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Welcome to Slow Cooker Week! We’re sharing all our favorite Crock Pot recipes, tips, tricks, and advice this week—and including the Instant Pot, of course, since it slow cooks too. Here, find out everything you need to know about your new Instant Pot. 

So you were gifted an Instant Pot for the holidays. First of all, congrats! You’ve officially been indoctrinated into the Instant Pot cult. Secondly, you’re probably wondering how to get started. Well, lucky for you, there’s plenty to do with your Instant Pot—from quick and easy meals to throwing a party solely using your pressure cooker. Keep reading for our suggestions on how to best wield your Instant Pot. 

Stock Up on Instant Pot Accessories for Healthy Eating 

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Sure, you can use your Instant Pot without any additional accessories, but then you’d be missing out on the real fun. The Instant Pot can easily be transformed into a host of other appliances: slide in a steamer for eggs and vegetables, attach a Mealthy lid to air fry all your favorite foods, and attach a yogurt rack to make your own yogurt at home. 

Stock Up on Instant Pot Cookbooks

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The easiest way to make the most of the Instant Pot is by investing in Instant Pot cookbooks. The many books out there will guide you on how to use one of the most popular kitchen appliances in the world, from crafting classically French recipes to baking desserts.  

Try Making the Unexpected

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There are plenty of classic dishes you’ll end up constantly using the Instant Pot for, but there are also a wealth of items that you wouldn’t necessarily think of. You can cook dried chickpeas within an hour, prepare your own baby food, make your own wine, and brew your own vanilla extract. 

Try Making Instant Pot Bread

Instant Pot bread and other unexpected things to make in your Instant Pot

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Speaking of unexpected—you can use the pot to proof dough, or even to fully bake a loaf. Plus, find seven more unexpected Instant Pot recipes, including homemade limoncello and an easy orange-lemon marmalade.

Be the Weeknight Cooking Hero

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You likely already have your own roster of weeknight dishes you riffle through, but weeknight dinners can be so much easier (and just as quick!) with the Instant Pot. Try making southwestern chicken and rice, baked potato soup, beef stew, and mac and cheese, or any of these other 15 easy Instant Pot dinners.  

Make the Whole30 Challenge Super Easy

Whole30 Instant Pot recipes

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Whole30 certainly doesn’t have to be so dire now that you can make all your meals in your trusty Instant Pot. Whip up a plate of Whole30-compliant beef and broccoli, seafood gumbo, and chicken burrito bowls in no time. 

Throw an Instant Pot Dinner Party

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Dinner parties can be far less stressful if you make everything in the Instant Pot. Not only will clean-up be easier, but the cooking time will be so much faster. You can find a laundry list of dishes to round out your dinner party here, buoyed by mushroom risotto, asparagus soup, and chocolate lava cake. 

Level Up Your Kids’ Lunch Boxes

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After all, it’s likely your kids have grown tired of the trusty peanut butter and jelly. Wield the powers of the Instant Pot to prepare creamy mac and cheese, perfectly plump hard-boiled eggs, and baked potatoes. 

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Be the Queen of Breakfast

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Say good-bye to soggy cereal and burned toast. Whip up steel-cut oatmeal, gooey cranberry French toast, and breakfast egg muffins studded with your favorite vegetables.

Master Meal Prep

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Meal prep is easier than you think, at least when you have an Instant Pot as your secret weapon. Here are seven great ways to use your Instant Pot for meal prep.

Turn Your Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer

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Sure, you could invest in your own air fryer, but perhaps your kitchen doesn’t have any more space for another hefty appliance. Enter the Mealthy CrispLid, which transforms any Instant Pot into an air fryer. 

Learn How to Clean Your Instant Pot

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Take in these tips to properly clean your Instant Pot so it smells like new no matter what you make in it.

Visit our Slow Cooker Week headquarters for everything else you need to know (and cook).

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Amy Schulman is an associate editor at Chowhound. She is decidedly pro-chocolate.
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