A Favorite Christmas Present
Our son and daughter-in-law gave us this Instant Pot for Christmas. I had wanted one for a couple of years, but never got one. John and I have been using it almost every day. As a child I remember my mother and also my grandmother having a pressure cooker. Hmmm, those seemed scary to me as I remember a couple of times mother’s exploded and put dinner on the ceiling. The Instant Pot uses the same principle of steam, but in a far easier and safer way.
- Makes meal planning easier
- Seals in flavor and nutrients
- Cuts mealtime preparation down dramatically
- Very easy to clean
- Allow ease in doubling the recipe for more than one meal
Although the Instant Pot can also be used as a slow cooker (Crockpot), the favorite use of most everyone is the quick pressure cooking ability. Pressure cooking is just a method of cooking in a sealed vessel using liquid. The inside pot in the Instant Pot is easily removed and is dishwasher safe. The pot has a seal and a lockable lid. There is a valve on top that traps or releases steam (quick – manual) or slow (natural).
Rocket Ship Appearance
This Instant Pot seems to have the dashboard look of a rocket ship. Even with all the many cooking setting options, I find it easier to just follow an instant pot recipe and set the time manually and press Pressure Cook.
What Can the Instant Pot Do?
John and I have used our new pot many times already. We began with a small roast, using the recipe from the accompanying recipe book. It was so tender and good. It was ready in about 40 minutes. We made another a few days later. We have also made chicken. The fresh chicken took about 30 minutes. Next we tried a frozen one…………about 40 minutes. Amazing. We saved the carcass and then made bone broth. For at least 2 years, I have been wanting to know how to make bone broth because of the immense health benefits.
John’s favorite thing so far is the Black Bean Soup we made in 30 minutes. No, we didn’t have to soak the beans overnight. Beans had become a thing of the past previously because I could never remember to soak the beans the night before. (And no, according to Paleo Law, they aren’t Paleo approved. Actually, I think I will add them back in to our Paleo Eating.)
The Instant Pot will even make Yogurt. I haven’t tried that yet.
Are you using an Instant Pot? I would love to hear what you have made.