It’s easy to see the appeal of an Instant Pot, a versatile multicooker appliance that can cook food in record speed, but there is definitely a learning curve when it comes to using one. At its core, the Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, and if you’re unfamiliar with pressure cooking there are a few basic things to know to avoid some major problems, like burning your food to the bottom or causing the pot to overflow.
Whether you’re brand new to cooking with an Instant Pot or still fine-tuning your cooking times and water ratios, you’ve come to the right place. We spoke with experts to learn the most common mistakes people make when using an Instant Pot and how to avoid them. Here’s what you need to know:
Mistake #1: Adding too much water
Water is essential to cooking with an Instant Pot, because you need steam