You Can Make Applesauce
Before you dismiss this idea for the cloyingly sweet muck that is passed off as applesauce in many grocery stores these days, know the beauty of making your own applesauce in an Instant Pot is that you get to control the sweetness. Indeed, you also get to control the spices and the texture. Basically, you can make applesauce just how you like it, as thin or as lumpy as you like with as much or as little cinnamon as you can stand.
How to do it: When picking out apples for sauce, select the ones youd normally avoid for apple pie because of their tendency to fall apart under heat and pressure. Those are precisely the apples you want for this recipe. Fuji and Golden Delicious come to mind.
Then, core the apples and slice them in two-inch wedges. You can remove the peel before you slice the apple if you want, but the skin is a great source of nutrients and fiber. Plus, you can pulverize it with a blender later.
Add the apples, one cup of water, and your spices of choice . Dont forget a sprinkle of salt. Stir to coat the apples, then put the lid on the Instant Pot and set to seal.
Next, set the pressure cooker to cook on High with a timer of five to seven minutes. After the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally. Remove the lid, and then use an immersion blender to turn the lumpy apple mixture into silky, delicious apple sauce. Store the apple sauce in mason jars for up to 10 days in your fridge.
Easy Instant Pot Dump Soup Recipes
Instant Pot Chicken Taco Soupfrom The Inspiration Edit:
Our taco soup is a delicious option that the whole family will love, even if your kiddos dont usually like soup. If you want to make this a true dump and dash recipe, either use some rotisserie chicken thats already cooked or leftover shredded chicken. You can even skip cooking the chicken beforehand; itll cook along with the other ingredients, but youll need to use forks to shred it in the soup once its done, which can get a little messy, but its doable.
Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soupfrom The Inspiration Edit:
Our tasty, creamy Chicken Gnocchi soup only requires 1-2 minutes of sauteeing the onions, veggies, and spices before you dump the rest of the ingredients and let it cook. Its so easy and will quickly become a family favorite.
Instant Pot Vegetable Soupfrom The Inspiration Edit:
Everyone needs a hearty veggie soup for those chilly fall and winter months. Theres just something comforting about big chunks of veggies in a broth that makes everything feel okay. Its also a very frugal recipe, so youll want to make a big batch and freeze some for later!
Instant Pot Ham and White Bean Soupfrom The Inspiration Edit:
You can saute the onions before making this soup, but its not required. You dont even have to soak the beans before cooking them, which is such a time saver. This dish comes together in a little over an hour and a half and is such a filling meal when paired with some cornbread on the side.
Max Temperature Reached By The Containers In Instant Pot:
3 QT Instant Pot Stainless Steel Inner Pot: The best container for Pot in Pot in the 6 Quart or 8 Quart Instant Pot.
- Overall, it has one of the fastest heat transfer rates.
- Due to its thickness, it has the best overall heat-retaining rate.
- Because of its taller height, itll prevent foamy food from spilling out of the container.
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How Do You Know If Your Bowl Is Safe For Use With A Pressure Cooker
There are a few ways that you will know if your bowl is safe for pressure cooker use.
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What To Beware Of With Glass Bowls
You can use a glass bowl in the pressure cooker, but dont put light glass utensils in with it. Sometimes, people have forgotten this, which led to the glass shattering.
Also, never put plastic in the pressure cooker because it will melt. Even with tempered glass, you still have a risk that the glass will shatter. They do break from time to time without warning. For someone who doesnt want to take that risk, you can use metal bowls as well.
Other things to beware of with glass bowls include:
- Allow the bowl to cool before immersing in water
- Dont place the glass bowl on cold or wet surfaces
- Place on a towel or cooling rack to avoid the glass shattering
- Dont bump, scratch or poke it with utensils
Beware of rapid temperature changes with a glass bowl because this can cause the bowl to shatter. The pressure inside the pressure cooker wont pose a problem, but the glass will still have a vulnerability to thermal shock.
Instant Pot As A Slow Cooker
I set the Instant Pot to the slow cooker option. It was early in the day when I started this chili so I knew I had several hours until we would have a bowl of chili for dinner.
The timer automatically went to six hours so I left it at that. Our dinner time is usually 5:30-6 each evening so it would work out perfectly.
If you dont have time for the slow cooker option to cook the chili, set it to pressure cook for about 10-15 minutes.
Be sure to set the knob on the top to venting if you are using the slow cooker option. The sealing option is for pressure cooking.
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Instant Pot Dr Pepper Chicken
I was shocked at how yummy this chicken and sauce were! I am not a fan of sweet meat but this wasnt over the top sweet. It had really good flavor and there was no leftovers!
- Try serving this chicken on buns or rolls like a sandwich. Add a slice of cheese and melt under the ovens broiler. For a bonus add a couple slices of crispy bacon.
- You can also serve the chicken pieces whole instead of shredding. Its a personal preference.
- Sweet Baby Rays is my favorite BBQ sauce. If you have a different favorite try using that.
- For a lower sugar version of this recipe use a low sugar BBQ sauce and Diet Dr. Pepper.
- I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs because they turn out more moist and tender in the Instant Pot and slow cooker. You can also use boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Use the same times listed in the recipe below or for a more accurate cooking time use the chicken breast formula. Chicken thighs shrink down a lot whereas breasts dont as much. So you may want to use only 2 pounds of meat if using chicken breasts.
- Frozen chicken pieces also work with this recipe. I used frozen thighs and they worked well. I like buying frozen boneless, skinless thighs in the big bags at Costco for around $2 a pound.
- The sauce is so tasty you may want to experiment using it with other types of meat like shredded beef or pulled pork.
- I havent tried this with other types of cola like Coke or Pepsi but Im assuming it would work. It will have a slightly different taste profile.
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What Exactly Is Pot
You may have heard of the term pot-in-pot cooking as it is a term regularly used in many Instant Pot Recipes.
Pot-in-Pot refers to cooking two different dishes simultaneously by placing one of them on a trivet or steamer basket inside another pot filled with water.
A pressure cooker is perfect for this technique because it can cook food faster and evenly than other cooking methods such as boiling, oven baking, grilling, etc.
When you are cooking a dish, it can be hard to know what type of cooking method you should use, pot-in-pot or right inside the inner pot. I have found the following dishes to be best suited to PIP cooking in the Instant Pot.
- Recipes that dont need liquid. Like meatloaf and Lasagna.
- Recipes that do not use a full 1 or 1.5 cups of thin liquid will not work with an electric pressure cooker because you need that amount of liquid to reach the required level of pressure for these appliances.
- A recipe with a thick sauce or gravy
- Water bath or bain-marie recipes like cheesecake or creme brulee.
- To steam vegetables or delicate foods.
- To cook two dishes simultaneously.
- A recipe containing dairy.
- To reheat a meal.
Pop Plenty Of Popcorn
If you dont have a large saucepan or tall pot, you can use your Instant Pot as your go-to popcorn popper. Its actually so simple you may soon bid farewell to anything that comes in a microwavable bag.
How to do it: Turn your Instant Pot to the Saute feature, selecting More to get the pan a bit hotter. When the surface of the pot is hot, add an oil of your choice . When it begins to sizzle, pour in popcorn kernels. Cover with a lid. Listen for the popcorn to pop, and turn off when about two-thirds of the kernels are popped so you can prevent scorched kernels. Before serving, sprinkle with your preferred seasoning, and gently toss.
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Genuine Instant Pot Sealing Rings 2
The silicone sealing ring that sits in the lid of your Instant Pot can absorb food flavors and aromas over time. But if you have a couple of extras on hand, you can designate one sealing ring to use for savory foods and another sealing ring for desserts. Its a simple way to avoid any unwanted flavor transfers from your sealing rings.
Dump And Go Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken
Buffalo chicken is another really great and versatile recipe staple that you can make into so many different things.
Simply toss in your chicken and other ingredients and walk away. You can use this buffalo chicken as a main dish, atop rice or noodles, stuffed into tortillas, scrambled with eggs, or to top potato skins. So many possibilities!
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Instant Pot Tips And Tricks 101
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Welcome back to the last installment in our Instant Pot Series! Just to recap when we say Instant Pot, we are really;talking about a programmable pressure cooker. Catch up on the;other resources here if you are just joining us, and then read on for our best Instant Pot tips and tricks.
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Are Glass Bowls Suitable For Using In A Pressure Cooker
A common myth about cooking with glass bowls or containers is that they will shatter when heated. This isnt always true.
Tempered glass is much stronger than regular glass and can withstand high temperatures without breaking.
However, not all tempered glass is made to handle certain types of heat like microwaves, pressure cookers, or stovetops.
Tempered microwave-proof bowls will have a label on them that says they are suitable for use in a microwave.
Make sure to read the label carefully before you buy, and choose a bowl that is made for microwaving.
Stove-safe bowls will say oven-safe. Most tempered glassware is oven-proof, but not all are stovetop, microwave, or dishwasher safe.
This means you should only use bowls labeled oven-proof in a pressure cooker for the safest results.
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Least Preferred Containers Oven
Oven-safe glass is our last pot in pot container choice.
1. You must follow all the safety precautions from Pyrex. Such as avoid sudden temperature changes.
2. Make sure there are no fine scratches, chips, cracks on the oven-safe glass bowl. Because theres a rare chance that they may break or shatter.
3. Dont place the hot glass bowl on a wet or cool surface, nor handle it with a wet towel or potholder. Before washing, refrigerating, or freezing the hot glass bowl, allow it to cool on a cooling rack or dry surface.
4. Depending on what you cook, you may need to increase the cooking time by a few minutes due to the glass bowls slower heat transfer rate.
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Get Some Easy Dump And Go Instant Pot Dinner Recipes For Those Busy Nights Mama
With school back is session and extracurricular activities gearing up again, us busy moms have less and less time to prepare hearty and healthy meals in our kitchens.
I know I do! I have to rely on tried and true easy prep meal ideas to make it through a week.
If I dont do this then sit-down family dinners turn into quick burgers at a drive through or gas station sandwiches while running kids from one activity to another.
This is where Instant Pot dinners come in so handy!
Whats even better than an Instant Pot dinner?
A dump and go recipe that you hardly have to think about.
The best thing about dump and go Instant Pot dinners is that you can literally just toss some ingredients in your Instant Pot, go about your business, and boom, dinners done!
No worrying about coordinating different dishes and sides, overboiling accidents on the stove, or a sink full of pots and pans to clean up afterwards.
One pot, one meal, a no brainer!
The Instant Pot has become a kitchen staple for my busy family, and for good reason! Quicker cooking times and fewer dishes, Id say thats a win-win.
The one I use is the 6-quart version and Im in love with it.
So for those busy nights when you just dont have enough time to spend an hour or more in the kitchen, here are 18 dump and go Instant Pot recipes that the whole family will love.
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Instant Pot Beef Stew
Beef stew is one of these dinner staples that just about anyone can include in their dinner rotation.
Stock up on some beef stew meat when its on sale to be sure that you always have the right ingredients on hand. For those that are meat and potato fans, this dinner is sure to be a win.
Dump in your main ingredients of beef, potatoes, and mixed veggies, along with spices and broth for a quick and hearty dinner that will please the whole family.
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This literally comes together in less than 10 min prep and another 10 min in the pressure cooker. The chicken is so tender and the flavors are just unbelievable here! After this, youll never want to make burrito bowls without your Instant Pot!
Is it kind of wrong that I want a bowl of this chicken burrito bowl with the pad thai and fried rice and drunken noodles that Ive been having here?
Because Im not quite homesick just yet. But I still need a bowl of this right now. With an icy cold Corona. And a fresh lime wedge.
Okay, so maybe Im getting just a tiny bit homesick. But only because this is my;favorite burrito bowl ever. And it was the first Instant Pot recipe I ever tested that converted me to the IP cult in 0.497295 seconds.
So you know it has to be good.
The chicken comes out perfectly tender but the rice is the true hero soaked with all the burito bowl flavors from the IP magic. Serve with fresh cilantro leaves, a lime wedge, and crushed tortilla chips, if desired.
Or if youre anything like Ben, a whole bag of crushed tortilla chips.
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