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The Appliance I Can’t Live Without

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Oh Instant Pot, how I love you.  Let me count the ways. You are a pressure cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, crock pot and also super sexy!

After following other RVers I knew I had to have this appliance when we started our journey.  As much as we are foodies and love eating out, we equally love cooking together at home.  With so many great places to explore during the day, having a quick warm meal at the end of that day is ideal. And it’s much better on the budget.

Like most at first I was very timid with this appliance.  I mean who hasn’t heard horror stories of pressure cooker disasters not to mention the fact that just purchasing one probably puts you on a terrorist watchlist.

I would highly recommend reading the directions and listening to the advice of others online (facebook groups are great) before your first attempt at pressure cooking. I love that the unit will NOT open when it’s still under high pressure.  A great safety feature. The pressure either releases naturally or you manually release it according to directions of the recipe.  When releasing manually make sure you are not in the line of the steam.  I usually put a towel over the unit before doing this to assure that and nothing seeping out in the steam.

I was never really interested or understood the benefit of this type of cooking with a busy lifestyle.  That was until my first time!

I must admit I probably went much bigger than I needed to my first time out but GO BIG OR GO HOME, right?  My first recipe, found on Pinterest, was for braised short ribs and after cooking under high pressure for 35 minutes they were the best I had ever had. So tender and delicious. That would have taken hours in the oven. I’ve actually made this recipe about 5 times now and family and friends are making it as well. I followed the recipe to the T.  Of course the cut of meat can influence the outcome.  I always use the boneless short ribs but when I can’t find them I cut them off the bone. Since they are hard to find unless you visit the store first thing in the morning, I usually stock up and put them in the freezer when they are on sale and in abundance.

Some of our other favorite things to make in the Instant Pot are oatmeal, taco bowls with shredded chicken, lasagna soup and chicken and rice.

Do you have a favorite Instant Pot recipe you’d like to share?  Comment below.  Also let me know if you want me to share more recipes with y’all in the future.

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  1. Glenda
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    Hi Tina! I LOOOOVE my Instapot. One of my favorite recipes is Lentil and Sausage soup (especially during these colder nights). I love snuggling up to a hot bowl of soup and the satisfaction of using little to no propane since we save that for the heater. 🙂

    https://mylifecookbook.com/easy-lentil-sausage-soup-instant-pot/

    I usually add a bag of frozen kale to give it a little more veggies. But here are the ingredients and steps.

    EASY Lentil & Sausage Soup
    Ingredients

    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1/2 cup onion chopped
    1 large piece of celery chopped
    1 carrot chopped
    5 large mushrooms chopped
    4 cups beef broth or stock
    1/2 lb Italian sausage casings removed
    1 cup lentils, dry green or brown
    1 teaspoon garlic crushed
    15 oz can of diced tomatoes
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    1 cup spinach, fresh chopped

    Instructions

    Press saute button on the Instant Pot and get nice and hot.

    Pour in the oil and then the onion, carrots and celery and saute for 5 minutes.
    Add the sausage and brown for about 5 minutes.
    Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir.
    Put on the lid and push the lever to the back to pressure cook.
    Press the manual button for 25 minutes.
    When time is up, quick release or let the pressure come down naturally.
    Serve.

    • Tina Klinefelter
      | Reply

      Oh this sounds delicious Glenda. Thanks for sharing! And I totally get not wanting to waste propane when you can use the campground electric! 🙂

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