Instant Pot

Instant Pot…Not your mother’s pressure cooker

Instant Pot.  These two words changed the way I cook for my family.  What is an Instant Pot, you ask?  It’s brilliant.  It is a pressure cooker/slow cooker/steamer/yogurt maker and more!  Around Mother’s Day 2017, I was introduced to this life changer on Facebook.  I did a ton of research after being told I could cook a roast in an hour from FROZEN!
I begged.  I pleaded.  I practically swore to do anything in exchange for this magical kitchen appliance!

Mr. Paras listened to my cries of need and surprised me with an Instant Pot IP-DUO Plus60 9-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6 Qt as a Mother’s Day/Birthday gift.  I was smitten.  I normally hesitate about new appliances and machines.  This took me about a day to unbox.  I was nervous.  Pressure cookers scare the bejeesus out of me.
I followed instructions and the rest is history.  I cook almost every meal in my IP.  I am notorious for not taking food out of the freezer to thaw.  This solved all of my problems.

Instant Pot

My poor pots and pans are left sitting unused, unloved, and clean.  There is nothing like using ONE pot to saute, sear, roast, steam, or pressure cook to feed my endlessly hungry family.  My favorite recipes are going to be in separate posts because this would never end if I started here.
So far I have attempted and everyone has eaten:
Pork roast for which I have no link. I googled how long to cook it and did it.  It was fantastic.
Chicken and Dumplings-minus the dumplings…again, no link. I just threw things in the pot as I saw fit.
Instant Pot Cheesy Broccoli Chicken – Don’t pre-cook your chicken. Also follow the recipe and make sure it’s small bits of chicken. I got lazy, used too much chicken and, while it was yummy and leftovers were not a problem, I got the feedback that there was not enough broccoli and too much chicken.
Homemade Sloppy Joes – which were a smash hit.  The 15-year-old was astonished that I made this from scratch and it was amazing.  I did add more ketchup, more Worcestershire sauce, more salt, and a dab of brown sugar to get it to taste just right.
Instant Pot Crack Chicken – which was a SMASH HIT with the men folk around here.  I felt it was extremely rich and, even though I will probably make it again, I may not eat it again.

I have tried and failed Chicken and Brown Rice because I did not know I had to cook the rice first.  It was ok but if the rice hadn’t been crunchy it would have been a whole lot better.

I vote every kitchen in America needs an Instant Pot.  It saves my sanity, my time, and my wallet.  Here’s hoping I don’t blow this sucker up.