Instant Pots have become wildly popular and for good reason. They require less preparation, you can toss meat in there frozen, and you can cook dried beans without having to soak them first. It’s pretty much a hands-off cooking experience! Not only is this an advantage for those who are used to spending hours in the kitchen cutting, chopping, marinating, etc. But this amazing kitchen must-have is probably the best thing for non-cooks since takeout! So why is it that I’m praising the Instant Pot for cooks and non-cooks alike? Because it’s so easy to use and it’s almost accident-proof, meaning, if you’re more likely to burn than broil in the kitchen, an Instant Pot is almost fail-proof. There’s not too much messing up you can do.
First, let me give you a few details about the Instant Pot and how it works. This device is a few steps up from your grandmother’s pressure cooker, which is what people used to use in the olden days. Yes, that was sarcasm but considering the lightening speed advances we have in technology, last week could be considered the olden days. The Instant Pot cooks food faster than it can be cooked on a stovetop because it traps steam in and cooks the food at a higher temperature, 242 degrees Fahrenheit to be exact. But don’t worry, it’s electric and it comes with several modern safety features so you don’t have to worry about it exploding like our grandmas worried about with pressure cookers.
With all of that being said, I think that the Instant Pot is the perfect kitchen accessory for everyone to have, but especially those who either don’t like to cook or don’t have time to cook, but desire healthy meals at home. And for those who enjoy spending time in the kitchen, let’s face it: there are some days we just don’t have time to be Martha Stewart.
Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of owning an Instant Pot and how much easier it is to prepare quick, healthy meals.
Pro: You can cook your meat, sides, and veggies all together, at the same time!
Con: This may be a bad thing if you actually want to spend more time in the kitchen.
Pro: As I mentioned above, you can throw meat in the Instant Pot frozen and have your protein cooked in minutes.
Con: Due to the current meat shortage, it may take you longer to find meat to cook than it will to actually cook it.
Pro: Even though foods cook quickly, they still retain their flavor as if they’ve been marinating all day!
Con: You don’t get the pleasure of taking up all that space in your refrigerator with marinated foods.
Pro: Because pressure cooking food preserves more nutrients than steaming and boiling, your body may be able to absorb more nutrients from the food.
Con: You get to see your doctor a lot less because you’ve taken a step toward becoming healthier!
Pro: You don’t have to babysit your Instant Pot.
Con: Your kitchen may get lonely.
Pro: The time you save cooking means more time with your family.
Con: You may get used to this.
As you can see, there really are no cons to preparing healthy meals with an Instant Pot. I’m super biased if you haven’t noticed. In fact, I love the Instant Pot and benefit from it so much that I’ve based an entire cooking class around it. If you’re interested in learning how to use this kitchen apparatus sent from heaven, click here!