My Instant Pot Review: Is it really worth the hype?
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There seems to be a lot of hype surrounding the Instant Pot lately. A lot of bloggers I follow rave about the Instant Pot, and I’ve been reading posts about it for nearly a year. Needless to say, I’ve been skeptical.
I wasn’t sure the Instant Pot would produce the great results I have been reading about. Not to mention, the price seemed high for something I wasn’t sure was worth it. Can a delicious healthy meal that would normally take all day in a crock-pot, really be prepared in less than a half an hour and still taste good? I finally took the plunge and bought one, and I’m here to tell you it is absolutely worth the investment–and I’ve only had it for a week!
First, let’s talk about what an Instant Pot is. An Instant Pot is a pressure cooker that has multiple functions and cooks food up to 70 percent faster than most other cooking methods. It is an extremely energy efficient appliance that creates healthy nutritious meals. Is this for real? Yes it is!
Why Not Just Use a Crock-pot?
Someone recently asked my why not just use a crock-pot, why the Instant Pot? You might be wondering the same thing. I have been told that crock-pots can be a fire hazard when leaving them plugged in all day. Growing up, my home caught on fire in the middle of the night. As a result of that fire, I am over-the-top paranoid about going off and leaving things plugged in. So for me, I absolutely will not leave the house with a crock-pot plugged in.
Meal Prep is Now Much Easier
I try really hard to meal-prep on Sundays so we can make healthy choices throughout the week, but life happens. When I do not have meals prepared for most of the week, we end up eating really unhealthy food like frozen pizza or ordering out.
Since most meals can be cooked in an Instant Pot within an hour, this has already been a lifesavor. The first night I had this new gadget, I grabbed a pack of frozen stew meat, added a box of Pomi tomatoes, oregano, carrots, and a few other spices. Our stew was done in about 30 minutes and it was delicious. The meat was so tender and the flavors from the spices made it taste like it had simmered for hours.
My New Love – The Instant Pot
I have only had my Instant Pot for a week, and I already regret not buying it a year ago when I first started reading about it. Here are the reasons why I love it:
- A whole spaghetti squash cooked in 10 minutes
- Three frozen chicken breasts cooked in 15 minutes
- I boiled a whole chicken and five chicken legs in 25 minutes
- It’s a breeze to clean up
- It’s simple to use
Since I just got my Instant Pot a week ago, I’m excited to share my journey of using it and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. There are lots of recipes on Pinterest, and I intend to use them.
Keep checking back for updates on my Instant Pot adventure.