Can you believe some people still have their Instant Pot in the box?
Here’s how to take the plunge and use that Instant Pot for the first time!
Picture this: a happy family is given the gift of an Instant Pot by a well-meaning friend or relative, but for whatever reason the shiny new cooker never quite made it out of the packaging. And there it sits, still cramped up in its box, waiting to be loved.
It’s a sad story. But it could be the story of someone you know! Could it even be yours?
Why wouldn’t you use it?
Pretty much everyone who tries an Instant Pot gets hooked. Immediately. They realize what an amazing helper it is in the kitchen, and discover the myriad things you can do with it.
So what’s stopping people from trying it that first time?
We’ve got some theories about that!Let’s take a look at some possible reasons why you wouldn’t try out your new cooker, and debunk the myths.
Reason #1: I don’t want to become one of these crazy Instant Pot addicts
Ok, we get it, from an outsider’s perspective, hearing about the whole Instant Pot experience can sometimes feel a little bit like hearing about a cult. Get these “Instant Pot-Heads” started and they won’t stop! They’ll go on and on at dinner parties, raving about how they cooked an entire juicy chicken from frozen or made the most scrumptious fall-off-the-bone ribs in under an hour. The sort of passion the Instant Pot often engenders can be…strange…intimidating, even.
But this passion only exists because the Instant Pot truly is a game changer. That’s why there are literally millions of fans raving about it on our Facebook community. Once you get it on your counter, you’ll find you may never want to put it away. It’s that useful.
And yes, we could agree to try not to be so vehemently enthusiastic about it in public... but let’s be honest, it wouldn’t last. We reallylike our Instant Pots!
Reason #2: I don’t know how to use it
This is a totally valid reason to be hesitant. But it’s not a reason to never try!
Everything is new and strange the first time, but we promise, in no time you’ll be an expert in how it all works, and using the Instant Pot every day to make things you never thought possible.
Learning how is easy. The Initial Test Run (or, the ‘Water Test’) is a great place to start! The Water Test is an easy hands-on learning experience,leading you through all the same motions you’ll go through when cooking your amazing meals. Plus you get to learn about the 3 stages of pressure cooking, different venting methods, and what to look for to make sure your cooker is working the way it should.
This is a pretty common concern, based on the old stove-top pressure cookers. We, too, remember the days of yore when our mothers and grandmothers wouldn’t let the kids into the kitchen because they were pressure cooking a stew. One of our staff members recalls an explosion that covered her mother’s ceiling and cabinets in tomato sauce—not exactly a warm, fuzzy memory!
But, what we at Instant Pot would really like to get across is: this ain’t your grandma’s pressure cooker. The Instant Pot is a modern electric pressure cooker that has been granted UL & ULC certification, with up to 13 separate safety mechanisms built into protect you, your family, and your cooker from damage.
Reason #4: I cook just fine without it, thank you very much
Of course you do! People also cooked ‘just fine’ before electricity or blenders or food processors or microwave ovens or any number of things you probably have in your kitchen and wouldn’t consider living without.
Just like the appliances mentioned above, the reason why people are so infatuated with the Instant Pot is that it truly does represent a leap forward in cooking technology, on a scale that hasn’t been seen in decades. Revamping pressure cooking to work with microprocessors had created a whole new way of cooking that is fast, convenient, safe, healthy, easy, and environmentally responsible. And it’s fun!
Sure, you don’t needto use it. But if the idea of being able to put your ingredients together, set the cooker, then walk away until it’s done a few minutes later appeals to you, you should consider trying it out and seeing just what all the fuss is about.
Reason #5: I can’t be bothered opening the box
Ok, you’re lazy. We get it. In fact, we embrace it. Perhaps for the first time in history, being lazy is a good thing!
Lazy people, they say, find the best, most effective shortcuts, and the Instant Pot is the best shortcutever for lazy people. A lot of the food you can make in it is way easier than ordering delivery, not to mention less expensive, and you’ll be eating it way quicker!
The true beauty of the Instant Pot is not that it’s fast (although it is!). It’s not that it makes healthier food that tastes better (which it does!). It’s not even that it’s fun to use (which it is!). The most beautiful thing about the Instant Pot is that you can “set it and forget it.” Put your ingredients in, set the controls, and walk away until it’s done.
No watching. No stirring. No spilling. No boiling over. No burning. Very little effort.
Lazy people, rejoice—y’know, if you feel like it.
Reason #6: I don’t know what to cook in it
Wow, you’re really searching for excuses now. Are you aware that Instant Pot has over a thousand recipes on our website, and that there are thousands and thousands and thousands more available online?
Not interested in yogurt, oatmeal, cheesecake or rice? Fine.
Pick your favorite food. Open a new tab and type your favorite food into a search engine. Add the words “Instant Pot” and hit search. Go on, do it. We’ll wait.
We’re gonna bet you got back thousands, if not millions of links for ways to make your favorite meal in the Instant Pot.
Can you really not think of anything to cook in it?
Beginner help for using that Instant Pot for the first time
If you’ve got kids, here’s something you’ve probably heard yourself say to them more than once: “All you have to do it try it, you never know, you might like it!”
Open the box, get it out, and follow the instructions for doing the Water Test. You’ll be confident with the knowledge that your cooker is working properly, and it helps you get used to the sights, sounds, and feel of the Instant Pot.
Once you’re comfy, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and start cooking! Based on experience, here are some of our suggestions for dishes you might want to try first. Not only are they simple, use common ingredients, and help you get to know your way around the Instant Pot, they also taste great!
And if you’re ever stuck with something, we strongly encourage you to join the Instant Pot Community on Facebook. You’ll find millions of die-hard users who like nothing more than to share their passion for cooking and helping out a fellow foodie in need.
Enjoy using your not-new-but-new-to-you Instant Pot.