Giveaway: How to Instant Pot

October 31, 2017(updated on October 11, 2018)

I bought my Instant Pot in the summer of 2016 and it quickly became one of my favorite appliances. It had the power to turn out flawless batches of beans, braises, stocks, and batches of rice and didn’t need to be tended the way that a stove top pressure cooker did.

However, I often found myself wishing that the IP had come with a really great manual that would unlock more of its secrets. Sadly, as any IP user knows, its accompanying instruction booklet leaves a great deal to be desired.

Happily, Daniel Shumski, author of Will It Waffle and Will It Skillet, has leaped into the void that the IP manufacturers left and has written a book that I believe will become the defacto user’s guide to this valuable little appliance. It’s called How to Instant Pot and has already vastly expanded my Instant Pot horizons.

The book opens with a chapter designed to demystify the machine itself. You’ll discover what all the buttons do (I’ll confess that up until the moment I opened this book, I had only ever ventured to used the yogurt, manual, and cancel buttons), how to set it up, the best ways to clean the devise, and even how to convert your favorite recipes to use the IP.

From there, the book is broken down by device functions. Instant Pots are designed to pressure cook, slow cook, make rice, make yogurt, and steam. Dan addresses each one of those functions, teaches you how to use that setting, and then serves up a bevy of tasty recipes that utilize that IP feature. (He even makes blueberry jam in the IP, using the slow cook setting. I will definitely be trying that.)

From the Fragrant Lamb and Chickpea Stew (page 47) to the Parmesan Bread Pudding with Bacon and Broccoli (page 190), there is so much in this book that I want to try. It has opened up a world of IP possibilities and I can’t wait to dig in.

Thanks to Dan and Workman Publishing, I have a copy of this handy book to give away this week. Use the widget below to enter!

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Disclosure: Workman Publishing provided the copy you see pictured here and the copy I’m giving away, both at no cost to me. No additional compensation was provided. All thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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173 responses to “Giveaway: How to Instant Pot”

  1. Not exactly yet – I do have a 4 qt electric pressure cooker that’s not IP brand and I do use that occasionally, but have my eye on getting the actual IP (just for ease of functions and I want the stainless steel interior). I love making bone-in chicken legs/thighs in my EPC in 12 minutes!
    Minutes!

  2. Yogurt, of course, But I love how beets are now an everyday vegetable, both warm and as a salad ingredient. And how easy ‘roasted’ garlic and marmalade have become.

  3. I’m in the market to replace my old rice cooker and was thinking about getting an instant pot. This might tip me in its favor.

  4. ….. I dont have an Instant pot ..(YET!) but the more I hear about it the more I would love one. Christmas is coming… and I do hope someone is listening!! I can’t wait to try it out.

  5. My favorite is refried beans made in an hour from dried beans. It’s amazing on a quick Mexican dinner night.

  6. I don’t have one but have heard so much positive comments that I now want one. Hope I win or maybe get one for Christmas.

  7. I was skeptical at first, but I took advantage of a great sale on Amazon, and am now a convert! I love my instant pot. Right now my favorite recipe is a simple pork roast/pulled pork that becomes tins of different meals for the week.

  8. I love using my Instant Pot, and my family agrees that stews, beans, braised cuts of pork or beef, and hot multi grain oatmeal is no fuss and all yum!

  9. I need to get inspired to use my instant pot more. The podcast this week was great for getting me on my way, this book will help even more!

  10. Believe it or not, my daughter joined weight watchers online and they have instant pot recipes. This would probably be a great help for her and the rest of us.

  11. I have another brand of electric pressure cooker. I like it for a lot of dishes, but it makes risotto so easy!

  12. I love making bone broth in my InstantPot! Yogurt is so easy, as well, and pot roasts turn out beautifully every time.

  13. I was given one as a gift and, to be honest, it’s still in the box. I use my crockpot and my rice cooker, but I just haven’t used the instant pot. I think I have gadget fatigue 😀

  14. I LOVE my instant pot! It totally replaced my stovetop pressure cooker. I use it for all sorts of things, Skinnytaste has a lot of recipes for it. Last week I made Chicken Cacciatore in it!

  15. I guess if I win the book I will definitely be asking for an Instant Pot for Christmas… I like the sound of all the things it can do!

  16. I’m considering an Instant Pot. We are replacing a lot of our kitchen due to a fire, (Not caused by my cooking!!) So I’m trying to take my time and get what really works for me. Thanks for this opportunity!

  17. I am new to the instant pot. I like it but I need to learn to cook more things. My favorite thing to cook in it is ribs.

  18. Chicken soup! I love that I can add some veggies and a couple of frozen chicken thighs and have delicious soup in 30 minutes. My favourite combo is chicken, sweet potato and carrot with cumin and curry. I add some chopped kale at the end. Perfect!

  19. Don’t have one, have not seen one, and have not used one, of course. Have only heard enough about them to be curious what I’m missing. Based upon this post, now I want one!! I do use the slow cookers (often several at a time) for mass cooking adventures and entertaining. This sounds like a good additional appliance, as would the book for the care and feeding of it.

  20. I love my new Instant Pot; a gift from my kids. My favorite things so far: risotto and chicken spinach curry. Yum!

  21. I don’t have one but I am interested! Anything to make cooking easier after work is a win! Hmmm, I think I’d try Mac n cheese first.

  22. WHATS the difference between an instant pot and the pressure cooker on the stove? I’ve been wanting one of those!

  23. I have bought one but we are in the process of remodeling and moving to another house so I have not used it. I can not wait to get the electricity in the house so I can join the craze.

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