The Instant Pot reintroduced my family to the ability to eat more meals at
home. My husband spends a lot of time working at a distance from home, and as a
working mom there’s so much to do every night both before and after dinner.
With the Instant Pot, I have the ability to cook a meal that’s more fulfilling
than just a quick stop at fast food or pizza delivery.
Now, I”m not saying that we never eat fast food. We probably still eat
way too much Whataburger and Dominos, but more often than not, we’re eating
home cooked meals — mostly thanks to the quickness of the Instant Pot.
If you’re not familiar with the Instant Pot, it’s an electric pressure
cooker. A really great one that’s user friendly for the average person.
According to Kitchn pressure cookers “ work on a simple principle: steam pressure. A sealed pot,
with a lot of steam inside, builds up high pressure, which helps food cook
There’s even this great video here that explains it:
One of the great advantages of a pressure cooker for my family is how
quickly it cooks down and tenderizes meats. I’m a huge veggie person myself,
but my husband and daughter are pretty much carnivores. Roasts and stews can be
made from start to finish in less than a couple of hours with fully developed
flavors. One of the advantages to the Instant Pot is the sauté feature. I can
throw in elements to my dish early and saute them with herbs and spices for a
few minutes, add in everything else and just switch it over to pressure cooking
with a button – and only messing up one pot.
There are other brands out there with similar features that work great, but the
Instant Pot is my favorite.