My new Forever Friend – The Instant Pot! ~ Giveaway!

Instant Pot 1I’d like you to meet my new best friend. No, seriously! My bestest-kitchenest-friend-forever-who-shall-never-leave-my-counter!!!! I thought my Kitchen Aid mixer was the best time saver we ever bought. However, while it is still a huge time saver for a lot of things, the Instant Pot has upped the ante!

Let me start with my first impressions. When I received the Instant Pot DUO-60, it took about 0.36 seconds to start opening it! The box is filled to the brim – it has excellent cozy packing all around it to prevent damage in shipping. The first thing I found on the very top was the Quick Reference Guide, Owner Registration, User Manual and pressure cooker cookbook! I like it when you don’t have to go digging for the manual! (Yes, I’m geeky like that, I read manuals before I use new toys!) I immediately looked through the cookbook to see what I would see and was quite happy to see several recipes that looked interesting and I love the charts that tell you what settings to use for all the different meats/veggies/legumes etc! It has been marked and used multiple times! Oh, and did I tell you that this baby is Canadian designed!? Yup, that scores extra points in my books!

My second immediate impression was that the pot is heavy! To me, when it comes to appliances, if it’s light – it’s flimsy. Well, friends, the Instant Pot packs some heft! You won’t be accidentally knocking it off your counter! Lastly, the Instant Pot comes with a trivet for inside the pot (which I pretty soon discovered is a VERY handy, very essential tool), as well as two serving spoons, and a measuring cup.

Now, this Instant Pot is a pretty handy dandy little machine. First and Instant Pot 3foremost – it’s an electric pressure cooker. Yup, you know those things that a lot of people are scared about because they’ve heard horror stories about them blowing up? Well, let me tell you, you’d have to work pretty hard to have the Instant Pot do that on you! I am scared no more. Now, she’s not just a pressure cooker. She also is a slow cooker, a rice cooker, she can saute or brown your meats before you throw everything else in. You can make yogurt! You can steam rice (or eggs or anything else you want). And you can use the warming function whenever it’s needed. There are also smart programs (ie rice), there is a timer, there is a delay-cooking timer, there are two pressure settings. And it holds 6 quarts! Are you starting to get the idea? The best-kitchen-friend-forever-cuz-she-can-do-anything-but-put-the-goods-in-the-pot?!? Like you could almost call her a maid if only she’d learn how to wash her own pot!?

I won’t bore you with any more technical details, but I do want to tell you about a few other handy features. For example, the lid. Since the pot holds 6 quarts and the pot goes inside the base – so the lid is fairly large – but has a tab on either side and it stands up on the edge of the pot! Love it! Don’t need extra counter space to set the lid down! When a program is completed, it beeps to tell you it’s done, then it immediately goes into Keep Warm mode and will stay in that mode for up to 10 hours! Kind of handy when you kind of forget to go take out your food! Oh – and they sell a handy Accessory package that I’m going to purchase – it includes an inner pot, a glass lid for using the saute/slow cooker settings, and another sealing ring. Wouldn’t that be handy for when you’re making supper and you have the main course out of the way? Pop out the inner pot, then replace it with a second and make your side dish!

Now let me tell you about the superb handiness of this pot. The first thing I made in it was rice. I have a rice cooker and I have absolutely loved it. I never mastered the art of stovetop rice so I have loved being able to throw my ingredients in the rice cooker, turn it on and walk away. Well now I can do the same in the Instant Pot! And it saves about 5 minutes on cook time. Yes, not a lot, but still, when I forget to get the rice going soon enough, those 5 minutes do count! The second thing I tried was beans. Ever cooked dried beans? Remember how you’d soak them overnight? How does 2 minutes in the pressure cooker sound? Yes, by the time you add up the time for it to get up to pressure it’s more like 12 minutes, but 12 minutes compare to 8 hours is HUGE! For my anyway, because all too often I forget to soak the beans ahead of time! And now I want to make chili! So, after those two minutes of soaking, now you cook them for 10-25 minutes, depending on the bean. I did up two bags of dried beans in less than two hours – and now they’re all sitting in the freezer so I can pull them out whenever I need them.

There is one thing though – there is definitely a learning curve to using a pressure cooker!  For example, the scalloped potatoes I made.  I should have made them in a pot inside the pot.  You see, with all those layers of potatoes, the pot simply can’t come up to pressure.  So it becomes pretty much like an oven.  And yes, the scalloped potatoes took pretty much as long in there as they did in the oven.  They were still yummy though!  The bottom stuff was pretty dark, but it didn’t burn and the pot was super easy to clean!  Hint – I buttered the pot well before making them!  Also, if you’re making anything starchy or anything that fills your pot pretty close to the top, you need to be really careful when letting off the steam.  If it starts to burble more than just steam, turn it off and let it naturally release for awhile, otherwise you’ll blow food goobers all over your kitchen window!  Just ask my kitchen window!

Okay, all that’s all great, but what about fun stuff? Let me tell you a secret! You need to go join the Facebook community for Instant Potheads (an affectionate term!). Once you join, you will see every yummy recipe under the sun. You will gain inspiration. You will drool on your keyboard (might be time to get one of those waterproof covers?) You will find a wealth of advice and support whenever you need it. You will make new friends. You will print off enough recipes to build your own cookbook. And you will make AMAZING cheesecakes! Yes, cheesecake! You know how cheesecakes baked in the oven have to bake for around an hour? Then sit in the oven for another hour? Then chill in the fridge for several hours? How would you like to reduce that time to pressure cooking it for 15 minutes (about 25 including time to build pressure), let it naturally release the pressure (about 10 minutes) then move on to chilling in the fridge? Does 35 minutes sound better than 2 hours?? It does to me. And seriously, the New York style cheesecake I made was soooooooooooo incredibly creamy and smooth and delicious that it needed no topping!

If that doesn’t sell you on making an Instant Pot your newest kitchen friend (who can also help you reduce the number of appliances you are hiding in your kitchen!), maybe this will. I get to host a GIVEAWAY for an Instant Pot!!!! I’m so excited that I have the opportunity to offer one of our readers one of these fabulous appliances!  If, perchance you aren’t the lucky winner, the Instant Pot is now available on both Amazon.ca and on Walmart.com, or you can purchase it directly from their website!

Instant Pot 2WIN IT!

Please follow the directions below to get your entries for the Instant Pot!  Giveaway open to CANADA and the Continental US Only!

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Comments

  1. I would try cooking a beef roast.

  2. Their PotHead FB page has a recipe link to Coconut Fish Curry! I’m in.

  3. Shirley OFlynn says:

    I would like to try the recipe for Maple Bacon Beans.

  4. Anne Taylor says:

    I think a roast of pork would be the first thing I would cook!

  5. Chicken chili

  6. Jo-Anne Pfoh says:

    CHICKEN FOR SURE

  7. Chicken

  8. Heather S says:

    I would make homemade applesauce 🙂

  9. Probably yogurt!

  10. I’d say curry chicken!

  11. i would make a hearty stew!

  12. Chili, or stew.

  13. Holly MacRitchie says:

    I would cook a beef roast.

  14. Julie Lundstrom says:

    I would like to make some BBQ ribs first.

  15. Chad Gustafson says:

    Some hot chili

  16. I’d make beef curry!

  17. Angela Mitchell says:

    I would love to try making yogurt. I’ve always wanted to try and make my own.

  18. Beans sound like an awesome thing to try cooking in the pot.

  19. Debbie Bashford says:

    I would do honey garlic ribs

  20. Susan Patterson says:

    I would make an old fashion beef pot roast with onions, carrots and potatoes!

  21. Vesper Meikle says:

    Probably something easy first like vegetable rice

  22. Curried Goat

  23. Rusty Holmgren says:

    I’d start with steel cut oats

  24. Mary Somerville says:

    I would like to try making yogurt first.

  25. some honey garlic ribs!

  26. I would do roast vegetables first.

  27. Belinda McNabb says:

    would try chicken first

  28. I’d cook a spicy chili first.

  29. I would like to cook curry as I think Instant pot has the potential to transform Indian cuisine specifically Gujju cusine- the largest vegetarian cuisine of the world.

  30. Carole Dube says:

    I would cook a beef roast.

  31. I would like to try to cook a stew in the pot

  32. Irene Eichler says:

    chili! .. its getting cold outside and this sounds perfect !

  33. The cheesecake sounds good!

  34. Lynda Cook says:

    I would make a stew or rice pudding

  35. Judy Cowan says:

    I would love to try cooking a beef roast first.

  36. I would like to try to cook some rice first.

  37. Rice pilaf, then chili

  38. Definitely pot roast

  39. Several of your links in the Giveaway do not work.

  40. Leanne,

    Links not working:

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  41. I would love to try the mac n cheese in the instant pot 🙂

  42. Christine Jakins says:

    Yogurt. I currently make two batches a week and this would probably help lots with that.

  43. I replied via email – thanks for the input!

  44. I would do roast beef as a first try

  45. I’d cook up some dried beans for my ‘test drive’

  46. I would love to win one of these. my rice cooker and crockpot are on the way out.

  47. I’d make risotto!

  48. SOFT BOILED EGGS!!

  49. Rice pudding!

  50. Christine T. says:

    I think the first thing would be to try beef brisket.

  51. First thing I tried was a frozen chicken. It was awesome done in under an hour.

  52. I’d love to try that British pudding…it looks delicious.

  53. Pearl Johnson says:

    I love my instant pot, but it’s hard flying to take care of my mother, with it. I need one at her house to use when it’s my turn to be her caretaker. I’ve actually made the 16 hour drive and packed my IP in the car. She loves the meals I make for her.

  54. I have a friend who swears by the One Pot and says everyone should have one. Hope I win!

  55. Melissa Pallex says:

    I would make beef stew, a favorite of my hubby and sons!

  56. Belinda Chartrand says:

    I just bought my Instantpot during the Black Friday Sale on Amazon, and I can’t wait to find some great recipes to try!

  57. Geeta Ranbhor says:

    With a 15 month and 15 day baby at home and no help, I guess instant pot is going to be my savior in the kitchen.

  58. First thing I made after the water test was potatoes (had half a bag I needed to cook), best yet!

  59. I’d try cooking chilli

  60. short ribs. thanks

  61. I would try corned beef first.

  62. I would start with steel cut oats for breakfast, and then a whole chicken.

  63. Marie Bollinger says:

    I would start with a whole chicken.

  64. Anna Johnson says:

    I’ll likely try a hearty stew like soup first, but I’m thinking of all sorts of things to try like chili and yogurt!

  65. S. Henrich says:

    I’m going for risotto.

  66. It’d try chicken stock

  67. I’d love to make some rice and beans with chicken.

  68. I would make a big pot of home made soup.
    This would be awesome for so many things.
    Thank you 🙂

  69. Ribs!

  70. Nicholas Storman says:

    Your instant pot website link isn’t working. Soup sounds good.

  71. I would make a stew 🙂

  72. I would make a risotto

  73. Cheryl Grandy says:

    I think I’d try it as a rice cooker first.

  74. Beans for Chili!

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