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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Instant Pot Buttons - which button do I use?

Instant Pot Buttons - Which button do I use?


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I hear/see this question ALL the time. It is a huge source of frustration, especially for new Instant Pot users, or those entirely new to pressure cookers altogether. I didn’t know which darn buttons to use for a while either, no worries. 

Another intimidating thing about the Instant Pot or pressure cooking in general is some of the terminology - Check out Cracking the Instant Pot code for some help!

Now that I have figured out the buttons on my Instant Pot, I thought I’d share the knowledge.

Most of this information is in the manual, but like most of you I bet, I don’t like to read manuals - I like the internet! 😛 Pages 11-16 of the manual are worth the read. The images are based on the model I have and LOVE, the IP-DUO60 6 qt 7-in-1 Instant Pot.

This review is based on the DUO model - I have the IP-DUO60 6 qt 7-in-1. To the best of my knowledge via research, here are 3 main differences I am aware of between Instant Pot's DUO and LUX versions of the Instant Pot.



  1. LUX does NOT have the Yogurt button, DUO does have this option
  2. LUX has a single pressure option, High Pressure at 10.2-11.6psi; DUO allows for double pressure options, Low Pressure at 5.8-7.2psi or High Pressure at  10.2-11.6psi
  3. Keep warm option: can be set for up to 10 hours on LUX, while up to 99 hours 50 minutes on DUO models
Having clarified these differences, to the best of my knowledge, the buttons work the same otherwise.


Now, let’s start with a few FACTS:

FACT: After selecting a cooking function button, you have 10 seconds to adjust cook time before the it will begin the function. NO WORRIES though; you can always press Cancel button and start your selection over. Don't stress😉

FACT: For Pressure Cooking, you must ALWAYS have about 1 cup (or more) liquid in the inner pot - ALWAYS. This allows the pot to come to pressure and actually work! Opposite to that, if you have a ton of liquid, it's okay, but just be patient as it will take a while to come to pressure (I.e. If making Bone Broth or soup with 6-8 cups of water, it could take 20 minutes or so to actually come to pressure

FACT: ALL pressure cooking function buttons default to HIGH PRESSURE, except Rice - Rice defaults to LOW PRESSURE
  • HIGH PRESSURE = 10.2 - 11.6 psi, Temperature of 239°F - 244°F (115°C - 118°C)
  • LOW PRESSURE = 5.8-7.2 psi, Temperature of 229°F - 233°F (110°C - 112°C)
FACT: Preset Pressure Cooking buttons are 1-4, 9-12 as pictured below
  • Notice how they are all within the outline surrounding the digital display!
  • Manual (7) is a pressure cooking function button as well, but has no preset time


Buttons I use most frequently:

7. Manual
  • NO preset cook time, defaults to High Pressure
  • Pressure adjustable: use Pressure button (13)
  • Cook time adjustable: use “+/-“ buttons (17)
  • I cook 95% of my recipes using Manual on high pressure at a cook time I have deemed most appropriate for what I am cooking - honestly, if I ONLY had that button, A-OK!
  • FAQ: Can I use the Manual button for pressure cooking ANYTHING?
    • Answer: Sure Can!


6. Sauté
  • Appropriate for browning, searing or simmering
  • Temperature adjustable: Press Adjust (14) for Less (lower temperature for simmering), Normal (higher temperature for light browning/searing), or More (higher temperature for darker browning/searing)
  • Temperatures for Sauté, LUX model
    • Less: 221°F (105°C)
    • Normal: 320°F (160°C)
    • More: 338°F (170°C)
  • Temperatures for Sauté, DUO model
    • Less: 275°-302°F (135°-150°C)
    • Normal: 320°-349°F (160°-176°C)
    • More: 347°-410°F (175°-210°C)
  • Digital Display
    • will show as “ON” while Sauté setting is preheating
    • will show as “HOT” when Sauté setting has preheated



16. Keep Warm/Cancel
  • Keep Warm:
    • Pot automatically changes to Keep Warm after set cook time has completed (up to 10 hours)
    • You can manually turn the DUO Instant Pot to Keep Warm for up to 99 hours, 50 minutes
    • You can manually turn the LUX Instant Pot to Keep Warm for up to 10 hours
    • Digital Display:
      • starts at LO:OO - meaning HourHour:MinuteMinute - HH:MM
        • time counts up so you can keep track of how long Keep Warm has been on
        • Time display also allows you to keep track of how long pressure has been releasing naturally after a cook time has commenced - learn more about Natural Pressure Release (NPR)
  • Cancel:
    • Press to turn Instant Pot off
    • Digital display:
      • OFF: no cooking is taking place - Instant Pot is OFF or in Standby



Pre-set Pressure Cooking buttons:


*Don’t be scared or intimidated of these buttons - they very SIMPLY have preset cook times associated with them. They don’t perform miracles. The cook times are not set in stone. The default cook times are not always the best, depending on cut, size & type of meat, vegetable, bean, etc - they can be adjusted as described below, or using +/-“ (17).


1. Soup
  • Normal Default presetting: High Pressure, 30 minute cook time
    • Press Adjust (14) to change to Less (20 min) or More (40 min) cooking time
  • The pot will automatically adjust the pressure and temperature during cooking with this setting so the broth "never goes into the heavy boiling state”, per manual
    • Because of this, you do NOT want to use Soup setting if your goal is to boil heavily in order to create rich broth or stock from bones/shells
2. Meat/Stew
  • Normal Default presetting: High Pressure, 35 minute cook time
    • Press Adjust (14) to change to Less (20 min cook time) or More (45 min cook time)
3. Bean/Chili
  • Normal Default presetting: High Pressure, 30 minute cook time
    • Press Adjust (14) to change to Less (25 min) or More (40 min) cooking time
4. Poultry
  • Normal Default presetting: High Pressure, 15 minute cook time
    • Press Adjust (14) to change to Less (5 min) or More (30 min) cooking time
9. Steam
  • Normal Default presetting: High Pressure,  10 minute cook time
    • Press Adjust (14) to change to Less (3 min) or More (15 min) cooking time
    • "Unlike other pressure cooking functions, Steam heats at full power continuously” while heating to come to pressure
      • Because of this continual high temperature heating, you really MUST use a trivet, cooking rack or steamer basket, or oven safe container or your food will likely burn to the bottom of the inner pot.
      • GREAT for cooking heat sensitive vegetables - continual high temperature heating allows Instant Pot to come to pressure quicker, thus prevents overcooking of something like broccoli or fish
10. Porridge
  • Normal Default presetting: High Pressure, 20 minute cook time
    • Press Adjust (14) to change to Less (15 min) or More (30 min)
11. Multigrain
  • Normal Default presetting: High Pressure, 40 minute cook time
    • Press Adjust (14) to change to Less (20 min) cook time.
    • Press Adjust (14) for More - 45 minute warm water soaking time followed by 60 minute cooking time
      • ideal for "harder grains such as dry split corn”
12. Rice
  • Normal Default presetting: Low pressure, automatic cook time
    • “Fully automated smart program…adjusted automatically depending on the amount of food content”
    • IMPORTANT! In order to successfully use this preset cook setting, rely on the rice:water ratios in the "Electric Pressure Cooker Recipes” book you got with your Instant Pot on page 32
  • Note: I do not use this option for cooking rice - I use manual. Why? It’s faster.
  • Interesting fact: in the "Electric Pressure Cooker Recipes” book you got with your Instant Pot, the recipes for rice on page 10 even suggest using Manual…
    • So…why does this button exist? 
      • Dear Instant Pot, lots of Fancy pants options are not always a good thing.

Other Cooking option buttons:


5. Slow Cook
  • Default: Normal, 4 hour slow cook time
  • Press Adjust to set Slow Cook
    • Less (Traditional Slow Cooker - Low, 190°F-201°F)
    • Normal (Traditional Slow Cooker - Medium, 194°F-205°F)
    • More (Traditional Slow Cooker, High, 199°F-210°F)
  • Use “+/-“ buttons (17) to adjust cook time
8. Yogurt
  • 3 programs: making yogurt, pasteurizing milk, making Jiu Niang (aka fermented glutinous rice —> aka “sticky rice” per manual)
    • see pages 16-17 in the manual for more on using Yogurt function
Operation Keys:

13. Pressure
  • Allows you to toggle from Low Pressure to High Pressure pressure cooking (DUO models only - LUX allows for High pressure only)
    • Does not work on "non-pressure cooking functions: Slow Cook, Sauté, and Yogurt”
14. Adjust


  • Use for the following:
    1. Adjust preset pressure cooking times. Applies to preset pressure cooking buttons 1-4, 9-12 only
    2. Adjust temperature of Slow Cook and Sauté
    3. Selecting programs when using Yogurt
15. Timer
  • Use to delay cooking start time
  • You MUST select a pressure cooking option or the Slow Cook option FIRST
  • WITHIN 10 SECONDS, press Timer, then use “+/-“ buttons (17) to set delayed hours; wait a second or 2 after hours are set, then press Timer again to set delayed minutes using “+/-“ buttons (17)
  • Cancel delayed cooking start time by pressing “Keep Warm/Cancel”
  • NOT RECOMMENDED FOR:
    • "perishable foods such as meat and fish"
    • "porridge, oatmeal or other foamy and sticky foods"




NOTE: All quotations as well as specific temperature information used in this blog article come from pages 11-16 in the Instant Pot User Manual as well as www.instantpot.com


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106 comments:

  1. Great article! This should be put in the box as a quick start guide!

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    1. Awesome to hear how helpful this was for you! Much appreciate the comment! - Jessica

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    3. This is helpful. Are there many differences with the 5qt lux model? If so could you include them? I am new and the 5qt lux was a gift.

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    4. Hi Bob! The LUX and DUO buttons should all work the same to the best of my knowledge, the only difference being you would not have the yogurt button. HOWEVER, the Lux does NOT have the option of low pressure like the DUO does. -Jessica

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    5. Hi Jessica, Do you use low pressure a lot? Is what you cook at low pressure able to be done in a LUX which only has high pressure? Would you miss the Yogurt button if you did not have it?

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    6. Hi Bob, I never use low pressure myself… not yet anyways. I haven’t ventured into making yogurt.. it’s not big in my house. However, I do think it is a cool feature to have if you are into yogurt!

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    7. Thank you! I appreciate that you are so quick to answer questions. I also love this page as I am such a beginner. By the way this is Michele, Bob's wife.

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    8. Oops! Hi Michele :) Thank you for the kind feedback! I try and I am learning every day :) -Jessica

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  2. Thank you much for this! It's at the top of my bookmark bar now!

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    1. Awesome to hear how helpful this was for you! Much appreciate the comment! - Jessica

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  3. Thank you. This was extremely helpful.

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    1. Happy to hear that! Much appreciate the feedback. -Jessica

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  4. Thank you. This was very helpful. I even added your blog to my Feedly blog list :).

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    1. I’ll have to check out Feedly! Thanks for the feedback! - Jessica

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  5. thanks a lot for this information. May I use your doc to translate it into french and italian for my french and italian IPOT groups ?
    We do not have so much information (and accessories too) as you have...and anyway we are not experienced as you ......

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    1. Hello. If you do that, will you share with me and give credit to myself, Jessica Russo Miller, and my Blog “Simply Instant Pot”? Email me if you’d like to chat further simplyip@yahoo.com

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    3. I recently cooked some terrific red beans and rice with andol...spicy sausage and the next day decided to make cinnamon applesauce with my granddaughter. I thoroughly washed my pot, gasket and lid. The applesauce tasted terrible. I believe it was the ghost of the red beans and rice hanging around somehow. Any thoughts?

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    4. Beckygrowsit: unfortunately, I think you’re right about your ghosts. A lot of folks soak their sealing rings in soapy water with lemon or white vinegar and baking soda - I have even heard of some using denture cleaner (I have not gone that far yet)! Then, was in top rack of dishwasher. The silicone ring retains smells, as you have noticed! Cleaning it as I described definitely helps, but it won’t ever eliminate it in my experience. So the BEST bet is to buy an extra - have one for sweet foods (like your applesauce) and one for savory.
      I have extra sealing rings on my list of fave accessories here: http://simplyip.blogspot.com/2016/12/favorite-instant-pot-accessories.html
      -Jessica

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  6. This is the best and easiest instructions I've ever seen!

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    1. Awesome - Great to hear. Thanks for your feedback! -Jessica

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  7. Is there a difference between soup and bean/chili?

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    1. Only difference in the presets is the cook time after adjusting to "less". Other than that, no.
      Thanks for your comment/question! -Jessica

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  8. Elisabeth BarshingerDecember 23, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Thanks! I just got my instant pot this week. I love it!

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    1. Awesome! It’s so great! Thanks for checking out my blog and for the comment! - Jessica

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  9. We have only cooked one thing and it worked beautifully. That is with the help of our daughter on the phone twice. Thanks, Sis.

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    1. Awesome! No harm in getting a little help :) Thanks for visiting and thanks for the comment! -Jessica

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  10. Very helpful! Easier to understand than the boring manual! Thank you. I will be referring to this often for a while, at least, until I've got it down!

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    1. Awesome! That is the point of my creating it. So happy to hear it is helpful! Thanks for visiting and thanks for the comment! -Jessica

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  11. I have always followed the recommendation to cook my bone broth on Soup for 120 minutes. Would it be more effective to cook on manual, remembering it is a potful of bone, veg and water?

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    1. Honestly, I have seen it recommended either way.. 120 mins using Soup on low pressure, or 60-90 minutes using Manual High Pressure. I think it’s just one of those “there’s more than one way…” type of things. If you have good luck that way, continue! :)
      Thanks for visiting and thanks for the comment! -Jessica

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  12. This is awesome, Jessica. Now I feel more comfortable about getting an Instant Pot! You rock!

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    1. Awesome! So glad it’s helpful! Thanks for the feedback. -Jessica

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  13. wish there was a 'hack' to turn off the OFF light----

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    1. I agree! Only option is to unplug… it does encourage me to actually put mine away even though I typically take it right back out to use it again! LOL. Thanks for visit and thanks for the comment! -Jessica

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  14. Thank you for taking the time to put this together and being kind enough to share!! What a blessing this is.

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    1. So glad to hear how helpful it is! When I started putting this together, it was for myself. But then I realized if I needed to have this down on “paper”, I am sure others could benefit. Glad to see that happening! That is what this blog is all about! Feel free to subscribe and/or follow me on Facebook for more recipes, tips, etc! www.facebook.com/simplyip -Jessica

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  15. Thank you so much!! I, like you, am a *Manual Button* kind of girl �� but I do find this super helpful...print, laminate, pin inside cupboard door ��

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    1. Awesome! I am working on a printer friendly version. To be released soon! Subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss it, and/or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/simplyip -Jessica

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  16. Thank you so much for this! I will use my Instant Pot a lot more now. For some reason the manual kind of intimidated me so I didn't read it like I should have. This is much much less intimidating & I will refer to it often. Job well done!

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    1. Wonderful! Thank you so much for that feedback, and I am happy to hear it was helpful for you! I am currently working on a printable version. Subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss it, and/or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/simplyip *Name Change Coming Soon: Food: Under Pressure

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  17. Dumb question, but I have had a couple of "errors". Cooking pasta ; Manual, HP. Using the +/- buttons to adjust time to 4 minutes - is the default minutes or hours?? I *think* it is minutes, but dang - the last time (making mac&cheese) it seemed like it took WAY longer.

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    1. Manual doesn’t have a set default… I think it defaults to your last time setting used. If you use +/-, you should be able to adjust down to 4 minutes. It will display just as “4”. The only thing I can think of is that it does take about 5-10 minutes to come to pressure before the cook time countdown actually starts. How much water did you use? For a pound of pasta (i.e. in my Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese recipe on my blog, I used 3 3/4 cups water. If you are using more water, it will take longer to come to pressure. The more liquid, the more time it will come to pressure. -Jessica

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  18. Could you be so kind to explain more about porige and multigrain function. What kind of food should I use it.

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    1. Porridge setting is simply high pressure with specific time settings mentioned above. Porridge can be made from rice or oats, and its cooked much longer than traditional rice or oats until it becomes extremely soft. I am honestly not a fan, and never use this preset option. Here is a recipe I found for Rice Porridge that might give you some insight?

      The porridge button itself is simply high pressure at 20 minute presetcook time (or Less: 15 mins, or More: 30 minutes).

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    2. Here is the porridge recipe: http://www.pressurecookrecipes.com/pressure-cooker-congee-rice-porridge-jook/

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  19. I was using the soup setting for my bone broth. I guess I should be using manual, right? What is the difference in how it cooks? Thanks for this info. I love my Instant pot!

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    1. Hi there - I have heard folks swear by both ways. Soup for about 90-120 minutes, or Manual for 60-90 minutes — those are what I hear most. I think it’s one of those “there’s more than one way…” kind of things. If you have good luck and a good turnout with the way you have done it, continue! Personally, I have NOT yet done bone broth in the Instant Pot. I do not like to quote cook times unless its something tried and true I have done myself. If you search ‘bone broth instant pot’, I am sure you will find various methods. I am all about experimenting and decided what works best for yourself. Let me know what other questions I might be able to answer or share feedback on. Thanks for visiting! -Jessica

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  20. Thank you for this! I always have trouble knowing how to release pressure... do I use quick release or natural? I never know! If you could shed light on that topic I will be so grateful!

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    1. I talk briefly about this on my blog “Cracking the Instant Pot code”. http://simplyip.blogspot.com/2016/12/cracking-ip-code.html

      The manual also discusses this.

      Take a look at that blog, and let me know if I can help more! Thanks for visiting! -Jessica

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  21. Thanks for the article, it is very helpful. I've had mine for about a year and use it mostly as a crock pot because my mom put the fear in me about pressure cooking. I have made some awesome meals under pressure but want to feel more comfortable while cooking. Thanks again!

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    1. The Instant Pot has some good safety features that prevent some of the accidents of “old school” pressure cookers. For instance, you CANNOT remove the lid until all pressure is released. Some information on natural pressure release (NPR) and quick pressure release (QPR) can be found on my blog “Cracking the Instant Pot code”: http://simplyip.blogspot.com/2016/12/cracking-ip-code.html

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  22. FYI: I print out recipes using a screen-grab utility (my favorite being "Printscreen" v4.0, a freeware proggie available online) on my color printer, then place the sheets in plastic sheet protectors such as Item40713 from Staples so they don't get spattered or wet while cooking.

    Printed out these instructions in this manner & now have the first 4 pages in my IP Recipe Book with these hints.

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    1. Awesome! I am working on a printable version as well as an interactive pdf to put on my new website, coming soon! -Jessica

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  23. Interested in the yogurt making function. Does it make Greek style?

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    1. I have to admit, I have not done yogurt. It is not big in my household. However, if you do an internet search for yogurt instant pot, you will find lots of info! Sorry I can’t tell you more, but I don’t like to speak on something unless I have done it myself! There is also more info in the manual you could take a look at. Thanks for your question and visiting the blog! -Jessica

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  24. Ok so you talk about how to adjust things but I don't find a button 17. Pls explain. Ok so I've read the manual (which I think is terrible) a few other sites and this blog (which I found most helpful if all thank you). My takeaway is I think this Instapot may be full proof.

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    1. Hi! Sorry for the confusion - 17 refers to the +/- buttons to the left and right of 17 on the picture. You can use then to manually adjust cooktime using manual setting, to set slow cook time, & set delayed cook time. Instant Pot is very forgiving in my experience and between the preset options and the ability to set your own time, I agree! Fool proof. I've had to ditch a couple batches or rice in my experiments but, so be it! Live and learn, right? 😉 Thanks for your comment! -Jessica

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  25. Just started using mine. I have done a lot of research and downloaded cookbooks and watched videos and your piece is the "cat's meow", as we used to say. Only thing I can find missing is that you have to press the "adjust" button within 10 seconds of selecting the mode. I finally found that out on some Youtube video I watched. I have book marked you and know I will constantly refer to the layout.

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    1. Great feedback! I will make a note of that and update the blog. Thanks so much for the comment and for visiting. Glad this is something worthwhile! -Jessica
      FYI - website changing soon to www.FoodUnderPressure.com
      We are on Facebook under that name as well!

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  26. I'm attempting to use mine for the first time. I ran the test run program suggested in the book (ie, add water to the level 4, then set it for 2 mins, etc), and things worked great. Now I've been sitting here for *hours* trying to cook bean soup which should only take about 15 minutes! I can't figure out what the heck I'm doing wrong. I've tried over & over. I get easily addled; I have a lot of health problems & take a LOT of meds, so sometimes I don't understand even simple concepts. However, after the 3rd attempt, I had my hubby check my steps with the manual. Still didn't help. This is what I did: I put ingredients in the pot, tightened lid, etc. Pressed "Bean/Chili", then I think it was "Pressure" ; then "TIMER" . (I might have reversed those last two steps; I did this several times.) I finally decided to sign up for some groups on this thing, and pray that someone would be around to help me, and I saw your note about using the "manual" button. So, this time I used "Manual", and entered the "Time", I think. Now I'm waiting again...

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    1. Hi there! The "timer" button (button 15 on the picture above) is actually the delayed start timer feature. If you don't want something to start for an hour, for example, you can press your setting (like manual or soup) then push timer, then adjust delayed start to 60 minutes.

      For adjusting your cooktime WITHOUT a delayed start, you simply select your cook option (I.e. Manual or Bean/Chili) and within 10 seconds utilize the +/- buttons to adjust cook time in minutes (in the picture above, you'll see the +/- buttons to either side of 17). Hope this helps! Don't give up! You'll get it! -Jessica

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  27. I put the instructions into a word doc and pdf. Thank you for your help!!!!

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    1. Nice! Glad it's so helpful! Thanks for visiting and for the comment. -Jessica

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  28. Just ordered mine!! I'm scared!!!!! I cook a lot but this is a whole new level. Will I know what to do?! This info seems helpful but I still feel scared!

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    1. Don't be scared! Just pick a couple easy recipes to start with! :)
      A lot of people recommend making some hard boiled eggs first. I have methods for soft, medium and hard boiled on the blog. Use the search feature towards the top right of the page if you want to take a look. Also, my chili and oatmeal recipes are easy. YOU CAN DO IT! -Jessica

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  29. So just to confirm what others have said with regards to slow cooking: Everyone says to use the "normal" button in place of "less". I have the LUX model. Is this correct because you do not say to do it that way. I am so confused.

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    1. Hi JK! I am included a link as well as copy/pasting a section from that link that explains the slow cook options. "we added 3 temperature settings for “Slow Cook”, ranging 88-99°C (190-210°F), again adjustable with “Adjust” button [less, normal, high]. These correspond to low, normal and high temperature cooking in common slow cookers.”

      So - Less = low; normal = normal (which doesn’t exist on most slow cookers I have ever seen…]; High = High

      https://instantpot.com/tag/temperature-settings/

      Hope that helps! :) -Jessica

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  30. I just tried the "Meat/Stew" button. The time displayed as 35, like you documented. But, there was also a red light on "Normal". Can you explain how to use "Less", "Normal", and "More", when you have pressed the "Meat/Stew" button ?

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    1. Hello! By pressing "adjust" after selecting the meat/stew button (or any of the preset pressure cooking functions", you can toggle between the order times for "normal", "less" and "high". The preset times are mentioned above for each button.

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  31. Great information! Trying to decide on instant pot electric pressure cooker vs power pressure cooker xl the ppc xl has only low 7.2 psi have been looking for information on cooking at only low vs high & information as to adjusting recipes from instant pot recipes to ppc xl because of different psi? Any thoughts?

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    1. I do not have that model so I cannot speak from experience. That PSI seems rather low - is that what it cooks at using a high pressure mode on the PPC XL? If so, you'd likely have to increase cook time for all recipes that using a high pressure setting on the instant Pot for sure. As far as exactly how much I am not sure. I only like to provide information I am confident about, so I apologize but I'm not sure I can for this matter. I am shocked that the PPC XL only goes as high as 7.2 PSI! That's what the Instant Pot cooks at if using its low pressure options. Sorry I can't be of more help with the PPC XL. -Jessica

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  32. This is very handy, I've printed it out for myself and a friend, thank you for taking the trouble to do it 🙂

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    1. So glad it is helpful! Working on a simpler, printable version as well - will be released with my new website, coming soon! Stay tuned, friend :) - Jessica

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  33. This is great information - I've just ordered my instant pot - have been considering it for a few days and the more I read the more excited I am. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

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    1. Absolutely! Glad it was so helpful! Good luck with your first couple uses. I'd recommend hard boiled eggs then an easy recipe like my "15 bean soup with Ham" or "One Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta" or"Macaroni and cheese"! Have fun :) -Jessica

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  34. This worked miracles for me. Especially the part where you said Manual is what you use for 95% of your cooking. Thank you. My sanity has been restored. The other buttons make me feel like I had Instant Pot Dementia.

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    1. So glad it was so helpful! Yep - I could only have manual button and be just fine (not a yogurt person so although nice to have I could go without that one too. I need to try it one day anyways! -Jessica

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  35. I am a new Instant Pot user and this is very helpful. Thank You !!!

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    1. So glad to hear! Enjoy your Instant Pot! -Jessica

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  36. Thank you so much for taking your time to do this. I wish someone would do it with the air fryer to. I have both and love the IP not sure about the fryer yet. It is wonderful to have such great instructions on what to do to use your pot with success.

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    1. I've been really considering getting the air fryer! So glad you find these recipes so helpful! I'd welcome feedback on any recipe, anytime!

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  37. Thank you so much for putting his together! I have an Ultra and I'm surprised the Yogurt function can be used for sticky rice since the manual didn't mention that. The manual also doesn't explain the difference between the low, medium, high temps for the Yogurt function. I imagine high would be to boil the milk but is low or medium to process the yogurt and which one is for sticky rice? Thank you!!

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  38. Just received mine after being encouragedone by my daughter. Much needed info

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    1. Good! You can do it! It's really more user friendly than it may seem at first!

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  39. You state you don't use the Rice button but use manual instead because it's faster, but you didn't say how much time you use on manual.

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    1. Sorry I am just seeing this comment. It depends on what kind of rice. For white or jasmine rice, I do 4 minutes high pressure with 5-10 NPR, then QPR, 1:1 ratio rice and water. Brown rice, I do 1:1.25 ratio of rice to water and 12 minutes high pressure, 5-10 NPR, then QPR.

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  40. Great info thanks for it. I plan on copy and paste, them laminate I am positive it will be used very much.

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    1. Glad it's so helpful! Printable versions and other special projects coming soon on our new website www.foodunderpressure.com

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  41. This info was helpful, not having to dig thru all the extra jargon. I like being able to just deal with facts & having a quick reference guide. Thanks glad I found your sight

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  42. I have a Bella 6Qt. pressure cooker that doesn't have a 'manual' button. So many recipes I've come across need to use this button. Do you know how I might be able to get around this?

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  43. One super important thing I just learned about using the Instant Pot as a slow cooker. The seal has to be set to "venting", not "sealing". Makes a huge difference!! Of course, it's in the manual, which I didn't read until recently. ;)

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  44. My Insta pot does not have a yogurt button, is there a different way to do it?

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