You’ve probably heard of the Instapot craze at this point. Curious, you decided to Google “What is an Instapot or Instant pot?”, like many others before you.
Prepare to be amazed by this new and trendy kitchen gadget. This article will clarify what exactly an Instapot is, what it’s capable of and if an Instapot is right for you. Once you decide that an Instapot would be a perfect adition to your kitchen go to gadgets, the hard part is deciding which model to purchase. Don’t worry, this website offers great reviews on many popular Instapots on the market.
What Exactly is an Instant Pot/Instapot?
Just like the name might suggest, the Instant pot is essentially a hybrid electric pressure cooker that met a slow cooker and had babies. It is a fast cooking appliance that has the ability to replace several other kitchen appliances that take up way to much space. These “fast cookers” are built for families on the go who don’t have much time to prep and plan a meal as well as those who wish to save money by having only one appliance that combines several functions from cooking rice, making yogurt, cake baking, steaming anything that needs steaming and sterilizing for canning among other things.
The Instapot craze has grown so much in popularity that it’s popping up in news feeds constantly…
With good reason too.
- They are super east to use
- Way safer than traditional pressure cookers
- Meals are very affordable
- Home chefs love them because of their versatility
- Thousands of creative recipes
- Fun to say “Instapot”
You get the idea…
Why I Love The InstaPot
But for me personally, I love this little kitchen gadget because I have always been a foodie. I have tried just about anything anybody has put in front of me from “Uni with a Quail Egg” to “alligator” and whether it tasted terrible or not I love the experience of trying new things. If you have ever been in a food rut, then this little cooking toy will lift you out of that rut with its plethora of options for making everything under the son (just about).
I have worked in many kitchens in my early career and began cooking as a hobby based on my love for food. Working with many kitchen gadgets over the years I have come to appricaite what the Instant has to offer.
What Can The Instapot cook?
When I say the Insatpot is versatile, I mean it. Think of a food and basically this thing will have a setting and a way to cook it. From soups to BBQ pork rib recipes this thing takes it on like a boss. The other night I happened to make the best Macroni and Cheese complete with Guyere cheese and breadcrumbs. What can I say, it was a cold evening and I love mac when its cold.
If you are into comfort foods like myself there is no doubt that instant pot meals are perfect for you. Fast cooking and delicious grub is bountiful when it comes to this multi-purpose tool.
There are millions of great recipes that the instant pot can handle. You can check out some of my favorite Instapot recipes on our website. Pinterest is also one of my go-to’s when I am feeling less than creative and in the mood for a new recipe.
Healthy Instant Pot Recipes
Instant pots, as compared to traditional pressure cookers are made to produce foods that retain their minerals and nutrients. This is possible through its technological superiority over a pressure cooker. Micro-processors control the cooking times and cycles to produce nutrient rich foods that otherwise would be flushed out with the pressure cooker your Mom used.
Fall Off The Bone Instant Pot Recipes
The Instant Pot has the power to create tender and fall off the bone meals. If you are into ribs for example, the Instant Pot is for you. It has not let me down as far as taste, texture and producing delicious meat that tenderizes perfectly in this thing.
Soups and Stews With the Instant Pot
For perfectly simmered soups the instant pot does a great job. You know how soup always tastes better the next day? With this kitchen contraption it tastes perfect from first bowl to last. I am guessing its brain might be smarter than me, which is great when I am tired and don’t feel like taking on to much around dinner time.
The Sky is the Limit with the Instant Pot/Instapot
If you are a creative kitchen type like myself, then you know that coming up with great ideas for recipes is not all that uncommon. I can recall on several occasions where I had limited things in my pantry and decided to throw something together last minute. If you get stuck, be sure to check out our Instant Pot recipe guide.
What to look for when buying an Instant Pot?
There are many features that can make or break a decisions to buy a specific Instant Pot model. It all comes down to what you want to use it for and what you might need in the future.
The typical features to watch for and are a sign of a quality Instant Pot are:
- Energy efficient cooking compared with your oven for example
- Multiple functionality – Can cook many different foods
- Stainless Steel basins – Quality stainless steal that can take the pressure
- Built in timer for easy control
- Multiple temperature settings
- Warm and High pressure settings for different cooking phases
- Easily programmable for your favorite recipes
5 Instant Pot Tips For Beginners
- Let the Instant Pot Pressure Down Itself – Yes, I have read other blogs (That shall remain nameless) on the Instant Pot in which they recommended flipping the vented over as fast as you can. The problem is that when cooking meat and you allow for a rapid temp change the meat becomes tough and rubbery. Not really sure why this happens, but I can tell you that it does not taste good. Let the cooker do the work. It is a very smart machine. Let the cooker rest for a few minutes, turns some steam into liquid slowly and then after the liquid settles vent the Instant Pot by pushing down on the knob without turning it. This natural pressure release will be your best option
- Steam is the Key – Pressure cookers need steam and steam is made from water. Even if you have a tiny little morsel in your Instant Pot I would recommend at least a half cup of water (or Chardonnay if you are that kind of cook)
- Yes it steams but it also cooks – One thing to remember is that this is not a steamer. It is a pressure cooker with a very smart brain. The steam makes its way into the meat by way of pressure that creates a tender cut of meat as well as veggies. So if you cook your food right, your veggies won’t be soggy and your meats won’t be rubber.
- Avoid Milk – Not because you are lactose intolerant, but because recipes with Milk tend to get all science-ey. The pressure seems to separate the milk and appear curdled in this case.
- Meat on the bottom and pasta on the top – It is an all in one deal for many recipes. Pasta can be on the top as moisture is forced into the noodles without being submerged in boiling liquid. With pasta on top, you will avoid getting it stuck to the bottom of the pot. With meats on the bottom, and sugar caramelizing stays away from sticking to the pot itself (for the most part) and just seems to be more tender this way.
The Instant Pot Difference
You are probably starting to understand just what the Instant Pot/Instapot can do and thinking about buying one. Check out our Instapot reviews to figure out what the best one is for you. It might seem intimidating at first but it becomes easy the second you start using it. Much simpler and safer than a traditional pressure cooker and about as easy to operate as a slow cooker.