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7  Instant Pot Tips & Tricks

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How To Clean Your Instant Pot Liner.

To keep your Instant Pot inner liner shiny and new simply spray or wipe the stainless steel pot with distilled white vinegar and give it a scrub with a non-scratch sponge. Rinse it well and smile because you’ll be able to see your reflection.

To keep your Instant Pot inner liner shiny and new simply spray or wipe the stainless steel pot with distilled white vinegar and give it a scrub with a non-scratch sponge. Rinse it well and smile because you’ll be able to see your reflection.

Instant Pot Terminology.

Here are some of the most common Instant Pot Abreviations:

PIP-Pot in Pot

NPR-Natural pressures release

QPR-Quick release

IP-Instant Pot

EPC- Electric pressure cooker

HP-High pressure

LP-Low pressure

HA-High altitude

5-5-5-egg cooking method of 5 min cook time, 5 min NPR and 5 min ice bath. 

Why Does My Instant Pot Smell Like Last Nights Dinner?

Removing the sealing ring after each use, wash it with hot soapy water and letting it air dry before replacing it in the lid.

If the odor presists wash the lid and ring on the top rack of the dishwasher. After washing hang the ring out in the sun for a few hours. One addition option is to pressure cook water and lemon juice for 2-3 minutes and let it NPR.

For all my cleaning tips and tricks check out my how to deep clean your instant pot video.

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How To Freeze Leftovers For Easy Reheating.

Freeze your leftovers in round containers for super easy reheating. Using 6 cup bowls like these make it very easy. Take the frozen meal out of the freezer, run some hot water over the bottom of the bowl until the frozen chunk of food can be dumped directly into the Instant Pot Inner liner. Add 1/2 cup of water and set the cook time. You’ll love being able to re heat leftovers so easily and you family won’t know you didn’t just make it from scratch.

 

Keep Track of All Your Recipes.

I absolutly love using Pinterest and Blogs to find new Instant Pot recipes, however once I’ve made it I don’t want to go back and search for it every time I need to reference the cooking time or recipe. I recommend keeping a notebook handy or using my Instant Pot Printable Recipe sheet to keep all your recipes and notes in once convenient place.

 

 

What Do All Those Buttons Mean?

Every model is going to have slightly different functions and buttons but my four most used buttons are:

-Manual/Pressure Cook-I use the function most frequently.

-Saute-Saute or sear your food before starting the pressure cook cycle.

-Keep Warm-Once your cook cycle is complete the pot will automatically turn over to keep warm so your food is ready when you are.

-Timer-Used to delay start your cook cycle. Should only be used when it’s safe for food to be room temperature.

 

Bonus Tip: How To Make The Best Hard Boiled Eggs

If you like hard boiled eggs but the thought of peeling them and throwing half of the egg down the drain because the shell sticks you need to try the Instant Pot 5-5-5 method for hard boiled eggs. No matter what kind of eggs your cooking they will come out perfect every time, especially notoriously hard to peel farm fresh eggs. The 5-5-5 method refers  to cooking the eggs on high pressure for 5 minutes, NPR for 5 minutes and then ice bath them for 5 minutes before peeling.

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About Me

My name is Amber. My husband James and I live in Idaho with our two beautiful girls. When we’re not chasing after the kiddos you will find us camping, hunting, in the garden or doing just about anything outdoors. With a full time career and my husband a full time Pharmacy Student we are always trying to find ways to save money but not sacrifice our hobbies and delicious food. My obsession for the Instant Pot has grown into a passion for sharing everything I can to inspire other busy families to eat well, spend less and love more.

Being a working mom I love all of the tips and tricks Amber shares. Learning how to use my Instant Pot makes me feel like a kitchen goddess on busy weeknights.

Jessica