So, you’re thinking of getting an Instant Pot?

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Lately I’ve been getting more and more questions about my Instant Pot, which is similar to this one, though mine only has 7 functions. I’ve had it for just over a year now, which is a good amount of time to accurately assess whether or not something is worth the hype. This is one of the four kitchen appliances I own and allow to take up residence on my counter top. The others are a Vitamix, an electric kettle, and with the arrival of kid #2 I just broke down and bought a programmable coffee maker (up until this point I’ve been a hard core AeroPress user.)
Egg beaters? Sold them on Amazon.
Cuisinart? Cool, but no thanks.
Crockpot? Donated it when I bought my Instant Pot.
Kitchen Aid? Meh. Well, actually, if I had more disposable income I might break down and get one of these. ​

Why do I share this? Simply to suggest that there are a LOT of unnecessary kitchen appliances out there. For me, the aforementioned 4 cover all my bases. The Instant Pot has proved itself to be well worth my counter space and the money I spent on it. Among other things, here are the reasons why:

1. Convenience (quick and easy) – Unlike a Crock Pot/Slow Cooker, the Instant Pot cooks food rather quickly. It also can cook meat from a frozen state, which is great for all those nights I don’t have my act together and forget to defrost meat for our meal.


2.  The ability to set it and forget it – Need I say more? Busy moms, what could be better? I’m all about keeping it simple.

3. It’s multi-faceted – a Pressure Cooker, Slow cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Yogurt Maker & Warmer with a Saute function all in one. Wow!

 

4. Tender meat – Ok. So the amazing, delicious and tender meat we started enjoying after purchasing the IP could also be because around the same time we began using Butcher Box meat for many of our meals and it’s no secret that I think Butcher Box is kind of amazing. How can meal quality go anywhere but up when you have such thoughtfully sourced meat delivered directly to your door? But I digress… I do ​ think cooking in the IP has a lot to do with the tender quality of the meat we have been enjoying over the past year.

All this to say, if you don’t already have an Instant Pot. you should definitely get one. And if you DO have an instant pot, check out my tried and true Instant Pot recipes and techniques for nutritious and delicious meals!
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