If you are sitting in your kitchen looking at a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and saute pan then you may have too much going on in the kitchen. Instant pots handle the tasks of all those appliances and give you the ideal all-in-one cooking option for you and your family. If you have heard about people making the switch to an instant pot, but aren’t sure if it is right for you, then consider the points in this beginners guide.
One of the questions many pressure cooker users have about the instant pots is if you can truly convert psi recipes to your instant pot. The answer is yes. You can convert those recipes easily and create an ideal alternative to larger pressure cookers. This is ideal if you have children in the house and are concerned about having a pressure cooker. PSI conversion is fairly easy. The typical pressure cooker works at 15 psi while the instant pot works at 11. The only thing you need to know about converting the recipes is to cook them for just a few extra minutes, usually 5 to 10 depending on if the recipe is meatless.
In addition to the multiple appliances the instant pot takes over, it also cooks multiple foods. You can cook meats, stews, soups, rice, and even saute vegetables in the instant pot. This means that you truly have a one pot meal that tastes like you cooked it in traditional ways. In most cases, you will not have to clean between adding ingredients either. This means you can start off with sautéing vegetables, add meat to brown, and then add the rice or pasta for final cooking. Everything has a setting so you don’t even have to worry about standing over it and timing each step.
Freezer Cooking is Possible
There are a lot of people that use freezer cooking methods to cut down food costs and to make cooking easier. If you do this, you may wonder how you will convert that from slow cooker and pressure cooker options to the instant pot. This is also an easy adjustment. All you will need to do is freeze items individually instead of premixed like you would for a Crockpot or slow cooker. So freeze the meat, the sauce, the vegetables all in separate bags and then add them at the appropriate point in the cooking process.
This is just a quick beginner’s guide to having an instant pot. There are many other points that you will need to learn about the instant pot before you start using it. Once you get the hang of it, you will find that it can be the ultimate multipurpose option for your kitchen and your cooking habits.