Like millions of Americans I bought an Instant Pot.
It was half price on Amazon and my slow cooker had just sprung an irreparable leak.
Sayonara crock-pot, hello Instant Pot.
An Instant 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 Instant 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 Instant 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!
I need to gather up my courage and give it a try with something it’s famous for—as a pressure cooker.
Supposedly the Instant 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?