I finally decided to use my Instapot as a slow cooker (because I dropped my Crock pot and broke it). So far so good but there are a few steps to take that will make your Instapot work as well as your old school slow cooker. Here goes . . .
If you look at your Instant Pot pressure cooker, you’ll see there also are three settings: Less, Normal, and More.
So, the logical conclusion is that, if you want the best results, you should set the pot on Less, the equivalent of Low in your old slow cooker, right?
Wrong! The Less setting only gets the temperature up to 190 degrees Fahrenheit which is too low for cooking food regardless of the time length.
Slow cooker setting + Less – Cook at low heat. Reach 190 °F only.
Slow cooker setting + Normal – Cook medium heat. Similar to the “Low” setting on the slow cooker. Reach 195-205 °F
Slow cooker setting +More – Cook at high heat, similar to the “High” setting on the slow cooker. Reach 200-210 °F.
So you can ignore the “less” setting and use only “normal” or “more” modes.
If you are using the slow cooker function + normal (=low temperature in a regular slow cooker) :
Cooking time stays the same.
If you are using the slow cooker function + more (=high temperature in a classic slow cooker):
Add 15 minutes for every hour on the original recipe. So for example:
1 hour on slow cooker = 1:15 hour on Instant Pot
4 hours on slow cooker= 5 hours on Instant Pot
8 hours on slow cooker= 10 hours on Instant Pot
How To Use Instant Pot As Slow Cooker?
Here are the steps you need to follow when you want to use your Instant Pot as a slow cooker:
Prepare the food for slow cooking and place it in the inner pot.
Close the lid (Glass lid is better but you can use the regular lid as well).
Press the Slow Cook button.
Hit the Adjust button and make the setting to Normal or High (Normal = Low and High = High as specified above).
Set the time.
Enjoy the magic :]