Instant Pot Guide: Adjust and Set Cooking Time

Instant Pot Guide: Adjust and Set Cooking Time
Instant Pot Guide: Adjust and Set Cooking Time

How to Adjust and Set Cooking Time on Instant Pot

If you own an Instant Pot or are thinking about investing in one, they are a great and very useful tool to add to your collection. Once you own one, you will find yourself using it all of the time, especially when the holidays roll around.

With that being said, however, the buttons on the Instant Pot can become quite confusing. There are so many settings, options, and buttons, so you can easily become lost on what to do and how to do it. This is especially true when you are trying to set or simply adjust the cooking time on your Instant Pot.

In this article, we are going to outline just how you can adjust or set the time on your Instant Pot so that your food is prepared exactly how you want it.

Settings on Your Instant Pot

While the Instant Pots normally have set times for each type of food, the actual cooking time often varies. Below are some of the most commonly made foods and their proper cooking times (though it may not be true in every case).

  • Soup: 30 mins on high pressure
  • Meat or Stew: 20 mins on high pressure
  • Beans or Chili: 30 mins on high pressure
  • Chicken or Turkey: 12-25 mins on high pressure

With these being noted, there are various ways to set the time on your Instant Pot depending on how you want to cook and prepare your food. Below are some of the settings that you can choose from:

  • Slow Cook: This can be set from 30 minutes to 20 hours depending on when you want it to be done.
  • Sautéed: This will depend upon what you are preparing.

How to Set the Time on Your Instant Pot

Now comes the fun part: setting the cooking time on your Instant Pot. Below are the steps you need to take in order to set and adjust the time according to your cooking:

  1. Press the ‘Manual’ button to begin
  2. Cooking time will appear on the screen (this will either be automatic or the last time you set)
  3. Use both the + and – buttons to raise or lower the time
  4. If you hit the – button too many times, it will begin to count down from 24 hours

*Keep in mind that the + and – buttons are for the time, not for the temperature or pressure in this case.

If you do not want to use the manual time but instead want to use a delayed cooking timer, below are the steps that you must follow:

  1. Choose either ‘Manual’ or ‘Slow Cook’ mode
  2. Set the time you wish to cook
  3. Within 10 seconds of setting the time, you must click the ‘Timer’ button
  4. Using the + and – keys, you must set your delay time

*If you would like to stop the delayed cooking or cancel the time, press either the ‘Keep Warm’ or ‘Cancel’ buttons.

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