Thursday, August 24, 2017

Why I Love The Instant Pot

I recall seeing ads for the instant pot months ago and thinking it looked like a kitchen appliance that I would like.

If you're not familiar with the Instant Pot, it's a 7-in-1 programmable pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker and warmer.  The beautiful pot is available in 6 or 8 quarts, depending on your needs and family size.  Who wouldn't love a multi functioning tool that can do so many things for you at once? 

When I was visiting my parents last month, my mom mentioned that my birthday was coming up and asked what I would like for it.  In the same night, I saw another video on Facebook for the Instant pot and really read through the comments and perused some reviews online.  I knew this would be the perfect present for me, and I was lucky to be able to find it for a good price on Kohl' with promo codes. 

I've only had the Instant Pot for about a month but it's already been a life changer.  There is a learning curve in the beginning but I really got the hang of it quickly.  It is such a time saver and you really can make food in half the time thanks to the pressure cooker feature.  

My favorite thing to make is shredded chicken for sandwiches, tacos, and taco bowls.  Normally, I would slow cook the meat for 6-7 hours in the slow cooker, but now I can cook it in just 9 minutes!! I still can't get over how many hours that saves me.  The only thing you have to wait for is the machine to build up the pressure which takes about 10 minutes.  After that, the food's timer does a countdown and then your delicious food is ready to eat.  I shred the chicken in the mixer and add whatever else I want in there for taco bowls such as black beans, cheese, and tomatoes.  The meat is juicy and tender and just wonderful.  

I use the Instant Pot several times a week and have since made hard boiled eggs, mashed potatoes, tomato soup, assorted pasta dishes, chicken and rice, and a few other things.  There's a wonderful Instant Pot community group on Facebook with over 600,000 members (yes 600,000!) where people ask questions and share tips and recipes.  The group has been really helpful and I'm always picking up new tips and recipes to make.  I've even seen people make mouthwatering looking cheesecakes in it too!

Don't be intimidated that the appliance is a pressure cooker, it's not as scary as it sounds at all.  All you have to do is release the steam and stand back once the food has finished cooking.  You have to turn a valve to release the pressure, and I usually use a wooden spoon to do so.  The pressure doesn't make a loud noise but be careful because the machine is very hot.  

If you're a mom of a small child like I am, or you have a busy lifestyle with getting the kids off to school and working full-time, the Instant Pot is a huge help and game changer in the kitchen.  Takeout will be a thing of the past when you can just put everything into the pot and walk away.  You'll have a quick dinner that the entire family will love.  I've barely used my oven or stovetop since receiving the Instant Pot. 

So far I have only used two settings on the machine but as I get more comfortable with it, I want to try out the other ones too.  Scarlett knows the Instant Pot by name and always likes to watch it when it's on and cooking.  Hopefully she'll take after her mom and love to be in the kitchen when she's older!

If you're on the fence about whether to buy it or not, I highly recommend it.  The appliance doesn't take up much room and sits on my counter permanently.  Go ahead and change your cooking for the better today!

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