If you haven’t heard about the Instant Pot yet, now is the time to learn all about this incredibly versatile appliance. Instant Pot can take the place of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, sauté/browning pan, steamer, yogurt maker, and stockpot warmer. This thing can multitask!
There’s been a lot of hype around these tools, and for good reason. Instant Pot is a programmable pressure cooker that speeds up cooking by 2-6 times while using 70% less energy than similar appliances.
Here’s everything you need to know about your new favorite kitchen gadget, plus some recipes to get you started.
It might sound impossible for one appliance to take the place of 7 other appliances. However, rave review after rave review of the Instant Pot demonstrates that it truly lives up the manufacturer claims.
Still not convinced? You can read the reviews of different models on Amazon, or check out any number of foodie blogs. Kelli Foster, a writer for TheKitchn.com, tested the Instant Pot for 8 months and concluded, “At some point over the past eight months, without realizing it was happening, I completely fell in love with my Instant Pot.”
That’s high praise, but it’s pretty common to hear similar sentiments from other cooks when they talk about how much they love this appliance.
You can purchase Instant Pots in-store at Walmart, Kohls, and Target. Amazon is another popular retailer — they’ve even been known to run great deals on Black Friday.
This Instant Pot model is one of Amazon’s most popular and it usually retails for $99.99.
If there’s a dish you want to make, there’s a good chance it can be done in the Instant Pot. Once you have your own, here are some recipes you can get started with:
4-Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde: A delicious dinner in 25 minutes, using only 4 ingredients? Oh, yes!
Applesauce: You’ll never want to buy store-bought applesauce again after making this ridiculously easy recipe in your Instant Pot. No peeling apples, no preservatives, and no hassle.
Homemade Yogurt: It might sound a bit crazy, but making yogurt in an Instant Pot is surprisingly easy.
Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Beef Stew: Have soul-and-stomach-warming beef stew ready in under an hour.
Instant Pot Black Bean Soup (Vegan): You can use dry, un-soaked black beans for this recipe… saving you even more time.