My Insta-Pot Experience

by Anne Maxfield on April 17, 2017

Accidental Locavore Insta-PotLike millions of Americans I bought an Insta-Pot.

My excuse?

It was half price on Amazon and my slow cooker had just sprung an irreparable leak.

Sayonara  crock-pot, hello Insta-Pot.

An Insta-Pot (if you haven’t heard of them) is reputed to be the replacement for most of the appliances you have and plenty that you probably don’t.

It’s a pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, steamer and it sautés.

After an initial batch of basmati rice that was undercooked and stuck to the container, it was given a time-out for a couple of months.

But I wasn’t going to let an appliance get the best of me (especially since someone I know who is not a great/adventurous cook has been using it like crazy and getting great results).

So, I read the book.

It’s pretty basic, but since everyone online has been touting it, it’s easy to find answers there.

First up, some short ribs with Sean’s booYah! Bali Sweet Heat Glaze (I met Sean at the Restaurant Show and he gave me this to try).

I seared the ribs in the Insta-Pot and it did a great job! Nicely seared and as an added bonus, no fat spattered all over the stove.

Once seared, I added the booYah! sauce and about a cup of beef stock I had from another project that had some soy sauce in it.

Put the cover on and slow-cooked it for the afternoon. Came out great!

Next up, yogurt.

I’ve used the Insta-Pot twice now for yogurt and both times it’s come out perfectly. You just put the mixture in, hit the yogurt button and leave it. The big advantage for me, especially in the winter, is that my oven can be pretty cold, even with the light on so there can be some serious temperature fluctuations.

So far, perfect yogurt. Although it’s an expensive yogurt maker, I’d keep it around just for that!

Accidental Locavore Yogurt in Insta-PotI need to gather up my courage and give it a try with something it’s famous for—as a pressure cooker.

Supposedly the Insta-Pot makes amazing risotto (and could have done my short ribs in minutes rather than hours). So, maybe a risotto with some prosciutto, asparagus and peas (are you paying attention Janet?).

Do you have one? What’s your favorite thing to do with it?



{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Julia Mells June 28, 2019 at 11:20 am

Excellent article, since I bought instant pot, only in it I cook! The whole family likes it!

Jane July 15, 2018 at 10:25 pm

Nice experience. How to you suggest the additional ingredients? Thanks.

rachidi June 30, 2018 at 8:16 am

What temperature do you broil the eggs at??
Thank you!

Instant Pot Comparison June 19, 2018 at 4:01 pm

I did short ribs in my Instant Pot with red wine. Turned out great!

Instapot May 16, 2018 at 1:36 pm

It’s a nice experience with my new instapot!

Alex May 16, 2018 at 1:35 pm

I love to hard boil eggs in my Instapot.

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Anne Maxfield February 19, 2018 at 3:07 pm

Great idea! I’ve never tried timing mine like that, I’ll have to give it a try!

Neeta February 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm

I received my IP just after Christmas. I’m a new mom, at the time my son is only a month old. As I loved cooking also I love to spend more time with my baby. Most of the time I got frustrated if I can’t finish preparing the food before my husband arrive. But thanks to the IP, no more frustration I can set the timer in my IP and it will do the job for me while I can spend more time with my baby and serve delicious meal. With the IP is like I hired a helper and the good part is I don’t have to pay. So excited to explore more on IP.

Anne Maxfield May 10, 2017 at 11:21 am

How long do you do them?

Joi May 9, 2017 at 2:49 am

I love to hard boil eggs in my Instant Pot.

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