It’s not hard to see that I’m a self-declared Instant Pot fan. After all, my recipes, product reviews, and more are all around this marvelous piece of cookware technology!
But, is it really necessary? Do you need to buy one of these pressure cookers with a multitude of functions in order to be happy in the kitchen? Well, the answer varies from one household to another. Today, I will give you a few reasons why I need an Instant Pot so you can understand the connection between me and the brand.
I also believe that, by the end of the article, you will be able to find your own answer to this question, so let’s dive in!
Less Effort in the Kitchen
I am a stay-at-home parent with two children. My goal is to keep them happy and provide them with the best environment for their needs. This also includes cooking and offering them healthy meals filled with nutrients.
But, as most parents know already, this is not an easy task!
Have you ever tried feeding a child steamed broccoli on a bed of brown rice? If they don’t have a special affinity for steamed vegetables and rice, they will do whatever they can to push that plate away. So your efforts (and will) to feed them healthy foods are crushed down in a few moments after you’ve slaved away in the kitchen for at least an hour!
To avoid feeling resentful towards your little ones (hey, it happens at times) it’s best to find quick recipes that will appeal their taste. And so, I became an expert in making pizza, tacos, and other fast-food counterparts with healthier ingredients.
But all these take time and work. Luckily, you can make all these and more with an Instant Pot, which means I don’t have to spend all my life in the kitchen!
Cooking is a two-part job: preparing the ingredients and overseeing the cooking. You always have to be on alert to make sure the food doesn’t burn or overcooks (or undercooks), and so on. This means my attention was always divided between what was happening in the kitchen and the kids.
With Instant Pot, I don’t have to worry about the kitchen anymore. Once you made the settings and pressed the button, the pot does its job – no overseeing required. Sure, I wouldn’t just leave home after setting it up, but I can go and play with the kids without worrying that may food will turn to charcoal.
When set correctly, this pressure cooker delivers perfect results every time. No burning, no under or overcooking, and less anxiety from my part.
Not to mention that, once it’s done cooking, the Keep Warm function kicks in to keep the food at optimal temperature for consumption.
Reduced Cooking Times
Every IP pressure cooker is advertised for its speedy cooking (up to 70% faster than regular stove-tops). And, after a few years of using it, I find this to be totally true.
The secret to its speed stands in the pressure cooking part. As such, users can cook even the more difficult ingredients (such as frozen meat) quickly, safely, and with perfect results.
I can cook almost everything in this pot! True, some recipes require a bit of trial and error, but once you got the right settings, you’re good to go (thank God for the Manual module!).
I’ve cooked vegetables, soups, stews, meats, bread, and even desserts. With a bit of creativity, the sky could be the limit in your kitchen. Not to mention that everyone will admire your cooking skills!
Limitations & Possible Cons
I’ve been in this relationship for a few years, so it’s safe to say the honeymoon phase is over. So yes, I can say the Instant Pot is not perfect – it has limitations and it won’t magically turn you into a Michelin star chef.
However, if you want to spend less time in the kitchen without depending on food delivery services, I think the IP is a must-have.
I am the first to say that this is a device that takes time to include in your daily kitchen routine. Not all indications are clear and it takes a bit to get used to the idea that it’s safe to use a pressure cooker on a daily basis. As you get accustomed to the idea, you will start experimenting a bit more, so the frustration you may feel during the first few times you use it is worth enduring.
Still, there are ways to fix this problem by running the washable elements through the dishwasher several times. If nothing works, you can purchase several gaskets online at a decent price. This way, you get to refresh your pot without investing too much elbow grease.
Another complaint I have is connected to the time it takes to build and release pressure. This usually means you have to add about 20 to 30 minutes to the time specified in the recipe. Also, once the lid locks, you have no control over what happens inside the pot. This doesn’t sit well with people who want to season mid-cooking or adjust the taste before the dish is ready.
But, in time, you learn to let it be and season at the end.
Do You Need An Instant Pot?
If you’re OK cooking while using a stove-top and it doesn’t bother you to spend time in the kitchen, then you probably don’t need it.
But if you feel your time could be better spent doing other activities, then you do need an IP pressure cooker. While it has some limitations, it is incredibly versatile and practical in a regular kitchen. It’s also safe to use and can leave it unsupervised without worrying it will cause an accident or burn the food.
Overall, this is not a life-changing device (as some users would want you to believe) but it becomes necessary the more you use it. You will learn to love it and you will welcome it to your family!