Whats the deal with Instant Pots?

December 11th, 2016

What’s the deal? I love mine, that’s the deal.

I bought one on Black Friday and haven’t looked back since.

We made our first spaghetti in the IP last night and holy cow, none of us have ever had better spaghetti in our LIVES! Here’s what we did:

Browned 1 pound of ground beef on sauté mode, then drained the fat.

Broke gluten free noodles in half and laid them on top of beef. (Regular noodles work the exact same way.)

Poured a 24-ounce jar of Bertolli Vodka sauce on top of noodles.

Filled sauce jar with chicken stock and poured that on top of the whole thing.


Set IP on manual high-pressure for 9 minutes. Let it natural release for 10 minutes, then finished with a quick release. Opened pot, stirred, and DEVOURED it! 3 yo helped by pouring in ingredients, then ate a whole bowl. 9 mo crushed it. Italian pasta-snob Husband said it was the BEST he’s ever had. Magical.

One of my friends tried it next. Here are her results with gluten free brown rice noodles.

Broke them up in 1/4s. Sautéed ground Italian sausage, added a jar of sauce and a jar of water. Stirred it up really good, set it 4 mins manual, and did 10 mins npr. Turned out great! There were only 2 small pasta clumps, but the rest was perfect.

Something I have learned since — You don’t even need to brown the meat. I cook spaghetti all the time & put raw hamburger in, pasta, sauce, water. Cooks perfect every time.

I check out Paleo all the time, and so should you if you buy an instant pot.

Why do homeschoolers love Instant Pots???

I’ve made pasta bolognese, soup, chicken fillets, taco meat, steamed apples and pear, omelet in a mason jar. It’s made eating healthy more convenient. I use my wok a little less. This weel we have been really busy so I’ve just thrown some chicken in quick. I have an 18-month-old and it helps as I can just pop something in and go play with her whilst it’s cooking.

The truth is, it saves us time in our already incredibly busy and hectic lives.

Why do other homeschoolers love Instant Pot? I met Nicole last week, and she can’t live without her Instant Pot.

Recipes like this one absolutely save my life every other day:

Pot of quick n easy chili.
Two cans of tomato sauce,
two cans of Brooks chili beans(I do one hot and one mild),
one can of diced tomatoes (or rotel if you want spicier)
one packet of Chili Mix. (Using mild today because of kids)
1lb of browned ground beef( I buy in bulk and brown a ton at once and portion in 1 Lb freezer bags)
Throw all in Instant Pot. And stir. Put on lid and push soup button. NPR

My biggest reservation with the Instant Pot?

Was super skeptical about making meatloaf in it, but it turned out SOOOOO good and I really don’t love meatloaf. Only thing I did differently is I used BBQ sauce instead of ketchup with was an optional switch in the recipe. I used 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 bison because that is what I had on hand. Also made the Brussel sprouts in there beforehand and they also turned out great. Recipes in comments.

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