THE INSTANT POT.
Guys. This thing. Get it.
And right now, for at least this week, it’s on sale at Amazon for $68.95. That’s about 50% off its usual price tag of $119.95. (And even at that full list price, it would be worth the purchase).
The instant pot is all these things:
- A pressure cooker
- Rice cooker
- Slow cooker
- Sauté/browning pot
- Yogurt maker
- Porridge maker
The pressure cooker function (followed by the sauté function) is what I use most. I am SCARED of conventional pressure cookers. HOT EXPLOSIONS: nope no thank you. But this thing makes pressure cooking what it is (fast, efficient) without the primordial fear of having to REMOVE THE TOP OFF OF SOMETHING FILLED WITH BEYOND BOILING CONTENTS. It’s the BEST.
I noticed the Instant Pot first when a friend kept mentioning her instant pot on Facebook. WHAT IS IT, I asked.
I hesitated–because you know: pressure cooker. SCARY. But then I started imagining EATING.
And while I love reading instruction manuals (really, I do)–the instructions for this thing fit on one page. Like, you hit “soup” for your soup contents. Or “stew” for your stew contents. You adjust for time. Then you wait for the thing to beep and it…just…starts. And it’s amazing.
So far, I have made the following things (in a span of 3 weeks):
- Korean braised short rib stew (aka galbi jjim)
- Braised oxtail stew
- Chicken soup
- Chicken jook
- Bean soup
- Korean sullungtang soup
- Stock. Lots of stock.
All under an hour. I don’t know about you, but when I want to eat, I WANT TO EAT NOW. I also don’t want to mess up more than one pot. And while I love love love braised meat, I’m really not into waiting four hours while a meat braises.
It’s winter now–and so I appreciate warmth in the house–but in the summer, I like imagining using the instant pot and NOT having the house turn into a heat ball. Because all the heat is CONTAINED in this appliance. If I lived in the dorms or a small apartment with a tiny kitchen, this thing would be a core necessity–it relieves stress off the stove and makes it so you can make a great meal in one receptacle. Even though I’ve got a full kitchen, this thing has become such a core part of our household cooking.
For more recipes, I highly recommend nom nom paleo (scroll down to the pressure cooking /instant pot section).