It seemed that every time I logged on to Facebook, my feed was filled with many talking about their new Instant Pot. Then during the Christmas season, I think all of my friends got one! I have to admit, I was curious and pretty sceptical when Instant Pots first came out.
As if I needed yet another small to huge appliance cluttering my countertops and taking up space in my pantry.
Yet the product promised to save time in the kitchen, and that was something that definitely kept my interest. We all need that time saved in cooking each and every day!
Yet, what did it do? What brand? Which size? Will I love it?
Recently I gave into my curiosity and purchased an Instant Pot. Since then, I have fallen in love with it. Needless to say this is the teaser that many Instant Pot recipes will be shared very soon.
Should you buy an Instant Pot? Yes!
Let me explain all the reasons why. But first, what pot or pressure cooker should you buy? I got the brand name myself, a 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker. Swoon!
Bottom line, we are all busy these days. There are extra-curricular activities at school and after. The gym, church, and errands keep us running even on the weekends.
Truth is, painless kitchen solutions that give me the freedom to fix homemade, healthy meals for my family without spending all day in the kitchen – is more than welcome. Verdict: For me, the Instant Pot has become a kitchen essential. I am excited to share how much I do love it!
Here are my Top 5 Reasons to Buy an Instant Pot:
Convenience – It’s important to note that the time saving does not necessarily come in cook time since the Instant Pot’s primary function is as a pressure cooker. That means that while it cooks everything faster than usual, you also have to allow time for the pot to come to pressure and then release from pressure.
So while a small pot roast will cook in sixty minutes, there are an additional twenty or so minutes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure, and even longer for it to naturally release the pressure. The time savings you get in using an Instant Pot comes in the convenience. Once I put dinner into the Instant Pot, I can walk away from it until the pressure releases. No basting or stirring or checking to make sure I am simmering at the right temperature.
The Instant Pot Cooks Everything – Yes, everything. You can boil eggs in it. You can make cheesecake in it. You can even cook pasta in it. The first time I tried to prepare pasta in my crock pot we were having a potluck dinner over at a friend’s house. I decided to try a new recipe and was mortified when my pasta turned out mushy. The pot was not my usual saviour that night. However, the Instant Pot gets pasta right the first time and every time! From main dishes to soups, desserts and more – I love the cooking versatility that a pressure cooker has.
The Instant Pot has ‘Delay’ and ‘Keep Warm’ Settings – I am not sure about you, but afternoons are busy at my house. I am helping with homework and folding laundry and taking care of the dog and refereeing arguments on what we are going to watch on television tonight. Knowing that I can just let the pressure release on its own and not worry about getting a traditional pressure cooker off the burner at a specific time means I can spend more time taking care of my family and home.
The Instant Pot is Easier Than You Think – I am in a few Instant Pot recipe groups on Facebook. I’d guess that every day, someone posts about how they are intimidated by the IP. I Felt the same way! It’s got a lot of buttons, and many people have never used a pressure cooker before – never mind some of the horror stories about explosions. As always, read the manual and follow directions.
True, there are many sizes and kinds of Instant Pot’s, yet I love mine that does it all. Why? I can push one button to saute my onions, garlic, and chiles in the pot. When that is done, I push another button to stop cooking while I add liquids and other ingredients for a recipe. Then I can put the lid on, set my time, and walk away. A bit later, I have the tastiest meal. So while it might be intimidating, embrace the ability to do so much with one appliance!
It Can Also be Used as Slow Cooker – The slow cooker setting on the Instant Pot means that you can cook your favourite Crock Pot recipes too! No need for a separate appliance, this all-in-one feature is amazing at helping you enjoy that delicious meal when you get home! In actuality, mine is also a Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer.
I’m very happy I finally took the plunge – and can now understand what everyone is raving about.
I’ve already used mine most days since bringing it home. I love the convenience and versatility – and for all the above reasons why an Instant Pot is a staple in the kitchen. strong>Get yours today!
Do you have an Instant Pot?
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