I was so nervous to make this purchase. I was so worried it was going to be one of those gimmick things. I jumped on the band wagon and bought an Instant Pot® . Here’s what I thought and a few things I learned in the process.
People who know me best know that I don’t tend to go along with the latest trend. So when this new thing called an Instant Pot came out I really didn’t see the big deal. But, like many, my interest was peaked when I kept hearing everyone rave about them. “I made mac and cheese in 4 minutes!”, “I made spaghetti in less than 10 min”, and of course “I made a whole chicken in 50 minutes…and it was frozen!!!”
So we took the plunge. We bought a 6 quart 7 in 1 instant pot. I brought it home and was so excited to open the package. I decided that I needed to read all the instructions because this thing was much bigger than I anticipated and a little intimidating. I opened my booklet and tried to make sense of it all. I was immediately overwhelmed . None of this made sense. Just give me a how to. Step by step. Tell me what I need to do! I then did what anyone would do. I took to Facebook for some help and sure enough friends came to my rescue in no time!
I have been using my Instant Pot for a few months now and I truly do love it! Here are 5 things I’ve found to be true about using an Instant Pot.
- Ask! Ask your friends. Join a social media group that has lots of recipes that people have actually tried. If you can’t find one, make one! What in the world do QR and NR mean? Trust me I’ve asked, googled. and looked on Pintrest. The answers are out there! Having a few friends to swap how to’s and recipes with has been a life saver in this learning process.
- There is a learning curve. While it is super easy to use, the truth is, there is a little bit of a learning curve. From making sure the steam release valve is set to “sealed” to figuring out which button to push. Don’t worry though after a time or two you’ll get the gist!
- Spaghetti takes more than 4 minutes. This is true of anything you cook in it. You have to remember that it takes time for the pot to reach full pressure. Then it “cooks” for the amount of time you’ve selected. It then has to de-pressurize. Whether its by quick release or natural release it takes time. Allow yourself a good 10-15 minutes before and after the cook time. It may take a little less but it can take a little more as well.
- Less dishes! Of course this depends on what meal you are making but for the most part everything can be done in just one pot! Clean up is so easy!
- Less time to prepare. If your anything like me I always think about how nice soup or stew would be on a cold day, and I always think about it about an hour before supper. About 3 hours to late to stick something in the crock-pot. If I were more prepared I would make a list and plan out my meals for the week… I am not that person. The Instant Pot has been wonderful for this!!! Even for simple things like spaghetti or Mac n’ Cheese, I still can’t believe how eliminating a few steps can save so much time. The first time I used it I felt at a loss as to what to do… Like I should’ve been busy doing something? Less time in the kitchen and more time with my family!
Here is one of my families favorite treats! If your family has a favorite Instant Pot Recipe comment below!
Arroz Con Leche (rice pudding)
-1 cup rice (rinsed)
-1 1/4 cups water
-2 cups whole milk (can sub with almond milk)
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 cinnamon stick
-1 can sweetened condensed milk
Mix all ingredients except condensed milk.
Set to porridge for 20min.
Once done let slow release for 10min. Then quick release.
Remove cinnamon stick and add condensed milk. Stir well.
Enjoy warm or cool
* garnish with cinnamon, raisins, and pecans. (opt)