If you’ve crossed over into Instant Pot heaven, you already know what a lifesaver this appliance is on busy nights. Who knew your Instant Pot could be this snazzy, though?
1.) Use the handy built-in lid rest!
Whaaaat?! Did you know the lid can rest open on the top like this? #TheMoreYouKnow
Here’s a video to show how the magical lid rest works. 🙌
2.) Use cheaper cuts of meat.
Inexpensive stew meat or a chuck roast with lots of caramelizing does well in the Instant Pot! No need for expensive cuts of beef (it can tenderize the most stubborn cuts of meat).
Pro tip: Do take your time and use a natural pressure release when possible – especially for roasts.
Save time and money by bringing your Instant Pot along while traveling or camping. This can be especially money saving for a larger family!
4.) No time to defrost? No worries!
Cooking meat from frozen is no problem with the Instant Pot. Just note that you’ll need to add additional cook time according to meat thickness. For instance, for a recipe that calls for fresh ground beef, you’ll need to double the cook time if it’s a frozen solid block of meat. Same for frozen chicken breasts.
5.) Turn slow cooker meals into Instant Pot meals.
Even though the Instant Pot kinda looks similar to a slow cooker, they cook in completely opposite ways. As a general rule: If the meat dish cooks in eight hours on low or four hours on high in the slow cooker, it will cook in 25-30 minutes in the Instant Pot. Also make sure to add at least a 1/2 cup of liquid to Instant Pot.
6.) Make DELICIOUS popcorn in your Instant Pot!
Use the Saute function and a glass lid with this easy and fun popcorn making method. Go HERE for exact directions I followed. My family LOVED it. YUM!
7.) Freshen up a stinky ring or lid.
Try steam cleaning your Instant Pot naturally by running it on the Steam function for a few minutes with one cup of water, one cup of vinegar, and a few lemon slices inside. If the issue doesn’t resolve, consider buying additional sealing rings for savory and sweet recipes.
8.) Meal plan like a pro!
Make a big batch of shredded chicken, beef, or pork to use in multiple meals for the week! Try this Italian Beef Roast for delicious shredded beef. SO good.
9.) Make a cheesecake in your Instant Pot.
One of the advantages of Instant Pot pressure cooking is the diverse meals and dishes you’re able to cook with it. Check out this popular Instant Pot Cheesecake recipe and consider using a 7 inch Non-Stick Spring Form Pan that’ll fit perfectly inside the Instant Pot. You can also use it to make lasagna and meatloaf right in your Instant Pot!
10.) Skip the microwave and re-heat food in the Instant Pot.
This could come in handy for warming leftover soups, chili, or a large amount of food you need to re-heat for a family meal! Just use the Warm or Slow Cook functions.
11.) Make pasta and meat together for a brilliant, one pot meal.
Check out this easy and delicious Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo recipe the entire family will enjoy and it’s all done in the instant pot! 🙌
12.) Steam rice perfectly.
For amazing steamed white rice EVERY time just use a 1:1 liquid to rice ratio. For instance, add 1 cup of (rinsed) rice with 1 cup of liquid. Set on high pressure for 5 minutes. Let naturally release for 10 minutes. (Tip: I also add a little oil and salt.)
Note: Times will vary for each type of rice. Go HERE for a handy rice cooking guide.
13.) Make an entire small turkey, turkey breast, or chicken.
This especially comes in handy because it frees up oven space for the holidays. Check out how I made delicious turkey and gravy in my Instant Pot.
14.) Cook a whole pumpkin.
If you’re interested in making your own pumpkin puree, the process is super simple. Go HERE to learn how to cook a pumpkin in your Instant Pot!
15.) Make easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs.
Cooking a batch of hard boiled eggs has never been easier than in the Instant Pot because there’s no boiling water on the stove! An easy way to remember how to cook them is the 5-5-5 method.
Just put eggs on the cooking rack that comes with your pot or in a steamer basket. Add a cup of water, then set on Manual (High) for 5 minutes. Let pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, and then place in an ice bath for 5 minutes! The eggs are crazy easy to peel.
16.) Use the Saute function. It’s Everything!
Saute brown meat before pressure cooking to add DELICIOUS flavor to your EASY one pot meal. Saute also comes in handy for thickening recipes and for making gravy after cooking!
Get this comforting Hamburger Stroganoff recipe HERE.
Do you have any creative Instant Pot hacks or tips? Let us know in the comments!
Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.