The latest craze going around is the new Instant Pot that can cook meals in a matter of minutes. That is why they call them Instant Pots because you can literally have a meal in an instant even from frozen. Yes, I love my slow cooker but the more and more times I use the instant pot I am loving it even more. So maybe it’s time to replace that slow cooker with an instant pot. Read below on why you may want to replace it with an Instant Pot.
Why you Should Replace your Slow Cooker with an Instant Pot
A slow cooker is a conventional cooking device that cooks food using moist heat at low temperature over a longer period of time. This method is conventional because it has been vastly known and used all over the world for so many centuries. Its longer cooking duration makes food tenderer, and creates a more synchronized mix of flavors. Examples of slow cooking devices are cast iron pots, aluminum pots, ceramics, regular ovens, etc. They are used for cooking stew, soup, meat, fish, and dessert.
An instant pot is a multi-cooker that offers all the benefits of a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, browning pan, steamer, and a warming pot. It is usually referred to as the ‘seven-in-one-machine’. It is amazingly fast in cooking and can also be programmed.
Saves time and energy.
It has been widely claimed in some quarters that it saves up to 70% energy. Well, even if we are to be conservative with this fact, it will still save some significant amount of energy, if not that much. It is easy to understand that it saves energy because it cooks food at far less time. How is that? Logic, yes smart thinking, that’s it. The longer the food cooks, the more energy (gas or electricity) is being expended. The operating principle of the instant pot is that of when food cooks under more pressure, the temperature of the food increases proportionally.
One appliance to do it all.
We all need space in our kitchen. Yes, space to look tidy, orderly and organized. The instant pot is inherently created to do this. Remember, it serves a seven-in-one purpose; as slow cooker, pressure cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, browning pan, warming pot, and rice pot. So you need one pot in your kitchen instead of seven.
No excessive heat.
It has the propensity to keep your kitchen clean and void of spills. The lid is usually well sealed to the pot by pressure, so there are no lapses for cooking fluids and smell to escape and litter the environs. Cooking can be done quietly: no noise, no smell, no spills, no steam, and no excessive heat in the kitchen. All of the heat energy is conserved in the pot by the pressure, and utilized efficiently in the cooking process.
The instant pot is best for cooking food such as beans and vegetables, that don’t need to be over-cooked, so as not to diminish their nutrients. It cooks at high pressure, high temperature, and at little time. This ability of the instant pot makes food to still reserve much of their nutrients because of lesser time of cooking.
Try one of these recipes in your Instant Pot!
Disclosure: I received an Instant Pot in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.