I’m not a collector of kitchen appliances. I don’t own a slow cooker, rice cooker, or any other kitchen gadgets. But when I came across the instant pot on a Physician Mom’s Facebook group I was intrigued. All these busy women seemed to be serving healthy home made dinners with this silver appliance.
On Black Friday 2015, I purchased my first instant pot! I was initially intimidated by all the buttons, but with just a few searches on Pinterest I was able to figure out how to work this nifty gadget and started to make all kinds of goodies!
What is it?
The Instant Pot is a pressure cooker that has seven different functions. It can function as a slow cooker, a yogurt maker, a sauté pan, steamer, rice cooker, warmer, and more. What’s life-changing about this little wonder pot is that it performs so many functions but in half the time of regular appliances.
Additionally, unlike pressure cookers of the past, the Instant Pot has 10 safety functions that keep it from exploding and making a mess of your kitchen.
Why it’s worth it…
If you love to cook, but you don’t want to wait hours for something to cook in a slow cooker, or if you hate doing dishes (who doesn’t?), then the Instant Pot is definitely worth the investment. Since the Instant Pot cooks with steam under high pressure, it cooks food up to 75 percent faster, making it a healthy alternative to traditional cooking methods. For example, in my chicken curry recipe shared below, I was able to cook that chicken in a quarter of the time (about 25 minutes) it usually takes just simmering on the stove. Because you can steam vegetables, or sauté meat for stews in the Instant Pot, there’s less to clean up after too.
It comes in four sizes, I own the 6 quart model which works quite well for my family of four.
In short, the Instant Pot is a game changer. Even if you love cooking, it can seem like a chore if you spend hours preparing and cooking one meal. With its help, you’ll be able to spend less time cooking and more time eating!
I love this cookbook. The instructions are so clear that even a newly owned instant pot user can follow them. I’ve made her butternut squash soup, the chicken noodle soup and a whole host of other things from this cookbook and they’ve all turned out delicious!
Here are the links to two of my favorite go to chicken recipes for the instant pot. Both of which are whole 30 and paleo friendly.