Did you get an Instant Pot on last week’s Prime Day? Or have you been using one for awhile now? The number one complaint I hear from Instant Pot users is that it isn’t as “instant” as they had hoped. Recipes may save 5 minutes of cooking time, but don’t add to the cooking time how long it takes the Instant Pot to come to pressure. I’ve got a quick tip for you, How To Make Your Instant Pot MORE Instant.
Add the liquid from either your recipe ingredients or the water that goes beneath your trivet and turn on the saute feature.
While you are finishing prepping the recipe to add to your Instant Pot, the liquid AND the pot are warming up. This greatly reduces the amount of time it takes for your Instant Pot to come to pressure.
Here are a couple of examples:
When making these cheese grits, I turn the saute feature on after I have added the water to the bottom of the liner and the trivet. I turn the saute button on and then get the bowl of grits ready to add. I follow the recipe from there and it comes to pressure very quickly.
Another example is making hard boiled eggs. I add water to the bottom of the Instant Pot and turn on the saute function. While it is heating, I add eggs to the steamer basket and gently lower it into the liner. Even a couple of minutes on saute will make a big difference in the amount of time it takes to come to pressure–and if you can turn that feature on while you are still prepping food to go in the Instant Pot, why not?
So there you have it, a one button solution to Make Your Instant Pot MORE Instant.
What are your tips for getting the most out of your Instant Pot? I’d love to hear from you!
P.S. A few of my favorite Instant Pot recipes: