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My New Love

January 26th, 2020 at 07:52 pm

Well, I hate to admit it, but I am in love--with my Instant Pot. I resisted it a long time, and we're still getting to know one another. I said, "I don't need anything new cluttering up my life and my kitchen." But we've now formed a deep and delicious bond.

Yes, I thought my life was complete. But our recent bean soup interaction has proven to me that while I thought my life was full, it has so vastly improved.

Yes, I am in love.

18 Responses to “My New Love”

  1. LifeBalance Says:

    Ha! You and me both. I received one as a Christmas gift, and I was afraid of it at first but since making several recipes, I think it's the greatest.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    LB: I know! It made the best bean soup and the best pot roast I've ever made! What have you made?

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    I have the feeling we will be getting one as a gift eventually. I know everyone loves them, but we have enough kitchen stuff. But my MIL seemed pretty peeved when we told her we didn't want more kitchen gadgets (Christmas/Birthday). So I think it's just a matter of time... (We are resigned to having one because we were 99% sure she was buying us one for Christmas/Birthdays, so we made our peace with it. I am sure we will love just as much as everyone else).

  4. disneysteve Says:

    I keep hearing more and more about instapots and air fryers. We haven't seriously considered one yet though one of my coworkers has a Ninja Foodie that apparently does it all and she can't stop raving about it and how she was able to get rid of several other appliances that it replaced.

  5. LifeBalance Says:

    MEB, my gift was accompanied by a cookbook called The Complete Instant Pot Cookbook for Beginners. I've made probably half a dozen of the recipes and they have turned out well. The ones that amaze me are the pasta recipes. Basically for those you use the 'saute' mode to saute onions & garlic, then add broth and dry pasta with whatever other ingredients & spices. Pressure cook for 5-10 minutes, and voila! Stir, serve, and sprinkle with parmessan cheese. My kids love it!

    One favorite: (pg 44) Sausage, Spinach & Tomato Rigatoni. Another: (pg 50) Easy Red Lentil Dhal with Spinach. Another: (pg 53) Spicy Three-Bean Vegetable Chili. I've also done a roast and beef stroganoff with success.

  6. Amber Says:

    I’ve been wanting one, I’ve good great things about them

  7. crazyliblady Says:

    I feel that way about my crock pot. It enables me to use it to cook something like a pot of chili or soup while also cooking something else on the stove. A real time saver.

  8. Dido Says:

    I'm totally an Instant Pot fan. Before the IP, I used to use a rice steamer to do much of the same type of cooking--and before that, the crockpot. The crockpot is fine if you are ok leaving it on all day while you are away from home. That always made me nervous. The IP is not only faster, but it is more flexible than the crockpot.

    I use the IP for all "wet" cooking and the air fryer for "dry" heat cooking. Sometimes I'll cook something to mostly done in the IP then finish it in the air fryer. Very very handy.

  9. creditcardfree Says:

    My crockpot of 24 years just died, so I think it's going to be my replacement since it can be used as a slower cooker, plus more! I definitely need it for beans and stock. I need to keep eye open for a good price. I'm not paying $130!

  10. My English Castle Says:

    I have a lot of kitchen stuff too, but I've retired the crockpot to the basement. The IP can slow cook, but the flavor depth with the pressure cooking is noticeably better for us. My former mother-in-law was the best cook and very attached to her pressure cooker. Now I understand why.

  11. My English Castle Says:

    CCF--I saw them at Target for $80. But the Amazon Cyber Monday deal was great. And thanks LB, for the cookbook tip. I just got it free on Kindle.

  12. Lucky Robin Says:

    I have two. They have made my life so much easier. My favorite thing to do is have a chuck roast or pork ribs, chops, or shoulder in one and in the other have baked potatoes. They make wonderful potatoes. They do great fresh green beans, too. And stew, chili, and taco meat come out great.

  13. CB in the City Says:

    I got one for Christmas last year and I still haven't made peace with it. Mostly because I like to cook without having to look things up, and I like to cook with what's on hand without a recipe. A skill I nurtured over the years! The Instant Pot feels like a step back because I have to find the booklet, figure out the settings, and follow the recipe because I don't really dare experiment. But I'm going to try harder this year to get used to it.

  14. crazyliblady Says:

    @ccf. Bedbathandbeyond has one for around $60.00, but I don't know how big of one you need. On the other hand, I bought my crock pot at Walmart for around $26.00. It is about 7 or 8 quart, I think.

  15. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    I have 2 (both not actually IP brands, but multi-use cookers), and I don't use them nearly enough (once or twice a week). One of my favorites though is hard-boiled eggs. They're so ridiculously easy to peel.

  16. My English Castle Says:

    CB--I know what you mean about looking things up, but it's been really worth it. I came home from school today to find my DH had eaten the rest of yesterday's bean soup. Both he and DD are home sick, so he was rummaging around to find some canned soup. I quickly looked up a recipe for Bob's Red Mill vegi soup mix in the IP, and in 30 minutes he had a huge bowl of veggie soup with lentils and split peas that was really good. I'll stop IP evangelizing now!

  17. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    interesting. I'm curious but a lot of what i make isn't ever in the crock pot my DH hates it. I make a couple of things but in general not much. This week I am making salmon and lamb rib roast. My DH won't eat pot roast and a lot of those other stuff. He's particular on soups too. But I'm dying to check it out. I could really use the air fryer but I can't even get him to budge on that.

  18. Carol Says:

    It’s great for cooking pork shoulder. You then can have pulled pork with a little barbecue sauce or whatever. Comes out great!

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