To familiarize yourself with Instant Pot and its competitors, peruse a few Instant Pot social media groups or watch some YouTube demos. They can help you see how to use the product and also give you a sense of how timing works with recipes. In multicooker recipes, the time it takes to cook food usually doesn’t take into account the time it takes the machine to pressurize and depressurize. Think of pressurizing like pre-heating—it’ll add minutes to your process. But unlike preheating, you can’t do it while you’re prepping. For the pot to pressurize,all your ingredients need to be sealed in the pot. Depressurizing may also be essential for some recipes, which makes the food more tender. Add in pressurizing and depressurizing time, and something that usually takes 10 minutes to cook may take more like 25.