Last Black Friday, I jumped on the bandwagon and bought an Instant Pot®. Yes, I had to find out for myself what the craze was all about, so I actually bought in. And Instant Pot® is a programmable pressure cooker that is supposed to speed up cooking considerably. This week, I want to share what I’ve done with my Instant Pot® and how I’ve made it work for my family.
What’s the best part about an Instant Pot®?
First and foremost, what I absolutely love to make in my Instant Pot® is hard-boiled eggs. You may be asking, aren’t eggs bad for you? Despite their occasional negative portrayal, eggs are a fantastic protein source, as long as you aren’t going overboard with the number you eat.
I typically hard-boil about eight to 12 eggs a week for our family of five. The Instant Pot® makes it super-duper easy to do so. Here are the instructions:
Megan’s Hard-boiled Eggs
- Put one cup of water and however many eggs you want into the pot.
- Program five minutes of pressure, followed by five minutes natural release, followed by 5 minutes cold water bath.
I don’t shell them right away, but put them in a bowl in the fridge to stay fresher for longer. We shell them as we eat them.
What else can you use the Instant Pot® for?
I also have made a whole chicken with my Instant Pot®, although this is not something new to me. I usually buy whole chickens when they are on sale and freeze them. Typically, I’ll thaw the chicken and put it in the crockpot with all the seasonings I want—by the evening, we’ve got chicken. I’ll shred the leftover chicken and freeze into patches so we can use it for subsequent meals, such as chicken spaghetti, chicken tacos, white chicken chili and BBQ chicken.
How does the Instant Pot come into play? One time, I forgot to thaw the chicken the night before. I placed the whole frozen chicken in the Instant Pot® with the seasonings and a little water. In no time, the chicken was cooked. This is a definite plus of having the Instant Pot® around.
What are some of the lesser-known features of the Instant Pot®?
My last favorite I’m going to talk about today is burrito bowls. When making this recipe, I use more than just the pressure cook feature. You can make the whole burrito bowl meal in the Instant Pot® and not dirty another dish, thanks to the fabulous sauté feature.
Megan’s Burrito Bowl for the Instant Pot®
- Put oil, peppers, onion and garlic into the pot.
- Use the saute feature to cook, and then add beans, salsa, chicken, rice and low-sodium chicken stock.
- Close the lid and pressure cook for 10 minutes.
- Quick release and ladle out. Add some fresh cilantro, cheese and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and serve.
This is always a fun, full meal for my family, and it leaves behind great leftovers.
Instant Pot®: Yay or nay?
There are some great features for the Instant Pot® outside of pressure cooking. It has a learning curve, and it’s a little difficult to use and get used to. Sometimes when recipes say “10 minutes,” it’s actually longer because it takes time for the pressure to build. And, I will be honest, it takes up a lot of space if you don’t have much in your kitchen. All that being said, the Instant Pot® can be right for a lot of people and would be a good addition in your kitchen. Happy Instant Potting!!
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