Congratulations on your new Instant Pot! Whether you’ve been coveting this multi-cooker for months or it was a surprise holiday gift, I can tell you from experience that it’s going to be a game-changer in the kitchen.

Now it’s time to get the ball rolling to figure out how to use this thing. If at first glance — even after the first read through the manual — it feels a little confusing and counter-intuitive, know that you aren’t alone in thinking that. (In fact, it’s exactly how I felt at first.) But it’s actually easier than it seems to pick up. And to help you along, we’ve rounded up all the important things you need to know about your new Instant Pot, including smart tips and tricks for cooking and cleaning and, of course, must-make recipes.