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    How To Use An Instant Pot: Tips For Beginners

    All the hacks and tips you need to get started.

    1. The cook time listed in your recipe is not the total amount of time it will take.

    2. You don't have to thaw frozen foods before cooking them in an Instant Pot.

    3. You can use dry beans and grains without soaking or cooking them first.

    4. But you should still rinse your dry legumes and grains before adding them into your pot.

    5. Don't forget to set the venting knob before you set your cooking function.

    6. Learn the difference between Natural Release and Quick Release.

    7. Don't underestimate the Instant Pot's sauté function.

    8. Make sure you have at least 1/2 cup of liquid in the pot at all times.

    9. And be careful not to fill your pot with too many liquids.

    10. You can cook foods in glass jars inside of your Instant Pot.

    11. The Instant Pot may not give you perfect rice every single time you make it.

    12. The sealing ring can easily be taken out for cleaning or replaced.

    13. You can easily adjust your favorite slow cooker recipes for the Instant Pot.

    14. Clean leftover residue at the bottom of your pan with aluminum foil.

    15. Use oven mitts when handling the inner pot, colander, and any other metal or glass bowls inside of your pot.

    16. Consider purchasing a second inner pot.

    17. Get to know all of the Instant Pot's functions.

    Do you have other tips for those who are just starting out with the Instant Pot? Tell us in the comments!