Backstory: Cooking and Me….
I’m not the biggest fan of cooking. I like the final product and definitely venture out (all while listening to a podcast or something because I can’t just do one thing at one time), but am not necessarily one to enjoy the process.
Anyway, I get home from the gym after work, between 7-7:30 p.m. many nights of the week. At that point I just want something fast, but I still try my best to eat somewhat healthy.
We’d recently purchased a copper skillet for $7 at Burlington and it was a game changer in terms of quick clean-up.
I am a fan of anything quick.
Considering an Instant Pot
In a few Facebook groups I’m in, I had heard a lot about the Instant Pot. I already have a Ninja 3-in-1 that I love and also recommend, that takes up enough space in my small kitchen, so I hadn’t considered something else. But after researching what an Instant Pot could do… the thought of being able to cook something quickly, without screwing it up, was appealing.
So. At that point… I did what I do best… made a last minute decision to buy one that was on sale. I told myself I’d keep the box and receipt, so if I wasn’t using it, I would need to return it.
So… What is the Instant Pot?
The Instant Pot, or as I often call it, the InstaPot, is an electric pressure cooker. It speeds up cook time quite a bit (up to 70 percent they say on their website), and you have a manual that will tell you which settings to put certain foods on. You can also buy tons of Instant Pot recipe books, or for free, just find recipes on Google or Pinterest.
The Instant Pot also has a removable stainless steel pot that’s easy to clean. Most of the time I can just take my sink sprayer and spray off the inside then wash it without gunking up a sponge.
Delving Into the Details a Little More
All in all, I love that I can come home, put in chicken, steak, etc. into the Instant Pot, along with maybe some carrots and beef both for flavor, push a couple buttons and then it’s done in 10-25 minutes. I’ve even made this super easy macaroni and cheese recipe that doesn’t require you to strain the noodles.
In addition, this Instant Pot can also function as a rice cooker, steamer and warmer. It also sautes and sears too.
After you cook something in the Instant Pot, it automatically switches to a warming function, which is fabulous if you are like me and are terrible with your timing in the kitchen. It will keep whatever warm without drying it out.
Should You Buy One?
Ultimately, that’s up to you. However, if you are looking for something that cooks food fast to make things easier, I vote yes. You can also give the gift of an Instant Pot to someone that is like me in the kitchen, too.
Plus it’s really fun when you switch the pressure cooker from “seal” to “vent” and really freak out your pets. It also makes fun noises when you open and close the lid. It’s like a game… and you’re always winning.