Instant Pot Water Test
The water test is a great place to begin with your Instant Pot. The manual suggests doing this before cooking with your Instant Pot to first make sure your pot works correctly and second, to familiarize yourself with how the pot works.
Pour the water into the metal liner of your Instant Pot.
Place the lid onto the Instant Pot and turn the knob towards sealing. (Yes, the knob is supposed to be that loose and wiggly.)
Press the manual or pressure cook button (this depends on what model you have) and adjust the time for 3 minutes.
It iwll take 5-10 minutes before teh timer will start couting down. The Instant Pot will have a little bit of steam coming out of the top as it is coming to pressure, the pin on the top will pop up once it has reached pressure.
When the cooking cycle is complete, the Instant Pot will beep. You can then turn the knob to quick release the pressure. Note that hot steam will come out of the vent, so don't put your hand covering the vent when you turn the knob.