Have you wondered if you should get an Instant Pot? A long time ago, I asked myself the same question.
First, let me say I am not sponsored by the folks at Instant Pot. I have had a love affair with this pot for many years now. It is one of the few kitchen appliances that I use on a weekly basis.
Only the coffee machine is used with greater frequency. This kitchen appliance is extremely diverse, if you have a limited sized kitchen, want something that is convenient, and if you are tired of single-use appliances this is the small kitchen appliance for you.
I have made dishes like a roast, or even beef short ribs in about 90 minutes from start to finish. This was perfect for when I have come home from work and wanted to have dinner on the table.
The pressure cooker feature of the Instant Pot enables me to have dishes that take a long time to cook in much less time. I will also confess that I have taken this to work on days we have had a pot luck, and I have literally cooked lunch at my desk, multiple times.
What can you cook in an Instant Pot?
You can cook so many things in an Instant Pot. Since it can cook in many different ways this pot is perfect to make all sorts of dishes. I have made things like soups, stews, risotto, roast, corned beef, beans, and so much more.
Since it can serve as a pressure cooker, steamer, slow cooker, rice cooker, and even a yogurt maker in the 7 in 1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker.
What is an Instant Pot?
I know, what you might wonder is what in the world is an Instant Pot anyway. An Instant Pot is a type of pressure cooker, but it does more. Pressure cookers may sound scary. These are not pressure cookers of the days of old.
There are horror stories of old-style stovetop pressure cookers and accidents that happened when they exploded. First off, let me dispel this myth. Modern pressure cookers do not randomly open. They only release or they only open when all of the pressure has been released.
The pressure in the Instant Pot can release in two ways, naturally, when you allow the pot to come to normal pressure with time. The second way is the quick release. The quick release is a value you move and it allows the pressure to be released on a controlled fashion.
Instant Pot Recipes
Here is a collection of my personal Instant Pot recipes. Since this works as a slow cooker, you can use any of your favorite slow cooker recipes in this multi-cooker. Keep in mind you can also steam, and use it as a rice cooker. I have even made homemade yogurt in one.
Instant Pot Parmesan Risotto
Instant Pot Stick of Butter Rice
Hard Cooked Eggs
How to cook a corned beef
Instant Pot Beef Stew
Cracker Barrel Mushroom Braised Pot Roast
Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot
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Different Models of the Instant Pot
There are several models that are sold. One is the 6 in 1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, and there’s a more advanced model is the 7 in 1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker.
Both versions do the following: Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, and Steamer & Warmer. The 7 in 1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker also makes Yogurt.
There are three different sizes available, there is a 5 quart, 6 quart, and an 8 quart. I personally use the 6 the quart only.
They also sell a blue tooth/wifi enabled model as well. For me it’s a good size, I can do a decent sized roast in there, or even cook corned beef. If you have a super large family you may want to consider the 8 quart model.
I hope you give serious consideration to an Instant Pot. It helped me clean out the clutter in my kitchen. I literally gave away my rice cooker, my steamer, and a couple of slow cookers as well. I only have so much room for kitchen appliances in my pantry, and when one appliance knocked out several others, and it worked well. I passed along those appliances to others.
Recommended Cookbooks for your Instant Pot
The Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals
The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot: 80 Easy and Delicious Plant-Based Recipes That You Can Make in Half the Time
Instant Pot Top 500 Recipes: (Fast and Slow Cookbook, Slow Cooking, Meals, Chicken, Crock Pot, Instant Pot, Electric Pressure Cooker, Vegan, Paleo, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch and Fast Snacks)