TOP 10Unexpected Ways to Use Your Instant Pot

01

Crafting

How cool is this? These bracelets are made by steaming wooden craft sticks in the Instant Pot and pressing them into shape. A perfect rainy day activity for all ages!

02

Melt Crayons for Molds

Old or broken crayons are perfect for upcycling projects. Melt them down in your Instant Pot and pour them into whatever shape mold your heart desires, from building blocks to doughnuts to funky themed shapes!

03

Baby Food

Not only can you use the Instant Pot to sterilize baby bottles, once your tot is ready for solids, try your hand at DIY baby food! Preparing quick meals for your tot is quick and easy, and best of all, you’ll feel confident knowing exactly what your baby is eating.

04

Dog Food

Babies aren’t the only ones who need love! Make the switch from canned to fresh, and take control of your fur-baby’s diet. Consult your vet to create the perfect meal plan for your pet, and get cooking with Instant Pot!

05

Dulce de Leche

Sweetened condensed milk goes in, creamy caramel-y goodness comes out. Normally this is an all-day process, but the Instant Pot does it perfectly, by itself, in less than an hour.

06

Elderberry Gummies

Making homemade gummies is a fun and fruitful way to spend a day. With cold and flu season upon us, feel confident giving your kids these immune-boosting treats!

07

DIY Soap

Pair your favorite scented oils with glycerin or beeswax to create your perfect bar.

08

Lip Balm (Chapstick)

Keep your lips happy all year long with DIY lip balms made with all-natural ingredients.

09

Hard Lotion Bars

Hard lotion bars are designed specifically to heal and protect extremely dry skin, but don’t let that stop you from trying one. With only 3 ingredients, they’re super easy to make, and because they’re solid at room temperature they travel well, and you don’t have to worry about them drying out .

10

2-Day Wine?!

I know it sounds crazy, but believe it or not, you can use the Instant Pot to create a table wine… within 48-hours! With a bit of patience, you’ll have your next dinner party covered!

10 replies
    • Instant Pot
      Instant Pot says:

      Hi Renne,

      Cutting a recipe in half doesn’t typically have any change in the cooking time. It will preheat faster but the contents will need to be cooked for the same amount of time. The only time you will need to alter the recipe time is for meats, because pressure cooking time is determined by thickness, larger thick roasts will take longer than smaller sized roasts.

      One way to speed up cooking time is to cut each food item smaller then they recommend.

      Reply
    • Instant Pot
      Instant Pot says:

      Hi Patricia,

      The only model that has been designed and is suitable as a tool for canning is the MAX. All other Instant Pot Models cannot pressure can.

      With regards to Pressure Canning, the Max model is safe to use as a tool for pressure canning. Independent test data confirms Max covers the entire spectrum of food per the USDA safe home canning guideline. It is important that recipes are closely followed when canning. Modifying cooking times, procedures, ingredients or temperatures can be dangerous. Please follow the USDA published guidelines & recipes for home canning, found here: https://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/publications_usda.html

      • The “Low Pressure” setting can sustain a temperature range of 230°F (110- 111°C) for high-acid canned foods.
      • The “Max Pressure” setting can sustain a temperature range of 242-247°F (118-120°C) for low-acid canned foods. Note: Most of the USDA canning instructions for low acid foods are based on a 242°F (11 PSI) setting. The Instant Pot “Max Pressure” setting generally operates at a slightly higher temperature setting for extra safety. Certain foods may appear overcooked.

      The Max canning guideline is based on the condition of up to 1,500m (4,921ft) altitude. At higher altitudes, the steam release may be activated to control the internal pressure to a safe level. The real-time display of the internal temperature will indicate to the user whether the desired safe canning temperature can be sustained. Users should observe this important guideline (or restriction) to ensure food safety in the home canning experience.

      Reply
  1. Loretta
    Loretta says:

    Is it safe to use the Instant Pot for food preparation/cooking after having used it to make solid soap or melt crayons? What cleaning method is recommended?

    Reply
  2. Kate
    Kate says:

    Several friends have the instant pot and rave about it. In researching the product I care across these great ideas! I’m sold!

    Reply
    • Instant Pot
      Instant Pot says:

      Hi Kate,

      We are glad you like our Top 10 unexpected ways to use your Instant Pot. We will be posting more Top 10 topics regularly.

      Reply
    • Instant Pot
      Instant Pot says:

      Hi Alice,

      We are happy to hear that you are finding our top tens beneficial.

      If there is an Instant Pot topic you would like to see a Top 10 of, let us know.

      Reply

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10 replies
    • Instant Pot
      Instant Pot says:

      Hi Renne,

      Cutting a recipe in half doesn’t typically have any change in the cooking time. It will preheat faster but the contents will need to be cooked for the same amount of time. The only time you will need to alter the recipe time is for meats, because pressure cooking time is determined by thickness, larger thick roasts will take longer than smaller sized roasts.

      One way to speed up cooking time is to cut each food item smaller then they recommend.

      Reply
    • Instant Pot
      Instant Pot says:

      Hi Patricia,

      The only model that has been designed and is suitable as a tool for canning is the MAX. All other Instant Pot Models cannot pressure can.

      With regards to Pressure Canning, the Max model is safe to use as a tool for pressure canning. Independent test data confirms Max covers the entire spectrum of food per the USDA safe home canning guideline. It is important that recipes are closely followed when canning. Modifying cooking times, procedures, ingredients or temperatures can be dangerous. Please follow the USDA published guidelines & recipes for home canning, found here: https://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/publications_usda.html

      • The “Low Pressure” setting can sustain a temperature range of 230°F (110- 111°C) for high-acid canned foods.
      • The “Max Pressure” setting can sustain a temperature range of 242-247°F (118-120°C) for low-acid canned foods. Note: Most of the USDA canning instructions for low acid foods are based on a 242°F (11 PSI) setting. The Instant Pot “Max Pressure” setting generally operates at a slightly higher temperature setting for extra safety. Certain foods may appear overcooked.

      The Max canning guideline is based on the condition of up to 1,500m (4,921ft) altitude. At higher altitudes, the steam release may be activated to control the internal pressure to a safe level. The real-time display of the internal temperature will indicate to the user whether the desired safe canning temperature can be sustained. Users should observe this important guideline (or restriction) to ensure food safety in the home canning experience.

      Reply
  1. Loretta
    Loretta says:

    Is it safe to use the Instant Pot for food preparation/cooking after having used it to make solid soap or melt crayons? What cleaning method is recommended?

    Reply
  2. Kate
    Kate says:

    Several friends have the instant pot and rave about it. In researching the product I care across these great ideas! I’m sold!

    Reply
    • Instant Pot
      Instant Pot says:

      Hi Kate,

      We are glad you like our Top 10 unexpected ways to use your Instant Pot. We will be posting more Top 10 topics regularly.

      Reply
    • Instant Pot
      Instant Pot says:

      Hi Alice,

      We are happy to hear that you are finding our top tens beneficial.

      If there is an Instant Pot topic you would like to see a Top 10 of, let us know.

      Reply

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