I purchased one of these for myself… for no reason other than I simply wanted one. I must admit that I had buyers remorse at first- spending over a hundred dollars on yet another kitchen gadget. The remorse didn’t last long. This beauty is magical.
I was prompted to purchase one when my large crockpot bit the dust last month. I had seen all of these posts on Pinterest and the internet- so I started looking. While it is more expensive than a crockpot, it functions as many tools in one. But do not be intimidated by all the buttons- it really is quite simple!
- Pressure Cooker: I use this most often for a variety of reasons. I often prepare ingredients for a slow cooked meal, but forget to actually do it. I can get home from work and in 30 minutes or less, have dinner ready for my toddlers (they like a senior citizen special). On top of this, I can “meal prep” without spending all day in the kitchen with a dozen dishes.
- Slow Cooker: no explanation needed.
- Saute: This feature is what really makes me love an Instant Pot. Often when preparing a crock pot meal, you must sauté or cook your meat beforehand. To me, this defeats one major purpose of a slow cooker meal- ONE POT… No DISHES. Now, I can sauté my veggies or ground beef and then use the same pot to slow cook. There is no skillet to wash down. You truly have a one pot meal.
This link will take you to a list of several options, but I recommend purchasing the largest one. You don’t have to fill it when you cook, but it is nice to have the space to say…roast a whole chicken:). (More on that later!).