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Making cooking easier in any way possible is every mother’s aim in life, right? I’ve written about recipes in the past and a few weeks ago brought out a whole list of crock pot recipes in New to Slow Cooking? Here’s Recipes You Need to Know. On the other end of the spectrum of cooking is quick dinner ideas. And quick cooking techniques. Quick is key.
While the microwave oven has revolutionized the way families cook, the other piece of technology that is bring food to the table faster for many Americans (and other mothers around the world) is the Instant Pot. It may be an older concept, but with new technology it can make even the most timid of cooks into chefs.
What is the Instant Pot?
Without the hype, it’s a pressure cooker. You may have heard of them before, but normally they consisted of a pan and a top that clicked onto it that would be put on the stove and cooked with.
Recently there have been advances and now this great piece of cooking technology is a counter top appliance that anyone (of reasonable age) can use.
According to the official website:
Instant Pot is the latest 3rd Generation Programmable Pressure Cooker designed by Canadians with the objectives of being Safe, Convenient and Dependable. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy, and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion.
I don’t know about you, but that small paragraph hits home with me, especially because our busy family are junk food junkies if you let them be. Myself included.
What’s So Trendy About Instant Pot That Everyone Went Crazy Over It?
I’m not sure if you missed it, but think back a few months ago….
During the Christmas shopping rush, Amazon.com brought out an amazing price for Instant Pot. I happened to be lucky enough to have a friend who was already using one, so when I saw the reduced price she posted about I jumped on it!
Hubby had mentioned about wanting a pressure cooker, but he also mentioned some other things so I wasn’t really actively in the market for one. I didn’t have a clue really what I was going to do with it. All I knew was that when a product like that goes on sale and EVERYONE on my friends list started to post about it, then I might as well jump on the bandwagon. At the time it was way under $100 so I figured if it turned out to be a dud, it wasn’t that big of an investment anyway.
Since it arrived, I’ve found out first hand what the fuss is all about. Believe me. This isn’t hype. The Instant Pot is magic. If I ever thought microwaves and crock pots could do magic, I clearly jad never considered one of these. It’s so great that even my husband has gotten in on the action.
So, to celebrate my great find and the popularity of it, here is my #fridayfive list of benefits of owning an instant pot:
Easy to Use!
There are very few steps to making a recipe in The Instant Pot. Most of them are dump recipes and a few want you to saute some items before you put on the machine’s top.
Clean up is pretty easy too. The stainless steel inner bowl and rack are both dishwasher safe. Clean up is about as easy as the cooking process.
Quick cooking times!
Most recipes I’ve found online are between 15 and 30 minutes from start to finish. If your items are frozen it may take a little bit longer. Even 30-40 minutes is fast when you’re thinking about having a nutritious meal. Bonus too is that it isn’t dried out from being in the microwave.
The best thing about The Instant Pot is that its extremely versitle. My friend who is now an Instant Pot guru has made every type of meal imaginable including desserts.
Easy to Convert Recipes to Instant Pot!
There isn’t much of a list of guidelines on how to convert your recipes, but consult Pinterest:
You’ll find enough recipes to work on, you won’t have an occasion not to try something new in it.
When you go onto the official website of the Instant Pot, they point you immediately to join the Instant Pot Community on Facebook. You can’t go wrong if the manufacturer of the item you’re using is pointing you to basically an official support group where other users are forming a community of people who love this product.
If the official group wasn’t enough there is also a recipe sharing group online called Instant Pot Recipes!
Have you seen the Instant Pot in a store near you? If you haven’t been able to get your hands on one I highly recommend looking on Amazon for one!