The Instant Pot: 10 Things You Need to Know Before Buying

I’ve been hearing about the Instant Pot (which until just now I thought was called the “Insta-pot,” and I like my way better), but until my sister got one, I never gave it much attention.

I don’t have a lot of  space in my kitchen and I don’t like a lot of things sitting on my counters so I all but wrote it off as “not for me.”

That changed when my sister got hers a month ago. She too shares my lack of counter space and yet, she loves it so much, she leaves it out all the time.

It’s worth it, she says, because food is not only done quickly, but clean up is simple with only ONE dirty pot.

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I asked her to share with you today why she loves her Instant Pot so much, some tips  and  links to her favorite simple recipes – since she has quickly become the Instant Pot expert. With 4 kids (2 under 3 years old and 2 teenage boys) at home. This is working very well for her family.

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  1.  It’s a pressure cooker, steamer, slow cooker, yogurt maker and can be used as a cook top too!  You can sauté meat and veggies right in the pot!
  2. Hard boiled eggs are done fast (4 minutes cook time) and the shells fall right off
  3. Soups and casseroles cook in ten minutes or less.
  4. I’ve made baby food  in the Instant Pot. The sweet potato skin fell right off. (large sweet potatoes cook in 16 minutes).
  5. Clean up is easy because everything is done in one pot.
  6. For the most part, the cook time is much faster.  There are a few meals I have made that were not faster (cooking a large block of frozen ground beef), but I could walk away and not babysit the IP.
  7. The pot is going to make noise.  Do not be afraid.  Others told me I would want to duck and cover when I first started.  There are 10 proven safety mechanisms.  It’s safe!
  8. Be sure to always use least one cup of liquid in each recipe.
  9. Before I received my Instant Pot, I watched quite a few YouTube videos.  It showed me what to expect.
  10. Join Instant Pot Facebook groups!  I’ve asked question there and found great recipes.

Some recipes will inevitably need tweaked. If your cut of meat or the size of your potatoes are smaller or larger – you’ll need to adjust the cooking time accordingly. For instance a large spaghetti squash cooked in 10 minutes, a smaller one only needed 6. The recipes Shari includes here are simple and sure to be a success.

Happy Insta-Cooking!

Easy recipes to start with:

Basic quinoa recipe. Didn’t change anything

Hard Boiled Eggs (The lady in the video does 7-7-7.  I do 4 min pressure 4 min natural pressure release and 4 min in cold water…then peel)

Awesome Mac and Cheese (I used whole milk instead of whipping cream)

Instant Pot Mac n Cheese

Spaghetti With Meat Sauce (I used a 28oz can of crushed tomatoes and added my own seasoning instead of using jarred sauce) Be sure to criss cross spaghetti noodles when layering in the pot to keep them from clumping.

Instant Pot Spaghetti

Baked Potatoes

Instant Pot Yellow Baked Potatoes














7 thoughts on “The Instant Pot: 10 Things You Need to Know Before Buying

  1. I still haven’t taken the plunge for an Instant Pot because of lack of space, but this and a few other posts definitely have me thinking about it! Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  2. I haven’t gotten one yet, but there are so many great recipes out there I really want to just do it 🙂 Thanks for sharing your tips! #happynowlinkup

  3. I’ve had a brand new instant pot sitting on my kitchen floor for over a month because I had no idea where to start. Thanks so much for this! I think the mac n cheese will be a perfect, easy way to try it out. Pinned!

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