Under Pressure: 10 Things I’ve Learned About My Instant Pot

God bless single parents. Because it seems we can barely make our household work with one child and two parents. A friend recently shared this article about the gender gap in relation to household brain share, and it really hit home with me. While I’m usually the cause of my own workload at home (that pesky little control issue!), my husband has certainly recognized that this is an “us” thing and not a “mom” thing, to which I’m grateful for. Still, we have a ways to go–both at a micro level in my house, and at a macro level in society–before the household “second shift” becomes truly equal. But we are talking about it and that’s a good step.

So, when I think about those household brain share activities, cooking is numero uno. I do 90% of the cooking in our house, evidenced by the nature of my husband’s job coupled with my recent research and investment in nourishing my body to heal my Autoimmune disease.

I’m constantly looking for ways to make meal planning and cooking faster, easier, and healthier, and in my research on AIP and eating for Autoimmune conditions, I started noticing a common appliance that it seemed EVERYONE was referencing: THE INSTANT POT. (I have the IP DUO60 7-in-1 model) Which I mistakenly, and sometimes still, referred to for months as an InstaPot. Can’t shake that IG culture, y’all.

I’ve been promising a few friends who received an Instant Pot for Christmas that I’d share some of my early experience with mine. So, here’s my top 10.

  1. This thing is crazy awesome. Like, if you wanted to throw out every appliance your kitchen and only use this forever, you could. Srsly.
  2. The “pressure cooker” function is only one of 7 that my Duo 7-in-1 Instant Pot offers. It’s the one I use the most, but the others are pretty great as well. Read on.
  3. Yikes, Pressure Cooker?! Don’t they make bombs in those?! Is it safe? Yes. This scared me at first, but I assure you the IP is safe to use and has many safety features built in that make it a friendly appliance.
  4. AIP Blogger Phoenix Helix made a really nifty AIP for the Instant Pot e-book that pretty much served as my tutorial for the fist few weeks. I highly recommend it if you are experimenting with AIP or Paleo.
  5. Yes, you can really cook a whole chicken in 25 minutes. MAGIC.
  6. Hip Pressure Cooking is a great resource for pressure cooker recipes.
  7. IPs usually take a little longer to cook than traditional pressure cookers. There is a formula for adding time. I typically just stick to recipes made for the IP so I don’t have to worry about that.
  8. I love this dude: Dad Cooks Dinner.
  9. This is really the most important part: when using MOST of the functions, you’ll want the sealing/venting indicator to be turned to SEALING. Remind me to tell you about that one time I almost got divorced over this teensy little detail.
  10. Are you ready for the best part?! YOU CAN COOK FROZEN THINGS. Wait, was that the sound of your mind blowing? Yep. I heard it. Check out this list of 50 Instant Pot Freezer Meals. HALLELUJAH!

What are your favorite IP recipes? I’d love to share some of your favorites.

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