I Tried the Instant Pot. Here is what I think about it
So what’s an Instant Pot?
It’s an improvement over the traditional slow cooker.
More precisely it’s a programmable multi-cooker that combines the roles of seven different kitchen appliances; it can work as;
- An electric pressure cooker
- Slow cooker
- Rice cooker
- Warming pot
- Yogurt maker
- Brownie pan
So instead of having seven different kitchen tools which occupies much space, the instant pot a single unit assumes all the roles.
Essential Features about the Instant Pot
Fortunately for those not familiar with the tool, it comes complete with the instruction manual. The instruction guide will familiarize you with the gadget on the primary requirement. However, it isn’t that complicated to use. Load your cooking items, cover it and plug it into the wall socket. What justifies it as a modern electric cooker is its self-safety regulatory property. It self-monitors the temperature and pressure. No worry about it ever exploding.
However it takes about 15 minutes to build pressure
It is fitted with a fully stainless steel inner pot that houses the food to be cooked. Its nonstick pot that is removable for cleaning
It offers alternative uses. Thus; when your stove or oven breaks you, wont have to worry so much. For a small sized kitchen, it’s more convenient since it occupies a smaller space.
This electric cooker saves cooking time. For instance, a recipe that would usually take around 7 hours in the slow cooker would be ready in about an hour.
It’s programmable, unlike the usual pressure cookers. Thus I can quickly load my food on it and set the cooker to switch on hours later while I’m away.
The cooker consumes less energy since it self-regulates when to draw in the current.
Important Points to Note about Instant Pressure Cooker
From my experience, the electric pressure cooker performs better on some recipes than others. For example, it doesn’t perform excellently on vegetables. On the other hand, it excels in preparing recipes that usually takes longer time like bone broth soup and short ribs.
In a broad-spectrum, it isn’t wise for cooking food that would take 20 minutes or less since the cooker itself takes about 15 minutes to build up the pressure. Consequently, it isn’t perfect for preparing crunchy foods.
The Best Recipes to Cook in Instant Pot
After using the electric pressure cooker, I can happily say that you can’t use that kitchen tool in preparing everything. As a general rule, it best suits recipes with results that demand softness or tenderness. You can try to cook beans, soup or stew with the instant pot. Your taste buds will love you for that.
Although this cooker denies me the chance of watching my food as it cooks, I love it for the fact it makes the cooking of a fresh homemade meal a lot easier and faster. It’s important to take your time and learn the timing for different recipes on the cooker.