I cannot believe it has taken me this long to buy an Instant Pot! I have heard about all of its glorious functions and have heard the comment “Omg you don’t have and Instant Pot and you love to cook?” all too much.
Now I finally got to witness all it has to offer and let me tell you three recipes in I am already in love… I highly recommend this!
The first thing I want to touch upon is overcoming the fear of the pressure cooker part. As I was buying my Instant Pot, a lady in line told me she had one but refused to use it because she didn’t know how to use the pressure cooker function. In my head I thought well it can’t be that hard!
Once I got home I thought hmm maybe I should watch a video or two just to be safe… So to save that step for you, let me explain. It is pretty easy and clear cut. First things first, you want to figure out where the float valve is and the pressure vent valve is. You will know it is SAFE to open when the float valve is down (not floating) that means the pressure is released. In order to release the pressure you must either turn your pressure valve or push it. If your float valve is up or floating that means it is still pressurized, NOT SAFE. Once I press the pressure vent valve it usually takes a few minutes for all the pressure to be released and for the metal pin and float valve to drop.
Once you feel comfortable with how it works your good to go! I was overwhelmed with recipe ideas and what I wanted to try first. I decided to try Pulled Pork for my first recipe as I was curious about trimming my 8 hour long crockpot version down to a jaw dropping 50 minutes. Shockingly it only took 50 minutes to cook with a preheat up time of about 10 minutes. The pork tasted just as good, a little bit on the drier side but I will remedy that next time I make it! Insanely quick!
One issue I ran into, and have quickly learned to fix, is when the Instant Pot tells me BURN. I have learned that this happens for a few reasons. I noticed it happens if I don’t have enough liquid in the pot, or if there is something stuck to the bottom. If this happens simply do a quick release of the pressure and let the pressure release before opening. Check to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom. Typically the best thing to do is add more liquid. Even if you just add some water. You can always thicken up your liquid again later.
Today I made Veggie Soup that pressure cooked for all of 10 minutes. All in all, from start to finish it took me about 25 minutes to make. I honestly couldn’t believe that the potatoes would be soft enough so I actually left it in there on warm for an extra few minutes. To my surprise the potatoes were soft!
All in all I must say I am super impressed with my Instant Pot. I am excited to use its other functions such as a rice making, steaming, and yogurt making. It’s exciting to know that I have a quick way to make meals that I wouldn’t attempt to make otherwise based on how long they take. This kitchen accessory is definitely a game changer in my book! You must check it out.
What else should I try in my Instant Pot? Tell me your ideas!!
Instant Pot Vegetable Soup
- 1 zucchini chopped
- 3 potatoes roughly chopped
- 2 carrots peeled and chopped
- 1 medium onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 cup green beans
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- salt & pepper
- onion powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- First prepare all your vegetables. Set up your Instant Pot.
- Set your instant Pot to the saute setting. Add in your olive oil and let it warm up.
- Once warm, add your onion and cook for 3 or so minutes.
- Then add in your garlic and cook for another minute. Should smell wonderful.
- Mix in all your vegetables and stir well. Proceed to add your 6 cups of vegetable broth and spices. Mix well.
- Place your cover on and set it to pressure cook on high for 10 minutes.
- When finished, properly release your pressure like we talked about earlier! If your unsure watch a quick youtube video but don’t panic!