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Are you craving the deep, rich flavor produced by slow-cooked food but don't have time to wait around? An instant pot may be the perfect solution. A slow cooker, rice cooker, pressure cooker and more, this single pot is super-functional and can save you valuable kitchen-counter space and money.

If you've heard of an instant pot but aren't exactly sure what it does or how it works, read on. Check out some instant pot basics as well as discover some tips and tricks they don't tell you on the box.

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1. How it Works

An instant pot has tons of versatile functions, but primarily it works as an electric pressure cooker. Moisture in the pot reaches a high temperature quickly in the airtight device and builds up steam. The steam builds pressure within the pot and enables the food to cook at a faster rate.

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