My head isn’t easily turned by the latest kitchen appliance fads.
I prefer the classic, time-tested tools like cast iron, my KitchenAid mixer, and stoneware baking pans.
So when people started talking about these Instant Pot things, I promptly ignored them, as I figured it was just another one of those gimmicky, one-use appliances. Plus, it required electricity. Eh, no thanks.
And once again, Jill ends up eating her words. 😉
After hearing dozens of glowing reviews, I sheepishly ordered an Instant Pot from Amazon. And I’ve used it non-stop ever since.
Why the Instant Pot Earned a Spot in My Kitchen
- It’s NOT a one trick pony. Not only does it function as a pressure cooker, it also can also be a slow cooker, yogurt incubator, rice cooker, and steamer. Regrettably, it does not do dishes. But hey, you can’t have it all.
- It requires less babysitting than a stove-top pressure cooker. I got nothin’ against stove-top pressure cookers, but the Instant Pot sounded better suited to my absent-minded, multi-tasking ways. You pretty much just push a button, and it’s good to go. And once it’s done, it keeps the food warm for you.
- It seriously cuts down on food prep time. I’ve said it before: I am horrendous at meal planning. I cannot seem to make it happen. Thankfully the Instant Pot makes last-minute stuff a little more attainable.
How I’ve been Using My Instant Pot
If I had more space on my countertops, I’d leave it out all the time, as I’ve been using it nearly every day. So far, here are my favorite foods to cook in it:
- Squash. SO easy– just halve, scrape out seeds, and in around 8 minutes it’s cooked to perfection.
- Quinoa. Dump it in with some water, set the timer, and go out to milk the cow. It’ll be ready for breakfast when you get back.
- Chili. You can put DRY, UNSOAKED beans right in with the other ingredients and they cook up in around 40 minutes. I’m serious!
- Beans. I also just cook my regular pinto and black beans this way now, too. Especially for making our favorite homemade refried beans.
- Broth. Man, oh man, this totally simplified my homemade broth making. Pop the bones and veggies in after supper and it’ll be done in an hour.
- Soups. From-scratch soups fast. (Like when it’s 5pm and you’ve forgotten you’re going to be eating supper that day…)
- Potatoes. Need baked potatoes or cooked potatoes for something? Pop 5 or 6 whole spuds in the cooker and they’ll be done in about 15 minutes.
- Whole Chicken. If you forgot to put the chicken in the slow cooker earlier that day, you can put the whole thing into the Instant Pot and cook it in around 20-30 minutes.
The Pot I Got
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I ordered my six-quart Instant Pot from Amazon– it’s the 7-in-1 model (IP-DUO60) (that’s an affiliate link). I haven’t experimented with other brands of cookers, but Instant Pot is definitely the one getting the most attention right now. If you have another brand of electric pressure cooker or a stovetop pressure cooker, you can definitely still make these recipes.
And no, I’m not being paid to write this post and I have zero affiliation with the company who makes Instant Pots. I make a small commission if you purchase a pot through my affiliate link, but that’s it.
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