"I don't need an Instant Pot," I told my friend for the millionth time. "I have a crock pot." I could list a half a dozen reasons the Instant Pot wouldn't save me any time or money. I had been using my crockpot, almost daily, for years. Years! For a while, I even had two of them. I could make anything in my crockpot.
- I forgot to take the meal out of the freezer the night before to thaw
- I forgot to turn the crockpot on (it happened more times than I'd care to admit)
- I didn't want to smell something cooking all day (like when I was pregnant)
- I didn't run the dishwasher on time and I was too lazy to clean the pot by hand
Patiently, my friend kept talking about her Instant Pot and how it would solve all my problems. I listened, and then I politely said, "I just don't have time to be preparing meals at 4:45, even if they only take 20 minutes to cook."
You see, at that point I had a newborn, two elementary aged children I was attempting to homeschool, a steadily growing freelance business, and a husband who regularly worked 14 hour days. I needed to put things in the crockpot during morning naps and then not have to think about anything.
But, one day, I thought to myself, I wonder if it would actually help me out. So, when it went on sale for a ridiculous percentage off on Thanksgiving morning of 2016, I bought it.
So, it arrived. I immediately wanted to see if it worked. My dear friend, who was gracious enough not to say she told me so, confirmed what I thought. If I truly didn't like it, someone would surely buy it from me.
I started with the water test, like I recommend everyone do. And then I got moving. Now, 14 months later, I cook in it 5 out of the 7 days each week. In fact, six months after purchasing my IP, I gave away my trusty crockpot. I was completely and utterly hooked. I still am, actually. I'm contemplating a second one. In fact, I definitely will be getting another one, the very next time they go on sale.
How do I love the IP? Let me count the ways.
It saves me time.
I know, this is probably obvious, but it truly does. I still use my trusty meal prepping skills and prepare meals for the IP courtesy of the amazing team behind Once a Month Meals. But I can also throw something in there and create my own. Plus, it requires no watching, which is especially helpful on those meals that may take a little longer.
Plus – I can make hardboiled eggs without standing at the stove. 6 minutes on manual, 4 minute of natural release, and then in an ice bath. I promise, these will be the easiest eggs you've ever peeled.
I can also make potatoes in the IP in 10 minutes. Baked potatoes! Rice takes about 20 minutes start to finish, with no work from me.
It saves me money.
This was huge for me. Freezer cooking saves me money. I bought in bulk, I prepped 20 dinners at one time, I minimized the trips to the grocery story. But, when I did one of things listed above, like forget to take something out of the freezer in time, I was stuck. I never had any food thawed and ready to go. So if I missed the window that morning, I was stuck with going to the store and buying something or ordering out. And that added to the food bill.
Now, I can put a frozen meal in the Instant Pot and it only takes a few extra minutes to reach pressure. This removes the temptation to order out or go shopping at the last minute. All in all, that probably saves me a minimum of $50 a month.
Have I convinced you yet? I bet I have. So, what else do you need with your Instant Pot?
Here are some of my favorite accessories:
Adorable baby/kitchen helper not included.
- Green silicone steamer basket
- Extra seals
- Adorable mini mits
- An extra IP liner
- Set of 3 spring form pans
And everyone always asks about cookbooks. So until I've written mine, here are some good ones.