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So, how many of you got an Instant Pot (or pressure cooker) for Christmas? Count me in! Mine came in that lovely box with an illustration and the words INSTANT POT emblazoned across it. The UPS man handed my present to me before my husband could wrap it. This meant that I could use it before Christmas hit! Really, somebody should warn the husbands out there.

The thing I love most about the Instant Pot is that it saves time without sacrificing food quality. It’s been so simple and easy for me, once I got acquainted with it. Trust me, simple is good for me when it comes to cooking. And by saving time, I mean HOURS of time! It’s so great for busy moms or anyone, really. So far, here are the things I’ve cooked using my IP (and one time with my mom’s pressure cooker):

  • hard-boiled eggs
  • sliced potatoes with diced onions
  • chili
  • Tuscan chicken stew
  • carrot cake rice pudding
  • venison roast and veggies
  • beef stroganoff

Everyone loved the food I made in it, and I loved cooking it up too! The only issue I ever ran into was in cooking the venison roast–I made two mistakes in the cooking process when I had my IP set to venting and I also cooked it for too long. It was dry, but Ry and I still enjoyed it, and it could have been much worse. Instant Pot for the almost win!

Here’s my biggest Instant Pot (or pressure cooker) tip:

USE IT.

Pull it out of the box, and try a test run by cooking water in it just to get started. The Instant Pot comes with instructions on how to do this. It’ll get you acquainted with your machine and feeling more confident.

But trust me, if you store it away thinking you’ll learn how to use it later, it will sit there for months to years. Don’t miss out! You can do it! It won’t explode!

After you’ve done the water test, I think the best thing to try out is hard (or soft) boiled eggs. But here’s a roundup that will take you from IP Rookie to IP Master in a week or two.

Instant Pot Beginner’s Roundup

Instant Pot Tips for Beginners

  1. Instant Pot Manual: Beginner’s Quick Start Guide (article + video)
  2. How to Use the Instant Pot for the First Time (video)
  3. Instant Pot Tips for Beginners
  4. How to Make Your Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes in the IP

Easy Instant Pot Recipes Roundup

first recipes to make with the Instant Pot

  1. 8 Instant Pot Basic Techniques to Save You Time and Effort (first foods to make in the IP!)
  2. 10 Minute Baked Potato Soup
  3. Homemade Chicken Stock
  4. Easy Instant Pot Chili
  5. Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
  6. Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Burrito Bowls

Resources for the IP

My favorite resources include the cookbook you see below, and a steamer basket. I used a steamer basket for sliced potatoes and diced onions, and it worked perfectly! Those potatoes and onions were baked in a cheesy casserole after cooking in the IP. I LOVE how the Instant Pot cooks vegetables!

Follow my Instant Pot Board

I’ve been pinning up a storm when it comes to the Instant Pot. My IP board has five categories so you can find just what you’re looking for. There’s a lot of great information here!

I hope you pull out your pressure cooker and use it this year. Happy cooking!

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