Obsession Thursday: Getting back to cooking

This is an Instant Pot.
This is an Instant Pot.

You’ve probably seen these things everywhere on social media. I sure had. It’s an Instant Pot, aka an electronic pressure cooker. Everyone I know has one (or one like it) or wants one. There was (unsurprisingly) a sale on Black Friday where it was about half the regular price. So I jumped.

Why do you want one of these? Here’s why I did:

  1. Unlike a slow cooker, it keeps smells in the pot, not all over your house/apartment
  2. You can cook delicious dishes from frozen ingredients in just a short time…some as fast as 3 minutes, once the machine reaches pressure (remember, it’s a pressure cooker)
  3. It also does the functions of a rice cooker, slow cooker and even a saute pan

It was number 2 that did it for me. I keep forgetting to cook actual FOOD until it’s too close to dinner to do anything but defrost something I’ve precooked (I do batches of stuff from time to time, but not always) or order pizza. That is not healthy. And doesn’t feel very adult.

It arrived yesterday. Like others before me, I’m a bit intimidated by this large pot with a fancy lid and lots of buttons. I read the manual. I joined this Facebook group (it’s VERY helpful and encouraging). I started saving appealing recipes to my Pocket (I prefer Pocket to Pinterest, but that’s just me. There are TONS of recipes on Pinterest). And tonight, after I do my first water test, I’m going to cook some frozen chicken thighs into something delicious. I’ve been told that, once I get the hang of it, I’ll want to use it for almost every meal. You can even make cheesecake in this thing.

Do you have one of these? Share your tips and favorite recipes with me in the comments, will you?

*The link above takes you to Amazon, where Knitty will get a small fee if you purchase one of these things. Keep an eye out for sales…they pop up all the time.

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10 thoughts on “Obsession Thursday: Getting back to cooking

  1. Suzyn

    Ok, the cookbook you want to get is Vegan Under Pressure by Jill Nussinow. Even if you’re not vegan, there is so much good stuff in this book!! My favorites are the Arroz Non Pollo (haha), Lebanese Vegetable Soup, and the Lentil Soup. Oh, and the veggies with peanut sauce – actually, you can just make the peanut sauce and put it on pretty much anything!

  2. angelbis

    I have one of these and I love it! I also bought it on an Amazon sale (over the summer I think) and it was a great deal. I use it at least 3 times a week. I can’t imagine how I managed without it!

    1. Amy Singer

      This is what I’m hearing from people. I just have to get comfy with it, and then I expect to be doing the same!

  3. Madeline

    I have one and love it too. Lots of recipes from This Old Gal website get made at our house. I also joined the instant pot for Indian cooking group as I love that food. I’m in Ottawa and we have a local FB group for sharing recipes. I’d be surprised if there’s not one where you are too. For now, I use it most often for beans, boiled eggs, and steaming sweet potatoes to slice into rounds and fry on the stove – a favourite healthy snack, especially for my small one.

    1. Amy Singer

      My friend Amy Swenson says it’s amazing for doing regular potatoes too. I just always have frozen blocks of some sort of protein available, and almost never remember to take them out till it’s too late to cook for that night. So that’s my plan…Instant Pot them!

  4. Samina

    I received one of these gizmos for Christmas (I’d asked for one), so I’m rather excited to get playing with it. Thanks for the links. I’m off to check them out.

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