Last year, I picked up a “new-to-me” kitchen appliance — the Instant Pot. I’d been thinking about using a pressure cooker since I met a couple who was traveling around the world in their sailboat. They said that pressure cookers had come a long way from the days of our grandmothers’ pots clanging away on the stovetop. They told me that the Instant Pot was perfect for their sailboat, as it cooked food quickly and used little energy.
While researching the device for this blog post, I learned that 300,000 Instant Pots were sold during a 36-hour period on Amazon Prime Day! Norton Wang, inventor of the Instant Pot, said he plans to have a “pot in every kitchen,” and it looks like he’s well on his way to success.
However, Wang now has lots of competition. Once the success of the Instant Pot was apparent, other manufacturers got into the game. Also known as multi-cookers, all of these cooking devices are much more than a simple pressure cooker. They have multiple features, from sautéing, steaming, slow cooking to pressure cooking. Some models even have an air fryer in the lid! So, before you pick up one of these beauties, do your research to find the perfect one for you.
The top nine reasons I love my Instant Pot:
- Quicker! Electric pressure cookers can cut your cooking time — for instance, you can cook a pot of dried beans in 45 minutes, compared to an overnight soak plus three hours on the stovetop.
- Healthier! A sealed pot full of steam builds up the pressure, and this cooks your meal quickly. Because of this shorter cook time, heat-sensitive nutrients remain in the food.
- Forgiving! Forgot to defrost your chicken breasts? You can throw frozen meat into the pressure cooker — no need to wait for it to defrost.
- Tidier! When I bought my multi-cooker, I was able to give away my rice cooker and my slow cooker — the Instant Pot does it all.
- Cooler in the kitchen! In the summer, no need to heat the kitchen using the stove.
- Energy-saving! The pressure cooker doesn’t lose heat to the environment, and thus uses less energy.
- Snap to clean! You can use the one pot to sauté and bake your dinner.
- Magic with cheap cuts! Cook chuck roast ’til tender in just 20 minutes rather than hours in the oven.
- Cooks a variety! Make different types of dishes in a snap. For example, check out this finger-lickin’ Easy Instant Pot Barbecue Ribs recipe or this mouthwatering recipe, Pressure Cooker French Onion Chicken. Just search by “Pressure” in your DinnerTime Recipe Box to find a wonderful variety of recipes sure to please.
– Angela Jansen, Vice President, Analytics and Population Health
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