So you’re probably here because you’re asking yourself “Why should I get an Instant Pot?” I already have a slow cooker… well I’m here to convince you to get one and see why everyone is jumping on this bandwagon!
I am TOTALLY hooked on using my Instant Pot ever since I visited my friend Leslie and we cooked about everything you could possibly make in this electric pressure cooker and I don’t see me slowing down anytime soon!
It is so fast and so easy to use and clean up is a breeze. It basically takes 7 different kitchen appliances and combines them into one… so throw away your slow cooker, your Dutch oven, and that rice maker and use this instead! It’s also less of a footprint on your kitchen counter.
A great thing about the Instant Pot is you can sear your meat right in the pot which means all of those golden brown drippings stay there and you can add a little bit of water, chicken broth, or wine to deglaze it and it’ll form an amazing base for a delicious sauce or gravy.
Instead of the normal 5-8 hours it would take a pork shoulder to cook in the crockpot, it’ll take only 90 minutes! You can cook dried beans in less than an hour, no soaking necessary. It is better for some things over others, so choosing recipes that lean towards succulent and softer dishes is the key. It’s great for pot roast, short ribs, soups, beans, risotto, hard boiled eggs, rice, and cheesecake, but SO much more!
A few of my favorite Instant Pot recipes so far are chicken taco bowls, pot roast, better-than-sex chocolate lava cakes, New York cheesecake, Filipino chicken adobo, pressure cooker fruit-infused water, crème brûlée, apple cinnamon oatmeal, Reese’s peanut butter cup cheesecake, St. Louis barbecue ribs, arroz con leche (rice pudding), Parmesan risotto, chicken enchiladas, Mexican rice, chicken piccata, crustless tomato spinach quiche, Kraft mac ‘n cheese, applesauce, one-pot spaghetti, and Greek yogurt!
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This is my favorite Instant Pot (6-quart) and the best Instant Pot accessories I use all the time! It comes with one silicon ring but I like having an extra set of silicon rings so I can use the clear one for sweet dishes and the black one for savory, plus they eventually need replacement so it’s nice to have an extra one on deck. One of the best purchases was an extra inner pot because I’m ALWAYS making things in there so this way I have a clean one ready to go when I’m making side dishes or if my other pot is in the dishwasher. I use the stackable steam racks when making smaller “pot-in-pot” dishes like the better-than-sex chocolate lava cakes, creme brulee, etc. when I have multiple small bowls I want to fit in the Instant Pot at the same time. And of course the cheesecake pan for cheesecake (or even lasagna is great in there too!).
So now you’re probably asking yourself, well Tina, what size should I get? I recommend the 6-quart size if you are a family of 4 or less (and YES, even if you’re just cooking for yourself!). The 8-quart is great for larger families, or you have big hungry teenager boy bellies at home, or if you like to entertain for big groups a lot (it is huge, however, so keep this in mind!)
And by the way, I’m totally going to get this vinyl decal featuring Ryan Gosling to decorate my Instant Pot! 😂 Like for real…
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