A handful of years ago, the man who was at the time my boyfriend took me to visit his sister around the holidays. While we were there, this woman who will some day (eventually) be my sister-in-law started singing the praises of the Instant Pot.
I didn’t really know what it was at the time but as she explained something about putting in frozen meat (or was it just raw?) and pushing a button and dinner being ready in about 10 minutes or so, I thought: “That’s not possible and you’re clearly lying to me right now.”
Ok I’m actually the one who is lying for the sake of comedy. My actual thoughts were something along the lines of “I have no idea how that is possible and I’m far too shy to ask you to elaborate. Sooooo…” *mental jazz hands*
I was intrigued by this Wonder Contraption that I did not actually believe existed but then I kind of just forgot about it for awhile. I had no intentions of buying one, even though I am an absolute kitchen gadget whore. I was a little put off by the price at the time (spoiler alert: I no longer think that) and my at-the-time tiny kitchen just didn’t really need yet another thing in it.
But then a year or so passed and my fiancé bought one (Or was he still my boyfriend at the time? I can’t really keep track) and I’m not going to lie: The thing terrified me.
First of all, I found it ridiculously intimidating. Which buttons do I push and will one of them cause everything to blow up? Or would I somehow give everyone food poisoning maybe? I don’t know, but for whatever reason I decided it was far too complex to use. Plus there’s that whole REALLY SCARY, REALLY LOUD noise when you’re releasing the pressure manually that just made me convinced I was very likely going to die if I used this thing.
So it went into a cupboard. And it sat there for months. Untouched.
Then one day I burnt stew and destroyed a regular pot and decided I should probably give the Instant Pot a try because I had no other options for cooking soup and not cooking soup was just not something I was willing to accept.
See, soups and stews are kind of my favourite things to make and so when the evening came when I wanted to make another batch of stew, and the burnt pot still had not been salvaged (I have since fixed it by the way, if you’re dying to know.) I decided I was going to try to use the Instant Pot.
And now I am completely hooked and I can’t stop using it.
Half of our meals most weeks are cooked in the Instant Pot, and the only reason the other half aren’t is because I haven’t figured out how yet! (Can I do Instant Pot nachos?) Everything tastes better when cooked in that damn thing.
I can’t stop looking up Instant Pot recipes and trying to make plans to streamline dinner making. And there are so many good ones.
Spending a Sunday pre-chopping and freezing ingredients so I can just dump them in the Instant Pot 30 minutes before dinner? Yes. Yes I will. That sounds fun. Sign me up.
Also, I very recently discovered you can make hard boiled eggs in this thing and now I am extra obsessed.
If you need an Instant Pot in your life (believe me, you do) you can purchase a 6 Quart one Here or an 8 Quart one Here. There are a lot of different models but this is the one we have and so it’s the one I would recommend because it’s the only one I’m familiar with.
Fun fact: I brought home a turkey not long ago, and my fiancé commented that it was too bad we couldn’t try cooking it in the Instant Pot so I’m clearly marrying the right man.
And to leave you with a little dinner inspiration, here are links to some of my favourite Instant Pot recipes, including that hard boiled egg on that blew my mind:
Chicken Noodle Soup from Spend With Pennies
Beef Stew from the Salty Marshmallow
Chilli from Dinner At The Zoo
Jambalaya from Paint the Kitchen Red
Hard Boiled Eggs from Gimme Some Oven
Let me know if you have an Instant Pot and if you use it a lot. Drop me a link to some of your favourite recipes if you’ve got them available, or even just let me know what you like to cook in there the most often.
Stay safe everyone!
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