In this instant pot review, read about all of the best instant pot features and why it’s a must-have kitchen appliance!
Have you heard of the instant pot before? I hadn’t until recently, when I saw people raving over it in my newsfeed.
Naturally, I had a ton of questions.
Is the instant pot a slow cooker? Why do I need another appliance? Is the instant pot dishwasher safe? (I really don’t like washing dishes…)
So I set out to answer them!
In my opinion, there are so many benefits to having an instant pot – I honestly think that every busy mom needs an instant pot. Heck, I might even go as far as to say that the instant pot is a miracle worker!
What Is An Instant Pot?
At first, I thought the instant pot was a slow cooker. I already have a slow cooker, so why would I need an appliance that does the exact same thing just with a catchier name, right?
Wrong. The instant pot isn’t just a slow cooker! It’s actually a 7-in-1 appliance that, once you own one, might make you wonder how you ever lived without it.
Yes, the instant pot does function as a slow cooker. But my problem with the slow cooker has always been this: a lot of mornings, I run out of time to prepare my ingredients and get them into the slow cooker.
That’s one of my favorite features of the instant pot – a dish that might take 7 hours to cook in a slow cooker can be ready in less than an hour in the instant pot.
But beyond the slow cooker feature, the instant pot is also a pressure cooker, yogurt-maker, steamer, rice cooker, and a warmer. You can also sauté/brown food in the instant pot, too.
Save Cabinet Space
The instant pot is also great for people that don’t have a ton of kitchen cabinet space.
In an effort to simplify, we recently downsized from a 2100 sq ft house to just over half that. I sold a lot of kitchen appliances we’d accumulated over the years, and I certainly wasn’t interested in cluttering up my cabinets with 7 different appliances (really, who has the room for that, anyway?)
Cooking Rice in the Instant Pot
Another one of my favorite features of the instant pot is the rice cooker.
I absolutely love rice (I could eat a bowl of white rice with a little salted butter stirred through it almost every day.) I often cook up a big batch of rice to serve with stew, chili, curry, etc., But if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s mushy rice.
The instant pot makes cooking rice incredibly easy – just use a ratio of about 1:1 and your white rice will be ready in 3-8 minutes – no mushiness!
Hard-Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot
Now that my little one is fast approaching one year old, we’ve been experimenting with table food. I have always loved eating hard boiled eggs, but it can be a pain to get them perfectly cooked (not too runny but avoiding the green ring, caused by overcooking.)
And peeling hard-boiled eggs? Yeah, I’ll leave that up to someone else, thanks.
But did you know you can actually hard-boil eggs in the instant pot, and the shells just peel right off? Ok, technically they’re not “hard-boiled” because you’re not actually boiling the eggs, but the end result is basically the same.
All you need to do is put the rack in the bottom of the instant pot, fill it with a cup of water, and layer your eggs on the rack.
Close the pot and the valve, turn the instant pot onto manual and reduce the time to 4 or 5 minutes.
After 4 or 5 minutes is up (experiment to see which time works best for you) hit cancel, release the pressure, remove the eggs and place them in a bowl of ice cold water for about 5 minutes.
Then remove the eggs and peel off the shells – too easy!
Where Can I Buy An Instant Pot?
You can buy the Instant Pot here for $99 with free shipping.
But you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can actually save $20 and get the instant pot for just $79.95 with free shipping!
Amazon Prime also offers a free 30-day trial so you can sign up, save $20 on your instant pot and then if you don’t want to continue the service, just cancel. (But considering that you get free 2-day shipping on millions of items and instant access to thousands of songs, TV shows and music, I think it’s definitely worth the price.)
Here’s the link to get a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial membership.
We all have the best intentions when it comes to providing nutritious, home-cooked meals for our family. But let’s be honest – sometimes life gets in the way. If you’re looking for a multi-purpose appliance that will help you get a healthy, home-cooked meal on the table in record time, then I think that the instant pot is definitely worth the money.
Do you have an instant pot? What’s your favorite way to use it?