If the troubleshooting does not solve the issue, open a support ticket at www.InstantPot.com/support/ or contact the customer service team at 1.800.828.7280 x2.

Here are some of the most common problems with the recommended solution:
http://instantpot.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/DUO-Plus-Manual-English-April-18-2017.pdf

Are the Duo Plus UL and ULC certified?
Yes, it is UL and ULC certified.

How many Safety mechanisms are included?
10 Safety mechanisms

What are the 10 Safety mechanisms?

  1. Pressure Regulator, ensures working pressure to be under the safety limit
  2. Anti-Blockage Vent, prevents food debris from blocking the vent
  3. Safety Lid Lock, prevents accidental opening of the cooker while it is pressurized
  4. Designed with a sensor for lid position detection, monitors whether the lid is in an unsafe position for pressure-cooking
  5. Automatic Temperature Control, regulates temperature based on the type of program being selected
  6. High Temperature monitoring, avoids burning food
  7. Automatic Pressure Controller, keeps pressure always in a safe range
  8. Electrical current and temperature, fuse cuts off power if the current or internal temperature exceeds safety limits
  9. Excess Pressure Protection, releases excess pressure into internal chamber in a dangerous situation
  10. Smart detection of leaky lid (e.g. steam release is at open position)

How long is the warranty?
The warranty is for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase.  For more details on the warranty go to http://instantpot.com/support/warranty-information/

Does the Instant Pot® include recipes?
Yes, your cooker comes with a recipe booklet.

Where do I find additional recipes?
Try the ‘Recipe Section’ of www.instantpot.com, the Instant Pot® free app or join the Instant Pot® Facebook Community at Facebook.com/groups/instantpotcommunity.  There are a number of amazing bloggers developing recipes for the Instant Pot®, search Instant Pot® Recipes.  Here is a list of our Authorized and Recommended cookbooks one may wish to try. http://instantpot.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Instant-Pot-Presentation-Authorized-and-Recommended-Books-.pdf

Can I purchase Instant Pot® in the UK or Europe?
Yes, we have certain Instant Pot models developed in 220~240v on sale in the UK. If you live in EU countries, you can purchase from www.instantpot.co.uk or amazon.co.uk.

Is the Duo Plus currently available in the UK or Europe?
No, the Duo Plus 6 Quart is currently not available in the UK or Europe.

Can I use Instant Pot® in a country with 220V electrical system?
The North American Instant Pot® models are designed to work with 110~120V. Models with a 220~240V are sold in the UK.  Please go to www.instantpot.co.uk or amazon.co.uk.

Is there an Instant Pot Store?
Yes, go to www.instantpot.com/store/

Where is Instant Pot manufactured?
Designed by Canadians, manufactured in China.

Which Social Media platforms can I follow Instant Pot® ?Facebook.com/groups/instantpotcommunity, facebook@instantpot, twitter@instantpot, pinterest@instantpot and instagram@instantpotofficial

Cookbooks for Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker">Great Cookbooks for Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

By , November 23, 2015

mock cover1 225x300 Great Cookbooks for Instant Pot Electric Pressure CookerOne of the most common questions we hear is, “Is there a GREAT cookbook that you can recommend for use with the Instant Pot, or to include when giving an Instant Pot as a gift?”

The answer is “YES! There are several and the list is growing!”

Both those new to pressure cooking, as well as long-time pressure cooking enthusiasts have reported that they find “Hip Pressure Cooking: Fast, Fresh & Flavorful” by author and pressure cooking expert Laura Pazzaglia a particularly useful and fun book, with original, creative recipes based on sound scientific principles. Many in the Instant Pot®Community report reading it cover-to-cover like they would a novel!

I didn’t just flip through this cookbook — I read it (you know, like a book) because it is so full of useful information. And the recipes are really good too.” ~Anna

“I love the pictures! I have got to have pictures to really get my cooking mojo working.” ~ Wendy

What is so UNIQUE about this particular cookbook?

Well, the author is unique! Laura, bought her first pressure cooker after watching a friend make dinner in minutes; she quickly realized that the flavor of pressure cooked food was “like tasting food in high definition!” In 2010 she launched HipPressureCooking.com to share her discoveries, recipes, reviews and tips. Today Laura is considered one of the world’s top pressure cooking experts.

sneak1691 300x169 Great Cookbooks for Instant Pot Electric Pressure CookerMany have appreciated the icons at the top of each recipe that show a visual of what is needed to make it (i.e. a pot and a steamer, a bowl, or just a pot). That’s very helpful depending on your mood, as some days you just may not want to deal with extra bowls and/or steamer basket, so you can dismiss a recipe just by glancing at the list of needed supplies.

…and what to do for halving or doubling a recipe? THIS book tells you!

Plus, things you’ve come to expect from the Hip Pressure Cooking website –  measurements in whole vegetables (one medium carrot instead of 3/4 cups chopped carrot), the least number of ingredients to get the most effect; and,  harnessing the pressure cooker’s merits (speed, heat, evaporation and infusion) to get the most flavor in the least amount of time.

According to Laura, “The goal of the book is to cover everything that is possible to do in a pressure cooker and teach cooks how to port their craft to the pressure cooker with the most chance of success  by sharing all of the knowledge I have gained in 10+ years of pressure cooking.”

AND importantly, and to our point, Laura used the Instant Pot to create and test all of the recipes in this book, so her adaptations of stove-top methods are spot on for Instant Pot users. This is the only book that covers this appliance with new knowledge in a practical and lively manner. Highly recommended.


Read more here:
http://www.hippressurecooking.com/cookbook/

hip book ip 300x225 Great Cookbooks for Instant Pot Electric Pressure CookerLaura says, “Many of my techniques are based on science and experimenting – these little science-based tips are not always spelled out in the book, but they are the reasons my recipes always turn out well.”

For example:

“After watching a roast shrivel-up after pressure cooking, I began to research evaporation. I read a little tidbit about how evaporation happens faster when there is a wider temperature difference (for example between the room and the roasts’ juices). So that’s why I push (slower) natural release method for meats (so the super-heated juice don’t evaporate away). Accelerated evaporation is not all bad, it can be used to the cook’s advantage to accelerate reduction.  My go-to pressure cooker tomato sauce recipe uses the (faster) normal release to quickly evaporate and reduce the sauce with a little bit of help from science!”

“Liquids for building pressure can also come from different sources – including the food itself! Some of the recipes use the vegetables’ or meats’ own juices in addition to a small amount of liquid to reach pressure. Vegetables are 80-95% water so it’s easy to calculate the amount of water if you know the weight of the vegetable. I use that trick in the  Jams & Jellies chapter, too.  But there was no need to calculate the water content in the fruit – many of the recipes there reach pressure with sugar (which is a liquid).”

 

Like another well-known Italian, Laura uses the “Learn the rules so you can break them like an artist” principle. While many warn not to cook dry beans with acidic ingredients, Laura skillfully breaks this rule on occasion, with just the intended results:

“With practice, I was able to figure out that slowing down the cooking time of beans by adding an acidic ingredient (tomatoes, vinegar, wine, lemon, etc.) isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In making one-pots, you may want to slow down the bean’s cooking time so that it can catch-up to the other ingredients.  I use this trick in the ribs & bean salad one-pot recipe (below) where the beans boil in the base providing steam for the ribs above. The BBQ-sauce covered ribs above dribble down fat to flavor the beans and a bit of BBQ sauce to slow down their cooking so that they’re ready (and not falling apart) when the ribs are ready.”

hip bbq ribs 262x300 Great Cookbooks for Instant Pot Electric Pressure CookerHere’s a recipe from the “Hip Pressure Cooking: Fast, Fresh & Flavorful” (St. Martin’s 2014) which illustrates this point:

BBQ Pork Ribs with Spinach-Bean Salad
Although the BBQ in the title refers to the flavor and not the cooking method, the results should fool all but your most observant guests. The slide-under-the-broiler finish gives this dish a scorch that is both beautiful and delicious.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

1 ½ pounds baby back pork ribs
1 cup prepared barbecue sauce
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, cut into large dice
1 ½ cups water
1 cup dried cannellini beans, soaked, rinsed and drained
1 bay leaf
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
6 ounces fresh spinach (about 3 cups; baby spinach is nice)

Cut the ribs apart. Coat them on all sides with most of the barbecue sauce and sprinkle with salt and pepper: set remaining sauce aside. Arrange ribs in a steamer basket; you can stand them somewhat vertically to get them to fit.

Heat the pressure cooker base on medium heat, add the oil, and heat briefly. Stir in the onion and sauté until soft, about 4 minutes. Add water, beans and bay leaf and stir.

Lower the rib-filled steamer basket into the pressure cooker and then close and lock the lid. Cook at high pressure for 20 minutes (stovetop) or 23 to 25 minutes (electric). When the time is up, open the pressure cooker with the 10-minute natural release method.

Set the upturned lid of the cooker on your countertop. Carefully lift the steamer basket out of the cooker and place it on the lid; cover with aluminum foil. Fish out and discard the bay leaf from the beans.

Mix in 1 teaspoon salt, the garlic and spinach. Using a slotted spoon, scoop bean mixture into a large oven-proof casserole (big enough to hold the ribs in one layer) with low sides. Using tongs, arrange ribs on top of beans and brush with remaining barbecue sauce.

To finish the dish, turn on oven broiler. Broil casserole until sauce on the ribs is lightly caramelized, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

 

For some behind-the-scenes stories about how the book was written, please see:  http://www.hippressurecooking.com/category/hip-books/

Where is the book available? Some specialty bookstores do stock it, and it is of course available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hip-Pressure-Cooking-Fresh-Flavorful/dp/1250026377/

 

 

Smartcooker: Instant Pot Smart">Announcing the General Availability of the World’s First Bluetooth® Smartcooker: Instant Pot Smart

By , November 24, 2014

Instant Pot SmartIf you live a fast-paced, health-oriented and green-conscious life style, Instant Pot is designed specifically for you.

Instant Pot Smart is a revolutionary Smartcooker designed by Canadians with the objectives of being Safe, Convenient and Dependable. It is Bluetooth® enabled allowing programming and monitoring from smartphones or tablets. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy, and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion.

Convenience, Simple as Pressing a Button

Instant Pot Smart is a multi-functional fully-programmable Smartcooker combining the benefits of a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Porridge Maker, Steamer, Sauté pan, Yogurt Maker, Food

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Warmer and more. It is built with our patent-pending technology which lets you program complex cooking steps in recipe scripts on your smartphone/tablet and execute on the cooker wirelessly. A free iOS app (Android app to be available soon) can be downloaded from iTune App Store.  This capability allows the cooker’s functionalities to be expanded after purchase by upgrading apps, and the recipe scripts can be shared with friends.  Your favorite dishes are within the reach of pressing a button. Green peas, sweet corn and baby carrots can be steamed in 2 to 3 minutes, fresh or frozen. To make mashed potato, don’t boil potatoes in water for 50 minutes leaching nutrients into the water; steam them in Instant Pot for just 15 minutes. An entrée of chilli or Irish stew can be done within an hour, without you watching over it. Want to try the Japanese Onsen Tamago (Hot Spring egg)? There’s recipe script in the free app.  You can also write a recipe script to turn Instant Pot Smart into a hot pot cooker.

IP Smart control panel final 21 225x300 Announcing the General Availability of the Worlds First Bluetooth® Smartcooker: Instant Pot SmartTailored for varying tastes and food conditions, the programs come with 3 adjustable modes. Special features include 3 temperatures in Sauté for browning, simmering or thickening, and 3 temperatures in Slow Cook to complete the tasks of a common slow cooker. Most traditional, modern and international recipes can be easily adapted for Instant Pot.

A 24-hour timer allows for delayed cooking. Automatic keep-warm holds the temperature of the food until you are ready to serve. It works as a perfect porridge maker allowing you wake up with a fresh made porridge.

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Instant Pot generates almost no noise, leaks no steam, traps food aromas, and cooks without heating up the surroundings. The durable 3-ply bottom stainless steel inner pot eliminates the health concerns of non-stick coating. The slim body offers a smaller foot print and right and left lid holders are convenient for all. The brushed stainless steel exterior is finger print resistant. Its elegant and durable industrial design makes it easy to clean and pleasurable to use for the years to come.

Dependable Consistent Results

Instant Pot Smart series uses the latest 3rd generation technology with an embedded microprocessor. During the cooking process, the microprocessor monitors the pressure and temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration. Even the volume of food is also taken into consideration. The cooking programs have been lab-tested hundreds of times for optimal effect. These greatly improve cooking results and maintain consistency.

Safety without Compromise

Instant Pot is carefully designed to eliminate many common errors from causing harm or spoiling food. It has passed the stringent UL & ULC certification giving you uncompromised safety and peace of mind.  Instant Pot protects you with 10 proven safety mechanisms and patented technologies.

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  1. Safety Lid Lock prevents accidental opening while the cooker is pressurized
  2. Pressure Regulator ensures working pressure to be under the safety limit of 15.23psi (105kpa)
  3. Smart detection of leaky lid (e.g. steam release is at open position)
  4. Anti-blockage Vent design prevents food debris from blocking the vent
  5. Using a magnetic sensor, Lid Position Detection monitors whether the lid is in an unsafe zone for pressure cooking.
  6. Automatic Pressure Controller keeps pressure always in the safe range
  7. Excess Pressure Protection releases excess pressure into internal chamber in a dangerous situation
  8. Automatic Temperature Control regulates temperature based on the type of program being selected
  9. High Temperature monitoring avoids burning food
  10. Electrical current and temperature fuse cuts off power if the current or internal temperature exceeds safety limits

Instant Pot Smart will be available on Amazon.com and Instant Pot store in Dec. 2014 and in UK and EU later in 2015.

Features

  • Bluetooth® Smart compliant (Bluetooth® 4.0) to connect to smartphones/tablets, providing easy to use interfaces to control and monitor cooking progress in graphics. The cooker’s functionalities can be upgraded and expanded after purchase.  Cooking procedures can be written in recipe script and shared with friends.
  • Free iOS app with built-in recipes. Android app is to be available shortly.
  • Multi-Functional Programmable Cooker: Pressure cooker, Slow cooker, Rice Cooker, Porridge Maker, Steamer, Sauté/Browning, Yogurt  Maker & Warmer
  • 10 Proven Safety Mechanisms, UL and ULC certified
  • 14 Micro-Processor controlled programs: Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt, Pasteurize and Fermented Rice (Jiu Niang)
  • Dual pressure settings for fast and flexible cooking: Cooking with the high pressure reduces cooking time by up to 70% and the low pressure avoids overcooking delicate food
  • Yogurt Maker function can heat the milk for pasteurization and fermentation, making yogurt in either jars or the cooking pot for up to 5L of milk.
  • 3 Adjustable Modes for most functions. 3 Sauté temperatures, 3 Slow Cook temperatures and 3 Keep-warm temperatures.
  • Slow Cooker function allows selecting time between 0.5 ~ 20 hours
  • Delay Cooking Timer: Up to 24 hours
  • Manual pressure setting: Up to 120 minute cook time
  • Automatic keep-warm: up to 10 hours
  • Manual keep-warm setting: Up to 99 hours and 50 minutes
  • Highly energy efficient saving up to 70% of energy
  • 3-ply bottom Food Grade 304 (18/8) stainless steel cooking pot for durabilityassessories ip smart1 300x174 Announcing the General Availability of the Worlds First Bluetooth® Smartcooker: Instant Pot Smart
  • Finger-print resistant brushed stainless steel exterior
  • Low profile 18/8 stainless steel steam rack with handles to lower and lift food into and out of the cooking pot, for maximal usable space
  • Accessories included: stainless steel steam rack with handles, silicone mini mitts, condensation collector, rice paddle, soup spoon and measuring cup
  • User Manual and Quick Reference Guide in English, Spanish, French and Chinese, Pressure Cooking booklet and cooking time tables are included
  • Instant Pot Smart has a 6 Qt cooking pot and a 1000W heating element.

Instant Pot is a registered trademark of Double Insight Inc. in US, Canada, UK and pending in EU and China.

Instant Pot Smart Product Introduction (PDF format)

Smartcooker at CES 2014">Instant Pot Launches the World’s First Bluetooth® Smart Connected Smartcooker at CES 2014

By , January 6, 2014

InstantPot iPot 282x300 Instant Pot Launches the Worlds First Bluetooth® Smart Connected Smartcooker at CES 2014Instant Pot® adds to its product line a cooker equipped with a microprocessor and an array of sensors, and being wirelessly connected to cook meals intelligently. This marks the beginning of a smartcooker era.

Ottawa and Las Vegas, January 6, 2013. Double Insight Inc., the creator of the bestselling Instant Pot® electric pressure cooker, and Ace Sensor Inc., the leader in Bluetooth® Smart connected sensors, jointly announced at CES 2014 Las Vegas their patent-pending wireless smartcooker. The Bluetooth® Smart enabled cooker, code name “iPot”, is a programmable electric pressure cooker.

InstantPot Smartcooker app 159x300 Instant Pot Launches the Worlds First Bluetooth® Smart Connected Smartcooker at CES 2014After the “iPot” is paired up with a companion iOS/Android app, users can control the cooker securely from their mobile device and can also view the entire cooking process in graphs.  The “iPot” has a thermal sensor, dual pressure sensors and an electro-magnetic sensor for lid position detection.  With the sensors, the “iPot” can be much more than an electric pressure cooker. The programs in the “iPot” app can make yogurt, GABA rice (germinated brown rice), Onsen Tamago (hot spring egg), sous vide and many more complex multi-step cooking processes.  The most intriguing fact is that any user can program the “iPot” with an intuitive graphic interface, without worrying about the cooker blowing up. After the program is tuned to achieve the intended result, it is saved in a recipe script and can be shared on the internet. Then anybody can reproduce the same dish in their own Instant Pot®iPot”.

Cookers have been evolving along a similar path of the mobile phones: basic phone, feature phone and now smartphone.” said Dr. Robert Wang, CEO of Double Insight Inc.  “We started with stove-top pots, pans and pressure cookers. Then slow cookers, rice cookers and electric pressure cookers.  We are now in the era of smartcookers which are equipped with microprocessors and an array of sensors, and are wirelessly connected to cook meals and dishes intelligently.”

IP Smart control panel 235x300 Instant Pot Launches the Worlds First Bluetooth® Smart Connected Smartcooker at CES 2014“The Instant Pot®iPot” is not being connected for the novelty of being connected.  We run out of buttons on the control panel to support the requested functions by our users. Users also want to upgrade the functions after purchase. Moving the control center to a smartphone or tablet is the only way to go. “

Once the limiting factor of a control panel is removed, the “iPot” app can implement complex cooking functions, expand and upgrade those functions at will.  This offers unparalleled simplicity, a huge variety of functions and most importantly a consistent result.

“Being connected to a smartphone/tablet gives the cooker access to more sensors, such as a kitchen scale, and can have a profound impact to consistent cooking result.” said Mr. Randy Zadra, Co-Founder and VP of Business Development of Ace Sensor Inc. “The smartphone/tablet knows your location and can adjust the recipes depending whether you use it in Miami or in the mile-high city Denver. The altitude could make a difference of up to 12 minutes of cooking time.”

The “iPot” is the result of a fruitful collaboration with Midea Group, one of the largest home appliances manufacturers in China. The “iPot” will also be manufactured by Midea. Unlike other connected appliances, the “iPot” is not a concept device.  It will be available for sale in US, Canada and UK in Q4 2014 as part of the Instant Pot® (www.InstantPot.com) line of product.

About Double Insight Inc. (www.DoubleInsight.com)

Double Insight Inc. specializes in designing and marketing smart cooking appliances.  Our bestselling Instant Pot® electric pressure cooker has been designed for the fast-paced, health-oriented and green-conscious life style of the North Americans.

About Ace Sensor Inc. (www.AceSensor.com)

Ace Sensor Inc. designs and manufactures smart sensor based products in the rapidly growing Mobile Health and Home Automation markets. We focus on providing useful benefits to the user and making technology transparent and easy to use. Our products target the smartphones, tablets and mobile devices, especially with Bluetooth® Smart connectivity.

Press Contact:

Randy Zadra,
info@acesensor.com, http://acesensor.com

Robert Wang,
info@doubleinsight.com, http://doubleinsight.com

Instant Pot® is a trademark of Double Insight Inc.

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Cooker Recipe Contest">Spring Electric Pressure Cooker Recipe Contest

We noticed that nearly 1/3 of our readers use iPad or Android tablets to browse our website. So we set off to redesign our site with easier access for mobile devices. This caused a bit delay in announcing the recipe contest winners. As an apology to our contest participants, we’ll going to award 4 winners instead of the planned 3.

Here are the winners of our Winter Recipe contest.

  • Kay A. for a broad range of contributions of 11 recipes. Kay has broken the record to be our most prodigious contributor.
  • Julie S. for detailing a fail-proof technique to make soft-boil eggs.
  • Wendy P. for her simple and easy Miracle Soup, named by her 8 year old.
  • Angela W. for two recipes with easy to follow instructions.

Congratulations to the winners! We’ll contact you via email. We’d also like to thank all the participants for sharing their recipes. Please keep your recipe coming and you’ll win in a future round.

Instant Pot accessoriesMeanwhile, here’s the start of our Spring Recipe contest. Please share your home cooking creativity and spread the word about our contest!

The rules of the contest remain unchanged.

  1. The recipes must be for electric pressure cooker, published on publicly accessible websites. If you don’t have a blog or a place to publish, we can put them on InstantPot.com recipe section.
  2. Three prizes of complete sets of Instant Pot accessories (a stainless steel cooking pot, a tempered glass lid and a spare sealing ring) will be awarded. Free shipping to continental US (excluding Hawaii & Alaska) and Canada.
  3. The participant needs to give the right to publish one of their recipes on InstantPot.com.
  4. The contest closes on July 30th, 2013, The winners will be chosen by Instant Pot staff in early August 2013.
  5. Entries are accepted as comment to this post or submission to http://instantpot.com/recipes/share-your-recipe/
  6. The winning entries must be original and will be judged by
  • the details of description, a picture helps tremendously.
  • the practicality, and
  • the creativity

Cooker">Which is Faster: Electric vs Stove-top Pressure Cooker

By , May 24, 2012

Our customers ask whether electric pressure cooker is slower than stove-top pressure cooker.  Someone claimed that stove-top cooker can be 2~3 times faster in reaching working pressure.  This may be possible with a gas-stove.  However the majority of North American families use electric stoves. We decide to run a test on this typical scenario.

Test equipments:

  • Instant Pot IP LUX60 heating stage 174x180 Which is Faster: Electric vs Stove top Pressure Cooker

    Instant Pot IP LUX60 at the heating stage

    Instant Pot IP-LUX60: 1000W, 6L inner pot. Plugged-into an electronic power meter (Kill-A-Watt P4400).

  • T Fal Safe 2 on Maytag electric range 180x135 Which is Faster: Electric vs Stove top Pressure Cooker

    T-Fal Safe 2 on Maytag electric range

    T-Fal Safe 2 Model 3271 stove-top pressure cooker, 6L capacity, which likely has a pressure rating of 11psi.

  • Maytag SuperCapacity Plus electric range with glass ceramic cooktop, coil element power rating: 2100W
  • Thermoworks Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen, accuracy +/-0.4°C (0.2°F).

Test conditions:

  • Fill both Instant Pot and T-Fal with 3 liter tap water at 13.6°C
  • Set to cook at full pressure for 10 minutes. The “Manual” mode of Instant Pot was used.

After running multiple tests, the following is the results:

  • Instant Pot IP-LUX60 took 23:30 ~ 24:15 (minutes:seconds) to reach working pressure 11.6psi.  Hold pressure for 10 minutes. Total power consumption 0.35~0.36 KWH.
  • T-Fal on Maytag electric range took 24:05~24:50 to reach pressure (steam release started leaking steam and rotating).  Afterwards, power was turned down to 30% to maintain the pressure. Total power consumption based on the power rating: 0.945~0.974 KWH.

In conclusion,

  • The stove-top T-Fal + Maytag electric range take about 20~30 seconds longer to reach working pressure than Instant Pot IP-LUX60.
  • Instant Pot IP-LUX60 uses around 63% less electricity than the T-Fal in this specific test.

There are two possible explanations regarding the electricity consumption:

  1. The glass ceramic cooktop reduces heating efficiency. The whole stove was warm and the T-Fal radiated heat along the way. That’s where the energy had gone.
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    Curved 3-ply bottom of Instant Pot stainless steel cooking pot

    Instant Pot has two layers of air insulation, which minimize energy leakage. The bottom of its inner pot is curved inwards which fits tightly on the heating element curved outwards. Thermal conduction is excellent.

When we first designed Instant Pot, the intention is to make it fast in terms of convenience.  A press-a-button set-and-forget smart cooker is our objective.   Now heating efficiency makes Instant Pot faster than stove-tops on an electric range.

Cooker Recipe Contest">2012 Spring Electric Pressure Cooker Recipe Contest

By , April 2, 2012

two InstantPot IP LUX60 300x238 2012 Spring Electric Pressure Cooker Recipe Contest In our popular Winter Electric Pressure Cooker Recipe Contest, we realized how much fun it was to interact with our users.  Most importantly, the submitted recipes substantially enhance everybody’s cooking experience.  In the spirit of sharing, we start this Spring Recipe Contest and will award two Instant Pot IP-LUX60 to the winners.

To help everybody visualizing the cooking result of the recipe, please attach pictures of the dish.

The rules of the contest.

  1. The recipes must be for electric pressure cooker, published on publicly accessible websites.  If you don’t have a blog or a place to publish, we can put them on InstantPot.com recipe section.
  2. Two prizes of Instant Pot IP-LUX60 will be awarded.  Free shipping to continental US (excluding Hawaii & Alaska) and Canada.
  3. The participant needs to give the right to publish one of their recipes on InstantPot.com.
  4. The winning entries must be original and will be judged by
    • the details of description,
    • the practicality, and
    • the creativity
  5. The winners will be chosen by Instant Pot staff on June 30, 2012.
  6. Entries are accepted as comment to this post, or submission to http://instantpot.com/recipes/share-your-recipe/

The winners of this contest is announced here and the new Summer recipe contest also starts.

Cooking Programs Work">How Smart Cooking Programs Work

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By , October 15, 2010

Instant Pot achieves the best cooking results with a set of smart cooking programs.  The programs are stored in and executed by an advanced micro-processor chip inside the Instant Pot control panel. Those programs have been chosen after extensive testing in our lab with various food content.

The smart cooking programs control the cooking process with four parameters: heating intensity, temperature, pressure and duration.

  • Heating intensity refers to the amount of heat generated by the heating element. The main reason to control heating intensity is to manage the temperature at the bottom of the cooking pot, primarily to avoid burning food content at the bottom. For instance, heating is slower and gradually in “Soup” function whereas fast and steep in “Steam” (knowing there’s no food in contact to the cooking pot bottom). Heating intensity control is also used for soaking, such as in Multigrain function.  Instant Pot IP-CSG60 has a heating element with 1000W power rating.  The heat output of heating element is control by switching the power on and off for varying durations.
  • Temperature is the cooking temperature in the cooking pot throughout the cooking process. The peak working temperature of Instant Pot is 115°C~118°C or 239°F~244°F. However, the smart cooking programs don’t always maintain at the peak temperature. In the “Multigrain” program, to soften the grains, the food content is heated to 60oC for warm soaking for 50 minutes before cooking starts.
  • Pressure: when the liquid content in the cooking port reaches the natural boiling point, which varies depending on the altitude of your location, steam builds up in the cooking pot and pressure is generated.  The thermodynamics of gas indicates that in ideal cases the product of the pressure and volume of a gas is directly proportional to the temperature.  Since the volume in the cooking pot is a constant, we can consider the pressure being linearly related to the temperature of the gas, and to large extent (with delaying effect) to the temperature of the liquid content. The working pressure of Instant Pot is 10.15~11.6 psi (pound-force per square inch).
  • Cooking duration is the time the food content being cooked.  The cooking duration changes depends on the volume of the food content. For example, to cook 2 cups of rice, it takes about 14 minutes (8 minute pressure keeping time). More than 2 cups, it takes about 28 minutes (10 minute pressure keeping time).  Additional pressure keeping time ensures rice being cooked evenly in volume.  The default timing has been tested in our lab which works well in most cases. However, in situations when food needs to be well-done or less-cooked, the cooking duration can be adjusted with the “Adjust” button.

The smart cooking programs can be better understood with the visual temperature/pressure charts in relation with cooking time.  The following are the temperature/pressure charts of “Bean/Chili”, “Meat/Stew”, “Soup”, “Congee” and “Multigrain” cooking programs.

To cook 2 cups of rice, it takes about 14 minutes (8 minute pressure keeping time). More than 2 cups, it takes about 28 minutes (10 minute pressure keeping time).  Additional pressure keeping time to ensure rice are cooked evenly in volume.

Cooker">What is Electric Pressure Cooker

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By , May 5, 2009

History of Pressure Cooker

Pressure cooking is a method of cooking in a sealed vessel not permitting steam to escape below a preset pressure. Because the boiling point of water increases as the pressure increases, the pressure built up inside the cooker allows the liquid in the cooking pot to rise to a higher temperature before boiling.

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Denis Papin (1647 – 1712)

Pressure cooker was invented by Denis Papin, a French physicist, in 1679. However, it only became a house-hold cooking appliance during the World War II, when the people realized how much fuel they can save, due to the much shorter cooking time. Pressure cooking is often used to simulate the effects of long braising or simmering in shorter periods of time.

The Invention of Electric Pressure Cooker

Conventional pressure cookers were made to be used on stove top. A steam regulator, safety valve and pressure-activated interlock mechanism provide protection against the overheating and the danger of explosion. When a preset pressure is reached in the cooker, the steam regulator is pushed up by the built-up pressure to allow the steam to escape. This is the reason why the conventional oven top pressure cookers generate loud and disturbing hissing noise when the pressure is on.

Electric Pressure Cooker is an ingenious invention in the last decade. Historians are still undecided about inventors and the precision time. Arguably, a Chinese scientist, Mr. Yong-Guang Wang, filed the first electric pressure cooker patent on January 9th, 1991 (patent No. ZL91100026.7).  This patent is currently owned by the No. 1 electric pressure cooker manufacturer, Midea Group.

Instant Pot electric pressure cooker internal structure

Instant Pot electric pressure cooker internal structure

Electric Pressure Cooker consists of a pressure cooking container (a.k.a. inner pot or cooking pot), the electric heating element, and temperature / pressure sensors. The heating process is  controlled by the built-in micro-processor based on the readings of the pressure and temperature sensors. This whole process forms a so called “closed loop control system” in control engineering terms.  The principle is similar to that of the auto-cruise in most of the cars these days. The user puts all the ingredients in the cooking pot and sets the pressure cooking duration for the type of food to be cooked, the electric pressure cooker does the rest.

Over time, the leading electric pressure cookers learned from the experience and created different cooking profiles, such as simmering, steaming, braising, slow cooking, warming, rice cooking, stew, etc. by using different combination of cooking temperature, pressure and time duration. This leads to a new generation of electric pressure cookers, a.k.a. programmable multi-cookers.

Read about how electric pressure cooker works here.

Cooking">Benefits of Pressure Cooking

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By , May 5, 2009

Pressure cooking has many advantages, among which saving time & energy, preserving nutrients and eliminating harmful micro-organisms from food are most significant.

Saving Time & Energy

Foods are cooked much faster by pressure cooking than by other methods. Typically electric pressure cooker can reduce cooking time by up to 70% comparing with other methods.

With much less water used in cooking and a fully insulated external pot, much less energy is required, saving up to 70% of energy comparing with boiling, steaming, oven cooking or slow cooking. Electric pressure cookers are the second most energy efficient cooking appliance after microwaves.

green vegetables 300x155 Benefits of Pressure CookingPreserving Nutrients & Cook Tasty Food

With pressure cooking, heat is very evenly, deeply, and quickly distributed. It is not necessary to immerse food in water: enough water to keep the pressure cooker filled with steam is sufficient. Because of this, vitamins and minerals are not leached or dissolved away by water. Since steam surrounds the food, foods are not oxidized by air exposure at heat, so asparagus, broccoli, and so on retain their bright green colors and phytochemical. The cooked food keeps its original flavor.

Electric pressure cookers, such as Instant Pot, has a unique fully sealed cooking mechanism. No steam and smells spread throughout the kitchen and your home. This makes it an ideal clean and convenient cooking appliance.

Eliminating Harmful Micro-Organisms in Food

With pressure cookers, food is cooked at a temperature above the boiling point of water, killing almost all harmful living micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses. Pressure cooker have been used as an effective sterilizer, for jam pots and glass baby bottles for example, or for treating water.

Electron micrograph picture of Aspergillus fumigatus, courtesy of National Institutes of Health, http://www.niaid.nih.gov/

Electron micrograph picture of Aspergillus fumigatus, courtesy of National Institutes of Health, http://www.niaid.nih.gov/

Rice, wheat, corn and beans may carry fungal poisons called aflatoxinsAflatoxins are naturally occurring mycotoxins produced by many species of Aspergillus fungi, due to improper storage, such as in humid conditions. Aflatoxins are a potent trigger of liver cancer and may play a role in a host of other cancers as well.

Just heating a food to the boiling point does not destroy aflatoxins. Recent study by Korean researchers showed that pressure cooking was capable of reducing aflatoxin concentrations to safe levels.

Another example is raw kidney beans, often used in making delicious Mexican Chili. Kidney beans contain a toxin, phytohaemagglutinin, which is only destroyed by boiling at high temperature  for at least ten minutes.

Ultra

By , May 30, 2017

Features

  • 10-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure CookerPressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice/Porridge Cooker, Cake Maker, Yogurt Maker, Sauté/Searing, Steamer, Warmer, Sterilizer, and the new and exclusive feature to Instant Pot®, the Ultra program.
  • 16 Built in Smart Programs – Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Cake, Egg, Slow Cook, Sauté/Searing, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Sterilize, Yogurt, Warm, Pressure Cook, and Ultra
    • New! Ultra program – Developed to provide unlimited control in pressure and non-pressure cooking conditions. You can adjust different parameters based on your favourite recipes and preferences.  Can be used for sous vide cooking with a temperature accuracy of +/- 5°F or 3°C
    • New! Sterilize program – Ideal to pasteurize dairy products, sterilize baby bottles, jars, and utensils; as well as, perform certain types of canning much more conveniently than ever before! (Note: Refer to the ‘USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning’ for details)
    • New! Cake program – Designed to prepare soft and moist cakes
    • New! Egg program – Developed to prepare perfect eggs in just a few minutes
  • New! Altitude Adjustment – Eliminates the guesswork from a recipe conversion for a more precise cooking time
  • New! Large, blue LCD display with a Progress Indicator – Provides a visual on the cooking progress, from preheating, through to cooking, and Keep warm; includes, a new time display
  • New! Central Dial – A simple turn and press, for easier and more precise cooking program selection and adjustments
  • New! Steam Release Reset Button – For safer handling of steam release after cooking is completed. The button resets itself when one opens or closes the lid if the button is in the venting position
  • Dual pressure settings – For fast and flexible cookingCooking with high pressure reduces cooking time by up to 70% and the low pressure avoids overcooking delicate food
  • New! Quick & Easy Program Adjustments – Need to make an adjustment after cooking has started? The Ultra allows one to easily adjust settings even when cooking is in progress
  • New! Smart features – remembers your last customization on all cooking programs
  • Delay Start time – Up to 24 hours
  • New! Sound ON/Off – Select if the sound is ON/OFF, the status is displayed on the LCD panel with the Sound ON/Off – ‘Sound’ indicates it is ON/OFF when selecting a program, cooking starts or is completed
  • New! Pressure Cook Time – Allows pressure cook for up to 6 hours
  • Slow Cooker In addition to the (3) temperature settings, one has the flexibility to customize the cooking time between 0.5 – 20 hours for each temperature level
  • Sauté – In addition to the (3) temperature settings; now, one can easily adjust the time to a maximum of 30 minutes intervals as a safety precaution
  • New! Automatic Keep Warm – one can easily turn ON/OFF. The Keep Warm time is displayed on the LCD panel along with the Keep Warm ON/OFF.  The Warm has 3 temperatures settings to maintain food at different serving temperatures
  • Energy efficient – Saves up to 70% of energy
  • Stainless Steel Cooking Pot – Healthy, food grade 304 (18/8) – no chemical coatings with clearer lines at the ½ and 2/3 marks for max fill pressure cook safety, dishwasher safe
  • New! Inner Pot Fill Markings – Inner pot markings at 1/2 and 2/3 for pressure cook safety
  • Exterior – Brushed stainless steel, fingerprint resistant with lid holder for left- and right- handed users, the lid is dishwasher safe
  • 11 Safety Mechanisms – UL and ULC certified
  • Accessories include – Stainless steel steam rack with handles to lower and lift food, condensation collector, rice paddle, soup spoon, and measuring cup
  • Dishwasher Safe – The stainless steel inner pot, lid and steam rack are dishwasher safe
  • Materials – User Manual (English, Spanish and French), Quick Reference Guide and Recipe Booklet in English (includes cooking time tables)
  • Heating Element – 6 Quart cooker with a 1000W heating element
  • Warranty – 12 months

Product Information and Manuals (PDF – download):

  1. Ultra Product Information | Manual (English)
  2. Product Information | Features 
  3. FAQs
  4. Product Comparison

Spicy Indian Kadhi in Instant Pot

By , July 28, 2015

Kadhi an Indian dish which originated in Rajasthan. It is a spicy dish whose thick gravy is based on chickpea flour (besan), to which yogurt is added to lend a tart flavor. It may contain vegetable fritters called pakoras.

Submitted by Jaya N.
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Ingredients:

To put in blender:
1/2 cup gramflour (besan)
1 cup yogurt
5-6 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp turmeric

For basic seasoning:
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 tsp Ajwain seeds
4 dry red chilies

Steps:

1. Use a blender to blend together gramflour, yogurt, water, turmeric and salt.

2. Using “Saute” function in Instant pot, prepare a basic seasoning by heating 1 tsp oil/ghee and adding the fenugreenk seeds, ajwain seeds and the red chilies. When the aroma tells you they are ready (in a few seconds to a minute), add the blended mixture in to this.
You can also prepare basic seasoning in a saute pan and pour in to the yogurt blended mixture.

3. Cook this mixture using the “Slow cook” setting for 4 hours.

4. Add crunchy boondi to this mixture. Alternatively, add deep fried pakodas made by taking balls of this mixture and deep frying them —
1 chopped onion, 3/4th cup gramflour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 chopped green chilly, 1/2 tsp red chilly powder.

Awesome tasting kadhi is ready!

NOTE: You may also make your own yogurt, dairy or non-dairy, using the Instant Pot DUO and Smart “Yogurt” program.

Smart

By , November 24, 2014


Features

  • Bluetooth® Smart compliant (Bluetooth® 4.0) to connect to smartphones/tablets, providing easy to use interfaces to control and monitor cooking progress in graphics. The cooker’s functionalities can be upgraded and expanded after purchase.  Cooking procedures can be written in recipe script and shared with friends.
  • Free iOS app with built-in recipes. Android app is to be available shortly.
  • Multi-Functional Programmable Cooker: Pressure cooker, Slow cooker, Rice Cooker, Porridge Maker, Steamer, Sauté/Browning, Yogurt  Maker & Warmer
  • 10 Proven Safety Mechanisms, UL and ULC certified
  • 14 Micro-Processor controlled programs: Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt, Pasteurize and Fermented Rice (Jiu Niang)
  • Dual pressure settings for fast and flexible cooking: Cooking with the high pressure reduces cooking time by up to 70% and the low pressure avoids overcooking delicate food
  • Yogurt Maker function can heat the milk for pasteurization and fermentation, making yogurt in either jars or the cooking pot for up to 5L of milk.
  • 3 Adjustable Modes for most functions. 3 Sauté temperatures, 3 Slow Cook temperatures and 3 Keep-warm temperatures.
  • Slow Cooker function allows selecting time between 0.5 ~ 20 hours
  • Delay Cooking Timer: Up to 24 hours
  • Manual pressure setting: Up to 120 minute cook time
  • Automatic keep-warm: up to 10 hours
  • Manual keep-warm setting: Up to 99 hours and 50 minutes
  • Highly energy efficient saving up to 70% of energy
  • 3-ply bottom Food Grade 304 (18/8) stainless steel cooking pot for durability
  • Finger-print resistant brushed stainless steel exterior
  • Low profile 18/8 stainless steel steam rack with handles to lower and lift food into and out of the cooking pot, for maximal usable space
  • Accessories included: stainless steel steam rack with handles, silicone mini mitts, condensation collector, rice paddle, soup spoon and measuring cup
  • User Manual and Quick Reference Guide in English, Spanish, French and Chinese, Pressure Cooking booklet and cooking time tables are included
  • Instant Pot Smart has a 6 Qt cooking pot and a 1000W heating element.


Instant Pot Smart series User Manual, Quick Reference Guide, Cookbook and cooking time-table are as follows.

What is the iPot made for?

By , January 22, 2014

Instant Pot iPot Smartcooker 274x300 What is the iPot made for?Coming back from CES at Las Vegas, I am very pleased with the overwhelming responses from the media and the public. The Instant Pot iPot was hailed as one of the “Fourteen Hot Products from 2014 CES” and one of “The Weirdest Tech Gadgets at CES 2014”.  Techhive made an on spot video report, CNET has a more detailed review,  Sound and Vision compared the iPot to a connected slow cooker, PurpleClover asked “Exactly How Smart Should Your Home Be?”, TechGlimpse put on a coverage, Homecrux drilled down to more details….

Not all of them get the details right. This is no surprise in exhibition halls crowded with tens of thousands of people and announcements of thousands new products. Some may see iPot being cool because it uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE, Bluetooth Smart or Bluetooth 4.0/4.1) to connect iPhone/iPad to the cooker. Well, that’s not the purpose.  Here, I want to clarify the two design objectives of the iPot.

1. Solving the cooking consistency problem. Have you ever not been frustrated by failing to reproduce a cooking recipe!? The quality of cooked food out of Instant Pot is ultimately the most important thing to users. Cooking consistency is affected by many factors: food materials and their size/volume, cooking time, elevation and cooking process.  A one-size-fit-all program (3 “sizes” in Instant Pot) can only go so far.  To achieve the optimal result, we need a tailor-made cooking program for each recipe.  Once this is done, undercooked short-ribs and beans or burnt oatmeal at the bottom will be history.

2. People want to use Instant Pot in many unique ways. To get a taste of the variety, let’s sample a few.

  • GABA rice 300x266 What is the iPot made for?Making germinated brown rice.  Brown rice sprouts in warm water (38°C or 100°F) in 12~24 hours, producing unique nutty flavor and more complete amino acid. See the picture of germinated brown rice I made on right.
  • Sous vide, Onsen Tamago (hot spring eggs), etc.
  • Pasteurize milk at the lowest temperature (63°C or 145ºF) so all pathogens are killed but none of the good enzymes and nutrients are lost
  • Pressure baking
  • Decrystallize honey in the jar without destroying its health properties
  • Sanitize baby bottles, pacifiers, pump pieces.

There is clearly a long tail of these use scenarios. If we add a button for each of these functions, the control panel will soon look like a keyboard. We’ll have to leverage something with a better user interface.  A smartphone or tablet would spring right into our minds.

If you have any intriguing ways of using Instant Pot, please let us know.  We’ll add them to the iPot.  With iPot, the functionality is limitless.

Duo Series

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By , December 5, 2013

Instant Pot IP-DUO Plus Features

  • 9 In 1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure CookerPressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice/Porridge Cooker, Cake Maker, Yogurt Maker, Sauté/Searing, Steamer, Warmer and Sterilizer
  • 15 Smart Built-In Programs – Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chilli, Cake, Egg, Slow Cook, Sauté/Searing, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Sterilize, Yogurt, Keep Warm, and Pressure Cook
  • New! Sterilize program, ideal to pasteurize dairy products, sterilize baby bottles, jars, and utensils much more conveniently than ever before!
  • New! Cake program, designed to prepare soft and moist cakes
  • New! Egg program, created to prepare perfect eggs in just a few minutes
  • New! Attractive and user-friendly, large, blue LCD panel – displays the cooking settings and progress status
  • Dual pressure settings – For fast and flexible cookingCooking with high pressure reduces cooking time by up to 70% and the low pressure avoids overcooking delicate food
  • New! Quick & Easy Program Adjustments – Need to make an adjustment after cooking has started? The Duo Plus allows one to easily adjust settings even while cooking is in progress.
  • New! Smart – each program remembers 3 sets of customizations in “Less”, “Normal’, and “More” settings on all cooking programs
  • Delay Start time – Up to 24 hours
  • New! Sound ON/Off – Select if the sound is ON/OFF, the status is displayed on the LCD display with the Sound ON/Off icon ‘Sound’ indicates if it is ON/OFF when selecting a program, cooking starts or is completed
  • New! Pressure Cook – function allows to pressure cook for up to 6 hours
  • Slow Cooker In addition to the (3) temperature settings, one has the flexibility to customize the cooking time between 0.5 – 20 hours for each temperature level
  • Sauté – In addition to the (3) temperature settings; now, one can easily adjust the time to a maximum of 30-minute intervals. The 30-minute maximum is a safety precaution
  • New! Automatic Keep Warm – Now, one can easily turn ON/OFF. The Keep warm time is displayed on the LCD panel along with the Keep Warm status icon.  The Keep Warm has 3 temperature settings to maintain food at different serving temperatures
  • Energy efficient – saves up to 70% of energy
  • Stainless Steel Cooking Pot – Healthy, food grade 304 (18/8) – no chemical coatings with clearer markings at 1/2 and 2/3 line to better guide one on max-fill levels for pressure-cooking. The inner pot is dishwasher safe
  • Exterior – Brushed stainless steel, finger print resistant with lid holder for left- and right- handed users, new large, blue LCD display makes it easier to see how the cooker is progressing. The stainless steel (18/8) lid is dishwasher safe
  • Accessories included – stainless steel (18/8) steam rack with handles to lower and lift food, condensation collector, rice paddle, soup spoon, and measuring cup
  • Print Materials – Manual (English, Spanish and French), Quick Reference Guide, and Recipe Booklet in English (includes cooking time tables)
  • Heating Element – 6 Quart cooker, 1000W heating element
  • 10 Safety Mechanisms – UL and ULC certified

Instant Pot IP-DUO60/DUO50/DUO80 Features

  • 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker: Pressure cooker, Slow cooker, Rice Cooker/Porridge Maker, Steamer, Sauté/Browning, Yogurt  Maker & Warmer
  • 10 Proven Safety Mechanisms, UL and ULC certified
  • 14 Micro-Processor controlled programs: Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt, Pasteurize and Fermented Rice (Jiu Niang)
  • Dual pressure settings for fast and flexible cooking: Cooking with the high pressure reduces cooking time by up to 70% and the low pressure avoids overcooking delicate food
  • Yogurt Maker function can heat the milk for pasteurization and fermentation, making yogurt in either jars or the cooking pot for up to 5L of milk.
  • 3 Adjustable Modes for most functions. 3 Sauté temperatures and 3 Slow Cook temperatures
  • Slow Cooker function allows selecting time between 0.5 ~ 20 hours
  • Delay Cooking Timer: Up to 24 hours
  • Manual pressure setting: Up to 120 minute cook time
  • Automatic keep-warm: up to 10 hours
  • Manual keep-warm setting: Up to 99 hours and 50 minutes
  • Highly energy efficient saving up to 70% of energy
  • 3-ply bottom Food Grade 304 (18/8) stainless steel cooking pot for durability
  • Finger-print resistant brushed stainless steel exterior
  • Low profile 18/8 stainless steel steam rack with handles to lower and lift food into and out of the cooking pot, for maximal usable space
  • Accessories included: stainless steel steam rack with handles, condensation collector, rice paddle, soup spoon and measuring cup
  • User Manual and Quick Reference Guide in English, Spanish, French and Chinese, Pressure Cooking booklet and cooking time tables are included
  • IP-DUO series come with two models: IP-DUO60 has a 6qt cooking pot and a 1000W heating element; IP-DUO50 has a 5qt cooking pot and a 900W heating element

Instant Pot IP-DUO60/DUO50 Specifications

  • Working pressure: High 10.2 ~ 11.6psi (70 ~ 80kPa); Low 5.8 ~7.2 psi (40 ~ 50kpa)
  • Steam release pressure limit: 15.22psi (105kPa)
  • Working temperature: 115°C ~ 118°C (239°F ~ 244°F) at high pressure setting; 110°C ~ 112°C (229 ~ 233°F) at low pressure setting.
  • “Keep warm” function: up to 99 hours 50 minutes, 63 ~ 78°C (145 ~ 172°F);
  • Slow Cook” function: 0.5 ~ 20 hours, at 88 ~ 99°C (190 ~ 210°F)
  • “Sauté” function: “Normal” mode: 160 ~ 176°C (320 ~ 349°F); “More” mode: 175 ~ 210°C (347 ~   410°F); “Less” mode: 135 ~ 150°C (275 ~ 302°F).
  • “Yogurt” function: up to 99 hours 30 minutes. “Normal” mode for making yogurt: 36 ~ 43°C (96.8 ~ 109.4°F); “Less” mode for making Jiu Niang (fermented glutinous rice): 30 ~ 34°C (86 ~ 93.2°F); “More” for pasteurizing milk: 71~83°C (160~180°F).
Model PowerSupply RatedPower Volume Caliber of Inner Pot (HeightxDiameter) Weight Dimension
IP-DUO50 120V~ 60Hz 900W 5Qt 14×22 cm 5.5×8.66 inch 5.3kg (11.68lb) 33x31x30 cm13x12.2×11.8 inch(LxWxH)
IP-DUO60 120V~ 60Hz 1000W 6Qt 16×22 cm 6.3×8.66 inch 6.61kg (14.57lb) 33x31x32 cm 13×12.2×12.6 inch
IP-DUO80 120V~ 60Hz 1200W 8Qt 17.5×24 cm 6.89×9.45 inch 8.62kg (19lb) 37.6×33.8×36 cm 14.8×13.3×14.2 inch
Accessories Rice paddle, Soup spoon, Measuring cup, Steam rack, Condensation water collector, User manual and Recipe booklet.

 

Instant Pot IP-DUO series User Manual, Quick Reference Guide, Cookbook and cooking timetable are as follows.

LUX Series

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By , November 23, 2013

Instant Pot IP-LUX60/LUX50 Features

  • Completely redesigned user interface providing the most convenience and easy of use.
  • 3-Ply bottom stainless steel cooking pot for durability
  • Finger-print resistant brushed stainless steel exterior
  • UL and ULC certified
  • 6-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker (Pressure cooker, Slow cooker, Rice cooker, Steamer, Sauté & Warmer)
  • 10 Proven Safety Mechanisms
  • 10 Micro-Processor controlled programs: Meat/Stew, Soup, Sauté, Poultry, Bean/Chili, Congee, Steam, Multigrain, Rice and Slow Cook
  • 3 Adjustable Modes for most functions. 3 Sauté and 3 Slow Cook temperatures.
  • Delay Cooking Timer: Up to 24-Hour
  • Automatic Keep-warm
  • Manual setting: Up to 120 minute cook time
  • Reduced cooking time by up to 70%
  • Healthy cooking with better tastes, Consistent results every time
  • Highly energy efficient saving up to 70% of energy.
  • Instructions, Recipe and Cooking time table in English, French, Spanish and Chinese
  • Accessories included: stainless steel steam rack, rice paddle, soup spoon and measuring cup.
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty

 

Product specifications: IP-LUX60

  • Manufacturer: Instant Pot Company
  • Manufacture Part Number: IP-LUX60
  • SKU: 8 39724 00862 3
  • Model: IP-LUX60
  • Capacity: 6L/6.33 Qt
  • Power rating: 1000W,
  • Voltage: 110v/60Hz
  • Operating pressure: 10.15~11.6 psi (70-80 kPa)
  • Steam release pressure limit: 15.22 psi (105 kPa)
  • Pressure cooking operating temperature: 115°C~118°C (239~244°F)
  • “Keep warm” function: 62~80°C (145-176°F)
  • Slow Cook” function: 2~10 hours, at 88-99°C (190-210°F)
  • “Sauté” function: Normal mode: 160~176°C or 320~349°F; More mode: 175~210°C or 347~410°F; Less mode: 135~150°C or 275~302°F)
  • Product size: 33x31x32 (LxWxH cm)
  • Inner pot size: 16x22x24 (Height x Inner rim diameter x outer rim diameter cm)
  • Gross weight: 6.61kg
  • Package size: 33.3×33.3×38 (LxWxH cm), 7.4kg

 

Product specifications: IP-LUX50

  • Manufacturer: Instant Pot Company
  • Manufacture Part Number: IP-LUX50
  • SKU: 8 39724 00851 7
  • Model: IP-LUX50
  • Capacity: 5L/5.28 Qt
  • Power rating: 900W,
  • Voltage: 110v/60Hz
  • Operating pressure: 10.15~11.6 psi (70-80 kPa)
  • Steam release pressure limit: 15.22 psi (105 kPa)
  • Pressure cooking operating temperature: 115°C~118°C (239~244°F)
  • “Keep warm” function: 62~80°C (145-176°F)
  • Slow Cook” function: 2~10 hours, at 88-99°C (190-210°F)
  • “Sauté” function: Normal mode: 160~176°C or 320~349°F; More mode: 175~210°C or 347~410°F; Less mode: 135~150°C or 275~302°F)
  • Product size: 33x31x30 (LxWxH cm)
  • Inner pot size: 14x22x24 (Height x Inner rim diameter x outer rim diameter cm)
  • Gross weight: 5.3kg
  • Package size: 33.3×33.3×36 (LxWxH cm), 6.5kg

Instant Pot model IP-LUX60/50 brochures can be found as follows.

Instant Pot model IP-LUX60/50 operational manual, recipes and cooking time-table are as follows.

Revision 4 (April. 2017)

Revision 3 (Oct. 2016)

Revision 2 (Nov. 2013)

Revision 1 (Before Nov. 2013)

Specifications and manuals of the 5-in-1 Instant Pot IP-CSG60/50 can be found here.

Instant Pot Braised Turkey Thighs

By , March 25, 2013

STurkey thighs Instant Pot Braised Turkey Thighsubmitted by Robin R.

Ingredients

Serves 4

  •  2 turkey thighs (about 1 lb), excess fat removed
  • 1 cup chicken broth plus 1 Tbsp red-wine vinegar
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1 cup sliced Portobello mushrooms
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp each dried rosemary, sage, thyme, salt and pepper

Gravy

  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • ¼ cup water

Directions

  1. Set Instant-Pot to Saute and brown the turkey thighs
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and close the lid, set pot to Poultry setting and cook turkey for 1 hour
  3. After 1 hour, place a towel or pot holder over the pressure valve and do a quick pressure release; check for done-ness, if meat is not fork tender add 15 minutes and resume cooking on Poultry setting
  4. When meat is done, remove turkey thighs to cutting board and cover loosely with foil
  5. Making gravy: In a small bowl, whisk flour and water until well blended. Whisk flour mixture into liquid, onions and mushrooms in cooker, mixing well
  6. Turn cooker to Keep-warm and simmer gravy for 15 minutes or until thickened
  7. To serve: Cut meat in large pieces from both sides of each thigh bone to give you 4 pieces. Arrange on serving plates; spoon on some gravy.

NOTE:

This recipe can also be adapted for the slow-cooker setting. Instead of using the Poultry setting, set pot to slow cook for 4 hours. Remove turkey thighs and follow instructions for gravy