Oh my gosh you guys, I got the best Christmas present ever, and I have to tell you about it! Have you heard of the Instant Pot? If your answer is “yes,” keep reading, because I have lots of good recipes and info below, BUT, if this is the first time you’ve heard the words Instant Pot I truly am honored to be the one to share the good news with you! Introducing the Instant Pot…A life changer!
I know “life changer” is kind of cliche, so I’ll rephrase it and just say that the Instant Pot has changed my attitude about feeding the fellow human beings in my household a complete 180! I am now actually excited about my my attempts to cook a delicious meal for my family, and I am no longer continually feeling stressed about the time it takes to create that meal.
So, what is the Instant Pot? I have heard it described as an electric pressure cooker that cooks food quickly and perfectly. If you have a couple of minutes for a lengthier description, here is a great intro video:
One of my favorite experiences with my Instant Pot was my very first time using it. Our family eats brown rice a lot. In the last year my oldest daughter has said that she hates rice and all but refuses to eat it whenever it is served. The first time I cooked in my Instant Pot I made brown rice. I was curious about how it would work out and if my daughter would like it. It was perfect! It took 22 minutes to make and when it was done it tasted like it came from PF Changs! My daughter gobbled it up and continues to rave about how delicious Instant Pot brown rice is.
The recipe we use is 1 cup brown rice and 1.25 cups of water. Stick the rice and water in the pot, close the lid, make sure that the pressure nob is turned to “pressure” and not “venting,” push manual, set the time for 22 minutes, and walk away. It beeps when the time is up and automatically goes to a warm setting. The pressure cooker can depressurize in two ways. If you choose to let it automatically depressurize on its own, just let it sit for about 15 minutes and it will quietly let out the pressure without your even noticing. You also have the rapid, turbo option of letting the the pressure out, where if you turn the pressure nob to “venting” the hot water vapor will spew forth from your Instant Pot for a good minute and then you can remove the lid. I was a bit afraid of the turbo option initially, and I still make sure all hands and heads are away from the blow hole for safety purposes before venting, but I have certainly found this option useful when wanting to “Black Beans and Rice – This was incredible! I still cannot believe that I cooked dried black beans in 28 minutes. There is no soaking required. This recipe was delicious!
Whole Chicken – 30 min cook time! Can you believe it? It takes that long to go to the store and get a rotisserie!)
Chicken Bone Broth – The greatest thing about making bone broth with a Instant Pot is that it doesn’t smell up your house, it doesn’t take days, and you and your guts can start reaping the medicinal benefits more quickly)
Meat Loaf – This is in our Instant Pot as I type! So excited!
We are obviously carnivores in our family, but for you veggies, here are a couple of vegetarian options.
Have you ever used an Instant Pot or pressure cooker? What are your favorite recipes? We would love to hear about your experience!