If you aren’t familiar with Instant Pot, allow me to give you the briefing – this has quickly become one of our very favorite kitchen appliances. No need for a long, drawn-out cook time for our favorite soups, stews, chilis, dry beans, lentils etc. – with this amazing creation, we’re now able to cook up recipes that would take literally hours in minutes – less than 10 minutes, to be exact!When we decide that it’s time for a batch of Chef AJ’s delicious Red Lentil Chili, for example, or her great Split Pea soup, it’s a matter of buying the ingredients, cutting/prepping (the mise en place, if you will!), and dumping everything in. 6 minutes later, it’s done. Seriously!
It’s not just complicated recipes that are great for the Instant Pot, either – we’ve done baked potatoes in minutes, rice, and one of my personal favorites that I cook up multiple times a week – steamed veggies. Broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, collards, you name it – from frozen (or fresh) to steamed just the way I like it in no more than a couple minutes.
If the idea of a pressure cooker scares you off because you envision the old days where your mom had one of those cooktop pressure cookers, where the top could blow off and take your eye out – rest assured that’s not the case with the Instant Pot. There are about a million* safety features that will make sure nothing goes wrong. From an overheating sensor that turns the heat off to a locking mechanism that prevents opening the lid until the pressure has come down – you are not going to get hurt using this safe, tabletop electric pressure cooker. *(Safety features may not actually number a million.)
Friends, hurry over to the Instant Pot website and take advantage of this great savings offer that they are offering to our friends – use the code “BENJI” at checkout, and save $45 off of any purchase above $151! Personally, we went for the IP-DUO model, which has 7 features in it, including all I mentioned above, in addition to things like sauteeing, yogurt (and there are some great vegan yogurt recipes, by the way!), rice cooker, even a slow cooker!
Coming soon, some recipes and photos of our favorite recipes that we make all the time in our Instant Pot. Enjoy!