How to Use Your Instant Pot As a Slow Cooker
The Instant Pot is quickly becoming one of the most popular kitchen appliances. It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and more. But one of the Instant Pot’s most versatile functions is also one of its least known: you can also use it as a slow cooker. Here’s how you can do it:
Step One: Preparing Your Ingredients
Before you can begin using your Instant Pot as a slow cooker, it’s important to prepare your ingredients. Make sure all ingredients are cut to a uniform size and measure the ingredients carefully to ensure everything is correctly proportioned.
Step Two: Setting Your Instant Pot
Now that you’ve prepped your ingredients, it’s time to set up your Instant Pot. Start by pressing the “Slow Cook” button. You’ll then be prompted to set the cooking time and temperature for your slow cooker. Most recipes require a “low” setting (180-200 degree F) for 2-8 hours. If you’re unsure of the exact cook time, choose the lower end of the time range.
Step Three: Cooking with Your Instant Pot
Once you’ve set your Instant Pot, you can start cooking. Make sure the lid is securely in place and turn the knob to “sealing”. The pressure will build up and you’ll begin to see steam release from the valve. When the cooking time is up, press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button. Once the pressure valve drops, carefully remove the lid and enjoy your slow cooked meal.
Step Four: Cleaning Up
Once you’re finished with your slow cooked meal, it’s time to clean up. Here are some tips to make sure your Instant Pot is properly cleaned:
- Empty the pot. If necessary, use paper towels to soak up excess grease and food.
- Clean the pot. For a light cleaning, you can use mild soap and warm water. For more stubborn stains, use baking soda and vinegar.
- Wipe down the lid. Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe the lid clean. Make sure to remove any stuck-on food from the pressure valve.
- Dry the pot. Once everything is clean, make sure you dry the pot thoroughly before putting it away.
Using your Instant Pot as a slow cooker is a great way to simplify mealtime. With this guide, you now know how to correctly set up and use your Instant Pot as a slow cooker. Keep these tips in mind and enjoy the cooking process!