Why Is The Instant Pot the Best Small Appliance for Your Kitchen? It Saves Time!

IAn open Instant Pot showing eggs sitting on a trivet that's in the bottom of the pot.

Are you wondering if you’ve made a mistake in purchasing that Instant Pot that’s taking up a prime spot of real estate on your kitchen counter? If you’re second-guessing that decision, you can stop right now and rest assured that it’s totally deserving of your purchase, your counter top, and the learning curve involved in starting out with an Instant Pot.  Read on to learn how and why!  #Instant Pot #ElectricPressureCooker #PressureCooker

 The Instant Pot Saves Our Most Precious Resource in Life: Time!

Below are 12 Time-Saving Reasons That Show You How the Instant Pot is the Best Dinner Tool Your Kitchen Will Ever Own. 

An Instant Pot electric pressure cooker sitting on the counter.

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The Instant Pot saves SO MUCH TIME in the kitchen – it’s way faster than using your cook top, your slow cooker, or your oven. Below I’m sharing 12 ways that my Instant Pot saves me loads of time and effort. 

After cooking for 5+ years with an Instant Pot, almost on an every day basis, I know I could never live without it – it’s a dinner time game-changer, not to mention a total life-saver.

This small appliance work-horse is the multi-cooker of my dreams, proving itself to me time and time again. I’ve been redeemed!

  • How Much Time Will Cooking In an Instant Pot Save Me?

Cooking foods under pressure can cut the cooking time by one-third and in lots of cases by 50%.  Who doesn’t love THAT when you’ve got a hungry family to feed? The bulk of the research I’ve done shows that most meals cooked in the Instant Pot are cooked 8-10 times faster than when using traditional methods on your stove top or in your oven.

  • How Does the Instant Pot Save Time in the Kitchen?

As your Instant Pot pressurizes, the liquid inside begins to circulate, creating steam then makes the pot pressurize. This is what makes your Instant Pot such an invaluable tool – the foods inside not only cook way more quickly, they are also more flavorful, retain more of their nutrients, and pressure-cooked foods are very moist, tender, and delectable.

Yep, the Instant Pot is the Best-Ever Small Appliance for Saving Time In Your Kitchen – Here’s How: 

  • The Instant Pot Cooking Frees Me Up to Do Other Things…Both In and Out of the kitchen.

I have discovered that this is one of my absolute favorite features of using the Instant Pot: Set-It and Forget-It!  I love it that once my Instant Pot has fully come up to pressure, I can walk away – no babysitting required!

Definitely not something you can do if you’re having to tend a pot of Tex Mex Corn Chowder on the stove or a Cuban Pork Tenderloin with Black Beans and Rice in the oven, eh? If I want to I can walk out my door for a quick walk before dinner, help my husband check or feed cattle, or do laundry.

Plus, if I need to, I can work on other tasks right in my kitchen since the Instant Pot is also HANDS-FREE cooking.

  • Instant Pot Cooking is the Best Cooking Style for Me Because I Couldn’t Make the Slow Cooker System Work. 

For whatever reason, I’ve never had a good slow-cooker system for feeding my family.  I think this because when my family leaves home, we tend not to return for very extended periods of time – usually 10 or even 12 hours later.

And even when my slow cooker automatically moves over from the Low-Cooking Temperature setting to the Keep-Warm setting, our food is still over cooked and pretty mushy. Never a good thing at my house.

This is not fault of the slow cooker, mind you, but rather a logistical problem on our part – it’s just how our lifestyle works, and that does not include the Crock Pot!

We have made the conversion to primarily using the Instant Pot for cooking meals and WOW! does this ever save me a ton of time.  This was my biggest hope when purchasing my first Instant Pot (I now have four electric pressure cookers, all different sizes, all different brands) so I feel pretty dang good about this method of cooking – yippee!

Shredded beef tucked inside a tortilla.

 

  • Pressure Cooking in the Instant Pot is the Fastest Option for Getting My Family Fed.

Once I got past the learning curve that comes with using an Instant Pot at first, I discovered there are tons of meals that I can cook in 30 minutes or less after I arrive back at home to make dinner.

Talk about life-saving and a game-changer for me and feeding my family! Once I began to see how many recipes could be cooked so quickly and were meals my family loved, I felt so relieved.  Not only was I feeding my family in a quicker (and healthier) way, I no longer felt like a failure because the slow cooker system I was trying to implement didn’t work out.

Here are a few of our favorite really fast Instant Pot meals:

I primarily use the 6-quart Instant Pot for cooking for my family of 4, which includes 2 big sons, plus my husband…and they can eat a lot in just one setting. But, we usually have one-two servings leftover and I always store these in a microwaveable container so I can pop it into the microwave the next day at lunch, instead of having to stop to make a sandwich or a salad.

  • I Have Come to Realize How Many Foods I can Cook Faster in my Instant Pot, Even When The Ingredient I’m Cooking Isn’t Actually Part of an Instant Pot Recipe.

For Instance: Yes, I can cook the mashed potatoes I need for my fried chicken dinner on my stove-top (20-25 minutes boiling in a pot) OR I can opt to cook them much more quickly in my Instant Pot. Once you’ve begun to use your Instant Pot a lot, this will become a no-brainer, but it does take a bit of time to automatically remember that. You’ve got to create a brand new habit – which sometimes is not as easy as it should be, right?

I can cook large chunks of potatoes in 5-8 minutes, depending on how many pounds of potatoes I’m cooking at one time -so much faster than in a pot of boiling water! Same thing with cooking macaroni for my favorite BLT Pasta Salad or hard-boiled eggs for making Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs or  Sarah Jane’s Spicy Deviled Eggs – these ingredients are made much more quickly and efficiently under pressure in my Instant Pot.

Instant pot with lid removed and eggs inside placed onto a trivet.

 

  • Using the Instant Pot Sauté Setting is Fast, Fast, Fast and Way Less Messy.

Why should I brown off the chopped ham (that I need for my baked quiche) in a skillet when I can simply use the saute setting on my Instant Pot to do the job? The pot heats up super fast when utilizing the saute setting.

When I’m browning meats, I also like how deep my Instant Pot is – this really prevents grease splatters (unlike a skillet on my stove) so therefore I spend less time cleaning up.

Or, let’s say I’m making this Sausage and Bacon Potato Soup that calls for ground sausage. I love it that I can first cook the sausage right in my Instant Pot using the sauté setting, add the remaining ingredients for the chowder, then pressurize the pot (for only 5 minutes, mind you!) and quickly cook my chowder.  Dinner’s done….and all in one, single pot.

  • The Instant Pot is a Kitchen Multi-Cooker – You Can Cook Foods 8-10 Times Faster In So Many Ways!

Not only is the Instant Pot an electric pressure cooker, it also acts as a burner (when using the sauté setting) which is perfect for browning foods.  And, you can cook big old hunks of meat, pressure cook soups, stews and pasta in minutes, bake the moistest cakes, steam vegetables, make the fluffiest rice and quinoa, plus cook and ferment homemade yogurt….all in one pot. And, did you know you can beans without having to soak them? True story, my friend.

Here’s a list of helpful Instant Pot Tools and Accessories to have on hand in your kitchen as you learn to cook with it.

  • Most Instant Pot Recipes Are Cooked All in One Pot. Yay – Less Clean Up Time, Folks.

What’s the number 1 reason I am overjoyed with this?  Way fewer dishes to wash!!!!  Clean up is a breeze when you’ve only got that one pot to worry about. And when Mamma is happy, everybody is happy.

As you progress with cooking in your Instant Pot, you’ll see that there are oodles of meals where all the ingredients are added at once, or where you will simply and easily stir in a couple of ingredients at the end AFTER pressurizing, such as dairy products and frozen vegetables.  The items you stir in at the end of the pressurizing process will cook almost instantly since the ingredients already in the pot are so, so hot.

 

An Instant Pot sitting on a counter with a bowl of soup on a plate in the foreground.

  • Grocery Shopping is Quicker and Easier. I’ve Become a Full-Fledged Speed Shopper.

Since the only foods (mainly) that can be cooked in the Instant Pot are whole foods (meats, grains, beans, pastas, and vegetables) I can shop the perimeter of the grocery store instead of having to peruse the center aisles as much. I love this! I can be in and out of the grocery store in record speed and I find I spend way less money, too.

Also, feeding my family the whole foods I cook in my Instant Pot really makes me feel good about the meals I’m serving them.

  • I Can Cook Ahead Much Better, so Meal Prep Later is a Breeze.

I like to cook at least two proteins every weekend, usually a big beef roast for Big Bold Beef Carnitas or a Spicy Tender Pork Butt, plus some chicken, either boneless, skinless breasts or boneless, skinless thighs to make Buffalo Chicken Sliders. Or sometimes I even cook up a turkey breast! (Did you know you can even cook a FROZEN turkey breast in your Instant Pot?)

When I can start the week with cooked meat, such as leftover beef roast, shredded pork or chopped chicken, already in my fridge, I feel so much more prepared for making meals – both physically AND mentally. (I always contend that the hardest part of cooking is figuring out what to make which consequently leads to a lot of emotional distress – wouldn’t you agree?)

Cooking ahead is an up-front investment of your time that returns your time on the back-side when you’re preparing the meals later that call for pre-cooked meats…..such as quick-to-fix skillet pastas, soups, wraps, grilled sandwiches, quesadillas, or even macaroni and cheese!

A golden brown turkey breast sliced open to reveal the internal part of the turkey.

  • I Keep My Instant Pot Right on My Counter For Quick Access.

If you have to constantly pull your Instant Pot out of a cupboard or your pantry, it can easily become a chore and something you just don’t feel like doing. And pretty soon you won’t – guaranteed.

Know right from the get-go that if you really want to cook consistently with your Instant Pot, it MUST have a spot on your counter. Otherwise, your Instant Pot is out-of-sight, so it’s out-of-mind. And what does this do for you?? It means you’ll very likely revert right back to what your go-to what previous to your Instant Pot:  cooking on your stove top or in your oven. Bad move!

Keep your Instant Pot easily within reach on your counter so that electric pressure cooking becomes a HABIT.  Depending on your age, this will take from 30 – 90 days!

I once had someone tell me that for the first two weeks after she purchased her Instant Pot, she committed to only cooking dinner in her pot.  If she couldn’t make it in the Instant Pot, it didn’t happen.  What a great way to force yourself to learn how to REALLY cook in your Instant Pot!   #Brilliant

  • Utilizing the Natural Release Setting After Pressurizing my Instant Pot Makes Meats Shred and Slice Super Fast Because They are So Tender.

When you pressurize meats in the Instant Pot, you always want to use your natural release setting once the timer sounds.  This allows for two things – your meats can fully finish cooking from the residual heat inside the pot, but even more importantly the meats can REST during the natural release, ensuring the protein fibers can relax and will be super tender.  So, once you put those meats onto your cutting board, they shred apart in an instant, or if you slicing the meat, it’s a breeze.  (Remember – if you’re slicing meats, be sure to slice ACROSS the grain, not WITH the grain!)

Other Instant Pot Info You Will Find Helpful:

 

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Let’s Get You Cookin’,
Chef Alli

New to cooking in your Instant Pot? This list of The Top 6 Reasons Your Instant Pot Won’t Pressurize can be a real life-saver. Post it in a handy spot in your kitchen for easy reference when your Instant Pot is misbehaving!

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Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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Thank You ! I have no regrets in having my Instant Pot, & I made room in a cabinet when not in use, but use many times each week. Love your recipes too !! Do you have a list of ideals for Christmas gifts for the Cook this year, I always find that to be so helpful. Happy Thanksgiving! Sharon Hassett

Hi Sharon – I’m so glad your Instant Pot is working out well for you. I still think it’s the best small appliance in the land! I’ve not worked on a list of ideas for Christmas Gifts for the Cook this year, but I’ll try to get busy on that. I monetized my blog a year ago and have learned there’s a big learning curve to blogging – holy cow. So much more to keep up with than anyone realizes, at least if you want to bring in an income from it.
Hope you and yours have a great Thanksgiving – miss your sweet face and smile!
Your fan always,
Chef Alli

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