This year, on Amazon Prime Day, I made a splurge purchase for myself. I had been eyeing these for quite some time, but with a terrific deal available, an Instant Pot (Amazon Associates Affiliate Link) purchase became irresistible.
While I am generally skeptical of any device which promises so many kitchen uses—save for my melon baller, ’cause that little baby does everything—I had been wanting to eliminate some of the extra kitchen gadgets which were taking up valuable cupboard space. The Instant Pot seemed like a possible answer, given all of its functions. Two crockpots (large and small) and a yogurt maker were particularly in my sights for donation, and since the Instant Pot had both a slow cook and a yogurt making feature, in addition to steam and pressure cooking options, I figured it was worth giving a try.
Learning to use this pressure cooker has been a real joy for me, as it requires learning a whole new way of cooking, of which I have no previous experience. I like that kind of kitchen adventure. Joining a group on social media completely dedicated to the Instant Pot has made the work of coming up to speed a lot faster—Instant Pot users are nothing if not enthusiastic and helpful.
Several uses have really stood out to us. Dry beans to cooked in under 30 minutes. Tender white meat chicken or pork in even less time. Yogurt made to our particular level of sour and fat, strained to our favorite consistency. Red lentils turned into the creamiest Indian dal we have ever eaten. I keep being surprised by what this little pot of awesome can do.
What may be the biggest revelation of all, however, is how our Instant Pot has handled artichokes.
With 20 minutes of pressure-cooking, plus 10 minutes of natural pressure release, and a little bit of lemon added to the water in the pot, we had the most tender, delicious artichokes possible. I felt like I needed to apologize to all the other artichokes I had ever made on the stovetop. I had clearly done them wrong.
It’s unwise to buy an appliance just to cook one luxury ingredient, an ingredient not even made that often. All the same, at this point, I would purchase an Instant Pot just for artichokes, and not feel the least bit foolish about it.
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