The Instant Pot, the newest craze in home cooking combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1: Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer, allowing you to prepare dishes up to 70% faster than traditional methods. My Instant Pot features 14 Smart Programs – Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook.
After doing a little research and reading people’s reviews and recipes, I decided to splurge on this appliance, hoping that it would help me to cook and eat healthier. In this appliance I can make my own yogurt, a gallon at a time! The same appliance functions as a pressure cooker that allows super fast cooking of cheaper cuts of meat, turning them into tender beef stew or delectable pulled pork in only an hour. Compare that to my old way of cooking those that took all day and heated up the whole house. Not only that, the pressure cooker can get the goodness from marrow bones for healthy home-made soup stock in 30 to 60 minutes instead of taking all day on the stove. Because of my struggle with fibromyalgia and irritable bowel disease, I wanted to start making more of my own meals, using fresh, natural ingredients, and staying away from additives and preservatives that irritate and inflame my gut as well as my joints. I always did my own cooking, but the pain and fatigue from my fibromyalgia has been making my life harder, including any cooking requiring more than 10 minutes in the kitchen. I am hoping that this appliance will help me to make the same home cooked meals as I used to make, in less than half the time and with much less effort.