So, on my personal Facebook page recently, I asked a question… “What is your most favorite kitchen gadget?” I got all kinds of answers from garlic presses, to Vitamix to wine openers! But the one that came up most often was an Instant Pot. So, if you don’t know what it is or want to learn more, here’s my two cents!
An Instant Pot is a pressure-cooker. Pressure cooking is much faster, seals in moisture and flavor, and foods can be cooked directly from frozen.
Additional ways you can use your Instant Pot (depending on the type you choose):
- rice cooker
- yogurt maker
- steamer (veggies and more)
- saute pan
- hard-boiled egg maker
- slow cooker/crock pot
There are 3 sizes of Instant Pots. (And I do highly recommend that you stick to the name brand on this device. It’s worth it!)
- Three quart is considered the “mini” for dorms, RVs, and other smaller needs.
- Six quart is the standard size that easily feeds 4-6 people and can cook a meatloaf, cheesecake, or a small chicken or roast.
- Eight quart is for if you are cooking for a larger family. It takes a bit longer to come to pressure, but the extra size is handy.
Instant Pot: Do You Really Need One?
You need an Instant Pot if:
- You want meals to the table FAST.
- You are short on kitchen storage space and want to condense down to 1 piece of equipment. (Although realize this is somewhat bigger and heavier than a crockpot.)
- You enjoy experimenting with new recipes.
- Healthy cooking is important to you. The Instant Pot makes wonderful healthy recipes, like bone broth.
- You are willing to invest a little bit of time in learning a new gadget. The Instant Pot is not difficult but there is a learning curve. You can’t just open the box, start throwing food in, and expect the perfect final product. When you begin, follow recipes and cooking times exactly.
- You have some money to invest in a high-quality product. The Instant Pot is not inexpensive, but you will find it well worth it. Watch for sales on Amazon.com. I have also seen them for sale at Walmart in their home section.
I have always loved Crockpot cooking. The Instant Pot really is a step above a CrockPot. You can cook frozen meat in it and have a meal-ready and on the table in 30 minutes, if not sooner. If speed is important to you, I highly recommend an InstaPot!