Just think of it…..frozen-solid chicken breasts ready in minutes, tender beef and pork roasts cooked in just over an hour, perfect long grain basmati or jasmine rice cooked in minutes. And how about a pinto bean side-dish that’s ready in just 25 minutes….no soaking involved? Do I have your attention yet? #instantpot #electricpressurecooker
Here’s Why You Need an Instant Pot.
If all that sounds way too good to be true, then you’re exactly like I was at first….highly skeptical about how great Instant Pot cooking is. But that was 5+ years ago, folks, and I’ve never looked back. Now I’m a total Instant Pot convert, cooking in it nearly every single day. My Instant POt has changed how we do dinner – much faster, healthier, and easier. Here’s why an Instant Pot is life-changing:
It is a huge time saver.
The clean up is super easy and quick.
You’re able to cook ingredients from frozen – even meats.
It rescues us from defaulting to the drive-thru to frequently.
It’s energy efficient and provides cool-cooking in the summertime.
Real, whole foods are mainly what can be cooked in an Instant Pot – we eat better!
Since it’s a multi-cooker, you can replace several small kitchen appliances with just one Instant Pot.
Still not convinced that you need an Instant Pot?
Read on to learn IN DETAIL how this magic machine has changed my life in the kitchen.
It’s A Huge Saver of Our Most Precious Ingredient: Our Time.
One of the greatest things I love about electric pressure cooking is how it saves so much time. On average, I can cut my cooking time in HALF, and still produce delicious, healthy meals for my guys. Who doesn’t want to spend time doing other things rather than all evening in the kitchen making dinner? I value my time and so does my electric pressure cooker, thankfully.
It Offers Easy-Peezy Clean Up.
Because an entire meal can be created in one pot, clean up after dinner is minimal. Yay! There’s not multiple pots and pans to wash. I love how I can begin by using the sauté setting of my Instant Pot to brown ingredients, such as meats, add my liquid (usually broth) and then pressurize to cook my meal in just minutes, all in one single pot. Because there’s only one pot to quickly wash, I’m in and out of the kitchen so much more quickly.
You Can Cook From Frozen….and I don’t Mean the Movie!
If you’re like me, you sometimes forget to thaw the meat you intend to cook for dinner. Never fear! You can still get dinner on the table in a quick fashion by cooking FROM FROZEN in the Instant Pot.
Anything from boneless, skinless chicken breasts to a frozen-solid chuck roast can be cooked in the Instant Pot. I was very skeptical of doing this, but have learned it works just wonderfully.
It Rescues Dinner at Home.
Everybody knows how it feels to get home too late to prepare dinner in a timely manner, thus requiring pizza delivery or a run through the local drive-thru. This is fine occasionally (after all, it’s real life out here!) but if we’re soon making fast food a habit….there goes the neighborhood, so to speak!
With an Instant Pot, you can pull out a few chicken breasts or pork chops (even if they are frozen, remember?), having a super tasty dinner on the table, often in less than 30 minutes!
An Instant Pot is Energy Efficient, Cool, and Quiet.
One big advantage of cooking with an Instant Pot is that since it prepares food much more quickly, it’s very energy-efficient. And, all the heat is kept inside your pot, a big plus during the summer months when we are trying to keep the kitchen cool.
Because Instant Pots don’t have that hissing, rattling valve on top like the stove-top pressure cookers of Grandma’s day, they are completely quiet when being used. As a matter of fact, if your electric pressure cooker is making any noise as it cooks, a simple valve adjustment is likely all that’s needed!
An Instant Pot Gives Fast Food a “Whole” New Meaning.
Instant Pot cooking requires whole, real foods, such as meats, poultry, vegetables, beans, grains, pastas, etc. The fact that we’re eating whole foods and not processed foods is a huge win, no matter what we’re cooking for dinner! Fast food just became good for us!
It Replaces Multiple Kitchen Appliances….and Saves Marriages
When I began using my Instant Pot, I was thrilled to learn I could retire both my slow cooker AND my rice cooker to the small appliance graveyard! (And since I had never been a huge fan of slow cooker meals anyway, it felt great to move away from something I did mostly out of desperation.) I love how my Instant Pot is a multi-cooker – it’s a steamer, roaster, braiser, rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt-maker and an electric pressure cooker!
Spouses can run late for dinner, we all know that. My Hubs is a cattleman and he has been late to dinner plenty of times. I love how my Instant Pot keeps his dinner (or reheated leftovers) at a safe, hot temperature when I use the “keep warm” setting. No matter when he makes it home, his dinner is warm and ready. Score!
Alright… are you convinced yet?
If you’ve now decided that you DO need an Instant Pot in your kitchen, congratulations! You are going to LOVE it.
If you feel a bit of trepidation when you bring your Instant Pot out of the box, plug it in, and panic: “What if I ruin it? What if it explodes? What if it blows my house up?” Don’t worry. I’m here to help!
First of all, click below and download my FREE Guide to Instant Pot Pressurization Problems! Print out this quick checklist and tape it to your cabinet door. When you run into a pressurization problem, don’t panic! Simply go through this troubleshooting checklist and get back on your feet.
Secondly, join me each Thursday evening at 7:00 on my Facebook page where I share FREE Live-cast Instant Pot cooking classes. During these 30 minute sessions, I share my favorite tips for working with an Instant Pot, I can personally answer your burning questions, and we make some really delicious food in a short time.
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Ready to get started? Here are some easy, delicious meals you can make RIGHT NOW in Your Instant Pot: