I ve Pretty Much Eaten Every Single Meal Out of My Instant Pot For a Year, and Here s What I Know

Get the Full StoryAs someone whose mom grew up making tons of soups and casseroles in a Crock-Pot, I knew as soon as the Instant Pot 70 - a pressure cooker that supposedly cuts cooking time in half - came out that I absolutely needed one. Fortunately, my mother-in-law got me one last year for Christmas, and I've been experimenting with recipes from pork pho pictured to sweet potato crostinis below ever since.

Although this pressure cooker is a bit bulky for my small apartment kitchen, it has truly revolutionized meal prep for me. Since you can do everything from saut to roast in the metal bowl, only one pot needs washing when you're done. Hooray! Another bonus? Some dishes that used to take eight-plus hours in my Crock-Pot now take an hour or less. As a person who often leaves the "what are we having for dinner?" discussion to the last possible second, this is a major win.

Despite the fact I would do anything for my Instant Pot - I practically sleep with it - using the various buttons and settings takes some getting used to. Fortunately, after a year of cooking in my beloved invention, I can finally offer up some tips for Instant Pot newbies. Here's what I've learned so far in my culinary journey.


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