To be honest: his past winter in cold, snowy Boston, I didn’t use my crock pot at all – not once! But I used my pressure cooker once every two weeks or so.
My aunt gave me one of those Instant Pots – the name brand pressure cooker that is extremely easy to use. It comes with a little booklet and there are a number of online resources to help you get the hang of it, but overall you’re able to take the same recipes you’d put in a crock pot and do them in the pressure cooker. Overall, I try to stick to the official resources on how long specific meats should cook for, and I’ve had everything come out great!
The three reasons I love it better than my crock pot:
1: I don’t have to get up any earlier in the morning/ it takes less time to cook.
I’m really not great at getting up earlier in the morning on weekdays. I press snooze for like 45 minutes every morning, and getting up to cook in the morning is such a foreign concept to me. Who wants to look at uncooked chicken breasts that early in the morning??? Sometimes with the crock pot I would dice everything up the night before and then in the morning just dump everything into the crock pot and go — but that limited the kinds of crock pot recipes I could do in the AM.
With the Instant Pot, I can make something after work from start to finish and still get that fall of the bone tender meat you get in a crock pot.
2: The saute function.
In my continued quest to do fewer dishes and be more efficient, the Instant Pot saves the day with its saute function. Now, if something needs to be browned before going into the Instant Pot, I can do it right within the Instant Pot itself. No need to get another pan dirty!
3: The excitement of depressurizing.
While I’ll admit, I was extremely nervous the first time I did it, now I think it’s really *really* fun. With one flick of a switch, the steam comes out of my pressure cooker and a yummy smell of what’s been cooking fills the kitchen. It’s nothing to write home about, but it’s way more interesting than taking the lid of a crock pot.
Other things to know:
- The Instant Pot does take time to get to “pressure” so even though the cooking time is only 12 minutes, it’ll actually take another 10-15 to get to pressure, depending on how much is in your pressure cooker and how cold it is.
- The Instant Pot warms, too! So you can use it for warming dips and chili and all of that good stuff at potlucks or football Sundays.
- I haven’t gotten rid of my crock pot just yet – but I wouldn’t be surprised if I did eventually. My Instant Pot really does seem to do it all!
- Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce (Crock Pot Recipe)
- Honey Garlic Chicken (Crock Pot Recipe)
- Chicken, Black Bean and Rice Bowls
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