Pressure cooker basic lingo
Congratulations for having bought a new pressure cooker. It may be a bit scary initially, but getting familiar with it and the associated terminology helps and encourages its use.
Be sure to read the booklet that comes along with the cooker. Though there are some specific instructions for using an electric cooker, the following directions remain unchanged. Please note the below graphic may not be specific to your Instant Pot pressure cooker. Most models have only varied slightly though.
Lock the lid in place
It may sound simple, but surprisingly many users simply put in the food, turn the heat on and just leave the lid on the top, without realizing that the lid has not been locked. Check the instructions provided in the manual for proper locking.
This is pretty generic guide overall, yet helpful to a newbie…like me as well. I had no clue what some of the abbreviations meant. I thought I would put together a quick little guide to help us along the way. It’s pretty basic, but helpful no doubt. Especially if some are new to the pressure cooker world. If you are part of a few Facebook groups with all the “experts” out there sharing their amazing recipes. You will notice these terms time and time again. Here is a pressure cooker basic ling0 guide:)
Instant pot terms:
IP – Instant Pot
HP – High Pressure
LP – Low Pressure
QR – Quick Release – This means you are releasing the pressure by turning the pressure valve to the open position immediately after food is finished cooking.
There will be hot steam coming out of the top, so make sure your hand isn’t covering the opening… and that you don’t scare yourself! I’ve jumped☺ But did not burn myself. Thankfully.
NPR – Natural Pressure Release – This allows the pressure to come down on its own without releasing the valve and takes a little bit of time. It will also vary based on if you have a 6 quart or 8-quart pressure cooker.
PIP – Pot in Pot – This means using another container inside of your Instant Pot. Since the Instant Pot does not get as hot during pressure cooking (up to 248F) as ovens while baking, you can use any oven-proof container such as glass, stainless steel, or silicone cups.
So now that you know the terms, when we see them we can say…ahhh. I get it. Thank you:)
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