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I think you information is great but I have a problem and need assistance. When I use the sauté button the sauté light stays on. I have tried everything including turning off my insta pot, unplugging, then turning it back on. The sauté light stays on. Can you please help me. Thank you Toni Sarasua
Hi, Toni! I’m so sorry you’re having issues with your Instant Pot! For this problem, I’d suggest calling the manufacturer.
This is awesome! My husband shook his head when my IP arrived, thinking it was another useless gadget that would end up in the garage, and I was determined to prove him wrong, but where oh where to start?
You made it simple. Thanks for all the info.
I couldn’t find this yesterday when I posted how to clean the silicone ring….this really works!! Easy! Fill the pot with 2 cups white vinegar or 1 cup white vinegar + 1 cup filtered water an a lemon rind or slice of lemon, seal the lid, run for 2 minutes on “steam” setting. Remove the ring and let it air dry. Should be free of smells. Purified water….a bottle of spring water works or water filtered from your refrigerator water dispenser.
THANK YOU! This is the information I have been seeking. You answered all the questions I had in simple understandable language without making me feel like an idiot. I have used the IP several times but usually with concerns about just what I was doing. I did try the soup setting and it took forever. Thanks again.
I noticed that many asked this question and are confused regarding the ‘Manual’ button or lack on one. I found the answer on instantpot.com/cookingtips : “Recipes may indicate to use the Manual or Pressure Cook Program. These terms are interchangeable.”
I use a 90 degree elbow shaped plastic pvc pipe fitting to redirect the steam away from my cabinets when doing a quick release!
Thanks, never thought of that. Instructions and videos I’ve seen say to put a folded hand towel over the valve to collect the steam and keep it from making the kitchen into a sauna. That’s what I’ve been doing and so far so good.
Great article – I have a question: how do you get odors out of the rubber seal in the lid? When I cook chili in mine, the seal smells like chili (or anything else I cook in the PC) for some time afterward. Thanks!
Anne, I’ve not noticed any flavor carryover from my chili-or-curry (or whatever) smelling gasket. Meaning if I made yogurt in the pot after making chili, the yogurt does not taste like chili. But you are right, gaskets tend to retain smells for a few weeks. You can buy an extra gasket to use for “smelly” foods. I’ve also read that baking the silicone gasket at 250 degrees F for 20 minutes can remove the smell, but I’ve not tried this method myself.
1.5-2 cups of white vinegar and 1.5-2 cups of distilled or filtered/purified water, set to pressure cook for 3 minutes. No more smell on the gasket!
Wow! This is so helpful. Thank you!
How about some decent recipes, easy instructions, etc for the 3qt instant pot. I’ve had one for months and never used it. I also have so called cook books supposedly for 3qt pots.
I’ve not used a 3-quart personally, but if a recipe fits in the cooking insert without overfilling it (meaning you know it’ll come to pressure–generally not more than 2/3 full), you should be able to convert any recipe to it. I imagine the 3-quart model, because of size, is best for steaming vegetables, cooking grains, and making small batches of things. I do have a smaller stovetop model, and I mostly use it for steaming or making smaller batches of rice. I hope your cookbook for 3-quart recipes helps, and thanks for asking for recipes on the site that will work in a 3-quart model.
That was nice, I read most although I’ve been using it awhile. Helpful for new users.
Your guide has the most complete Instant Pot instructions that I have read. Kudos!
This is awesome, thank you SO much for taking the time to write it. I purchased an Instant Pot a couple months ago and it’s still in the box! I think it scares me ha ha. I am now encouraged to get that bad boy out and use it. I was looking for a vegetable steamer, glad to know I can use this and not have to buy another piece of equipment! Thanks again!
Wonderful article. I have had my Instant Pot for a year, is out of the box, but have regarded it as a coiled cobra ready to strike ;-(((( (hands off!!) This article made the pot more “cook friendly”.
Thank you. This little tutorial alleviated many concerns. Very much appreciated. I still don’t understand the timing. It says “on” for a long time and next I noticed then window said “burnt food”! (food was not burnt, but was very close. I have the Viva 80. I do not have a Manual button.
Hi, Valerie! Use the “Pressure Cooker” button and then the +/- buttons to adjust the cooking time for manual pressure cooking on the Viva. I’m concerned about your “burnt food” reading, though, which usually indicates that you don’t have enough liquid in the pot or that you have some ingredients stuck on the bottom of the pan from an initial saute step. What recipe were you trying to cook? If you were getting this reading while doing the “Pressure Cooking Water” experiment, then this could indicate something wrong with your Instant Pot itself. Hope that helps!
Oh my! i got my IP for Xmas and I was so confused by the instruction book. You made it easy! Thank you.
My insta pot doesnt have a manual button so when it says use that button in a receipe i dont know what to do?????
I caught that as well on my first meal attempt last night. If you have the model I have, (the Duo), and there is no Manual button, press the far right button (Pressure). Then, adjust the time. That button also toggles from High to Low pressure. Most recipes use the High setting. I made spaghetti and meat balls. The entire process from start to finish, was about 30 minutes or so.
Jim, thank you for your succinct answer to Tara’s question. Tara, let us know if that got you what you needed! And thanks to both of you for reading. Happy pressure cooking!
Helped me a lot! Thank you.
Great article about the Instant Pot for first time users. Even though I’ve been pressure cooking for over 40 years I found it useful. Before the electric programmable pressure cooker I found myself just using it for pinto beans. I tended to over cook everything else. Since getting my Instant Pot for Christmas a few days ago I’ve made Beef Stroganoff and used it for cooking the potatoes for loaded mashed potatoes. Both turned out perfectly!