I don’t know about you, but as a busy wife and parent, I find it extremely difficult to get healthy food made in a reasonable amount of time. I also don’t particularly enjoy cooking. (I do however, love eating!!) I wanted to tell you about a product that has been life changing in the way I feed my family. It’s the one and only Instant Pot.
My mother used a pressure cooker years and years ago, and instilled a fear in me that the thing could explode and kill all of us. Did it ever do that? No. But that fear has been in me through the years. I mean, who wants a projectile bullet pressure gage-y thing thwinging itself through the house, or perhaps be burned alive by an exploding pot?? Not me, no sir, no way, no how. Putting the fear aside, I also remember the wonderfully tasty food and soft meat that came from that fearful pot!
Recently, as I visited a friend, and she made a delicious dinner from her stove top pressure cooker, and the memories of my mother’s delicious food came back in full force. I started researching pressure cookers, and this Instant Pot kept surfacing every time I looked up all the pros and cons of pressure cooking. I kept thinking, “Why would I want another countertop appliance? My slow cooker sits there on the counter too, always in the way, but only getting used once a week or so. It uses a ton of electricity too.”
I started reading reviews on the Instant Pot, even though I was dead set against getting another electric cooker that would die the death of such appliances like the toaster oven, I started being impressed with the reviews and comments of those who loved their Instant Pot. I thought the 10 safety features were quite impressive, and the cooking time saved was unbelievable. Another feature that impressed me is the fact that the inner pot is stainless steel, not some toxic coating that could flake off into my food.
What else impressed me? Well, besides being a pressure cooker, the Instant Pot can be used as a slow cooker, rice cooker, and has features for yogurt, soup, meat, poultry, beans/chili, a saute feature, and steamer. I got mine a few months ago, and fell in love with it right away!
I could tell you all of my favorites, but a few highlights are: frozen chicken cooked in 20 minutes (times don’t include it building up pressure, which adds another 10 minutes or so to the time, depending how full the pot is), brown rice 20 mins, hard boiled eggs 3 mins, 15 bean soup (the dried beans that take 8 hours in the crock pot), 25-30 mins, pork roast softest I’ve ever tasted 90 minutes, almost any soup in 15-20 minutes….I could go on and on, and I haven’t even tried many of the features yet because I’m always in a hurry!
If you’re wanting one for yourself (I know you do!!!), here’s an easy link to get one. You won’t regret it!
Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt