Cooking with an Instant Pot is a unique experience — and, naturally, it takes a little getting used to if you’re more accustomed to the more traditional methods of cooking. It’s obvious that pressing a few buttons can seem somewhat flat as opposed to sauté flares of onions and deglazed steam puffs that might derail the more seasoned cook to use the Instant Pot. But as a longtime cook myself and a huge advocate for sustaining original French techniques, I have to say: That “Pressure Cooker” function sure has me wrapped around its little cord.
If you’re someone who likes to make homemade soups and braise meats for long periods of time, the Instant Pot can make these delicious dishes (which you’d usually need to dedicate a few hours to) that much less laborious. For a butternut squash soup for example, one would normally have to wait about an hour for that lovely butternut squash to get soft and roasted. The Instant Pot can pressure-cook an entire butternut squash in 10 minutes! It’s miraculous. I also really like the depth of the pot itself, you can do everything from cooking an entire box of pasta to braising large pot roasts and making lasagna.
So if you’ve ever had any doubts about whether or not to give in to the trending wave of Instant Pots that have taken over the culinary sphere, I say go ahead and indulge your inner lazy cook. If for nothing else but to experience the joy of only cleaning up one pot! Of course other brands are available, but if you are a true Instant Pot fan check out the 10 things you didn’t know you could make with it!