No ImageHow to Use an Instant Pot: A First-Timer’s Guide

  1. Jerry S.

    Thanks for this introduction on how to use the instant pot.

    I often like to have pasta dishes. As a simple example, let’s say I want to make a simple mushroom pasta dish with diced onion, chicken broth, and strips of boneless chicken.

    Q1. Can I include all the ingredients in the pot at one time to prepare? (raw mushrooms, noodles, diced onion, and chicken) Or, do I have to go through some pre-saute process first? If can all be included at the same time, what would be an appropriate amount of pressure cooking time? Thanks. Jerry. Tokyo, Japan

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  2. Cheryl

    I have a 6qt duo plus. How do I set the timer to six minutes? I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong because it stops at for minutes and doesn’t go higher than that. I guess I have to cook my meal for an additional two minutes. Any guidance on this please.


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  3. FayevBaker

    I think the “small plastic measuring cup” you gave your child as a toy is an attachment called a Condensation Collector.

  4. Zane

    Thanks Sara. These were the best instructions I can remember – I read all the way through. Where can I find other instructions and recipes you have written? I know you linked to a few things, but I doubt that covers all your culinary writing.

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  5. Kimberly

    Hello again! Water test has finished! The timer is now counting up in the keep warm setting as you have described. For the natural release should I wait for the counter to reach 30 again or wait for the pressure indicator to fall?

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