Get Started With Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Yesterday, we got a shiny new Instant Pot Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, and I was excited to try it.

Instant Pot programmable pressure cooker

We’ve used slow cookers for many years, but never had a programmable one. And this programmable cooker is a 7-in-1 gadget! That’s a big step up from our slow cooker with its Off, Low and High settings.

My excitement faded a bit though, when I took it out of the box, and saw all the buttons and settings. I guess it doesn’t program itself – I’ll have to learn how to use those buttons.

Here is a closer view of the buttons. I’ll be able to make all kinds of things, such as soup, rice, yogurt, stew, poultry and beans, in this fancy gadget. The cleanup should be reduced too, because I’ll be able to sauté, slow cook and pressure cook, all in the same pot.


Read the Instructions

My dear hubby, Mr. D., left it to me to figure out how it works. He still has bad memories of his mother’s pressure cooker exploding, and food flying all over the kitchen!

Fortunately, I don’t have any similar memories, and pressure cookers have improved since then. So, I bravely agreed to learn how it works.

Our new Instant Pot Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, came with a Quick Start sheet, a user guide, and a small book of recipes. Each of those is in 4 languages, so there isn’t too much too read in any of the books. Whew!

I browsed through the books last night, to get a general idea of how things worked, and today I dove in.


Do the Initial Test

In the User Guide, there is an Initial Test, so I decided to start with that. There were a few steps for setting up, such as washing out the inner pot, and the inside of the lid.

Then, I followed the steps in the user guide, to do the initial test. I added water to the inner pot, put the lid on, selected the Steam setting, and set the timer.

A few minutes later, the test was done, and I waited while the pot cooled off. Once the float valve has dropped, it is safe to open.

The test of the Instant Pot Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker went smoothly, as you can see in the video below.

So far, so good! Next, I’ll try one of the simple recipes, to see how that goes.

Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

If you’d like to try a few chicken recipes in your Instant Pot, I’ve made a free booklet with 5 Instant Pot chicken recipes, to get you started. Click here to get the recipes.

Video: Get Started With Instant Pot

Watch this video to see how to do the initial test of the Instant Pot Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker.

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
The Good
  • Easy to Use
  • Easy to Clean
  • Quiet to Operate
  • Fast, tasty meals
The Bad
  • Scary to use it the first time!
  • Not many recipes included