When to Use High or Low Pressure on the Instant PotSkills
The answer is pretty clear!
We Tried 6 Popular Methods for Braising to Get the Most Tender Beef
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Here's how to guarantee you’ll end up with the type of braise that makes you the hero of your family.
We Tried 4 Different Methods for Cooking Brown Rice — This One Is a Keeper
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Think all Instant Pot methods are the same? We put four to the test and one beat out all the rest as our new favorite method!
3 Rules for Doubling Any Instant Pot RecipeSkills
One of your most frequently asked Instant Pot recipe questions, answered!
The Simple Trick That Makes Meat Cooked in the Pressure Cooker Even BetterSkills
Here at The Kitchn, we love the pressure cooker and can’t stop singing its praises. It’s a game-changer for weeknight dinners, churning out dishes that usually take hours, like roasts and braises, into ones that cook up no time at all. The tightly sealed cooker creates a high-pressure environment that quickly and efficiently steams whatever is inside of it at an extra-high heat. This technique also forces moisture into the food quickly.
4 Tips for Making Better Beef Stew in Your Instant PotSkills
Even if you've made beef stew in your Dutch oven or slow cooker, you're gonna want to read this.
Did You Know You Could Make Popcorn in the Instant Pot?Skills
There's nothing this trendy kitchen appliance can't do.
Your Top 10 Instant Pot Questions, AnsweredSkills
If they haven't already crossed your mind, it's only a matter of time before they do.
Oct 18, 2019
The 5 Best Frozen Foods to Cook in Your Instant PotSkills
When it's 5 o'clock and dinner is still in the freezer, this is what you need to know.
Oct 18, 2019
This Woman Made Homemade Yogurt Tubes with Her Instant Pot and We’ve Never Been More Impressed
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This is next-level Instant Pot usage ...
Oct 10, 2019
5 Easy Ways to Mess Up Instant Pot Pasta (and How to Avoid Them)
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Did your pasta turn into a giant sticky ball? We can help.
Sep 6, 2019
The Best Thing to Make in Your Instant Pot This Summer Is Also the EasiestSkills
Keep it in your fridge and enjoy some whenever it's hot out.
Aug 13, 2019
The Instant Pot Is One Machine That Does the Work of 7 GadgetsSkills
Product: Instant Pot (Model: IP-DUO60) Price: $134.95 Overall Impression: Instant Pot is a seven-in-one multi-cooker that works as an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, and sauté pan all in one. Living in New York City, with limited kitchen space, I’ve always shied away from single-use appliances, no matter how great they seem.
May 30, 2019
These Instant Pot Meal Prep Tips Will Save You TimeSkills
Electric pressure cookers — like the Instant Pot — rose to cult status with their ability to cut conventional cooking times by as much as 75 percent. You no longer have to tend a pot of beans on the stovetop all day long, because the Instant Pot is here to cook them with just a few minutes of high pressure. The Instant Pot does well with breakfast staples and speedy dinners, but where it really shines is during weekly meal prep.
May 29, 2019
4 Simple Tips for Converting a Slow-Cooker Recipe to a Pressure CookerSkills
Sometimes the exact recipe you need is one that cooks low and slow for hours. Turn on the slow cooker in the morning and by dinnertime it’s perfectly cooked, with its welcoming smell drifting through the kitchen. Other times, you need dinner on the table extra fast. And that’s when you turn to the pressure cooker. So is it possible to turn your favorite slow-cooker recipe into one that can be cooked up in less than an hour in the pressure cooker? Definitely!
May 1, 2019
Make Roasted Garlic in 15 Minutes with This TrickSkills
With its deep, rich flavor, roasted garlic makes anything it touches taste totally luxurious. While it requires some patience when it cooks in the oven, it’s a whole different story with the pressure cooker. There’s nothing particularly difficult about the traditional method of roasting garlic in the oven. In fact, it’s really pretty simple. The only thing going against it is the 45 minutes it takes to cook.
May 1, 2019
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Using an Electric Pressure CookerSkills
It could be the growing emphasis on getting meals on the table faster with less planning, or the convenience of setting it and walking away (no supervision like the stovetop version). Or perhaps we’re just looking to try something new in the kitchen. Regardless, electric pressure cookers have been on the rise, and I’m totally on board. From beans and grains to meats and dessert, this appliance is a game-changer for getting good food on the table fast.
May 1, 2019
Why I Gave Up My Slow Cooker for the Instant PotSkills
The first time I used my electric pressure cooker, I hit the start button and ran out of the room. Of course I’d read that modern pressure cookers were perfectly safe when used correctly — fear, however, allows no room for logic. My grandmother had once tried pressure-cooking, and I grew up listening to her tell the story of scrubbing tomato sauce off the ceiling after the ill-fated attempt. So I was fairly certain that my pressure cooker would malfunction.
May 1, 2019
Did You Know Your Instant Pot Can Do This?Skills
With the option for lightning-fast pressure cooking, slow cooking, sautéing, and making a killer batch of chicken broth, the Instant Pot is the do-it-all multi-cooker that has been winning hearts and stomachs everywhere. In addition to its seven functions, there’s something even better and more convenient that it can do, and it might just be the thing that saves dinner when planning does not go as expected. Can you guess what it is?
May 1, 2019
When (and Why) to Use the Steamer Basket in Your Instant PotSkills
In addition to the handy (albeit slightly flimsy) steamer rack that came with my Instant Pot, you’ll frequently find me using a more traditional steamer basket. It turns out, a metal or silicone steamer basket is good for more than just steaming veggies on the stovetop. In fact, it’s also one of the most helpful tools to use with an Instant Pot. Here’s why.
May 1, 2019
The First Thing to Always Do After Sealing Your Instant Pot LidSkills
If you’re speeding up dinner prep with the pressure cooker function on your Instant Pot, there is one small but very important detail you’ll want to take care of before you can walk away to let this wonder pot do its thing. Can you guess what it is? Yes, I know, it’s incredibly simple and I’m sure many of you are thinking this is the most obvious step before cooking anything in an Instant Pot. So obvious, in fact, that it’s hardly a tip worth sharing.
May 1, 2019
This 4-Minute Mac & Cheese Will Make You an Instant Pot BelieverSkills
Lightning-fast mac and cheese already exists: It’s the stuff you’d microwave in your college dorm and quickly inhale in between classes. But if you want real-deal mac and cheese, with a healthier slant than that scary bright-orange stuff, you have to take the time to make it on the stovetop. That is, unless, you have an Instant Pot. Honestly, I think this recipe completely justifies the purchase of an Instant Pot. Mac and cheese in four minutes? With only five ingredients?
May 1, 2019
8 Things You Should Know Before Cooking Instant Pot ChickenSkills
Use an appliance regularly for three years and you will learn a lot about it. I’ve taken my Instant Pot for a spin with a lot of different foods, but come dinnertime there’s nothing I’ve used it for more than chicken. Whether you just started using this multi-cooker or you’ve been at it for a while, these tips will help you with your next Instant Pot chicken dinner. While all cuts of chicken are fair game for the Instant Pot, thighs are the most forgiving.
May 1, 2019
Instant Pot Is Coming Out with a New Way to Save DinnerSkills
As if the Instant Pot didn’t already make it super easy (and fun!) to get dinner on the table, there’s something new coming out that will make it all even easier. Williams Sonoma has created the first-ever line of food designed exclusively with Instant Pot. The line? An assortment of bottles — featuring dried spices and other ingredients — that can be used as starters when you cook. They include almost everything you need to make the dish.
May 1, 2019
Here’s How to Stop Instant Pot Steam from Damaging Your Kitchen CabinetsSkills
There’s a sort of satisfying pleasure to carefully turning your Instant Pot’s pressure-release valve to “open” and watching the symphony of steam that pours out, signaling that dinner is done. Less fun is watching that same steam spurt droplets of moisture onto your upper cabinets or kitchen shelves. Not only is it annoying to clean up, but it also might be doing potential damage to the wood and paint.
Apr 30, 2019
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Using Your Instant PotSkills
Between its speedy cooking powers, ability to cook meat straight from the freezer, and so much more, the Instant Pot ranks as a downright kitchen superstar. The catch is that it’s not the most intuitive appliance to use, particularly when you’re just getting started. To be sure you’re on the right track, here are five common mistakes you’ll want to avoid.
Apr 30, 2019
4 Instant Pot Hacks That Actually Work (and One That Doesn’t)Skills
The Instant Pot already saves us time and effort in the kitchen, but that surely hasn’t stopped us from hunting down the smart hacks you won’t find in the owner’s manual to really make this multi-cooker the MVP of kitchen appliances. And you really don’t have to look far for tips and tricks that claim to do just that. It’s figuring out which ones actually deliver that’s the hard part. To help with that, we put some to the test in our own kitchens.
Apr 30, 2019
The One Thing to Do Before Slow Cooking in an Instant PotSkills
This can make all the difference.
Oct 13, 2018
The Instant Pot Is the Best Sidekick Your Grill’s Ever HadSkills
My summer goals include only heating up my tiny kitchen for s’mores bars, so I’m using the grill as often as possible to get dinner done during the week. The key to weeknight grilling is to prepare as much in advance as possible. That means making big batches of marinated meats during Sunday meal prep, but it also means busting out one of my favorite multi-tools for prepping everything from corn to potatoes before they get to the grill.
Jul 5, 2018
The Best Cookbook for the Instant PotSkills
Did you just order an Instant Pot during Amazon Prime Day? Welcome to the IP Club! Now, because you probably have no idea what you should actually do with the machine once it arrives, I strong suggest one more purchase: a cookbook. And not just any cookbook. I have a particular one in mind. There are two kinds of people in this world: the gadget minimalists and the gadget maximalists. And America’s hottest new appliance — the Instant Pot — is actually meant for both kinds.
Feb 28, 2018
5 Things We Learned About the Instant Pot from Melissa Clark’s New CookbookSkills
When New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark decided to find out why electric pressure cookers — the Instant Pot, in particular — inspire such a frenzied following, she thought she’d write her story and be done with it. But, as it turns out, Clark became one of the adoring fans. “I figured I’d stick the machine in the basement with all the other once-in-a-while appliances,” she wrote in a recent article for the New York Times.
Oct 17, 2017
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking Eggs in the Pressure CookerSkills
For anyone who’s a fan of soft- and hard-cooked eggs, the pressure cooker just might turn out to be your very best friend. Cooking a big batch of eggs in the pressure cooker takes a fraction of the time that it would on the stovetop, and, best of all, pressure-cooker eggs are so easy to peel — the shell practically falls off. It sounds like a dream, and as long as you don’t make these mistakes, it can also be your reality.
Sep 9, 2016
You Made These 4 Things in Your Pressure Cooker — Now Use Them for BreakfastSkills
An electric pressure cooker is the appliance you want on your side when meal planning isn’t really your thing. It’s my answer for making breakfast foods, fast. Instead of a single meal, I can turn these versatile breakfast items into several different meals. Here are a few of my favorites. Your pressure cooker is the quickest solution for a big batch of soft- or hard-cooked eggs, made just the way you like them.
Sep 8, 2016
5 Times the Pressure Cooker Saved Monday MorningSkills
Let’s be honest: More often than not, Monday mornings are rough. Perhaps more so on those days you wake up remembering there’s nothing prepared for breakfast. Stop and take a deep breath, because there’s hope and a quick solution — and it comes in the form of your pressure cooker. When time is of the essence, this helpful appliance has your back — big time.
Sep 5, 2016
The Fastest Way to Cook ArtichokesSkills
I’ve long had a love-hate relationship with steamed artichokes. I love the taste, but given the tedious preparation they require, I really hate cooking them at home … or at least I did, until I learned this speedy method. To be fair, there’s nothing particularly difficult or fussy about steaming artichokes on the stovetop. Although, if it’s your first time tackling these green globes, it might feel that way. Really, it just takes time and patience.
Apr 18, 2016
This Is the First Thing to Do with Your New Pressure CookerSkills
When I get a new pressure cooker, I pressure-cook water in it. I do this with every pressure cooker — even if it’s the same model, size, or brand. That’s because this “hot water test” not only reveals how the pressure cooker works and how much water does not evaporate, but it can also spot any issues or defects with the cooker.
Mar 25, 2016
What’s the Difference Between Natural Release and Rapid Release for Pressure Cookers?Skills
Natural release and rapid release are two common methods used to depressurize a pressure cooker once active cooking is complete. While some recipes indicate which method to use, many don’t, and the method you choose can have a big impact on the food inside. Here’s what you need to know. In short, pressure cookers use steam pressure that builds up inside the closed pot to cook food.
Mar 22, 2016
Is the Best Way to Make Easy-to-Peel Eggs in the Pressure Cooker?Skills
Last week I took a look at whether or not adding baking soda to the boiling water makes hard-boiled eggs easier to peel and found that, unfortunately, it didn’t seem to make a difference. So are there any tricks that do work? You had plenty of ideas in the comments and on Facebook, but the one that intrigued me most was the suggestion to use a pressure cooker.
Apr 25, 2014
5 Excellent Pressure Cooking ResourcesSkills
Pressure cooking is actually a simple process but like any new-to-you technique, it does take a little extra effort to learn the methods and language. There are a handful of cooks and food writers who can safely be called experts in this field and are worth consulting. Read on for our list of our five favorite pressure cooking resources.  And tell us your favorites in the comments!
Aug 26, 2013