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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.

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.
  2. curved 3 ply bottom of InstantPot cooking pot 180x68 Which is Faster: Electric vs Stove top Pressure Cooker

    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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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.

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.

Instant Pot Smart Series Specifications

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.

Instant Pot IP-DUO Series Specifications

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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 time-table are as follows.

Instant Pot IP-LUX Series Specifications

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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 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

Help Videos

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We have organized the help videos into two groups:

  • How-To videos, and
  • Overview/In-depth Look videos.

Instant Pot IP-DUO Quick Start Video with Laura Pazzaglia

This video explains the basics of Instant Pot IP-DUO series and helps you to become friends with your Instant Pot.



Getting to Know Your New Instant Pot IP-DUO

This video covers the essential aspects of the new Instant Pot IP-DUO series.


How to Use Instant Pot as a Pressure Cooker

This video offers a comprehensive review of how to use Instant Pot as a pressure cooker. Pressure cooking with Instant Pot is simply picking the right function based on the type of food and setting an appropriate cooking time. We cover the following functions: “Soup”, “Poultry” “Mean/Stew”, “Bean/Chili”, “Rice”, “Multigrain”, “Congee” and “Manual”.


How to Use Instant Pot as a Slow Cooker

This is a walkthrough of steps using your Instant Pot as a slow cooker. The IP-LUX series has 3 temperature setting corresponding to the Low, Medium and High in a common slow cooker. Our older IP-CSG series has only one temperature setting, corresponding to the Medium temperature in a slow cooker.


How to Use Instant Pot Sauté Function

This video shows you how to use the Sauté function on Instant Pot IP-LUX series. Our older IP-CSG series don’t have this function. The Sauté has three temperature settings, selected by the “Adjust” button.

  • 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)


How to use Instant Pot as a Pressure Steamer

Pressure steaming is fast and preserves the nutrients as well as the color of food. For vegetable and sea food, we recommend using quick release to avoid over-cooking food.


Instant Pot Overview

In this video you will learn about all the different aspects and features of your Instant Pot (both IP-LUX and IP-CSG series). It covers the basic use and maintenance of your Instant Pot for trouble free and enjoyable pressure cooking.

You are also encouraged to watch the three more in-depth videos about Steam Release Handle, Float Valve and Sealing Ring.


An In-depth Look at Instant Pot Steam Release Handle

This video explains the use and maintenance of the Steam Release Handle on Instant Pot IP-LUX and IP-CSG series. The Steam Release Handle is a safety device to ensure the pressure in the cooker being under the safety limit of 15.22psi at all time.

Before every cooking session, please make sure the steam release handle is free from any food debris.


An In-depth Look at Instant Pot Float Valve

This video explains the use and maintenance of the float valve on Instant Pot IP-LUX and IP-CSG series. The float valve is a safety feature to lock the lid when there’s pressure in the cooker.

Before every cooking session, please make sure the float valve is clean and can move up and down smoothly.


An In-depth Look at Instant Pot Sealing Ring

This video explains the use and maintenance of the Sealing Ring on Instant Pot IP-LUX and IP-CSG series. The Sealing Ring is a device to seal the gap between the lid and the inner pot under pressure.

Before every cooking session, please make sure the sealing ring is properly positioned to avoid steam leakage during pressure cooking.


An In-depth Look at Leaking Steam

This video helps you to find out why your Instant Pot sometimes leaks steam. When Instant Pot is pressurizing at the beginning, there is small amount of steam coming out of the float valve, until the float valve pops up and seals the cooker. This is perfectly normal. There are other situations of steam leaking due to mis-positioning of sealing ring, sticky float valve and unclean steam release handle. Please watch the video to find out how to fix those issues by yourself.


Questions After Your Purchase

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 This question and answer section has been designed with color coded keywords to help you find the subject you are looking for quickly and easily.

Where can I get more recipes designed for Instant Pot?

There are many recipes on the internet created for Instant Pot specifically. Here are several sources for yummy recipes:

Recipes and Resources for your Instant Pot

Happy Pressure Cooking!!

What do I do if I have a question or if there’s something wrong with my Instant Pot and I want to make a warranty claim?

If there’s something wrong with your Instant Pot, want to make a warranty claim or simply have a question, please click on the “Support” link at the top of this page and start a “Ticket”.  Make sure to describe the problem in as much detail as possible and include your purchase order number and an image of your receipt.

We strive to respond to all tickets within 24 hours excluding weekends and Canadian holidays.

Our warranty service is for a period of one year from the date of purchase. Even if your Instant Pot is out of warranty, please feel free to contact us. We’ll still try our best to resolve the issue for you.

For more details on the warranty you can go to http://instantpot.com/support/warranty-information/

How do you call this part on the lid?

Instant Pot IP-CSG IP-LUX lidPlease refer to the image for the terminology that we use to describe the parts on the lid.

Is it normal for the steam release handle to be so loose?

Absolutely!  Otherwise it could not function properly. Please see the next question for further explanation.

Why does the steam release handle leak steam?

Instant Pot’s steam release handle is a safety device.  Just like conventional pressure cookers, the steam release handle works simply by weight pressing on the steam release pipe.  Since the contact between the steam release handle and the pipe is not fully sealed, traceable steam may sometimes be seen during normal working conditions.

Instant Pot’s steam release handle has a pressure rating of 105kpa or 15.22psi.  The steam release handle keeps the working pressure always under the specified pressure rating.

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Illustration of Instant Pot working pressure curve

Instant Pot’s pressure sensor is at the bottom under the heating element.  The pressure sensor works by measuring the force pressing down on it, including the weight of food.  When there’s small amount of food (under the 2 mark on the inner pot), the pressure sensor is slower at turning off the heat.  Because of that, the momentum of the heat can push the pressure over the specified pressure rating, which causes a small amount of leaking from the steam release handle.  Once the heating momentum is over, the pressure will be kept at the working pressure well under the 105kpa (15.22psi), and only minimal steam will come out of the steam release handle.  This is still perfectly safe.  Please see the illustration of Instant Pot working pressure diagram to understand the pressure changes over a cooking cycle.

Normally, if the food is over the “3” mark in the inner pot, there’s only minor traceable amounts of steam coming out of the steam release handle.

Why is there steam coming out of the float valve during the start up procedure?

When you first start your IP-LUX model pressure cooker it is normal to see “On” in the display until the cooker gets to the proper temperature and pressure. Before the working pressure is reached you should see steam come out of the float valve for maybe 40 -70 seconds and then it will stop once the float valve seals itself. Soon the timer countdown will start on the display. There should be very little steam leakage after the countdown begins.

You may also expect to wait 10 to 20 minutes once it is finished cooking to let the pressure go down, however if you’re in a hurry you can use the steam release handle to let the steam out so you can open the cooker faster. Please note, this is not recommended if you’re cooking food with high starch content, e.g. porridge, which may cause spillage.

How does Instant Pot depressurize when it has finished cooking without releasing the steam? And, how long does this process take?

Instant Pot depressurizes by dissipating heat from the cover (specifically the metal parts). Depending on the volume of liquid in the cooking pot, it takes 8~25 minutes to depressurize naturally. The more liquid content, the longer it takes. You can also place a towel soaked with cold water on the metal part of the lid to cool the cooker down.  This is referred as Natural Release in pressure cooking recipes.

Quick release is to turn the steam release handle manually to “Venting” position to let out steam for fast cooling. Quick release takes 60~90 seconds to depressurize. Please note, quick release is not recommended if you’re cooking food with high starch content, e.g. porridge. This may cause food to spill out from the steam release handle.

Why does the stainless steel inner pot have rainbow like stain after wash?

The discoloration on 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 in all stainless steel cookware.  It’s normal and harmless.  To clean the rainbow discoloration, please follow the instructions on eHow. More cleaning suggestions from the British Stainless Steel Association.

Using IP-DUO cord rack

Using Instant Pot IP-DUO cord rack.

How to use the cord rack on IP-DUO?

IP-DUO comes with a cord rack and a silicone cord tie to help organizing the power cord. The power cord can be tied up with the silicone cord tie and place on the cord rack, see image on right.

How do I use the “Sauté” feature of my Instant Pot?

Our older CSG models do not have the ability to do this. However, the new Instant Pot IP-LUX series has a build-in browning function called “Sauté”.  It can be used to brown meat before cooking or thickening sauces after cooking.  You can choose from three settings such as low, medium and high by pressing on the “Adjust” button. When using the “Sauté ” function, the lid needs to remain in the “open” position.

When the meat has reached the desired browning effect, simply click on the “Cancel” key to turn OFF your Instant Pot and then pick the desired setting to continue cooking your meal.

Our glass lid may be used with the “Sauté ” feature and is available at https://instantpot.com/store/home.php

How do you convert 15psi based recipes to Instant Pot?

Instant Pot operates at 11.6psi. How fast food cooks depends on the temperature of cooking. The cooking temperature of 15psi pressure cookers is 121ºC (250ºF), whereas the operating temperature of a 11.6psi Instant Pot is 117°C (242°F).  This is a difference of 3.4%.  We find that in most cases, recipes for 15psi pressure cookers can be adapted to Instant Pot by increasing the cooking time by 7~15%.

Why is there occasional clicking sound when using my Instant Pot?

The clicking/cracking sounds in the Instant Pot come from the following possible sources.

  1. Water or moisture at the bottom of the inner pot.
  2. Instant Pot power switch turning on and off during operation.
  3. Frictions 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.

In the case of number 1, please wipe the inner pot dry before placing it into the housing. Regarding other cases, please rest assured that there is no safety or functional concerns. Your Instant Pot is working properly.

Does Instant Pot burn food?

The short answer is No, not likely. Most Instant Pot cooking functions, (e.g. Soup, Congee, Rice, Meat, Poultry, Bean/Chili and Slow Cook) have temperature monitoring to avoid burning food.  This mechanism is called “burn-protection”. When a high temperature (140C or 284F) is detected at the bottom of the inner pot, the burn-protection mechanism suspends heating to avoid burning food. On Instant Pot IP-DUO series, a warning message “ovHt” is flashed on the display.

This “burn-protection” mechanism works very well, except if the food has very high starch content. For example, if you add flour in your chili recipe, the flour sinks to the bottom, solidifies at low temperatures and can block heat dissipation. In this particular case, we suggest you add flour to the chili after initial cooking and perhaps cooking it for another one to five to allow thickening of the chili.

Because the “Saute” function operates at a much higher temperature than other settings we do not recommend operating unattended, just like you wouldn’t leave a pan on the stove unattended.

Can I 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. However, Instant Pot has not been tested for food safety in pressure canning by USDA.  Due to the fact that programs in Instant Pot IP-CSG, IP-LUX and IP-DUO series are regulated by a pressure sensor instead of a  thermometer, the elevation of your location may affect the actual cooking temperature.  For now, we wouldn’t recommend using Instant Pot for pressure canning purpose. Please note this correction to our early inaccurate information.

Why is there water on the groove of the cooker housing top?

It’s normal to have some condensation of water in the groove on the top of the cooker housing, especially during the cooling down period.  This is common in all electric pressure cooker and the groove is designed to prevent water dripping down to the table.

If you have excessive amount of water in the groove, there are two possibilities:

  1. The sealing ring is not placed properly.
  2. The sealing ring is deformed.

Please inspect your seal ring to see if it’s deformed. If so, You’ll need to replace the sealing ring.

After cooking, I notice the lid sucks and lifts up the inner pot.  What should I do the avoid that?

After cooking and cooling down, the air condenses inside the Instant Pot and creates a bit vacuum between the lid and the inner pot.  To break the vacuum, please turn the steam release handle to “Venting” to let in air.

The sealing ring is loose when I open the lid. Is this a problem?

The sealing ring is made of durable silicon compound. It can function well in regular for 2 or 3 years. The sealing ring expands at high temperature which seals the gap between the lid and the inner pot.  When the lid is opened after cooking, the sealing ring is noticeably loose. However after it cools down or washed, it’ll fit snugly again. However, the silicone compound is porous and may absorb smells and become discolored.  You may change the sealing ring 6 ~ 12 month to avoid the discoloration and smell.

How do I remove the food smell from the sealing ring?

The Instant Pot sealing ring is made from silicone rubber, which is more durable than natural rubber based products.  Silicone may pick up food scents during cooking. While many people are not troubled by this characteristic of silicone and do not find that flavors transfer, some people are more sensitive to it.

To remove the smell, you can “steam clean” your Instant Pot by adding 2 cups of water or white vinegar and some cut-up lemon rind, and running the “Steam” program for 2 minutes with the sealing ring in place, then allow the sealing ring to air dry. Alternatively, you may remove the sealing ring, and put it into your dishwasher.  High temperature and strong detergent will usually remove most smells; however certain highly acidic foods may leave a residue. Some people have had success first soaking the silicone ring overnight in either white vinegar, or lemon juice, or bleach, or tomato juice, and then running it through the dishwasher.  Others have found that storing the ring in a plastic bag with ground coffee or baking soda is effective, and finally some have found that using “Hunting Odor Eliminator” from a sporting goods store is effective.

Many people like to have one sealing ring for highly scented/spicy foods and one for mild/sweet foods with fewer odors. It is recommended to always have a second sealing ring on-hand for other reasons as well, like a spare tire, as no pressure cooking can be done should the sealing ring fail. You can purchase additional sealing rings at https://instantpot.com/store/home.php.

How do I clean the Instant Pot lid?

If you allow Instant Pot to cool naturally, the lid is normally rather clean, with condensation water only. You don’t need to unscrew anything to wash it, just simply wipe dry with a dry cloth.

If you use quick release (letting steam out from steam release handle) or cooking sticky foods, you may need to unscrew the anti-block shield (not the whole steam release assembly) for cleaning. After cleaning, simply hand tighten the anti-block shield back on. You may also want to pull the steam release handle out and the sealing ring for cleaning.

Please always inspect the float valve to make sure it can move up and down easily without obstruction. You can remove the float valve by taking out the small silicone rubber ring for cleaning.

Why does Instant Pot control panel look cloudy?

There is a thin protective film on the control panel which is to be peeled off during first use. When you peel the thin film off, the panel will becomes shinny and clear.

How do I know when I should replace the inner pot or the sealing ring?

The Instant Pot inner pot is made from solid stainless steel with fused-on 3-ply bottom. We don’t expect any defect to be developed with the inner pot over its life time under normal use.

The sealing ring is made from silicone rubber, which is more durable than rubber.  It should work 2~3` years under normal condition.  If you notice cracks, leaking or deformation of the sealing ring, you should replace it. You can find replacement sealing rings in our store.

How do I cook pasta?

Please refer to the most detailed instructions about cooking pasta on eHow.

How does the Delayed Cooking work?  Why does cooking starts right away if I set the timer to 2 hours?

Instant Pot IP-CSG and revision 1 IP-LUX  timer based delayed cooking shows the ready-to-eat time. That is, if you set the delay timer to 8 hours at 9am, the food will be ready at 5pm, 8 hours later.  The revision 2 of IP-LUX and IP-DUO changed this to delayed starting time.

Since pressure cookers cannot be opened immediately after cooking is done, the delayed cooking takes into account the time needed to depressurize. Furthermore, the length of pre-heating time depends on the volume of food and temperature of the liquid and food. Because of these, delayed cooking has to start early and finish before the specified time.  If the program completes earlier than the specified time, automatic keep-warm function kicks in and maintains the food ready to serve.

Due to these design considerations, if you set the timer to 2 hours, some cooking program, such as “Multigrain” function, may start right away.  During delayed cooking, the starting time depends on specific cooking functions.

How long will the Instant Pot keep the food warm ?

After cooking, Instant Pot automatically starts the keep-warm function and lasts for up to 10 hours.

How does the Slow Cook function work?

The Slow Cook function on Instant Pot IP-CSG series emulates other slow cookers. It can be set to cook for 1~10 hours. The operating temperature is at 88-93°C (190-200°F). You need to set the steam release handle to the “venting” position during slow cook.  If not, a low pressure could build up in the pot.

The IP-LUX and IP-DUO series have more sophisticated temperature control, which you can choose “Less”, “Normal” and “More” with the “Adjust” button.  These correspond to the Low, Medium and High in common slow cookers. The operating temperature is at 88-99°C (190-210°F),  and it can be set to cook for 1~10 hours. You need to set the steam release handle to the “venting” position during slow cook.

Is Instant Pot dishwasher safe?

The inner pot, steam rack, spoon & spatula that come with your Instant Pot are dishwasher safe. The lid will not be cleaned well with dishwasher, because there are loose units (e.g. the steam release handle) and deep gaps (e.g. the gasket/sealing ring). It is recommended to hand-wash the lid.

The housing has electronic components and should never be immerse in water. Doing so will damage Instant Pot permanently. The housing can only be wiped clean.

Where can I get another copy of the manual and time tables booklet?

All manuals in 4 languages can be found and downloaded at http://instantpot.com/benefits/specifications-and-manuals/

Time tables can be downloaded on that same page above or you can click on the link called “Cooking Time” at the top of this page.

 

 

 

Questions Before Buying Your Instant Pot

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How do I order from Instant Pot store with a coupon?

Instant Pot-How to enter coupon code in shopping cartAfter selecting items from Instant Pot store, you can enter your coupon referring to the image on the right. You can pay the purchase with all major credit card or Paypal.

Where is the best place for me to buy my Instant Pot?

There are many different sales channels on the internet and some retail locations offering a wide range of offers and price ranges.  Please perform due diligence when shopping for your Instant Pot as we can not be responsible for price or offer fluctuations.

What is the difference between your IP-LUX50/IP-DUO50 and IP-LUX60/IP-DUO60 models?

The only difference between these two models is the size. The IP-LUX50/IP-DUO50 has a 5Qt capacity and 900W heating element, and the IP-LUX60/IP-DUO60 has a 6 Qt capacity and 1000W heating element. The exterior size amounts to the IP-LUX60/IP-DUO60 being about 2cm (3/4 in) taller than the IP-LUX50/IP-DUO50.  Otherwise, there are no differences in features.

For more technical details on both models please go to: http://instantpot.com/benefits/specifications-and-manuals/

How long is the warranty on your Instant Pot?

Our warranty service is for a period of up to one year from the date of purchase.  Our warranty period and procedures is exactly the same no matter where you purchase your Instant Pot. For more details on the warranty you can go to http://instantpot.com/support/warranty-information/

What can you tell me about the quality of the stainless steel inner pot?

Instant Pot’s inner pot is made from 18/8 stainless steel (food grade 304) compliant to FDA standards.  Instant Pot’s lid is also made from 18/8 stainless steel.

If someone offers you 18/10 stainless steel inner pot for lower than Instant Pot’s price, you should ask for a certificate or proof of the steel. There are also many electric pressure cookers which use grade 202, a new cheaper type stainless steel which is less rust resistant.

Our inner pots are designed to last as long as any other top quality stainless steel cooking pots, utensils and flatware.

For those who prefer a non-stick inner pot or would like to have a secondary non-stick inner pot, we now have them available at:  https://instantpot.com/store/home.php

How is Instant Pot’s cooking pot made ?

Instant Pot’s cooking pot is first made with a sheet of 18/8 food grade 304 stainless steel. Then an aluminum disc and an cover disc of stainless steel bottom are fused on.  The aluminum disc is not exposed to food or outside.  The fusing process leaves some soldering marks at the inside of the cooking pot.  These soldering marks are polished away to create a highly polished inner surface, making the cooking pot less sticky to food and easier to clean.  The cooking pot is then sprayed with mineral oil for better presentation.

There is no metal coating on the surface of the cooking pot.

In the user manual, we request users to clean the inner pot and the inside of the lid with warm soapy water thoroughly before first use.

Why doesn’t Instant Pot operate at 15psi?

The choice of a lower working pressure in Instant Pot is a trade-off of function and cost. The pressure cooker industry safety standard ANSI/UL-136 has a stress test case which requires no leaking at 5 times the working pressure. For 15psi cookers, this is 75psi; for 11.6psi Instant Pot, this is 58psi. The differences in material and construction are huge.  We could build an Instant Pot that operates at 15psi, but not at under $150 level. It would be more like $300~500 level and our research indicates that most people are not willing to buy in that price range.

On the other hand, operating at 10.15~11.6 psi only results in 7~15% increase in cooking time, i.e. about 3 more minutes in a 30 minute cooking. With the set-and-forget convenience, the extra cooking is more than tolerable.  Furthermore, thanks to the air-insulated housing, maintaining pressure for the extra time consumes very little electricity. Our study shows that Instant Pot uses less than half of electricity comparing with a stove-top on a electric range, taking the same length of time.

What’s are the dimensions of your Instant Pots?

All of the specifications you could possibly need can be found at http://instantpot.com/benefits/specifications-and-manuals/

What temperatures does Instant Pot operate at for different settings?

All of the specification you could possibly need can be found at http://instantpot.com/benefits/specifications-and-manuals/

Can I 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. However, Instant Pot has not been tested for food safety in pressure canning by USDA.  Due to the fact that programs in Instant Pot IP-CSG, IP-LUX and IP-DUO series are regulated by a pressure sensor instead of a  thermometer, the elevation of your location may affect the actual cooking temperature.  For now, we wouldn’t recommend using Instant Pot for pressure canning purpose. Please note this correction to our early inaccurate information.

Why does Instant Pot preserve the shape of food chunk pretty well?

This is due to the way the Instant Pot pressure cooking is done. As soon as the cooking pressure is reached inside the inner pot, the intelligent cooking programs of the Instant Pot reduce the heating temperature to only maintain the pressure and temperature. Inside the inner pot, the temperature hovers around the water boiling point under the pressure of about 11 PSI, at 115°C~118°C or 239°F~244°F. Therefore, there is no violent boiling activity to break down the food chunks, even though they are fully done. This is one of the reasons why the Instant Pot dishes keep the perfect food chunk shapes for better presentation.

In some situations, the user may want to have a more mushy consistency.  As the food is fully cooked, it can be easily broken down by stirring or pressing.

How does Instant Pot’s smart cooking program work? How is temperature and pressure controlled?

Please refer to our Smart Cooking Programs article.

Is there a way I can sauté/brown meat in the stainless steel cooking pot before I close it to pressure cook?

Our older CSG models do not have the ability to do this. However, the new Instant Pot IP-LUX series has a build-in browning function called “Sauté”.  It can be used to brown meat before cooking or thickening sauces after cooking.  You can choose from three settings such as low, medium and high by pressing on the “Adjust” button.

When using the “Sauté ” function, , do not use the lid at all as you do not want to build pressure for that setting. Our glass lid may be used with the “Sauté ” feature and is available at https://instantpot.com/store/home.php

How long will the Instant Pot keep the food warm ?

After cooking, Instant Pot automatically starts the keep-warm function and lasts for up to 10 hours.

How does the Slow Cook function work?

The Slow Cook function on Instant Pot IP-CSG series emulates other slow cookers. It can be set to cook for 1~10 hours. The operating temperature is at 88-93°C (190-200°F). You need to set the steam release handle to the “venting” position during slow cook.  If not, a low pressure could build up in the pot.

The IP-LUX series has more sophisticated temperature control, which you can choose “Less”, “Normal” and “More” with the “Adjust” button.  These correspond to the Low, Medium and High in common slow cookers. The operating temperature is at 88-99°C (190-210°F),  and it can be set to cook for 1~10 hours. You need to set the steam release handle to the “venting” position during slow cook.

How does Instant Pot control the pressure during the cooking phase without leaking steam?

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Illustration of Instant Pot working pressure curve

Instant Pot is equipped with a pressure sensor under the heating element. When the working pressure is reached, heating stops. When the pressure is lower than desired working pressure, heating restarts. This maintains pressure at a certain range, see attached diagram. This pressure is not strong enough to lift the steam release handle, therefore, there is no steam coming out during cooking.

Where is Instant Pot made?

Instant Pot is designed by Canadians specifically for North American consumers. It is made in China by the No.1 electric pressure cooker manufacturer who has produced and sold over 30 million units for household use worldwide.

Can I buy Instant Pot in the UK or Europe?

Yes, we also produce 220~240v Instant Pot models for sale in UK. If you live in EU countries, you can purchase from www.instantpot.co.uk or amazon.co.uk. Unfortunately Instant Pot is not yet available in Australia, Asia and other countries.

Can I use Instant Pot in a country with 220V electrical system?

The US/Canada version of Instant Pot models are designed to work only with 110~120v. It doesn’t work with 220v without a voltage converter. A few users have tried it and reported that the cooker works well, in UK, Italy, Australia and Malaysia with a proper voltage converter that is able to accommodate up to 1500 Watts.  We also produce 220~240v model for sale in UK.  Please see www.instantpot.co.uk or on amazon.co.uk.