The worries of pressure cooking
For years I did my canning with an on-the-stove variety of pressure cooker but I was always half scared that something bad would happen and it would blow up. I actually grew up with a family who left their cooker on the stove and went somewhere. They came home to a cooker that had blown the lid and they had to clean beans off of the ceiling! I don’t think we really need to worry that much. My mom used to use hers weekly for a batch of beans that turned out perfect every time. You just can’t leave it and not monitor how it is doing!
No More Worries
These days you do not have to worry about leaving a pressure cooker unattended. Enter – The Instant Pot. You can leave this cooker unattended because it is all automatic. It is a lovely idea and works like a charm. It is so fun to put the lid on and hear the little chime signaling all is well and sealed. Everything about the electric pressure cooker is so regulated that it is very safe. I have used mine over and over and over with ZERO problems. I have even taught my 10 year old son how to make perfect brown rice every time using the Instant Pot. We seriously use it almost every day and have never had an issue.
I have the link for InstantPot.com where you can read about the safety features in more detail. http://instantpot.com/benefits/safety-features/
Some of my favorite things about the Instant Pot
One of my favorite things about the Instant Pot is that I can put veggies or a meatless chili in it and set a timer for it to start cooking in a few hours. I love this because when I have to be gone from the house all day I like to come home to a hot meal. The Instant Pot starts up, cooks the food, then cools down and depressurizes by the time I get home. This is so convenient.
Another thing I like are the buttons. You can manually select how long you want something to pressure, or you can select from a bunch of preset options.
The Buttons We Use Most
The preset buttons we use the most are the
- and rice.
The MOST used buttons of all are the
- and timer.
I have a few charts that tell me how long to cook some basic foods and how much water to add. Because we eat simply, these charts are very helpful. I will work on making those charts available to you.
I do not worry at all about the safety of my pressure cooker any more. The Instant Pot has taken all of that worry away. There are so many safeties that I can just cook and not be thinking something bad might happen. Now I can just enjoy the benefits of food being cooked in a small fraction of the time it used to take. We can have refried beans all the way from dry, hard beans to soft cooked ones in 45 minutes. That is unheard of in any other way! It is awesome! Get one and see what I mean!