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I have been trying lots of Instant Pot recipes since we decided to buy one to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. We love it! I am always looking for more recipes to try.
I was actually looking for a new Crock Pot. Our old one was inherited with the house, had a hairline crack in the bottom, and was overheating. A friend suggested I look into this appliance which is a slow-cooker and pressure-cooker. I didn't know anything about pressure cooking, but it came with a helpful cooking guide.
Pressure cooking works by changing the air pressure inside so that the temperature required to bring water to a boil is lower. It actually preserves more nutrients and texture in fruits, vegetables, grains, and meats than other methods of cooking.
I think it's better than our old Crock Pot because it's much easier to clean, too. It's a stainless steel insert, not the heavy ceramic I was always so afraid of breaking in the sink. And I wish all my pots and pans had a built-in lid holder like that!
Once I was reassured that it didn't damage the nutrients, I thought it would be really useful for us.
It can also make yogurt, which I have tried but do not make regularly.
Another cool feature is that you can sauté in it, so you can brown the meat right there before you make bone broth.
Wow, that's a big time saver! I used to brown beef in the oven before putting it in the Crock Pot and have a big greasy pan to clean plus the heavy Crock Pot.
One of my favorite uses is cooking large squash. I used to struggle to cut a spaghetti squash, butternut squash, or acorn squash in half and then it had to cook for about an hour. Now I put them in with the trivet and 1 cup of water, cook for 7 minutes(!) and cut them open with no problem, ready to scoop out the seeds and eat.
I'm always looking for more Instant Pot recipes and perfecting cooking times, so please bookmark this page and come back as this list will hopefully grow.
Do you have a favorite recipe to share?
I bought a stacked steamer insert so now I can cook or reheat 2 or 3 things at once! I'm still experimenting, but so far I love it. Check back for more updates and instant pot recipes.