Have You Heard Of The Instant Pot?

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Instant pot by now. It’s been the hot new cooking appliance for the past few months.  Chances are that you’ve seen it on the shelves of your local superstore, on Amazon, or maybe you’ve come across one of the many blog posts, social media posts, or forum posts singing the praises of this fresh take on the old-fashioned pressure cooker.

Instant Pot

Instant Pot

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of a pressure cooker, but to be perfectly honest, it’s always scared me. For people like me it’s the perfect solution, cooking a tender roast in a fraction of the time that it takes in the oven or slow cooker. While our mothers and grandmothers were comfortable using a stove top pressure cooker, most women of this generation have been intimidated by the hissing and the potential of having it blow up. Because of this, pressure cooking has fallen out of favor in the last few decades. All that has changed with the arrival of the Instant Pot – a self-contained, electrical pressure cooker with plenty of built in safety features.

With the promise of being able to cook a meal in 3 to 10 minutes of pressure cooking, it is no surprise that this new electric appliance is quickly gaining a large fan base. You can find plenty of fans online who share their favorite recipes, tips, and adaptations on blogs and popular Instant Pot Facebook groups.

Instant Pot chicken noodle soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Not your momma’s CrockPot

It is a self-contained unit that sits on your counter top and plugs into an outlet and takes up about as much space as a rice cooker or a small slow cooker. Controlled through a digital interface, the Instant Pot is a smart pressure cooker. You tell it how long you want to cook your meal under pressure, set the timer and you’re good to go, automatically bringing up and holding the pressure at a safe level and will not allow you to open the pot while it’s pressurized. This makes it as easy to operate as a microwave. Not surprising then that this new take on an old kitchen tool is quickly gaining popularity. Simply set it, and then walk away until you’re food is ready. It has all the advantages of using the slow cooker, but takes a fraction of the time. Perfect when you want to get a home cooked meal on the table fast.

Join us on the instant pot cooking adventure here and on Facebook as we discover recipes and tip/tricks along the way.  Have any good ones of your own? Please share with us!