I have not succumbed to fads in a very long time. Since high school, at least.
Though the Instant Pot has been a popular topic on Facebook in a couple of groups I’m in, I held strong and ignored the temptation to buy. Over Thanksgiving weekend last year, my sister cornered me and spoke glowingly about this kitchen appliance.
“I can make hard boiled eggs in 2 minutes.”
“You can cook an entire chicken in less than 30 minutes.”
She went on and on until, I gave in and ordered one from Amazon. For $68, the price was right. With 2 young athletes in the house, I really do need to cook good, healthy food fast.
You, too, have probably heard about the Instant Pot and may already have one. Once mine arrived, I have used it nearly every day. My world is a better place, or at least my kitchen. What did I do before I had this?
What is the Instant Pot?
My mom has used a pressure cooker for as long as I’ve known her (her “pot of beans” is near legendary), so I was very familiar with this type of cooking. In my own kitchen there are a couple of pressure cookers that I pull out from time to time. The Instant Pot, however, is more than just a pressure cooker. It can also act as a:
- Slow cooker
- Yogurt maker
- Rice cooker
- Saute pan
- Food warmer
What a combination! With one Instant Pot, you can clear your kitchen of at least a couple of appliances, so it’s already a winner in my book. The magic of the Instant Pot, though, lies in it’s program- ability. Click a button or two, and it’s ready to cook a pasta meal with meatballs, hard boil some eggs, or bake a cheesecake. No exaggeration: I was able to pour a jar of marinara sauce, a 12 ounce package of spaghetti, a couple dozen frozen meatballs and about 2 cups of water in the Instant Pot, set the timer for 13 minutes, and bingo — a fully cooked spaghetti and meatballs meal.
The Instant Pot is very convenient, user friendly and cooks food extremely fast! It only requires 1000 watts to run. Considering I can use it for making so many things, it has replaced some of the appliances that I usually keep on my counter. As a result, Instant Pot has given me some valuable counter top real estate back.
The Inner Pot
Inside the Instant Pot is an inner pot that is made of durable stainless steel. Foods of all types of acidity can be cooked in it. Searing meat or sauteing food is simple, just keep the inner pot inside the unit and use it as you would a pan on the stove. Cheaper cuts of meat can be seared and made tender for a scrumptious dinner. Clean up is just as easy as making the meal. Just wash the pot and start your next culinary creation.
Food You Can Make-
The world is a better place when we can indulge in all of the yummy foods around us. Hundreds of meals and foods can be made with the Instant Pot. This is a list of a few-
Pulled pork (in one hour!)
Macaroni and cheese
One-pot spaghetti with sauce
Corn on the cob- so sweet and juicy
Yogurt maker — 1 gallon skim milk
Hard-boiled eggs- the shells just slide right off
Pressure cooking, like the Instant Pot does, keeps food moist and retains more of the nutritional value. Busy people can us the Instant Pot to make fast and healthy lunches for the upcoming week. Home-cooked meals are healthier than fast food and taste better too. One easy way to increase the number of vegetables you eat is to put them in soup. Squash, onions. carrots, tomatoes, green chilies and bell peppers taste delicious in a taco soup. Green beans, onions, peas, carrots and diced potatoes make a great addition to shepherds pie soup. Healthy grains were made for the Instant Pot. Winter weather almost requires warm and tasty cinnamon steel-cut oatmeal for breakfast.
Cook great foods fast, every night, with minimal fuss. Often time, when using traditional slow cookers, a recipe may require you to saute food in a pan. Which then gets added to the crock with the other ingredients and leaves you with an additional pan to wash. With the Instant Pot, you can saute items in the pot. No need to dirty as many pots and pans when preparing a meal.
Dinner for 1?
Don’t worry if you are cooking a meal for one or two. Just make sure you add the appropriate amount of liquid if making beans and rice. Dinner turns out just as perfect if you are cooking 2 chicken breasts, or 8. You can make lots of baked potatoes for a cook out, or just one for you.
Fill the Instant Pot up with your ingredients, push the settings buttons, and walk away. The Instant Pot comes in a 5 quart, 6 quart or 8 quart option For me and my family, this was worth the money because of the time saved. My beautiful Instant Pot means that I can get my kids where they need to be after school, and still cook a healthy and fast dinner for us all. Say good bye to stress and fast food. Make your world a better place…. go try the Instant Pot.