As soon as we saw the words "Instant Pot" on the side of this shipping box, we got excited. But before you can get to pickling some red onions on the quick, you've gotta unbox the thing.
The Instant Pot Max, available August 1, boasts an extra three pounds per square inch of pressure over its predecessors. The popular pressure cooker manufacturer also added modes for sous vide cooking and home canning.
Let's open this box
You'll need something to cut the tape, obviously.
The box in the box
Pull up on the handle
You might have to put some muscle into it.
Here's the device outside its shipping box.
This lid has layers
Pull the tab and unfold the four layers of the lid. At this point, you can remove the handle as well. Forewarning: These layers aren't made to go back together, so if you need to carry your Instant Pot to a second location, don't open this box until you get there.
But first, paperwork
There are recipes, recommended cook times and more.
The owner's manual
Take a peek at the manual before you start cooking, as there's a recommended 15-minute test cycle you should complete before you toss in your first chicken.
This will come in handy later
The power cable is on top of the Instant Pot box.
It's almost free
Release the Kraken!
Remove the cooker from the bag
The lid has a handle, which makes this part really easy.
Finally out of the box
Look at it glisten.
Remove the film
The large LCD control panel comes with a protective layer of plastic covering it.
Extra goodies hide within
You'll need to remove this stuff before cooking.
The first of several warning notes
This one warns you to, among other things, read all the warning notes.
A steaming rack
Also, inside your Instant Pot, you get a steaming rack, plus...
Spoons and cups
...Spoons, a measuring cup, a condensation catcher and...
A stylish glove
...And a pressure cooker mitt.
One more place to look
Between the inner and outer pots, there's one more thing to find.
Yes, this warning warns you to remove this warning before cooking.
Time to plug it in
The power cord connects in the back, next to a label with a few more words of warning.
Now we're ready to cook.