Terms & Terminologies
- NPR stands for Natural Pressure Release. QPR stands for Quick Pressure Release. Once the pot has finished cooking, it beeps to let you know that it has finished the cook cycle. At this point, most recipes direct you to either release pressure naturally, quickly release pressure, or perhaps a combination of the two, such as allowing the pot to release pressure naturally for 10 minutes and then releasing all remaining pressure.
- NPR: To release pressure naturally, simply allow the pot to rest undisturbed. As the pressure cooker cools, it will gradually release pressure, until the float valve drops, indicating that the pot is no longer under pressure.
- QPR: To release pressure quickly, press down on the button on top of the lid and allow the pot to release steam and pressure. Ensure that the pot is not directly under cabinets that may get damaged by steam, and be sure to keep hands and face away from the steam.
Food not cooked properly
- Insufficient water in the recipe leading to undercooking
- Pieces of food larger/smaller than what the recipe calls for
- Doing a NPR when the recipe calls for QPR or a QPR when the recipe calls for a NPR as the food continues to cook during this time.
- Insufficient water in the recipe
- Substituting ingredients that absorb water (e.g., potatoes, pasta, rice, grains, beans and legumes) for ingredients that release water (e.g., most meats and vegetables)
- Food stuck to the bottom of the pot while Sautéing
- Thick liquids being used to bring the pot to pressure, such as tomato sauces, thick cream soups etc.
- Inadequately sealed causing the water from the recipe to evaporate.
- The LOW/LESS setting on the Instant Pot® should be used to keep foods warm, not to cook foods.
- The MEDIUM/NORMAL setting on the Instant Pot® functions much like the Low setting on a traditional slow cooker. Use the setting for slow cooking meat all day, (e.g., prepare roast in 8 hours).
- The HIGH/MORE setting on the Instant Pot® functions much like the High setting on a traditional slow cooker. Use this setting for slightly faster slow cooking (e.g., prepare roast in 4 hours).
- The amount of food in the pot. A fuller pot will take longer to come to pressure
- The type of food in the pot. Liquids take longer to come to pressure than more dense foods.
- Foods that have been frozen in a flat layer will defrost faster and better than those that have been frozen in large chunks.
- If you plan to cook large, frozen roasts, consider cutting up the roast into smaller pieces before freezing.
Yogurt can be left to incubate safely for up to 12-14 hours. Although it will not spoil, it may however, be tarter than you would prefer. The longer it incubates, the more tart it will taste.
The most common reasons for yogurt not setting are:
- Yogurt starter needs to be replaced as it is either old or does not contain sufficient live cultures.
- The milk temperature was too high when the starter was added, thereby killing the live cultures in the starter
- With just a little experimentation, the Instant Pot® is capable of giving you perfectly cooked eggs each time. Since people prefer their eggs at different consistencies, we suggest you experiment to find the time that is best for you.
- Our recommended time for cooking eggs –
- Soft, Low/Less mode, 4 minutes
- Medium, Medium/Normal mode, 5 minutes
- Hard, High/More mode, 6 minutes
The pressure cooker is not an oven, so the cake is not technically being baked. It is however being steamed, resulting in a well-prepared cake.