For decades now, people have been trying to come up with new ways to limit their time spent in the kitchen and make cooking more efficient. Although we do not always agree with the large number of kitchen tools and devices available on the market, we cannot help but wonder what would the world be without them.
One of the greatest inventions of the 21st century when it comes to kitchen appliances is the instant pot. It is more functional than a slow cooker and a rice cooker combined and can help you prepare a variety of nutritious and delicious dishes without too much effort. If you want to learn more about these products and their use in the kitchen, here is some relevant information.
Multi-use cooking pot
Unclutter your kitchen and make sure to get rid of your old appliances, as an instant pot can successfully replace over a dozen different tools. You can use it as a slow cooker, a pressure cooker, a rice cooker, a steamer, a warmer, and a saute or browning device. You can even replace your old and bulky yogurt makers with these kitchen gizmos.
Depending on the brand and the model of your instant pot, you can also use it as a sterilizer or an egg cooker and cake maker.
Are there different brands and models on the market?
The Instant Pot is actually the name of a brand but, since it has become increasingly popular in North America, it has almost become synonymous to electric pressure cookers. There are around ten models of the Instant Pot on the market right now, and we’re sure the company will continue to release more, based on the clients’ needs.
Other famous kitchen appliances companies like Breville and Cuisinart have released their own versions of electric pressure cookers, some of them coming with fantastic safety features. However, it is up to you to find the right model for your needs in the kitchen.
Is it really “instant”?
As much as we would like to say that your food is magically cooked and ready in a moment thanks to this type of device, you will still have to do some of the steps on your own. Although electric pressure cookers cut off the cooking time by half, it will still take you 20 minutes or even more to prepare your foods.
The reason behind that is that it will take time to build the pressure and release it. This also depends on the temperature of your ingredients. Sure, you can put frozen meat directly in the cooker but, since we are talking about low temperatures, the item will take more time to build the pressure needed.
One trick to reduce the waiting time until your food is cooked is to opt for room temperature ingredients. If, however, you don’t have time to de-ice the meat, at least make sure the broth you are using has a nice room temperature. As we previously mentioned, the product will work faster than a regular food steamer but don’t expect “instant” results. After all, it’s not magic.
Is the item intuitive?
Each model and brand of cooker comes with a unique design, so deciding whether or not this type of product is intuitive is a more subjective matter. Nevertheless, you’ll still have to carefully read the instructions booklet and make sure you know how to use all its functions.
Some cookers can come with various buttons and temperature settings, so we estimate it will take at least a couple of hours before getting acquainted with your freshly purchased kitchen appliance.
Which ingredients can you cook?
Since you’ll probably find thousands of recipes to make with your instant pot, there is no doubt that you can cook almost anything in it. Think anything from chicken and turkey meat to lamb, pork, chili, beans, risotto, soups, stews, and even cakes or hard-boiled eggs.
The great advantage of this cooker is that you won’t be using fats or cooking oils, meaning the food will be rich in nutrients and low in calories and saturated fats. In the long term, changing your diet could lead to significant weight loss and an improved lifestyle.
The product is excellent for families with small children who need to watch over their diets. Toddlers and little children should avoid convenience foods that contain many calories, added sugars, salts, and preservatives. With the help of such a cooker, you’ll be able to cook organic, high-quality foods, and stay away from harmful and processed ingredients.
If you’re committed to changing your lifestyle, you can go as far as getting rid of almost all other kitchen appliances, and only stick to this one and a brand new breadmaker for gluten-free food.
How will the food look and taste?
When it comes to the actual texture and taste of the food, clients have different opinions. Since you won’t be adding fats and cooking oils, all your ingredients will be boiled or cooked in their own juices, which results in a tender, soft, and succulent texture.
Don’t expect your meat or potatoes to turn crunchy and crisp using this device. On the contrary, the color of the meat will remain similar to the one of boiled meat.
However, devices that come with the “saute” function can help you enjoy crunchier foods and brown meats by choosing this function before cooking. Don’t forget to lock on the lid to complete the process.
People who are longing for a crispy steak can choose to cook their meats in a regular oven for about 20-30 minutes, and then transfer the dish into the instant pot. It will take more time, but you’ll end up with the perfect brown color and a crunchier texture for your meat.
As for the size of the device, most of them are big enough to prepare three-four portions of food, meaning it won’t take too long before all your family members can serve dinner.