When you first get an Instant Pot, you are so excited. That box on your porch means a whole world of culinary opportunities have just opened up for you. You log in to Facebook to join the biggest Instant Pot support ground and all of a sudden, you’re bombarded with these new terms that make no sense to you. Here is a glossary of common Instant Pot terms to help you navigate your way through the myriad of terms.
IP– Instant Pot; a brand of electric pressure cookers that also offers other functions like a slow cooker feature, yogurt maker, etc
NPR– Natural Pressure Release; this essentially mean when you let the pot de-pressurize itself over time and wait for the pin to drop. If a recipe calls for a 5 minute NPR- it means to let the pot naturally pressure release for 5 minutes, and then turn the valve and quick release the pot.
QR– Quick Release; this is when you force the pot to de-pressurize quickly by turning the knob/valve at the top of the pot. Always make sure that you do it safely as the steam that comes out is extremely hot.
HP/LP– High Pressure/Low Pressure; the Instant Pot allows you to cook at a high pressure and a low pressure option
Trivet– This is a metal grill that comes with your Instant Pot that allows you to raise the items being cooked off the bottom of the pot.
Sealing Ring– This is the silicone ring that comes with your Instant Pot and it is essential for when you’re using the pressure cooker feature. If your pot isn’t coming up to pressure, make sure your sealing ring is installed correctly.
5-5-5 or 6-6-6– You’ll often see this when discussing hard boiled eggs. This simply means to set the pot on manual for 5 minutes, let it naturally release for 5 minutes, and then dunk them in ice for 5 minutes. Same goes for 6-6-6
PIP or Pot-in-Pot– This is a great technique when you can cook multiple items in the same pot at the same time using mini-pots within the pot.
We’ll keep updating this page with new terms that are unique to using the Instant Pot and we hope this is helpful for all the newbies. Don’t worry- you’ll be pros in no time.
Are there any IP terms that you keep coming across that you think should be added here? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!