So You Bought an Instant Pot on Prime Day — Now What?

This is everything you need to know about using your brand-new Instant Pot.

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July 17, 2019
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If you’re one of the many, many new owners of an Instant Pot, you might be wondering where to start with the trendy kitchen gadget. Luckily, plenty of Prime Day shoppers have come before you and, as a result, we’ve cultivated a ton of information on the appliance. (2019 marked the fifth year in a row that Amazon cut Instant Pot prices on Prime Day.) Here, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know as an Instant Pot newbie, from how to use it to our favorite weeknight recipes. Already in love with your Instant Pot? Let this serve as a refresher!

Get to Know Your Instant Pot

Before you dive into all things Instant Pot, you’ll want to check out this how-to guide from Food Network Kitchen. It’s got all of your FAQs answered! Some key takeaways: The Instant Pot is perfect for almost any dish you’d make in your slow-cooker, but crispy dishes are a no-go. And, this isn’t your grandma’s pressure cooker. The Instant Pot has a ton of safety features that prevent pretty much any chance of explosion.

Find Your Community

Food Network editors who try the Instant Pot become loyal to it pretty quickly. (Guilty!) I truly believe this Instant Pot Pulled Pork is better than anything I’ve made in a slow-cooker. Turns out, we're not alone. The Instant Pot Community on Facebook is more than one million members strong and serves as a great resource for tips and tricks for getting the most out of your machine.

Get Cooking!

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Finally, the fun part. The Instant Pot is great for making many different dishes. You can find something for a family weeknight meal or get more creative with dessert. Seriously, Instant Pot Cheesecake is totally gamechanger. Ask anyone on Facebook. Not sure what to make first? Below is a list of our top five Instant Pot recipes.

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