Info for IP Beginners


So, you bought an Instant Pot…now what!?

Don’t be afraid of it…it’s not going to explode!
Electric pressure cookers are much safer to use than the old
stovetop cookers that you probably heard horror stories about.
The Instant Pot has 10 Proven Safety Mechanisms.

I know it sounds boring, but please do it anyway.
Taking the time to learn the basics will prevent frustration later on.
You don’t have to memorize everything, but at least give it a quick read.
If you run into a problem later you’ll remember that the manual addressed
that issue and then you can go back & read it more thoroughly.

This image from the manual is really helpful for learning the parts:


Second Step…DO THE WATER TEST (aka: Initial Test Run).
It will give you a better understanding of how the Instant Pot
works & will help to ease any fear you might have about using it.


When the Water Test is done I recommend doing a Quick Release (QR).
This is one of the things that scares a lot of people, so it’s best to just go
ahead & do it to get over the fear. You can even repeat until comfortable.
*Make sure your hands & face aren’t over the steam release-it’s very HOT!*

Quick Release: When the cook time is up press Cancel & turn the
steam release handle to the Venting Position.
(with the Ultra you push the steam release button all the way down)
When the pressure drops the float valve (silver or red pin in the lid) will
drop down & unlock the lid. At this point you can safely remove the lid.
*NEVER FORCE THE LID OFF…it will come off easily when not pressurized*


Now you’re ready to cook!
You can start with something easy like hard boiled eggs,
or you can jump right in with a more complicated recipe.
Start with what you’re comfortable with & progress from there.
Either way, it’s best to start with recipes written specifically for
the Instant Pot until you fully understand how to use it.

Cook times can be tricky when starting out. It’s best to err on the side of
under cooking. If not done when you open the pot just close it back up &
add a little more time. Keep notes for the next time you cook that recipe.

Don’t get frustrated if something doesn’t come out perfect.
With a little practice you’ll have your favorite dishes perfected.
Check out the links below for more info & have fun learning!


Instant Pot Terminology

Instant Pot Basics (Step by Step)

Quick or Natural Pressure Release

Pressure Release: Natural vs Quick

Should I Cancel “Keep Warm” for a NPR?

Which Instant Pot Button to Use (1)

Which Instant Pot Buttons to Use (2)

Instant Pot Burn Message

Pot-in-Pot Cooking

Instant Pot Accessories

How to Get a Pan Out Of the Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Help Videos

VIDEO: Instant Pot Water Test

Water Test: Step-by-Step & Video

VIDEO: How To Use an Instant Pot

VIDEO: Closing the Instant Pot Lid

VIDEO: Cleaning the Instant Pot Lid

VIDEO: Attaching the Condensation Cup

VIDEO: Removing the Oval Anti-Block Shield

VIDEO: Removing the Round Anti-Block Shield

VIDEO: Natural Release vs Quick Release

VIDEO: I Just Got My Instant Pot. Now What?

Instant Pot: What to Expect for Newbies

7 Easy Steps for Instant Pot Setup

10 Common Mistakes You Can Avoid

17 Instant Pot Tips & FAQs

Instant Pot Instructional-pdf

Beginners Quick Start Guide

Which Instant Pot Model Is Right For You?

Instant Pot Products w/Specs & Manuals

Pressure Cooking Time Chart

Pressure Cooker Cookbooks

60 EASY Pressure Cooker Recipes

Pressure Cooker One Pot Meals

Instant Pot Recipes & Info

Instant Pot Community on Facebook


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3 thoughts on “Info for IP Beginners

  1. I think I broken my lid. A small cylinder came out of the lid and now won’t stay in when I turn the lid upside down. Is there supposed to be a screw or something?


  2. I’m thinking of getting one of these and am so fortunate I ran across your blog! You have packed so much great information here, thank you! Pinned!


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