What is an Instant Pot? Here’s everything you need to know

What is an Instant Pot? Here’s everything you need to know
What is an Instant Pot? Here’s everything you need to know

At some point in your life, you have probably seen or heard of an Instant Pot. The small kitchen gadget is a versatile, multi-use appliance that can do the job of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, saute pan, steamer, and more. It also saves you counter space and, over the long term, money.

If you’re only just now hearing about the Instant Pot, you may be a little skeptical. How can one appliance be a rice cooker and cake maker at the same time? That’s the magic of the appliance, which comes with preset programs that are specifically designed to cook your food to perfection, whether it be a cake, a stew, or porridge. Still not convinced? Here’s everything you need to know about the Instant Pot Multifunctional Pressure Cooker.

If this programmable countertop multicooker earns a spot in your kitchen, you’ll probably start relying on it more than any other cooking appliance. The specific functions of your Instant Pot will vary based on which model you purchase, but these are the basic programs that will be present in most models:

  • Slow cooker
  • Pressure cooker (most models let you cook on high or low pressure, or choose specific pressure setting like poultry or meat/stew)

  • Rice cooker
  • Steamer
  • Saute/browning
  • Yogurt maker
  • Warmer

Many models also come with additional programs, including egg maker, cake maker, and sterilizer. Depending on the size and type of your model, you can insert certain types of dishes directly into the appliance, including cupcake molds or springform pans. You can also use aluminum foil to separate certain ingredients in your instant pot, which allows you to cook veggies and meats at the same time for recipes like fajitas. You can find lots of different Instant Pot recipes online.

The device also features a timer and various settings for whether you want to set to cook on low, medium, high, or keep warm.

Types of Instant Pots

You can choose from about 20 different Instant Pot models and sizes ranging from 3 to 8 quarts. The 3-quart size is ideal for a small family of two to three people, the 5-quart and 6-quart sizes are ideal for four to six, and the 8-quart is large enough for families with six or more. Some Instant Pots models, like the smart Wi-Fi version, allow you to monitor and control your Instant Pot with your smart phone or tablet. Here are the different models you can choose from.

Thawing and working with frozen foods

If time is short for you and you tend to work with a lot of frozen ingredients, you may be wondering if the Instant Pot is really for you. The good news is that can Instant Pot can help thaw foods straight from the freezer (please remove containers first) if you know the right procedures.

You can put your frozen foods right into the Instant Pot and saute them for a few minutes to bring the temperature up. Then, for cooked foods you can steam them to reheat the dish without drying it out. If you need to thaw and then cook a food, the best course of action is to just follow the normal cooking process indicated by your Instant Pot recipe. The food will be fully thawed as the Instant Pit comes up to pressure, before it begins its cooking cycle.

If you plan on cooking a lot of foods in the Pot, you may want to make sure they are frozen in bowls or boxes so they fit into the pot easily, rather than frozen in a flat bag that doesn’t really fit into the Pot’s dimensions.

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from Smart Home – Digital Trends