The Instant Pot Nova Plus is one of the latest models from Instant Pot and features 7-in-1 functionality as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer. With versatile cooking options, the Nova Plus aims to be the only multi-cooker you need in your kitchen.
When using the Nova Plus as a slow cooker, there are 3 different slow cook settings to choose from: Normal, More, and Less. Here’s an overview of what each setting means:
The Less slow cook setting on the Instant Pot Nova Plus is recommended for shorter cooking times of up to 8 hours. This is the lowest temperature setting, running at 190°F – 200°F. Use Less when cooking more delicate ingredients or smaller cuts of meat that you don’t want to overcook. It’s also ideal for recipes where the food cooks in the liquid like stews, chilis, and curries. The lower heat helps prevent sticking and burning.
The Normal slow cook setting is the medium temperature setting on the Nova Plus, reaching temperatures between 200°F – 210°F. It’s designed for average cooking times of 6-8 hours. Use Normal for standard slow cooking recipes like roasts, beans, soups, and bone-in meats. This versatile setting works well for a wide range of ingredients and cuts of meat. Normal produces traditional slow cooker results.
The More slow cook setting is the highest temperature, running between 210°F – 220°F. It’s intended for longer slow cooking times of 8-10 hours, allowing food to cook faster. Use More for larger cuts of meat like pork shoulder or beef brisket that typically require longer braising. More is also good for beans that take a while to become tender and flavorful. The extra heat helps break down connective tissues and tenderize meats.
Tips for Using Slow Cook Settings
Here are some useful tips to get the most out of the Instant Pot Nova Plus slow cooker settings:
- Less and Normal are better for recipes with a thinner liquid base like soups, chilis, and curries. The lower heat prevents too much evaporation.
- More works well for thick sauces and gravies that benefit from reduction and concentrated flavor.
- For starchy dishes like oatmeal or grits, use Less to prevent scorching on the bottom.
- Trim fat from large cuts of meat for More setting to limit grease splatters.
- Root vegetables may need water added if using More to keep from burning.
- Check food and adjust time if needed rather than relying solely on preset times.
- Allow for 15 minutes of natural release after cooking to redistribute juices before opening lid.
Slow Cook Time Guidelines
To help choose the right slow cook setting, here are approximate cooking time guidelines:
|Food Type||Less Setting Time||Normal Setting Time||More Setting Time|
|Soup, chili, curry||3-6 hours||6-8 hours||8-10 hours|
|Stew, pot roast||5-7 hours||7-9 hours||9-12 hours|
|Ribs||4-6 hours||6-8 hours||8-10 hours|
|Pork shoulder, brisket||N/A||8-10 hours||10-12 hours|
|Whole chicken||4-6 hours||6-8 hours||8-10 hours|
|Beans (unsoaked)||N/A||8-10 hours||10-12 hours|
|Oatmeal, grits||2-4 hours||4-6 hours||6-8 hours|
Understanding the differences between the Less, Normal, and More slow cook settings is key to success when using your Instant Pot Nova Plus as a slow cooker. Less offers lower heat for gentle cooking, Normal covers standard cook times, and More provides extra high heat for long braising. Follow recipe guidelines and make any needed adjustments in cooking time or liquid. With some trial and error, you’ll find your perfect slow cooking sweet spot. The Nova Plus makes it easy to turn out delicious soups, stews, roasts and more with the press of a button.