Instapots are not just cooking appliances but little miracles. However, if you think of buying an Instant pot or have already bought one, you must know a few things before instant pot first-time use.
Instant Pots are electric pressure cookers, and these are some of the most crucial points to remember for safe and effective cooking. Following listed are some of the things to remember before using instapot for the first time.
Instant Pot First Time Use: Points to Remember
Always Use Ring
You provide a seal, i.e., a rubber ring, onto the lid of your Instapot. Make sure that the call is correctly inserted when you make use of the device. As you know, the cooking in an Instant Pot is done through steam and pressure. So when you do not use the rubber ring in the lids, all the steam generated for cooking will escape out of the pot, and your food will remain raw as it was initially. So please take care that you use a rubber ring before making Instant Pot into use.
Think About InnerPot
There’s an inner pot present in the gadget from where actual working takes place. Say it is a mistake or anything, but many people just fill the pot with all the ingredients without thinking about the inner pot. As a result, the appliance gets disturbed and damaged. And after such, it will stop working and functioning. To get rid of such situations, make sure that while filling the pot, it stays in the line of the inner pot.
Let The Pressure Build Up
Yes, an Instapot is a device that does cooking faster, but it will not deliver the result if you challenge its speed. To reduce the cooking time, many of us do not allow the Instapot to build up the pressure, and as a result, cooking does not occur. The appliance is better than all other cooking units, but when done under proper tension. To avoid such circumstances, you just have to be patient and let the pressure build upon its own.
Inappropriate Amount of Liquid
Instapot delivers the best results if everything is done accordingly. Many people who are not so experienced in cooking fail to understand the proportions while cooking. The same thing happens while cooking with Instant Pot too. If enough water is not added to the pot while cooking, steam will not be generated, and no pressure will rise. As a result, food will not get cooked properly and will remain raw or uncooked. Simultaneously, if water is added excessively onto the pot, it will take more time to cook the stuff. It too may happen that your dish will get a stick or get loose. To stay safe from such situations, add the appropriate amount of water initially and then in a bit of amount whenever required.
Using the Timer
There’s a manual option available on the control panel that allows you to adjust cooking timing according to you. Most users are confused with this timer button, as they do not know the exact time required to cook the food thoroughly. Whenever you apply the timer in any of the programs available in the control panel, it will start the program after the set has passed. Most of the users use a timer and expect the running of the pot, but actually, it is a reverse process. You are using timer delays in the cooking of your food.
Crossing the Mark
There’s a specific limit of the pot to carry ingredients. There is a maximum level line marked over it. Intentionally or unintentionally, if you exceed the limit mark, the cooking will not be done correctly. What happens is, cooking in Instant Pot is done through steam and pressure. So when food is cooked in it, it expands to a level. And if it is already filled above the mark, then food will touch the pot’s lid. To avoid this, always fill the ingredients till the marked level or even a little below that so that your food gets cooked properly, as steam needs space to expand.
Do Not Put on Stovetop
Mistakenly or anything, it has been heard that many of the people put their Instapot directly on the stovetop. This is the most common and the biggest mistake by the user that has very harmful effects. It will not only damage your pot but also is highly risky too. Putting your Instapot directly over the stovetop can cause big-big damage. But, if you have to put it on the stove, make sure you use a wooden plate between the Instapot and the stovetop.
Quick Pressure Release
Cooking needs attention whether it is cooked on a stove or an Instapot. Most of the users are unaware or unknown how to use ‘Quick Pressure Release.’ If a user is cooking a foamy food and at that time, he uses this Quick Pressure release, then chances of splattering may occur.
Rice Button For all Rice
Many of the users use the rice button from the panel to cook every rising. Later, the complaint about improper cooking. Different types of rice require different rice-to-water ratios and cooking times. Solve this problem; it is suggested to cook in the manual option for controlled cooking time.
Hot Liquid or Cold Liquid
Many users come up with the complaint that their food remains uncooked and raw. It was later found that they began their cooking by pouring hot water in the Instapot. Using hot water to cook food faster reduces the cooking time as the pressure inside the pot is already high. Now when the pot is heating up, pressure is rising, food in the pot starts cooking, and cooking is shortened. As a result, food comes out to be raw or undercooked. To avoid such, use cold or average temperature initially.
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