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I Have an Instant Pot - Now What?


It’s hard to believe it’s Christmas Eve already! I’ve been doing quite a bit of running around lately trying to get ready for Christmas and haven’t spent too much time using my Instant Pot lately. Instead, in the evening when I’m too wiped out to do much else, I’ve been watching Instant Pot videos and checking out recipes. Here are some of my most recent finds:


Food Network - Instant Pot Recipes:

I think I had previously mentioned that whenever I need to find a recipe, one of the first places I look is on Food Network’s website. I did a search for Instant Pot recipes and as of the date this was written, there were more than 340 of them! Here’s one of the reasons I like their website: once you pull up a list of recipes, you can refine the list in a bunch of different ways. This can be by chef, show, a specific ingredient you want included, or by the course you want to make. When the list first appears, it’s probably sorted by Best Match, but I like to change this to Rating so I can see the recipes with the best reviews up at the top of the list. Once you select a recipe, they tell you the expected difficulty level, the time you’ll spend making it (although I always seem to take longer than they say), and the yield. I can usually find a good recipe on their site.


365 Days of Slow + Pressure Cooking:

Originally started as a site for crockpot fans, they have shifted their focus a bit and are now covering Instant Pot recipes. Thanks to my NextDoor responder Kitty for the suggestion - this was a site I hadn’t visited before. Just click the drop down menu and select Instant Pot. I like the idea of their “dump and go” recipes - they say once you put everything in, you set it up to pressure cook and when it’s done, the meal’s done with no additional steps like sautéing. If you keep scrolling on the main list of Instant Pot recipes, you’ll see there’s even one for monkey bread - that was always a recipe that someone made during the holidays when I was young. Probably too late to go running back to the store to make it for Christmas morning, but I’m definitely trying this recipe for New Years!


Facebook’s Instant Pot Community:

This suggestion comes from Linda on NextDoor, an owner of four Instant Pots (two up north and two here). She said this Facebook group with over 2 million members has a lot of recipes - they sure do! I like that Instant Pot users can pose questions when they run into them - that’s helpful. Linda said that you can make great cheesecakes in an Instant Pot - good to know! Something tells me I need to get a spring pan that’ll fit inside mine!


Cookbooks:

Today’s last suggestion comes from Liz in one of my Facebook groups. She recommended The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook. They say the 800 recipes are foolproof, quick, and easy for beginners and advanced users - foolproof and quick sounds great to me! One that sounded interesting to me was Instant Pot Soups & Stews - even though I'm in Florida, I still like soup or stew in the winter. One more that caught my eye was The Instant Pot for Two Cookbook which promises easy and healthy dishes you can make in your Instant Pot just for two people.


If you are new to my Instant Pot discussions, here are links to previous posts. They may be helpful if you are still in the market for an Instant Pot, or they may help you get started with yours. Each contain links to Instant Pots and accessories, many of which are still being offered by Amazon at impressive prices.


Thanks for your suggestions and discussions. I'll continue to share your ideas an recipes on Instant Pot Tuesdays. Even though my blog was primarily set up to provide information for renters and landlords, this is a topic that people seem to like so we'll stick with it. I can't say enough good about Instant Pot - it makes cooking enjoyable for me (and that's a huge accomplishment!). On Mondays and Wednesdays, I'll continue posting about fun things to do here in Lake County, Florida. On Thursdays and Fridays, I'll have topics of interest for renters and landlords (and sometimes homeowners). Follow along at https://www.leesburg4rent.com/blog or subscribe. Have a Merry Christmas!




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