- Manual or Pressure Cook
The manual or pressure button is the one you will use for most of your cooking. Recipes online well often have this as the main setting for your Instant Pot. You use the pressure cook button with the "+" or "-" to help set the time your meal will cook. You cannot exceed two hundred forty minutes for cooking.
- Slow Cook
The slow cook button is a pre-programmed setting to let your food cook for up to four hours. The "+" and "-"can help you to adjust the cooking time as not all foods require four hours to cook. On newer models of the Instant Pot, you can adjust the temperature setting between low, normal, and high with a range of one hundred ninety degrees up to two hundred ten.
- Pressure Level
The pressure level button will help you switch between low and high-pressure cooking. You use the buttons one right after the other. Start with The Pressure cook button to indicate what you want to do with the Instant Pot then select the pressure level button to switch the level of pressure you want your food to cook with.
- Keep Warm/Cancel
The keep-warm button gives your food a low simmer after it is cooked. The setting is ideal for a family gets together or when you need to keep your potluck food hot while everyone gets something. Keeping the food warm will display a timer to start counting for the amount of time you want your food to be in this setting. You can also use it to cancel any settings already programmed into your pot.
The yogurt button helps you to pasteurize milk and cook it into yogurt. The settings are adjustable depending on the settings you select, such as using the normal button to make yogurt and the more or fewer settings to pasteurize milk or make fermented glutinous rice. Making yogurt adjusts the temperature of the Instant Pot to a range of one hundred six degrees Fahrenheit to one hundred thirteen degrees Fahrenheit.
The sauté button will help you to brown your meat and other foods. The sauté button does not require you to close the lid, or you can use a glass lid to monitor how your food is cooking. It is a good way to prepare sautéed meat or veggies before starting the slow cooking process in the same pot. The sauté mode runs for up to thirty minutes before you have to change settings or cancel.
- Delay Start/Timer
The delay start button is perfect for preparing a meal before you leave for work. The meal will automatically turn on when you set the timer for the right time to start. You can set the delayed start for up to twenty-four hours in advance.
The rice button pressure cooks at a low setting without you needing to set anything. The Instant Pot should automatically adjust to the amount of water and rice you add to the pot so you will not need to change the "+" and "-"settings. You can cook rice using the manual setting, which can be better for making some types of meals.
The soup/broth button is perfect for making something for those cold winter days. The ingredients will simmer in a normal setting than warm for the length of time you want. The soup will cook anywhere from twenty minutes if set on high pressure to forty minutes on high or low pressure.
To cook meat properly, you will need more time. Selecting the meat button will automatically cook the food for at least twenty minutes, and you can adjust the settings for more as needed.
The beans and chili button is set to cook at least twenty-five minutes. You will be cooking on a normal default setting at least twenty-five minutes, depending upon the pressure setting.
Cooking chicken or other birds means using the poultry button. The button sets the perimeters for cooking, and you can adjust the settings for cooking with a normal default starting at five minutes with a high-pressure setting. The amount of poultry you add and how you cut it up will help you to determine the settings and time you should adjust to.
The multigrain setting will help you to cook up wild rice and beans at a higher pressure setting. Selecting the multigrain button and adjusting will give you adequate time to soak the rice and beans through high-pressure settings. The least about of time you should be cooking multigrain is at twenty minutes in a high-pressure setting. Forty-five minutes will give your multigrain a good warm water bath with a sixty-minute pressure cooking setting.
Cooking large amounts of porridge is made a lot easier in an Instant Pot, You can set the porridge button to a low-temperature setting and adjust for a sow, fully cooked meal that requires at least fifteen minutes of cooking time on a high-pressure setting.
Steaming foods requires the use of a steam mode and additional tools like a steam basket or rack. The basket or steam rack will keep the food out of the bottom of the Instant Pot where it can burn. It will also ensure the food cooks uniformly with pressure monitoring. If you are steaming vegetables, it is more likely you will overcook them if you do not monitor them.