Most home cooks know their way around all the standard kitchen appliances - blenders, toasters, microwaves, even stand mixers and food processors.
But for whatever reason, the thought of learning how to use an electric pressure cooker strikes fear in the hearts of even the most talented home cooks.
"There are so many buttons!" they cry.
Yes, there are a lot of buttons. They are here to help you. Don't hate on the buttons.
"I don't know which recipe to try first!" they sigh.
Honestly, just pick a recipe and go for it. As long as the recipe comes from a reputable source, once you get going, it's so easy to figure it out. I'll give you some suggestions for my favorite, extra, extra easy recipes at the end of this article.
"This thing is so confusing!" they declare.
It's not confusing, I promise! Yes, there's a bit of a learner's curve at the beginning, but it's like riding a bike - seems really intimidating at first, but after cooking a couple of recipes in it, it's like muscle memory. You'll find yourself using it constantly, totally stress-free, in no time.
To help combat the stress and angst that comes with introducing a new gadget into your life, I've compiled a quick beginner's guide to using the Mealthy MultiPot.
Watch our "Getting Started" video...
Before you do anything, watch our getting started video. This is pressure cooking boiled down to it's most basic elements. Are you going to be a confident pressure cooking aficionado after watching it? Probably not! But you're gonna get the gist, and start to learn your way around your soon-to-be favorite piece of equipment.
Perform a water test...
Before you start cooking in your MultiPot, you gotta perform a water test. The water test is really important for two reasons. Number one: If we could hand-deliver every single MultiPot safely to your doorstep, we would. Alas, we have to ship them to you. The water test will help ensure that nothing got dislodged in your MultiPot during shipping, and that it is still sealing and coming to pressure properly. Number two: Performing a water test will teach you how to use your MultiPot. Nothing better than hands-on experience to start learning how to use your new pressure cooker. Best to do your trial run on water versus that chuck roast that you bought for dinner tonight.
Pick a really easy recipe to get started with...
In the mood for soup? I recommend starting with our Curried Butternut Squash recipe. Don't like curry? Omit it! Our awesome recipe developer and food stylist, Megan, walks you through the entire recipe in this video, making it extra clear exactly what you're supposed to do.
Not in the mood for soup?
Maybe I'm biased (it's my recipe), but I think Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken is pure genius. Just dump chicken, salsa, and a bit of salt into the pot and you're 15 minutes away from perfectly shredded chicken for burritos, burrito bowls, tacos, taco salads, quesadillas, etc.
Not in the mood for soup OR chicken?
Ok, then I think our pot roast recipe might be the winner. This one-pot stunner is a perfect first meal to make in your pressure cooker because you'll learn how to use the sauté function, how to use our included steamer basket to cook multiple things at once, AND you'll see just how beautifully our MultiPot can cook an entire 3 pound hunk of beef, in under an hour.
Now that you've used your pot, you gotta clean it!
Honestly, I use my pot every single day and I've never done more than throw it in the dishwasher. But, some people really want their pots to look sparkly and new, and I have mad respect for that. If you fall into that category - this video's for you.