My sister turned me on to Instant Pot several years ago. She had purchased one to give away as a Christmas gift, but ended up keeping it. 24 hours later I received a phone call telling me I had to order one of these amazing appliances right away. People always ask its worth buying one, and if I really use it, so I came up with a list of ways that my Instant Pot has changed my life:
It saves me time
The fastest way I know to cook a tender, juicy chicken breast is to throw it in the Instant Pot for 10 minutes. Still frozen, make it 20. While that cooks I can make a side dish, and heat up some veggies. Dinner will be on the table in under 30 minutes. Pro tip: Cover the chicken in salsa before cooking, throw it on top of a bowl of lettuce, and you have an easy, flavorful salad.
Keeps the kitchen cool
Arizonians know that summer cooking means making meals that don’t heat up the house. With my instant pot, I can cook a meal without turning on my oven, stove, or having to go outside and fire up the grill.
Cuts down on prep time
I like to stock my fridge with meals that I can cook in advance, and serve during the week. On Sundays I hard-boil a dozen eggs (that jump out of their shells when I peel them), a whole chicken, chicken stock, and rice. The eggs are great for a quick breakfast. The chicken and rice becomes the base for several meals, and making my own chicken stock saves me a trip to the store.
It helps me try new things
The instruction manual has a list of cooking times for all types of foods, which has encouraged me to try new vegetables. I can cook butternut or spaghetti squash in 6 minutes. The Instant Pot also steams veggies in just a few minutes. I like to make pureed veggie soups by throwing veggies in, covering in chicken stock, and pureeing with my stick blender when they are cooked through.
It takes the place of several appliances
Since the instant pot has 6 or 7 different functions, it can help streamline your kitchen. I got rid of my crockpot and steamer once I realized this machine could do both. It also cooks rice, which has helped me to get dinner together quickly more then once.
This post was in no way sponsored by Instant Pot. I’m just a local mom who loves to share kitchen tools I love with the rest of our community.
What are your favorite ways to use the Instant Pot??