Do you remember the old fashion pressure cooker? It was a great way to speed up the time to get a meal on the table. But there were problems. You had to watch it closely to reduce the heat at the right time and know when to release the pressure. If not, you could have an explosion on your hands. Worse food fight clean up you could ever experience. So what is the Instant Pot? It is an updated pressure cooker that has gone digital. No more guessing the heat and pressure. The pot does it all. Here’s my review on things I have learned and recipes to try.
On Monday I mentioned that the Instant Pot is one of the things saving my sanity, and in Monday’s Easy Homemade newsletter, I included links to tons of tips, tricks & recipes for making the most of this trendy kitchen gadget. I don’t usually share newsletter content here, but it’s such a great list, I couldn’t resist.
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It always takes me a little while to jump on the latest bandwagon, and I prefer to wait until the latest trend has lasted long enough to prove that it’s worth paying attention to rather than jumping in at the beginning. Which explains why it took me so long to join the Instant Pot craze, even though friends of mine have been raving about theirs for almost a year now.
Several months ago I finally gave in and purchased an Elite pressure cooker. I wanted an Instant Pot since that brand has become the face of this trend, but I felt like our crew would need an 8-quart and the larger Instant Pot was just way too expensive to justify.
When my pot arrived, my oldest and I quickly unpacked it, excited to use it…and then it sat on my counter for a good three months untouched! I was just scared of the thing, not so much of it blowing up on me as ruining good food in the process of learning how to use it.
That all changed a couple of weeks ago, and I have used it almost every single day since. Roasted chicken and homemade stock, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash…when I’m limited on time, it delivers every time! Now that I’ve gotten to know it a little bit, I’m excited to learn how to do even more.
Whether, like me, you have a brand new pressure cooker sitting around waiting for you to use it or you’ve already started to discover the magic of this not-so-small appliance, I’ve gathered a ton of resources to help you (and me) get to know it better.
Books to Read
Using a pressure cooker is intimidating because it’s so different from the way we normally cook, but these 10 basic techniques from Katie at Kitchen Stewardship are a great place to start!
My favorite: “Roasting” a whole chicken and then making broth!
My friend Wardee is one of the first people I saw cook everything in her Instant Pot, and she’s become a pro in the process! In this post she shares 80 amazing recipes from around the blogosphere, and I guarantee you’ll be surprised by the variety of food you can cook.
The one that gets me: Cheesecake. (Cheesecake!)
Shelly at Cookies & Cups has put together a roundup of her favorite instant pot recipes. Like most people with a pressure cooker, she couldn’t stop at just 1 or 2!
The one I can’t stop thinking about: salsa verde chicken casserole.
From easy one-pot meals to a variety of fruits and vegetables, this collection of easy instant pot meals from Amy + Jacky at Pressure Cooking Recipes is right up my alley.
Yep: Those are no-fuss, 4-ingredient ribs.
My friend Tricia has been helping families stock their freezers with meals for years, and this collection of 50 instant pot meals can be assembled and frozen to make mealtime even easier when life gets busy.
The one that makes my mouth water: balsamic chicken with pears and mushrooms.
The Kitchn is a trusted voice in recipes and food preparation techniques, and this collection of 50+ recipes includes some basic techniques you’ll want to add to your repertoire.
Next on my list: Hard-boiled eggs.
And finally, if you prefer paleo meals, Michelle from Nom Nom Paleo put together a list of her favorites…plus you’ll find even more in her recipe index.
On this week’s menu: pressure cooker crispy potatoes.
Have you caught the instant pot bug yet?