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Black Friday came and went. I didn’t venture out into the crowds. I stayed home and did some shopping online. We have a pretty strict rule not to buy anything this close to the holidays. It’s a beautiful rule when my kids ask for something, and it does a decent job of keeping me from buying things as well.
This year, the pressure got to me (oh my, please ignore the pun). I’ve been a hold out from the get go. Until now. Until Black Friday. Thanks Amazon.
I have fought this popularity wave for as long as possible. In the beginning it was easy. We sold a rarely used electric pressure cooker on Craigslist right before the Instant Pot became the new ‘It’ thing. Why in the world would I buy another pressure cooker? I wouldn’t and I didn’t.
After about a year of not jumping on the bandwagon, I started second guessing this Instant Pot. I asked about it on Facebook and all but one comment were in favor of this appliance. The feedback was INCREDIBLY strong towards buying one. Yet, I resisted the urge. I’d been down this road once before.
Yet, the Instant Pot was popping up on my radar everywhere. At Costco, Instant Pot cookbooks were everywhere. My favorite recipe websites now have recipes JUST for the Instant Pot. So many food bloggers have embraced this machine. Type in ‘Instant Pot’ into Pinterest search and you can sit for hours perusing recipes, tips, hacks, etc.
Some of these cookbooks look incredible! Paleo Cooking With Your Instant Pot: 80 Incredible Gluten- and Grain-Free Recipes Made Twice as Delicious in Half the Time can make my dinner planning go much faster! This one also has great reviews The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook: Fresh and Foolproof Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker.
So, of course, when Amazon sent me a special alert about the Instant Pot being on sale, my resolve crumbled like a cookie. Done. I mentioned it to my husband for about the 300th time and he said, “Go for it, why not?” Now, that comment might have been a bit in jest, but all I heard was that he was ALSO in support of the purchase. With his green light, I clicked that little yellow purchase button.
And today I sit with my new pressure cooker. Wait, as I’ve been informed on multiple occasions, it’s way more than a pressure cooker.
Well, we will see.
Right now, as I type, I have completed my first Instant Pot experience! I just finished cooking hard boiled eggs but I’m not sure how they’ve turned out. Last night, I made a large batch of steel cut oats as I’m back to some of my early meal prep, and I might as well put this new machine to use right away. Trying them this morning, they turned out fantastic!
Both the eggs and the oats took about the same time as on the stove, but the difference was I didn’t have to hover in the kitchen, I didn’t have to constantly stir my oats. I popped them in the Instant Pot, and set the manual setting for the specific amount of minutes needed and left the room. Do these two items justify the cost of the machine? Nope. Not even close. But, it’s a start.
There will definitely be a learning curve to this machine, and my goal is to find recipes and just get in and use this thing and hopefully in a few months, not regret my purchase!