Oh, Instant Pot, how I love you. Let me count the ways. You are a pressure cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, crockpot, 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.
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How the Instant Pot RV works as an RV appliance
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 the 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 ensure that nothing is 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!
My first meal in this wonderful RV appliance
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 boneless short ribs, but I cut them off the bone when I can’t find them. 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.