You probably don’t need another raving endorsement for this popular new appliance, but I just can’t stop myself. I love this thing. The Instant Pot does it all. Often, it does it all at once, and there is only one pot to clean up – a nice big stainless steel pot that washes up easily.
I was skeptical when the kids gave it to me for my birthday. I’d been encouraging the girls to get one, since they have families to feed, but I didn’t think it would be worthwhile to get one for myself. All of our children are grown and gone, and I just cook for my husband and myself. The Instant Pot seemed unnecessary. Frivolous. I didn’t want another bulky appliance cluttering up my kitchen and collecting dust.
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I started with white rice. It was perfect – just like the chow mein place, A little sticky, but not at all mushy. Brown rice was just as good. My usual rice is unpredictable, and I always make a mess when the starchy water overflows onto the stove top. If all the Instant Pot did was cook rice, it would be worth the expense. But it also makes perfect boiled eggs. (See note above, about my rice-making issues. My eggs technique is similar. ) We now eat more rice and eggs than we used to.
Then I made yogurt. I eat a lot of Greek yogurt, and the cheapest quart available is nearly $4. I was able to make more than twice that much with one gallon of milk, which cost less than $2, and it’s delicious. Tastes just like sour cream, and look how thick and yummy it is!
I took a seven-pound ham from the deep freezer and cooked it in an hour. A whole chicken. Pork. Sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squash, and even spaghetti (including the dry noodles – just one pot!) Chili and soup of every kind are fast and easy in the amazing Instant Pot! Dried beans without overnight soaking and hours of cooking! Apparently, corn on the cob and popcorn are possible, too, although I haven’t tried them. And, of course, it operates as a slow cooker, too.
So there you have it… my unsolicited, unpaid, hearty endorsement of the Instant Pot.
Do you have one? Do you love it? What do you cook in it?