Instant Pot 101: Review, Setup & Guide!

Front view of Instant Pot Duo Nova with text reading Review, Setup & Guide! Instant Pot 101

什么是即时锅?

即时锅是一种多功能电器,最着名的是压力锅,但取决于型号,它也可以用作一体化酸奶制造商,慢炖锅等。

瞬间锅是安全的吗?

We were initially concerned about whether the Instant Pot was safe (there are horror stories out there about pressure cookers exploding). But after using it many times and learning that it has10.built-in safety mechanismswe can verify it feels very safe

One of our biggest concerns was what happens if we forget to release the pressure before opening? Well, it turns out that’s not an issue because the lid has a safety lock that prevents it from being opened when pressurized.

该biggest safety precaution we would recommend is toalways make sure no one is above or within 2 feet of the steam release valve when quick releasing the pressure。Also make sure to keep hands away because hot steam will spray out.

Instant Pot Pros & Cons

When making any big purchase, it’s helpful to consider the pros and cons! Here are our thoughts:

Pros

  • Multi-functional — no need to have a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice maker,andyogurt maker
  • Perfectly cooked grains, beans, and more in less than half the time (usually with no soaking required!)
  • Pressure cooking improves the digestibility of beans and grains (more infohere
  • Sauté function adds flavor before pressure cooking and slow cooking
  • Hands off, no fuss
  • 如果您正在准备不同时完成的多个菜肴,请保持温暖功能很好
  • Doesn’t heat up the kitchen as much as the stove or oven, making it perfect for warmer climates and summertime heat

缺点

  • 笨重/占用柜台上的空间(所以我们喜欢将其存放在内阁中并根据需要带出来)
  • If the cook time wasn’t long enough, you have to wait for it to re-pressurize (~5-10 minutes) to continue pressure cooking
  • 密封环随着时间的推移而磨损并开始闻到你煮熟的东西 - 幸运的是他们并不贵(每次〜5-7美元),只需要每12-18个月更换每12-18个月
  • 一些编程的设置看起来像Gimmicky销售音调比实际上有用。例如,米纽扣仅适用于储蓄或长粒白米,而不是棕色,茉莉,巴斯马蒂或野生稻。而且我们对辣椒和粥按钮怀疑,因为不同的豆子和谷物需要不同的烹饪时间。

Is it Worth It?

In our experience, the answer is大多yes那but it depends!

If you already own a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and yogurt maker, then it’s not worth the extra appliance. And if your kitchen is jam-packed and you can’t possibly clear a space that’s 13 x 13 x 13 inches, we’d say pass!

但是,如果不是你,我们recommend it! Especially for those of you who:

  • Want to reduce use of cans and/or cook more beans from scratch.
  • 想在桌子上找到食物快速!!
  • Tend to drift away from the kitchen while food is cooking on the stovetop —oops!!
立式锅二级展示面板的正面图

Which Instant Pot to Buy?

We prefer the瞬发锅Duo Nova - 6 Qt。It’s considered the best model for beginners and is the most popular size. And unlike the classic Duo, the Duo Nova seals automatically so you don’t have to remember to seal it each time.

在比较各种型号和尺寸的情况下,这里是最重要的因素:

Size of Family

1person:“迷你”3夸脱的大小可能适用于只有烹饪豆类/谷物和小比例。但是,如果您计划使用即时锅以上,我们会推荐更大的尺寸。

1-4 people: The 6-quart size is most popular. It feeds up to 6 people, but we’d say more realistically, it’s ideal for a family of up to 4, especially if you want some leftovers. Since it’s a popular size, it will be compatible with the majority of recipes on our site and others.

5.+ people:对于较大的家庭或那些制作冻结批次的人,8或10夸脱的尺寸将更好。某些型号仅在这些尺寸。

Functions Desired

Duo Nova如果您想拥有易于密封盖(我们推荐的),则是最基本的功能。它有7个功能:压力锅,炒锅,蒸笼,慢炖锅,电饭煲,食物加热器和酸奶制造商。

该re are also models that have 9, 10, and 11 functions. These additional features include:

  • Sous vide
  • Cake maker
  • Sterilizer
  • 压力罐头
  • Air fryer

如果这些功能感兴趣,请查看Duo Evo Plus(sous vide and cake),Duo Plus(sterilizer),Max(罐头),或Duo酥脆(空气炸锅)。您可以比较他们的功能here

Altitude

If you live at altitude, you may want to stick with theUltraandMax模型,因为它们具有调整压力设置的能力。

如何使用即时锅

When we first got the Instant Pot, we wanted to get started using it as quickly and safely as possible. But we found so many videos that had unnecessary details and left us spending way more time than was needed. So we’ve condensed it down to the most important things you need to know to safely and effectively use the Instant Pot!

Instant pot lid, trivet, pot, and base

入门

部分

(For the following parts, look at the photo above, starting in the bottom left corner and moving clockwise)

基础:这是即时锅的主要成分。它是加热元件,插入插座的内容。有一个可拆卸的电线插入其中。如果您发现即时锅未启动,请确保它牢固地插入底座。

Trivet:You can think of this removable stainless steel piece as a steamer basket of sorts. When it’s used, water is placed underneath. It’s used for cooking eggs, potatoes, and spaghetti squash, but not for beans or grains.

盖:盖子越过底座和内锅。为了保护盖子,将其放在底座上,使释放阀处于大约11点钟位置。德赢沙巴体育然后顺时针转动,直到盖子锁定到位。

内锅:This is where all the food preparation happens. Always make sure the outside of this pot is completely dry before placing in the base.

Assembly & Water Test Instructions

该manual recommends doing a water test before the first use with food. This is to make sure everything is functioning properly. It will also orient you to how the pressure cooker works.

  1. Remove all packaging.
  2. 插入即时锅。将可拆卸的不锈钢罐(始终将外部确保干燥)进入基地。
  3. Pour 3 cups of water into the removable stainless steel pot (called the inner pot).
  4. Install silicone sealing ring into the lid, aligning its center crease with the metal ring rack. It should stay in place when pulled gently. If not, adjust until it does.
  5. Close the lid by placing it over the base slightly left of center and turning clockwise until it clicks into place.
  6. 确保在sealin蒸汽释放阀g position. For the Duo Nova model, if the knob that says “PRESS” is down, gently turn it counterclockwise until it pops up. With some models (such as the Ultra), it will automatically seal.
  7. Select “Pressure Cook” or “Manual”, depending on the model. Adjust time to 5 minutes by using the +/- buttons.注意:0.0.:05 means 5 minutes, not 5 seconds- there is not a seconds indicator.
  8. After about 5-10 seconds, it will beep, begin building pressure, and say “ON”. The 5-minute countdown willnotbegin yet. It’s normal to see a small amount of steam come out when it’s almost done pressurizing.
  9. 当它完全加压时,浮动阀将上升。5分钟的倒计时将在此时开始,您将无法移除盖子。
  10. Once the 5 minutes is up, the Instant Pot will beep again. The “P” on the display will go away and a thermometer symbol will be illuminated. And instead of counting down, the timer will start counting up.
  11. It’s time to release the pressure (with any of the methods described below). The natural release is the safest method.
盖子和基地的瞬间锅Duo nova

Natural Release vs. Quick Release

Natural releaseis when you do not press any buttons after the Instant Pot has finished pressure cooking and the pressure slowly escapes naturally. The amount of time this takes (~5-20 minutes) will depend on what you are cooking and the amount of water. The float valve will drop and you will hear a slight click when the pressure has fully released. Use this method when in a small kitchen (to avoid too much steam), with foods that expand (such as beans/grains — it makes grains fluffier), for maximum safety, when foods need a bit more time to soften (such as potatoes), or whenever time allows.

Quick releaseis when you press the quick release button to release the pressure from the Instant Pot right after it has finished cooking. When this happens, (很热!)蒸汽将从压力释放阀中出来。这种方法是理想的,当你短时间内,但需要注意不要燃烧自己或周围的任何人。

部分释放is a hybrid of the two methods outlined above. You can allow some of the pressure to release naturally by waiting ~5-10 minutes after it has finished cooking. Then release any remaining pressure by pressing the quick release button (still being careful of any remaining steam). This strategy takes advantage of some of the safety of the natural release and the speediness of the quick release.

Tips & Tricks

Burn message- 通常意味着当炒或没有足够的水时,香料或其他成分煮得太多。

烹饪豆类时剩下的水– you can drain it out, but to concentrate the flavors and evaporate the water, sauté for 5-15 minutes after pressure cooking. Stir occasionally to encourage evaporation and prevent burning.

Beans not softening- 这可能是由旧豆,硬水,酸性成分或需要在烹饪前浸泡的豆类引起的。如果你在水中浸泡豆子,他们仍然看起来在6-12个小时后萎缩,这意味着他们老了,不会完全煮。

物品落后于5RIVET- 试试不锈钢钢蒸笼篮instead of a trivet.

Smaller servings– we don’t recommend cooking less than 1/2 cup (preferably not less than 1 cup) of beans or grains at a time because there is a slight sloping of the Instant Pot that prevents them from cooking evenly.

Do We Recommend?

简而言之,是的。

Overall it’s a very helpful tool to have in the kitchen. While initially hesitant as it seemed to be yet another kitchen gadget that took up space on the counter, we’re now Instant Pot converts.

如上所述,如果您已经拥有像压锅,酸奶制造商和慢炖锅这样的设备,那么即时锅也不是必要的或有帮助。但对于那些迅速寻找批量烹饪谷物和豆类的人,快速在桌子上享用晚餐,并拥有一个2合1的压力锅和慢炖锅,即时锅将是一个很大的投资。

准备开始烹饪?

一旦你有了瞬间锅的基础知识,就是所以quick and easy to start cooking! Check out our guide to即时锅烹饪时间for perfectly cooked grains, beans, and more.

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