Last year during the Black Friday sales I watched my friends online and off got ga-ga for the new electric pressure cookers that were all over Amazon for the low low price of $99! I have a not so secret to tell you. I love kitchen gadgets. If it has a snazzy commercial I’ve probably owned it at one point or some variation of it. I’m a sucker for a good food infomercial.
When I saw post after post from my friends claiming they scored themselves an Instant Pot, I resisted. I told myself I didn’t need one. I own a nice regular old fashioned stove top pressure cooker and I didn’t need to replace it with a fancy electronic version. I watched my friends post their lovely meals that they’ve made in under an hour and still I resisted.
I believe the tide turned when I was informed by a good friend that beans could go from dry to perfectly done in under an hour. If you love beans you know they can often be a labor of love. From the sorting to make sure no rocks are in the package to the overnight soaking it can be a long process. So after 10 months, I caved. I purchased my Instant Pot then I stared at the box for a week before I opened it. Was I wasting my money? Am I replacing something that still works as good as the day I first used it? Will I use this once or twice then stick it in a corner? Trust me when I say I went through the whole “adulting” checklist to make sure I wasn’t being financially irresponsible. When all was said and done I googled some recipes and opened the box and got the party started.
I have now made three separate dishes and I must say that it definitely lives up to the hype. If you are looking for an alternative to the old school pressure cooker or even your slow cooker this is the way to go. If you are anything like me you often forget about dinner until it should have already been started. You cannot go from frozen to done in 35 minutes with a slow cooker but you can with the Instant Pot and for that reason alone I am keeping it. I look forward to creating new recipes with this appliance and not eating out as much because mom forgot to take the meat out of the freezer!
Do you have an Instant Pot or another brand of an electric pressure cooker? Let’s discuss! I’d love to know what you’ve been cooking! Join me on my facebook group and let’s talk about it!