There is a worldwide lover affair with an Instant Pot. More and more households are adding this wonderful appliance to their kitchens, and for a good reason. If you’re new to Instant Pot’s charms, we’re here to tell you why it’s become such a global pressure cooking phenomenon.
While pressure cooking has been around since the nineties – when the first patent for an electric pressure cooker was filed – it wasn’t until the 3rd generation of pressure cookers entered the market, that the cult of Instant Pot was born. So, what is so magical about the Instant Pot? That’s what we’re going to cover in today’s post.
What is Instant Pot?
The Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker that has 7 cooking functions, which sets it apart from many kitchen appliances with a single purpose. The Instant Pot does pressure cooking, rice cooking, browning, slow cooking, sautéing, and it keeps your food warm. Plus, it even has a handy-dandy yoghurt button. It contains a 6-quart stainless steel pot, so it’s plenty big for batch cooking, soups and stews. Plus, it’s simple to clean up.
Why is it becoming so popular?
Plain and simple, the Instant Pot makes life easy. Whether you love cooking or you have trouble getting motivated, it cuts down the time spent in the kitchen. It makes it more efficient to cook healthy, nourishing meals that taste really, really good!
For example, you can cook large roasts, broths, and stews that generally take 4+ hours to cook, in a mere 20 to 60 minutes. It also offers a timely way to cook grains, rice, lentils and beans.
It’s also replacing many people’s crock pots and slow cookers, since it has the ability to cook low and slow. Like we mentioned above, the Instant Pot is a dual-purpose kitchen appliance, so it’s especially handy for people with limited counter space, who want to utilise its multiple cooking abilities. Plus, once you’ve done the prep and set the Instant Pot to work, there is plenty of time to relax away from the kitchen. Once the cooking is done, the food will be kept warm for up to 10 hours.
Finally, it’s a huge money saver! It allows home cooks to easily utilise cheap cuts of meat, save on waste with recipes for stocks and broths, and develop recipes that freeze well and can be used later down the road.
What can you use the Instant Pot for?
The real question is: what can’t you use it for? The Instant Pot can cook anything that you can think of, whether it’s steaming, roasting, slow cooking or canning. Many recipes are adaptable to the Instant Pot, even if they take a bit of trial and error. If you’re an experimental cook, this pressure cooker will be one adventure after another. Here are some common recipes that can easily be made in the Instant Pot, and a few additional functions:
- Bone broth
- Yoghurt (coconut or dairy)
- Braised meats and vegetables
- Large and/or tough cuts of meat
- Steel-cut oatmeal
- Baking cakes and cheesecakes (yes – seriously!)
- Egg dishes (i.e. quiche)
- Steamed vegetables
- Cooking whole root vegetables quickly
- Cooking grains quickly
- Cooking beans or lentils quickly
- Keeping food warm
- Slow cooking or pressure cooking crock pot recipes
How much does the Instant Pot cost?
The Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 costs $99 USD in its 6-quart version, although you can choose a smaller or larger model. The 8-quart pot is around $160 USD. Look out for seasonal sales, when you can get this magical pot at a cheaper price. But trust us, the investment is so worth it.
Where can I buy an Instant Pot?
You can purchase an Instant Pot on Amazon, or you might find it at your local kitchen store or big box store that sells kitchen appliances.
Instant Pot pressure cooker reviews
- This review from The Kitchn chronicles eight months with the pressure cooker.
- Wellness Mama reviews the Instant Pot and includes some nourishing recipes.
- CNET reviews the Bluetooth-equipped version of the Instant Pot.
- This handy video review from A Pinch of Healthy outlines thoughts, tips, pros and cons.
- Here is a review by one of our contributing writers Alex, who owns not one but TWO Instant Pots.
Learn more about the Instant Pot on their official website.
If you have any additional questions about the Instant Pot, ask away! If you’re ready to purchase your Instant Pot, you can find the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 here.