5 Ways to Use Your Instant Pot

The Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker) is our favorite appliance to use in the kitchen. It allows us to both improve the quality of our cooking and save time, a win-win if there ever was one.

The Instant Pot does have its limitations. It does not work well for foods you want brown and crispy. Delicate foods like some vegetables and fish also aren’t great fits as they can explode into mush.

But there are still lots of great uses for your Instant Pot and here are 5 uses along with 11 recipes.

#1. Perfectly Cooked Starches

No more uncooked chunks in your mash potatoes or chewy rice. The Instant Pot is great for cooking starches to perfect doneness.

The high-moisture, pressurized environment is great for cooking starches such as rice, potatoes, and pasta. Here are just a few recipes to try.

#2. Great Braised Roasts

The moist pressurized environment is perfect for keeping moisture in the meat and breaking down connective tissue into delectable gelatin (learn more about this process here).

Here are two of our recipes to get you on your way to deliciousness.

#3. Sumptuous Stocks and Broths

The Instant Pot is great for making flavorful roasts and it is also great for turning leftover bones and tough parts of your roasts into delicious stock.

Check out this step-by-step guide to creating your own great beef broth here.

#4. Delicious Soups

The Instant Pot speeds up the melding of flavors that comes with great soups and makes short work of tough-to-cook items like dried beans.

Here are just 2 of the many delicious soup possibilities:

#5. Unexpected Desserts

While these can take a little bit of work, the Instant Pot can be great for making some fabulous desserts.

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John and Sarah Gilbert farm with their family in North Central Iowa. They care for pigs, cows, and the land to bring you beef and pork you can love. They have a passion for cooking and helping others develop the skills they need to put healthy and delicious home-cooked meals on the table. They can be contacted by email and through Facebook and Instagram.