Mar 072017

If you haven’t seen the hype of Instant Pots around the internet, you are missing out! This nifty kitchen gadget can help you simplify your time in the kitchen. Instead of having a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and saute pan, you can have an Instant Pot! This tool handles many tasks that other appliances do just in one simple cooking option. If you are ready to make the switch to an Instant Pot, here is what you need to know.

Instant Pot Starter Guide

Just what exactly is PSI conversion? One of the questions that pressure cookers users have about Instant Pots is how to convert recipes to your Instant Pot. Pressure cookers have specific recipe instructions, and it is possible to convert those to the Instant Pot. This is perfect for your family, especially if you have children in your home and you are worried about having a pressure cooker.

PSI conversion may sound difficult, but it is pretty simple. Just remember that the typical pressure cooker works at 15 PSI while the Instant Pot works at 11. What does that mean for you? Converting the recipes will result in a longer cook time in the Instant Pot. Cook them for just a few extra minutes longer if the recipe is meatless.

Prepare yourself for longer cook times than what a recipe advertises. You might see “thirty minute recipes” for the Instant Pot, but some of them don’t take into account the time it takes for the Instant Pot to get ready! Cooking time may vary from what the recipe actually states, but the Instant Pot is STILL a quicker way to serve meals to your family.

Can I cook multiple foods at once? Yes, you can! You can cook meats, stews, rice, soups, and of course, saute vegetables in the Instant Pot. It can transform your dinnertime into a true one pot solution. Depending on the ingredients, you won’t have to clean between uses either. For example, start off by sauteing vegetables, add meat, then add rice or pasta for the final cooking. There is a setting for EVERYTHING so you don’t have to worry about timing every step.

What if I like to make freezer meals? Freezer cooking IS possible. There are a lot of home chefs who create freezer meals to cut down on grocery bills and make cooking easier. If you want to start making freezer meals or already create them, you will need to convert them from a slow cooker or pressure cooker to the Instant Pot. This can be an easy adjustment. Simply freeze ingredients SEPARATELY instead of pre-mixed like you would for a slow cooker. Freeze, meat, sauce, and vegetables in separate bags.

The Instant Pot is a robust appliance that can replace many of your kitchen gadgets. If you’re into meal planning or want to start, this could be the beginning of a new you! Once you understand the settings and capacity of your Instant Pot, there are few meals that are off limits. Instant Pots are a true multi-purpose option for your kitchen, and it can help simplify your everyday life.


  88 Responses to “A Beginner’s Guide to Instant Pots”

  1. So, I didn’t even know about these things, but I think I could love them. Honestly, how did I not know something food related? In other news, I do have a microwave. And teflon pans.

  2. This is a great resource for anyone just getting into the Instant Pot. I just got one recently, and it is phenomenal.

  3. I got an Instant Pot for Christmas, and I am in love with it. Once you get it down, it’s the best thing to ever happen to the kitchen.

  4. This explains so much! I’ve seen a lot of people really getting into Instant Pots and I was curious but not very confident about how they work. This does seem pretty simple once you learn the basics and I think it might be something I’d use often!

    • Same here. I’ve not gotten myself an Instant Pot yet, even if I have been saving a lot of recipes to make in it. I guess I need a little more convincing. 😉

  5. Nice info. I want to buy instant pot and thank God I found your blog just in the perfect time! Lol!

  6. I’ve been thinking about buying an instant pot. I was always afraid of those old school pressure cookers my mom used. This looks like something I’d love.

  7. Seen recipes floating around on the internet about this new instant pot. Not really sure how I feel about them. Nobody I know has one yet, so I kind of wait and see how they like and use theirs.

  8. The instant pot sounds like it is really what I am looking for. I have been looking at recipes for them and love this post because I was wondering about freezer cooking in it! Great tips.

  9. Thank you so much for sharing this! Instant pots are just the ideal for my since I am a very busy-worker mom!

  10. I never heard of Instant Pots before 😛 It will help me so much as a mom a don’t have a lot of time to cook 😀 Thanks!

  11. I told my husband he needs to get me one for my birthday. I’ve always been afraid of pressure cookers, but time is the enemy these days.

  12. Everyone seems to be getting instant pots these days and I have been curious about them. This post definitely helped!

  13. Wow this is awesome! I bookmarked it! Thank you so much for sharing. I recently got an instant pot for my wedding shower and had NO idea what I am doing. So it currently sits in the box it came in! I’ll have to take it out and try to make some things!

  14. Thanks for the great guide. I like that I can cook multiple foods at once. The easier it is for me to cook the better.

  15. This is so cool! I can’t believe I’ve never heard of instant pots, but they seem like such an obvious thing, in the best possible way. I will have to get one for myself and I’ll definitely have to get one for my mom!

  16. I keep hearing how great the instant pots are, but I have yet to look into them. I am a huge fan of the slow cooker, so I’m sure I would love the instant pot too.

  17. These are awesome. I love how simple there are to make something absolutely delicious with minimal effort.

  18. I would love to have an all in one slow cooker, pressure cooker, and rice cooker! Good to know the times can be a little off due to heating. I’ll have to look into getting one of these!

  19. This is so helpful! I’ve been thinking about getting one of these but had no idea the difference between and instant pot and a slow cooker.

  20. seems like an interesting kitchen gadget. I keep hearing about them, but I have yet to try one out myself.

  21. I keep hearing good things about the instant pot. I really need to get one for myself and get cooking.

  22. This is great info for those of us who are just starting out with one. I’m always late on the ball

  23. I have heard a lot of hype about these. I am interested to give one a try.

  24. I’m about to try the freezer meal thing. I’m tired of spending so much to go out to eat.

  25. Thanks for sharing about instant pots. I think i should give it try, it seems to be useful and hazard free.

  26. Well cool! This is exactly what I was hoping to learn here! Thank you!

  27. Thank you for writing this. I am still thinking of whether to get an Instant Pot or not. I’ve seen lots and lots of recipes for delicious meals made in an Instant Pot, however, I think I would need to learn to use the appliance first before I ever attempt to cook in it.

  28. This is great information about instant pots, I keep hearing about them. I had wondered how they worked and some information, appreciate this!

  29. I have been hearing so many awesome things about the Instant Pot and plan to purchase one in the near future. Going to bookmark this handy article for easy reference!

  30. I’ve heard so much about the Instant Pot, but I still don’t have one. Maybe at some point I’ll get one.

  31. This instant post is jenius,I want one,so useful for my busy days!

  32. I have heard so many amazing things about pressure cookers. I know it is on my to buy list for future kitchen gadgets.

  33. I have always wanted an Instant Pot. This is a great resource.

  34. I’m all about easy recipes! I do not own an instant pot, but I’ve been seeing a lot of pressure cooker recipes that I’m saving and I’d love the easy conversions.

  35. I love my instant pot! I agree that it’s important to give yourself extra time than the recipes say you will need. I discovered that the hard way the first time I tried following a recipe and it wasn’t done cooking before I needed to leave lol

  36. I haven’t jumped on this bandwagon yet! I need to, though. With as much as I have to do, it would be so easy.

  37. Thank you for this! I got one for Christmas but haven’t used it yet because I wasn’t sure what I was doing.

  38. I didn’t realize that the Instant Pot cooks at a lower PSI than other pressure cookers. This is a great guide for beginners, I know I would really like to get one of these.

  39. I want to try this, but am worried that the pot will blow like the pressure cookers did in the old days. Has this happened to you?

  40. I never realized an instant pot can take over all the tasks of all cookers. That is great to know they next time I need to make a purchase

  41. Instant pots are so nice to have. I love mine! I love cooking so many different dishes in them.

  42. We’ve had an instant post since Nov and used it once! This is super helpful. I don’t feel as intimidated now! 🙂

  43. I haven’t joined the Instant Pot bandwagon yet, but I’m sure I will soon. It’s good to know what you’re getting into when using one.

  44. Everyone is talking about the Instant Pot. Now, thanks to your clearly written post I know how these work and you’ve convinced me to get one!

  45. I don’t have an Instant Pot but I keep seeing so many delicious recipes. I’ll have to look into getting one.

  46. My instant pot is one of my favorite tools in the kitchen. I think that your guide is fantastic! I love making everything from soup to roast to brussels sprouts in it
    ! I hope that other find this useful and have fun with their instant pots!

  47. We don’t use instant pots, but I’m happy you make it work. I’ve heard their great for busy moms, especially when out and about.

  48. I got an Instant Pot last year and like it. It’s a very capable machine. It’s got a slight learning curve but nothing that can’t be overcome.

  49. This is a pretty awesome guide! Once you have an instant pot, your life will completely change. It makes cooking so much easier!

  50. Instant pots are amazing! I have no regrets buying mine. You have great tips right here especially for beginners!

  51. This looks like a handy device.
    I like your background info on it as well.

  52. We are thinking of getting an instant pot and if we do this post will be my go to! Thanks for sharing!

  53. What great information. I’ve been trying to decide if I need an Instant Pot and every review I’ve read leads me towards a yes.

  54. I love my crock-pot, but it’s still alive and kicking. I’ll have to try one of these when it finally gives out!


  55. This is awesome! I am looking to get an instant pot so this will be SO helpful. I won’t have a clue what I’m doing but hear so much about them I need one in my life!

  56. I have to admit that I had no idea what an instant pot was, but after reading your post I am very curious now if I should get this for my kitchen!

  57. I have never used an Instant Pot, but I keep hearing that it’s gaining popularity and a lot of people love theirs. This is a useful post that I will bookmark!

  58. I think this instant pot would be great for weekly meal prep. I want one and thanks for your tips with it too!

  59. I actually have a note on my white board to buy one of these nifty gadgets! I have no clue how to use one, but this post was super helpful!

  60. I’ve been wanting one of these for the longest time. I’ve heard mixed reviews on them but still want one. This will sure come in handy.

  61. One of my fave YouTubers released an ebook with recipes that use only an Instant Pot. I’ve wanted one ever since!

  62. This is so helpful! I keep wondering what those magic pots are all about and now, I know!

  63. We do not have one yet but I have heard so much about them and from what I udnerstand they are nice to have.

  64. Whoa! That’s so awesome that the Insta Pot is a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and saute pan, all rolled into one! I can think of SOOOO many uses for this!

  65. This sounds awesome and I can’t believe I haven’t heard about this until now. Would love one.

  66. These have definitely been all the rage lately on social media. Seems like an interesting concept.

  67. I haven’t picked one up yet, but it sounds like the best thing for busy families. Need to pin this for when I grab one.

  68. I’ve never used an Instant Pot before but I see them becoming more and more popular. Anything that saves me time and helps cut the cost of meals is good with me, need to try this out!

  69. I just got my first instant pot and I’m already hooked! I cook everything in it! I even cooked a ton of frozen chicken in a snap for salads today!

  70. Very useful guides.. I bought my Instant pot almost 2 years ago but haven’t used it yet. It’s getting popular now.

  71. We have one at home but haven’t had enough time to test it out, though. Great guide, though.

  72. I needed this! I just received an Instant Pot for my birthday last week and know absolutely nothing other than through recipes I’ve seen online. It’s slightly overwhelming and I’m excited to get comfortable with it!

  73. I have heard so many amazing things about instant pots – and the fact that I cook a lot of dry beans and legumes I probably should take the plunge and get one! Great information!

  74. I’ve never heard of an instant pot before, but it sounds like an amazing appliance! Anything that helps in the kitchen is a winner in my eyes! Thanks for the info x

  75. I like a pot that has many uses. This sounds like a great product. It certainly is a pot that helps de-clutter other pots and pans.

  76. I had never even heard about these before! These seems so much better than a pressure cooker… I want to test one out as they seem super versatile.

  77. I have never heard of this before. I could see it coming in handy for someone who is quite busy during the day.

  78. I’ve never had one of these but I would love to get one for when I move out! Great guide lady!

  79. I got my Insta Pot on Black Friday last year, and I STILL have not used it! I think im scared of it. Im going to start using it soon. I just need a few good recipes.

  80. Thanks so much for this post! I got an InstaPot about a year ago, and while it is an awesome kitchen addition, I have to admit that getting started was a bit intimidating. I appreciate all the help I can find!

  81. I’ve seen and heard this Instant Pots are going on the net ltely but I haven’t had the chance to see one in person. I’ll probably check one out at the store.

  82. Thank you for these tips. Having a hard time to cook on pots.

  83. Thank You so much for your nice advise. I never heard this type of good advice. This is the very well work for me. Thanks a lot.

  84. My time is getting diminished because of work and I think this would really help me out.

  85. I have heard so many great dishes being made in the Instant Pot. I am definitely saving this for when I finally get one.

  86. I love pots like this! They are so handy! We use ours a lot during the fall and winter.

  87. Great guide!! This is so helpful – I love instant pots, but there really is so much to learn about them and how to use them! Awesome post!