INSTANT POT; RAVES AND REVIEWS
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Last year I was introduced to the Instant Pot – a programmable electric pressure cooker – and it has changed my cooking life! I first heard about it through a moms group I am a part of where they were all raving about it. I was skeptical at first but then someone said “I can cook frozen chicken in 20 minutes!” That was it – I was sold! As a working mom of young kids I just don’t have the time to come home and cook a chicken meal in the oven for 35-40 minutes, sometimes longer if I have forgotten to thaw the chicken (which, let’s be honest, happens a lot more than I care to admit).
What is the Instant Pot?
The Instant Pot is a multi-cooker, meaning that it functions as so many things in one! It is a slow cooker, a pressure cooker, a rice cooker, a yogurt maker, a steamer, a warming pot, AND a saute/browning pan! I have several crock pots but my dismay with them is always that by the time I get home to eat the food has been on the “warm” setting for so long that it is dry which was the biggest reason I was willing to try out a pressure cooker to hopefully get back to delicious meals in a short amount of time. I wasn’t sure at first if it would really do all the things promised but I was desperate for an overhaul on cooking dinner during the week.
My Favorite Features
Hands down the best feature of the Instant Pot is the pressure cooker. My friend did not lie when she said she cooks frozen chicken in 20 minutes. One thing to note is there is some time for the pot to pressurize. BUT, pressurizing time plus cooking time is STILL less than cooking frozen chicken in the oven. I make mashed potatoes in 6 minutes, corn on the cob in three minutes, and soup in about 15-20 minutes. Like I said before, being a mom working outside the home, I am frantically rushing to get home and start dinner all while keeping the babies from getting in to EVERYTHING. Now, I just throw it in the instant pot and forget it!
Another favorite of mine is the warming feature! Say you get home, put everything in, start it, but then decide to take the kiddos outside… no problem! Once the timer goes off it kicks in to warming mode, whether you naturally or manually release pressure! You don’t have to stand around waiting to immediately release the pressure – it does it for you. Although a lot of the times you will want to release the pressure so you can get to eating!
Keep following along for recipes to try in the Instant Pot! I would love to hear how it changes/has changed your cooking life. Also, stay tuned for when the Instant Pot goes on sale! They go on sale a few times a year, but honestly they are worth the 109$ price tag to me. There is another model (6-n-1) – the only thing missing is the yogurt maker – it is still worth it and cheaper!