Conquer Your Instant Pot Fears

Even though the Instant Pot® has been on the market for a few years I am surprised to find how many are actually in fear of using this amazing pressure cooker. To conquer your Instant Pot® you must face them head on. You must jump in with both feet. Conquering any fears is never easy, however; once you do the results are liberating.

I feared the Instant Pot® for approximately two years until I was given no option but to use one and try to become an expert on its recipes and functions. Well, we all know that becoming an expert on something doesn’t happen over night. I am currently working on developing my skills. Yes, skills.

Can you imagine really needing skill to use this piece of equipment? Not many are required because of all of the pre-sets but, developing and trying new recipes can be a challenge. I have had successes and epic fails but, I still press on.

To conquer your Instant Pot® fears go to a class. If you have a Williams Sonoma in your area they have regular classes. If you purchase your unit there, they will demo it for you. Once you have a demo, your fears will lessen. I met a woman this past Sunday who has had one in a box for a year and has not opened it, let alone used it. She is experiencing overwhelming  “Instant Pot Fear”. I offered her a one-on-one private class this Wednesday to help her through it.

Her fears stem from the bad reputation of pressure cookers from the past. She is intimidated by all of the buttons and options. There is no reason to fear this appliance. The safety mechanisms are endless. The support groups on Facebook are plentiful and google offers thousands of links. However, before using a recipe on-line, read the instructions carefully. Some posts are old and are from older models. Even though the premise is still the same, I had an epic fail using a recipe for a roast. Nevertheless, use a reputable source. The best way to begin is by using the pre-made starter sauces or kits from Williams Sonoma. And, always start basic.


Making a basic recipe is like learning to crawl before you walk. Make an applesauce, then a chili or stew and finally conquer a roast or other recipes. The recipes you find should be very specific in steps and heat settings if using the manual functions. Even the pre-sets have a couple of steps when n browning, etc.

I recommend purchasing the OXO Silicone Pressure Cooker Rack (no affiliation) for roasts, poultry, fish and vegetables. If you decide to soft or hard-boiled eggs there is also an Egg Rack. The accessories make a difference between success and failure. Do not skip the accessories.

I have yet to bake or make yogurt in my Instant Pot® but I can assure you I will be making those soon. Conquering fears – remember!

I encourage you to take the leap into the wide world of Instant Pot® living and simplify your life.