I can’t figure out how to make this meme larger…but friends, THIS WAS SO ME ON SUNDAY NIGHT!!!
Okay, I have a lot to say today about my first Instant Pot experience. I really wish I was sitting down in my kitchen with all of you right now. I feel scatterbrained, excited, a little cautious, optimistic, overly caffeinated and very hyper right now. I just think it would help if we were face to face.
Here’s the deal…I finally bought an Instant Pot. Now, let’s rewind.
For like over a year now, you and I have discussed whether or not I needed one. I got a ton of feedback in THIS POST and after I read through all of the comments, I decided the Instant Pot WAS NOT FOR ME. But that was November. Fast forward to last week, and I bought one. I bought THIS ONE on Amazon after reading all of the reviews and polling my friends who already owned one. I also bought THIS Instant Pot cookbook to see me through my first attempts.
Now, how did I get here?
You see, after reading that post, I felt like I wasn’t an Instant Pot girl because I like my meals to be prepped and ready to go early in the morning. This makes me the perfect slow cooker girl (cough, cough, you can buy my slow cooker book HERE!). According to many of your comments, you know that I’m a morning girl and a crazy busy after school with homework, speech, sports girl, so the slow cooker is a natural fit for me (my exact slow cooker is HERE). BUT nearly a year after that post, people are still telling me all the time how the Instant Pot changed their lives.
CHANGED THEIR LIVES.
And call me crazy, but I want my life changed too!!!! I’m telling you…from church to school to random emails from blog readers to family…everyone keeps telling me how this pressure cooker is going to totally rock my world. Guys, I want my world rocked! Raising a big family is no joke and if this thing makes my life easier, than I want a piece of the pie!
So, I bought one.
And the minute it arrived, I was nervous.
What the heck? Why am I nervous???? I don’t know? BUT I WAS LEGIT NERVOUS!!!!
I sat down with my new Instant Pot manual and the new cookbook and started reading. Like the nerd I am, I marked pages, underlined and highlighted passages. And you know what I felt after? MORE NERVOUS!
Reading through the cookbook had me quite confused. So many of the recipes had a long list of things to do before you turn the Instant Pot on. So, yeah, your Beef Stroganoff cooks in 18 minutes but there was 30 minutes of prep work when I can make my own version of Beef Stroganoff in the slow cooker with nearly no prep. The book didn’t help me. After reading it, I was very close to shutting the book and becoming one of those sweet readers of mine that say “I bought an Instant Pot six months ago but haven’t taken it out of the box”. GUYS, I GET IT NOW!
I did not want to be a quitter though, so I went back in the book and was determined to find me a recipe to make using my Instant Pot. I decided to land on their Sunday Pot Roast. I bought the ingredients and made it Sunday night.
My plan was to begin making dinner at 4:45, so around 2:00 I opened up my Instant Pot and started sweating it out. I decided to do what all rational people to and head to YouTube for support. On YouTube, I found this video by the sweet Six Sisters and watched it. Then I joined their Instant Pot FB group. Hahaha! At one point, I’m pretty sure Andrew asked me why I was studying so much to make dinner. Hahahaha! I was NERVOUS!
At 4:45, I was ready to go.
Now, there are several steps you take before actually turning on the Instant Pot and walking away, but they’re all done inside the pot. The Instant Pot has a saute feature, so you actually cook up your beef and onions right inside instead of doing it on the stove and transferring it to the Instant Pot.
Here I am browning up my roast…
…and now, the other side.
I followed all of the instructions, set the timer for 60 minutes per the directions and walked away.
Now, I didn’t know this (and it wasn’t in the directions), but the timer doesn’t come on automatically, the pot has to pressurize itself first. That took about 10 minutes. Then, the timer showed up and it started cooking away. When the timer went off, I released the valve and waited until it unlocked my lid before seeing my roast…
…the potatoes and carrots were added the last 10 minutes.
…and here I am, plating the kids’ food!
Friends, MY ROAST WAS SO GOOD!
It didn’t finish cooking and was ready to eat until 6:15…so, it took an hour and thirty minutes, BUT, the roast was exceptional! I really, really liked it! All four kids plus Andrew ate every bit and loved it too!
So, here are my thoughts:
1: The roast was so good that it inspired me to keep trying Instant Pot recipes. I was on the fence until I tried my dinner, but it really was delicious, so I’m going to make something else soon.
2: Cooking is very relaxing to me. I love to turn on my music, light my candle and relax while I make food. This wasn’t relaxing. I’m hoping that over time, this becomes so natural that it too is relaxing…not stressful.
3: That release valve on the top of the Instant Pot is supposed to be loose and wiggly. Yeah, I thought it was broken and had to YouTube that too.
4: The Instant Pot is dishwasher safe, but this time, I hand washed my lid. I was afraid the ring inside would get messed up in the dishwasher. Do you guys put it in there? I was hesitant, so I hand washed the lid and put the bowl in the dishwasher.
5: I think based on all of the “it changed my life” talk I’ve heard, I expected everything to cook faster with less prep. I didn’t find this to be true. I’m okay with it taking longer, but I really think sometimes this product is sold as “dinner in an instant” and it wasn’t. It was dinner in an hour and a half.
I mean…dinner was delicious and I think that’s the main point, right? Okay, all of you Instant Pot people, please chime in. I want this to change my life. Tell me how 🙂 .