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Title: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on August 20, 2016, 05:25:28 PM
So, I took the plunge and have purchased an Instant Pot.  Onr reason was that I was needing a new slow cooker, and this can do that, but also can do just about anything I make in the slow cooker, faster. 

I opened it last night and did the test run recommended, and then made rice for dd.  It came out sticky, but I wanted it to.  She asked if I could make sticky rice, and yes, I can!  Today, on a whim, I went to the store to get the BOGO baby back ribs and tried those.  Very good.  They cook in 23 minutes(I had a very full pot), but there is added time for the pot to heat, then decrease pressure.  So, it was maybe 45 minutes of total time in the pot.  There was time I took to prep them too, because we like a rub.  Then, they need a quick sear om the grill or in the oven, to caramelize some sauce or brown them up.  So, it was not exactly no time at all, but they are falling off the bone, and tasty and a lot faster than 4 hours in a smoker. 

I also made black beans this afternoon, starting with a pound bag of dry beans.  This would be quicker had I soaked them overnight.  However, I was able to do a quick soak method with the pot, that happened right in the pot, by heating them, then letting them sit for an hour.  Then, I rinsed them, and proceeded to actually cook them in  15 minutes.  I actually did 13 minutes, because I hoped they would remain a bit intact.  They are very good, but I would use less water next time.  More of a thick soup, but still good.  I was able to saute my onions and garlic and peppers in the pot, before cooking as well.  This cannot be done with a crock pot. 

Lastly, I made rice again, lol.  I wanted to try to make fluffy, not sticky, rice.  Dh prefers it fluffy, and separated.  He actually is in bed, with a bad tummy, so I figured he might like some plain rice later.  How ironic he felt off this afternoon when I was going crazy cooking all this great food!  The kids wont eat it either. 

All in all, I would say it was a success!  I shopped, prepped and cooked the ribs, beans and rice from 12-6, with minimal cleanup, and all in one pot.  One hour was just with the beans sitting there, and I was not working my butt off.  Some time was waiting for cycles to run. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on August 20, 2016, 08:05:46 PM
I bet Hux would help you with the ribs. He's probably a lot more help than with the rice, lol.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on August 20, 2016, 10:56:57 PM
I made French dips in mine today. I have done a cheesecake which was amazing, corn, chuck roast, baked potatoes, chicken with potatoes, salsa chicken, and macaroni and cheese, which is ds favorite, and hey it cooks in 4 minutes. I just love it!!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Jessica on August 20, 2016, 11:25:37 PM
I already had an electric pressure cooker but the sale on prime day was enough to make me buy the instant pot as well. I liked the yogurt function and that the inner pot is stainless steel. I've used it a lot already and even had BOTH of my electric PC's going at the same time. If you're on FB be sure to join the Instant Pot Community group. Lots of great tips and recipes there.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: nameless on August 21, 2016, 10:27:59 AM
This model?

https://www.amazon.com/Instant-Pot-IP-DUO60-Multi-Functional-Pressure/dp/B00FLYWNYQ/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on August 22, 2016, 12:02:03 PM
I got this one for $69.95:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0073GIN08/ref=psdc_3117954011_t1_B00FLYWNYQ

I was told the only thing I am missing is the yogurt function.  I have made yogurt, and it is easy enough without a special pot, bot for the expense if making it, it is just as easy for me to buy it, since I like the Greek yogurt.  By the time I strained mine, it was not all that much and at a high cost, since I used organic milk, and also time consuming to strain, and clean up.  I just buy it. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on August 22, 2016, 10:23:35 PM
Nameless, that is the one I have.

Becca, there are yogurt directions for yours. I'm ooimg to try yogurt one of these days when I have time. I buy a lot so it would be worth it.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hedgehog on August 22, 2016, 10:39:46 PM
Every time I see the title of the thread, a different thought comes into my mind.  One involving fast-growing plants that are only legal in a few states.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on August 22, 2016, 11:46:41 PM
I spewed liquid on my phone screen HH.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on August 23, 2016, 05:57:01 AM
I called DS yesterday to ask him if the pressure cooker we bought him a few years ago was by any chance the Instant Pot, and he confirmed it was.  He's never used the slow cooker function, only the rice and pressure cooker.  I asked him about sauteeing, and he said it's difficult because the bottom is curved and it requires more oil than usual?

I have to say I'm intrigued - I would have loved to have dinner ready faster last night!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: starlight on August 23, 2016, 08:03:48 AM
Every time I see the title of the thread, a different thought comes into my mind.  One involving fast-growing plants that are only legal in a few states.

I don't come to this part of the boards, but I see this post as the most recent post in recipes every time I go to the homepage. And I just clicked in to post this exact same thing. What are we conjuring up in here, ladies?  :watch:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on August 23, 2016, 10:36:08 AM
Every time I see the title of the thread, a different thought comes into my mind.  One involving fast-growing plants that are only legal in a few states.

:D
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on August 23, 2016, 08:28:58 PM
 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: YouKnowWho on August 26, 2016, 07:48:36 PM
I do a double take when my in schooling hippy loving friends post about their Instant Pot as well  :coffee:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Ciel on September 25, 2016, 10:15:51 AM
So, I bought an instant pot a little while ago. I have major issues with eating and actually getting food in, no motivation to cook, no desire to eat blahblahblah... In my quest to find a way to actually get food cooked and eaten I decided to invest in the instant pot. Anyway. I used it once so far, the meal was fine -- some kind of pot roast recipe. Today I'm cleaning my kitchen and moved the instant pot aside so I could wipe down the counters and the stove top... I must have accidentally hit the knob and turned the burner on....I smelled burning plastic... Yeah... the instant pot. The bottom melted off (or onto the element coil). Oh no, no, no... What a stupid, expensive, bad bad mistake! I have the windows and the door to the balcony wide open, kitchen and bathroom fans on...  I can't believe I did that.

Should I replace it? It's still on sale on Amazon. It was nice the one time I used it, easy to use and convenient. My slow cooker has been limping lately so I bought the IP to replace that too, because I actually use my slow cooker a lot. But ugh, spending the money a second time... On the other hand I need to do something so I actually eat, which I otherwise don't really do. I planned on using the grain cooker and yogurt maker features too.

Those of you that have one, would you replace right away if you were in my shoes?

I also bought two new attachments for my stand mixer as part of the same 'plan' to start eating real food again... at least those should be safe from being melted on the stove top. One would hope anyway...
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on September 25, 2016, 04:54:15 PM
On no! I see that happen so many times on their Facebook page. I would absolutely replace mine. I use it all the time, even just to cook big batches of chicken for lunches. Today I made French dips.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on September 26, 2016, 08:42:17 AM
Oh no, that is a bummer, Ciel!  I really like using mine.  I made a great beef and barley soup/stew this weekend.  I also made some beef stock from some marrow bones they had at the grocery store.  I am using it more than my stove top of late.  My dd commented that it is like a new toy for me.  It really is, lol. 

I would watch for a sale price, since they do always go on sale.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on September 27, 2016, 12:54:12 PM
See if you can return it. Some companies will take anything back. Worth a try. It really shouldn't melt like that.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on October 03, 2016, 11:22:12 AM
I think she had in sitting on a stove burner that got turned on Bensmom.  But, yes, if it were LLBean they'd replace it!  I have heard the CS for Instant Pot is very good. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on December 02, 2016, 08:34:11 PM
I'm in!

Water test
potatoes
Butter Chicken - SO GOOD!  and easy
bbq pulled pork in there now

the fb page is hysterical
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on December 02, 2016, 10:20:44 PM
pork was AWESOME!!

dh and ds were very happy
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on December 03, 2016, 10:26:16 AM
I made Pot roast the other day, delicious!!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on December 04, 2016, 12:52:13 AM
Whole chicken, and now bone broth

Trying to kill my cold
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on December 05, 2016, 06:55:41 PM
pot roast
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on December 05, 2016, 07:10:55 PM
I blew it.   I hesitated, and now the price is up to $89.99; it was $59.99 a few weeks ago. 

Ah well, I can wait. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on December 05, 2016, 08:45:19 PM
Just saw they are going to be on sale tomorrow again!!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on December 06, 2016, 05:49:48 AM
Thanks for the heads up!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on December 14, 2016, 01:01:47 AM
sesame honey chicken - but no sesame because I didn't have any and I don't like it

it was good bu the butter chicken recipe is better

I love my pot!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on December 16, 2016, 07:05:42 AM
Simple thing, but they come out great!  Hard boiled eggs.  5 minutes HP, then 5 NR, then 5 mins. in ice bath.  They slide right out of the shells. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on December 23, 2016, 10:51:54 PM
Becca I don't know why I haven't done eggs yet!

elderberry syrup to keep us healthy
lemon curd

and this

http://thisoldgal.com/pressure-cooker-olive-garden-zuppa-toscana-italian-soup/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: spacecanada on December 28, 2016, 12:57:24 PM
Mine arrives in a week.  I bought mine mostly for rice and am interested to see any vegan recipes you may have tried. I really want to try making vegetable stock from scratch. Other wish list items I want to try: baked beans and retried beans.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on December 28, 2016, 04:46:00 PM
Beans come out great, and no need to pre soak.  However, it is easy enough to set them in the pot before bed and cook the next day. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Mfamom on December 29, 2016, 08:26:55 PM
I broke my crock pot and bought a new one.  the new ones are HORRIBLE!!!  I like to cook low and slow especially when I'm at work all day.  this new one is literally burning stuff while on low after 3-4 hours!! 
it boils liquid while on warm. 
So, I see the instant pot can also be used as a slow cooker.  has anyone tried it? 

My grandma used to make beans for my dad with a pressure pot that went on the stove.  when i slept over I would wake up to the steam noise coming out of the pot.  (nice memory)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on December 29, 2016, 08:44:37 PM
I have not seen good reviews using it as a slow cooker.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on December 30, 2016, 01:23:02 PM
Guess what I just received!  ;D
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on December 30, 2016, 10:18:51 PM
 :thumbsup:  :happydance:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 01, 2017, 12:10:27 PM
Yay!!!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 01, 2017, 05:17:33 PM
Tuscan Chicken stew for the win!  We all loved it.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on January 01, 2017, 07:08:54 PM
Recipe please?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 01, 2017, 07:44:02 PM
Preheat to sautťe.  Chop 2 carrots, 2 stalks celery, 1 onion and 4 cloves of garlic.  When the pot is hot, sautee the carrots, celery and onions for about 5 minutes, then add garlic.  Add 1 lb. of baby potatoes (halved), 1 can of kidney beans (drained), and a 14.5 oz. can of chopped tomatoes with their juice, and 1 cup of chicken broth.  Then add 6 skin on chicken thighs or legs. The recipe calls for salt, pepper, and oregano, but I don't use salt, and DH hates oregano, so I just used a sprinkle of poultry seasoning.  Stir gently.

Cool on high pressure for 10 minutes, using a natural release. Remove chicken from the pot, shred from the bones, then return to the pot along with 1 TBSP. Balsamic vinegar and 2 TBSPS. Choppped parsley.

This produced a little more liquid than I expected, so I just removed it with a slotted spoon. Liquid would be great for dipping bread or poring over rice.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on January 02, 2017, 08:34:37 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 02, 2017, 12:47:52 PM
It's what's for tomorrow's lunch, if someone doesn't finish it today, LOL. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 02, 2017, 04:24:41 PM
did my first hard boiled eggs today = 2 mins and then NPR - just ate one it was perfect

first rice pudding today = Yum!  (we had way too much milk)

just pulled out pork and chicken to make butter chicken and pulled pork - that should cover a few dinners and lunches to make this terrible GO BACK TO WORK week better.....

:)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 02, 2017, 04:52:42 PM
OMG, I have to try this:

http://flavorrd.com/2016/07/instant-pot-greek-yogurt-cheesecake/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on January 02, 2017, 07:30:09 PM
 :yes: just bookmarked it! I have made a couple in IP and they are so creamy!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 02, 2017, 09:12:24 PM
What kind of Pam do you use?  I'm thinking of making one this weekend, since DS is home.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 02, 2017, 09:27:35 PM
I got this one...
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0193546DO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

there are push up ones too

you can also make a lasagna in it.....

you may have a white corning casserole dish that would work....  but not as good presentation

oh and you can make fritatas in the springform pan too!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 03, 2017, 06:08:16 AM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on January 03, 2017, 07:22:23 AM
I bought the fat daddio push pan.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: spacecanada on January 05, 2017, 02:51:30 PM
Mine arrived yesterday and I am already super confused... But I plan to experiment with it this weekend. 

Is there a master website of Instant Pot recipes for those of us who have to follow recipes and directions? I can rarely spontaneously create a recipe until I have tried it three or four times.  I need instructions and directions to follow... At least to get me started.  Almost all the recipes in the book that came in the box use meat, which we don't eat.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on January 05, 2017, 03:56:49 PM
There are vegan IP recipes if you google, as well as two vegetarian IP FB groups. I have not found te FB groupsnhelpful. I can do vegan but am looking for vegetarian recipes.  I want to see if there are enough things for me to cook to invest in one.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Ciel on January 05, 2017, 07:26:21 PM
Macabre and Space -- I have a couple of books on vegan IP cooking with lots of recipes. I will go through them and list a sample for you and I can post the recipes if you guys want them.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on January 05, 2017, 09:13:48 PM
That would be awesome!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on January 05, 2017, 09:28:15 PM
Mac, did you end up returning hhe Kuerig for one?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on January 05, 2017, 11:47:17 PM
Returned Keurig but will wait on an IP. I want to make sure I can really use it, so I have been looking into vegetarian recipes. :)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on January 06, 2017, 08:23:19 AM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on January 06, 2017, 12:56:31 PM
Space, I am sure if you google vegan IP recipes, you will find some. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Ciel on January 06, 2017, 05:36:22 PM
Here is a list of some of the table of contents:

Winter Squash and Kale Risotto
"Baked" Beans
Four Bean salad
Ethiopian Red Lentil stew
Apple-Herb Braised Brussels sprouts
Spiced Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Okra with Ginger and Tomatoes
Ratatouille
Thai Red Curry
Simple Vegetable Stock
Portuguese Kale Soup
Sweet Potato Soup
Lentil Soup
Corn Chowder
Anasazi  Bean and Winter Vegetable stew
Collard Rolls
Lentil, Winter Squash and Mushroom Chili
Moroccan Chickpea Stew
Shepherd's Pie
Winter Squash, Millet and Green One-Pot
Red, White and Blue Quinoa
Herbed Polenta
Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats
Apple Berry Crisp
Peaches Poached in Red Wine
Moist chocolate cake
Spiced Quinoa Pudding
Soy Milk
Soy Yogurt

The other book has less informative titles, so if you give me an idea of what you want I can look. But becca's right, there are lots of recipes on the web. If I can help save you time from looking I'm willing to send them to you. Just let me know. There might be one or two recipes that contain potato, and I think there is one that calls for sesame seeds, but I made sure that they were all peanut and tree nut free.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on January 06, 2017, 06:31:20 PM
Check Pinterest !
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: spacecanada on January 08, 2017, 12:50:06 AM
We tried two types of rice this weekend.  The rice:water ratio in the book was waaaayyyyy off for wild rice and we ended up with mush.  We then cooked sushi rice with the rice:water ratio on the bag and had PERFECT rice.  It is a keeper, for rice cooking alone.  We make sushi rice at least three times a week (for all uses, rarely ever sushi).  Woohoo! Goodbye old nasty burnt rice cooker...

Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 08, 2017, 08:25:33 AM
I think I read somewhere that they really only recommend it for white rice?  I'd like to cook brown basmati rice in it.  It takes so darned long on the stove.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on January 08, 2017, 09:13:06 AM
I've done brown rice.  Any rice I do seems to come out sticky, which is fine for me and dd, but dh likes fluffy rice.  I have not figured that out.  Maybe pot in pot?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: spacecanada on January 08, 2017, 10:45:42 AM
I think if you use the water:rice ration on the bag you can cook any type of rice.  If the rice setting itself doesn't work, manual should.  (The cookbook actually suggests manual mode for brown rice.)

We love sticky rice too, which is why we converted to sushi rice.  Maybe try less water for fluffy rice?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on January 08, 2017, 10:53:06 AM
Gn, brown basmati turns out perfect! The jasmine was a little sticky, but basmati, perfection! I do 1 cup of rice to 1.25 cups water on high pressure for 22 minutes then quick release. I sometimes throw a little chicken bouillon in the water too.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 08, 2017, 11:54:11 AM
Good to know.

Guess who's trying a cheesecake today?  ;D
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on January 08, 2017, 12:46:26 PM
Okay question--when it takes longer to cook something in the IP than without one, what is the advantage to using thr IP? I can cook hard boiled eggs in less time than the IP takes and with less fiddling. I do not have a problem peeling warm eggs that aren't too fresh.

Also in another thread stinky mentioned cooking a frittata that takes me 20 minutes to do from scratch (chopping veggies, sautťing then popping under the broiler--one pan).

So what's the advantage there? (With the frittata, Stinky already had some precooked veggies and I believe was able to just plop everything in the IP and leave it alone for half an hour--so the advantage there might be not having to fiddle with anything.)

But if it takes longer and is as much or more work, what advantage is it to use the IP (for a specific dish, not in general)?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 08, 2017, 03:00:34 PM
Not everything takes longer.  I just baked a cheesecake in 1/2 hour  :happydance:, and right now I have a broccoli-leek soup going that will only take 6 minutes of cooking time. 

For me a major advantage is that I don't have a double oven, so I can have one thing going in the Instant Pot, while something else is going on the stove.  Very helpful on Sundays when I'm trying to cook ahead for the week and make the best use of my time. 

I'll let y'all know how the cheesecake turns out, once it has chilled and set.  The texture looks perfect.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on January 08, 2017, 03:25:00 PM
I assume most things actually take a LOT less time than they would conventionally.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 08, 2017, 03:42:31 PM
I thought the whole hard cooked egg thing was silly until I did it

It was quicker and foolproof

add water, put eggs in

set to 2 mins manual

until you remember to take them out....

eggs perfect!

I really want to try the pot in pot method - I see so many people posting about rice failures that I've just been doing it in my rice cooker

I want to do a whole chicken today....we lost power for a while....so not sure of the rest of the day
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on January 08, 2017, 03:58:59 PM
Mac, some are faster, some are better tasting, and a lot of it is not having to watch it, stir, add ingredients. Just throw it in and done.

Cheesecake is SO creamy!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 08, 2017, 04:11:34 PM
Well, the cheesecake would have been terrific, had I not, er, dropped it in the kitchen sink!  :rant: :banghead:  :tongue:

I was removing it from the cooling rack to place in the fridge, when my sleeve caught on the spring-thingy, and released the darned cake.  It just plopped right into the kitchen sink. 

I did taste a spoonful, and it was dreamy.  I'm always going to use Greek Yogurt from now on.  Perfect flavor, and the texture was to die for.

DS is going to be very disappointed when he gets home. :hiding:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on January 08, 2017, 05:21:50 PM
Oh no!!!!!  :'(
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: nameless on January 08, 2017, 05:31:37 PM
You all are making me want to get an InstaPot!

I have ~$200 in Amazon credit from Christmas gifts, a work survey reward, and Visa card rewards. More than enough for an InstaPot *and* a bread machine!

(((I'm still deciding)))
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 08, 2017, 08:43:50 PM
whole chicken in there now

when it comes out the spaghetti squash goes in

already did about 15 eggs > bringing them in for the boys in the office

as for not stirring and adjusting and babysitting......yeah that's really cool I like it EXCEPT that you can't adjust as you go - I cook differently - a little of this, a little of that, oh there's an orange here.....I'll add the juice...oh it's too salty - throw in some potatoes..and you can't do that in the pot - but I think I just need to think about it a little more and season accordingly - also there is no evaporation so you do need to season more than you would because nothing reduces.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 08, 2017, 09:04:54 PM
How did you do the whole chicken?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 08, 2017, 10:14:41 PM
http://www.paleogonesassy.com/cooking-a-whole-chicken-in-an-instant-pot/#

basically 6 mins per pound plus 2 mins  (rinsed and seasoned - I didn't brown the skin - or broil it afterward - just took the skin off once is was done)

it was so good!  and I put butter and cheese on the spaghetti  squash and it was so good with the chicken

I put the squash in when the chicken came out - after - I also dropped something....the pot when it was filled with the great broth from the chicken....but it landed on my garbage and only a little spilled out - yay

poured the broth off to save - rinsed the pot - did the squash for 6 mins

http://dontmesswithmama.com/spaghetti-squash-in-the-instant-pot/

gosh they were so good together

I saved the chicken bones for broth

I tossed the squash skin - wonder if that should be saved in my veggie bag for broth?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 09, 2017, 05:53:02 AM
Thanks Stinky, I will definitely be trying that!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on January 09, 2017, 08:06:00 AM
Nameless if you jump in, from what I've been reading the 7 one is what you want to do and is worth every penny.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on January 09, 2017, 09:53:51 AM
If you have patience then I think it was about 1/2 price for their Christmas in July (or something sale)...I couldn't decide so waited then and bought one for DH for his birthday with their black friday sale.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 09, 2017, 11:50:27 AM
I also jumped in on the black Friday sale

at half the price it IS worth every penny
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hedgehog on January 09, 2017, 01:17:39 PM
whole chicken in there now

when it comes out the spaghetti squash goes in

already did about 15 eggs > bringing them in for the boys in the office

as for not stirring and adjusting and babysitting......yeah that's really cool I like it EXCEPT that you can't adjust as you go - I cook differently - a little of this, a little of that, oh there's an orange here.....I'll add the juice...oh it's too salty - throw in some potatoes..and you can't do that in the pot - but I think I just need to think about it a little more and season accordingly - also there is no evaporation so you do need to season more than you would because nothing reduces.

Thank you, Stinky. What everyone has been saying makes this sound really great. But I didn't think it sounded right for me. And now I know not to waste my money. I still think it sounds great for most people, but if I can't season as I go, and nothing reduces, it does not fit my cooking style in the slightest.

Kind of like how I have friends who rave about Blue Apron, and it sounds very good, but not for me.  Food is my creative outlet. I don't want to follow someone else's recipe, or let them pick my ingredients.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 09, 2017, 05:27:47 PM
yeah....I've been reading a lot and using it....

and some of my meals are good.....but they would be better if I had stood there and done my thing...

for you Hedge - I'd say if you do pot roast, ribs, pulled pork - those traditional low and slow things - you can do them in the IP much faster and the meat turns out great

even the whole chicken that I did last night - it was an organic chicken and very $$ - so I was hoping it would be good and it was....DH was really commenting about how moist every bite was -   I bought 2 at Costco and seasoned/prepped the other one and popped it into the freezer - it will be ready to go whenever I need it.  :)

Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on January 09, 2017, 05:45:01 PM
DH makes his own broth and had read on one of his paleo sites just how much less time it takes...for $60 this works for me.  The kids and I don't like to smell the beef broth when he does it in the crock pot.  He has only done the water test so far, but will make broth once every 4-6 weeks.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 09, 2017, 08:20:50 PM
Duplicate cheesecake is cooling. This one seemed a little runny when I took it out, soon put it back in for 3 minutes. I don't know if you're supposed to use it that way, but I tried it and it seems OK. I'll let y'all know tomorrow.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on January 09, 2017, 09:10:37 PM
It's fine to do that. Can't wait to hear the review!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 09, 2017, 09:46:34 PM
I have ground beef, my homemade marinara (found a bag in the freezer - yay me) and pasta in the pot now

I love my new toy

need to figure out the timing to make yogurt
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 09, 2017, 10:55:17 PM
another dinner win!

I did 5 mins and the pasta was a little soft - just a little
I think that's b/c the sauce was frozen so it took longer to come to pressure and thus increased the cook time on the noodles...

also - should have added more salt - I heavily salt the water when I boil pasta

*note to self ------ add more salt

tomorrow I'll try the dreaded chicken breasts
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 10, 2017, 07:44:47 PM
It's fine to do that. Can't wait to hear the review!

*Swoon*

The texture is light and super-creamy.  I would prefer a crisper crust; I wonder if baking the crust for a few minutes in a conventional oven would help that.  The Greek yogurt is delicious and makes for a light, in sweet cheesecake.  It is totally delicious.  :)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 12, 2017, 11:36:25 PM
3 packs of Costco chicken breasts
1 packet of trader joes taco seasoning
cup and half of chicken broth - (from my whole chicken the other day)
put spices on chicken - broth in bottom - chicken on trivet

10 mins
15 NPR

in two batches I put the breasts in my kitchen aid - to shred them
added in some of the juice from the bottom - and lime juice

served with taco shells, avacodo, chopped onions and tomatoes and hot sauce

it was really good - and it will make more dinners/lunches

thinking of mixing with cream cheese and green chiles to make enchiladas
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 15, 2017, 02:51:41 PM
put a bunch of pork in - prob 5.5 to 6 lbs
used the liquid from my last pork that was seasoned with achiote paste - YUM
added Hawaiian sea salt and liquid hickory smoke and a handful of garlic cloves
90 mins
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on January 15, 2017, 05:53:59 PM
Trying a frozen salmon fillet, rather large, a generous two portions sized single piece.  After some googling, tried 4 mins. then QR.  Not done.  added 2 mins and ran it again, QR.  Still felt a bit of frozen crunch in the center when I used my instant thermometer.  Doing another 2 minutes.  Will let you know how it turns out.  I do not like overdone salmon, but do want it cooked through. 

It is finally done after the last round.  So, it was a total of 8 minutes, but if I had not interrupted it the two times, maybe it would not need a full 8 minutes from the get-go.  If I do it again, I will start with 6 minutes, and 5 mins NPR.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 15, 2017, 06:30:49 PM
Becca we eat salmon a lot and I've seen lots of posts of it done in the IP - that's going to take a lot for me to do

I just bake it - salt, olive oil, lemon if I have it and pepper

I just hate the white stuff (I think its protein - albumen?) that come out

****

anyway- My pork is the best that I have ever made!  DS just asked for seconds....on his pork snack - on English muffin with melted provolone

I added a cap and half of hickory - liquid smoke -

now cooking red beans in the pork liquid in the IP - I hope the salt in the liquid doesn't make them hard

I love a dish of pork, red beans, and greens with an egg on top!   Need to send DH to store to get greens!

and chick peas  - still craving hummus - not buying dry though - maybe next time
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: krasota on January 15, 2017, 08:30:28 PM
I'm refining my baked beans recipe. If it works tonight, I'll post it. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 15, 2017, 09:03:17 PM
I should have used my chicken broth = the pork "broth" was too salty and the beans aren't right....
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on January 15, 2017, 09:44:33 PM
Stinky, I usually bake or grill salmon, also. This was a piece I had in the freezer and I decided I wanted it tonight...let dh have some leftover pork we had.  It was not over done and no albumin.  It surpassed my expectations in terms of texture.  If I had fresh piece, I'd just bake it or grill it.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on January 15, 2017, 10:37:06 PM
Stinky, thanks for posting all these!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 17, 2017, 03:54:23 PM
there are so many recipes
I want to try a risotto
I also want to try like a chicken yakisoba - so like chicken terryaki with spaghetti noodles and a few veggies
and I want to try yougurt
and maybe a meatloaf
I want to do PIP
oh....I gotta work....no cooking tonight going to my GF's house..... yay!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 17, 2017, 04:31:07 PM
What's PIP?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 17, 2017, 04:49:29 PM
Pot in Pot GIRL!

get with it!

you can put a bowl on top of your chicken thighs and have rice and water in the bowl.....hold please I'll find a link....stay right there...don't google jon hams penis.....

just wait...

http://instantpot.com/portuguese-chicken-and-rice/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 17, 2017, 06:57:36 PM
Ooooh, that does look good.  I was referring to the Portuguese Chivken, of course, not cooking John Hamm's penis in an Insrant Pot.   ;D
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: YouKnowWho on January 18, 2017, 06:51:45 PM
Might need an 8qt for Hamm.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 18, 2017, 07:04:15 PM
Hahaha!

OMG, I seriously fell in love with my Instant Pot all over again tonight. I was craving my Grandma's chicken, but was seriously not digging the thought of waiting 2 hours for it to cook.

I seasoned and browned the chicken, cut up the veggies, dumped them in the Pot with 1 1/4 cups of water.  Cooked on high for 15 minutes, NPR for 15 and voila! Grandma's chicken. Served over egg noodles with roasted cauliflower.  And I had the time to make PC's cookies.  :-)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 18, 2017, 09:21:59 PM
what veggies? 

I'm afraid that they'll turn to mush

whole chicken in there now - with left over broth from last chicken, half a lemon and that's it

20 mins
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on January 18, 2017, 09:22:24 PM
So I watched part of the video here and saw the IP in action for the first time. It beeps. Yikes. I buy appliances based on whether I can turn the beep off.  Can you turn it off in your IP?

http://fortworth.citymomsblog.com/2017/01/12/fear-not-the-instant-pot/


Also---great examples of a Fort Worth accent. I do not have it, but I have many friends who do!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 19, 2017, 06:26:09 AM
Onions, carrots and celery.  They are more for flavoring the broth than eating, though I used really big, thick carrots and they held their body.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: rebekahc on January 19, 2017, 10:26:01 AM
So I watched part of the video here and saw the IP in action for the first time. It beeps. Yikes. I buy appliances based on whether I can turn the beep off.  Can you turn it off in your IP?

[url]http://fortworth.citymomsblog.com/2017/01/12/fear-not-the-instant-pot/[/url]


Also---great examples of a Fort Worth accent. I do not have it, but I have many friends who do!


You can turn off the beep on some models - you can on mine (Duo60 7-in-1).
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 19, 2017, 03:38:04 PM
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/01/18/509675621/not-just-a-crock-the-viral-word-of-mouth-success-of-instant-pot?sc=17&f=1001
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: PurpleCat on January 20, 2017, 07:22:22 AM
http://hip2save.com/2017/01/19/amazon-free-instant-pot-cookbook-kindle-edition/

Hurry!  Free Instant Pot cookbook for your Kindle!  I don't have an instant pot yet, but I do have a Kindle, so I grabbed the book for someday in my future!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on January 20, 2017, 08:56:30 AM
I don't have kindle unlimited so didn't work for me.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: PurpleCat on January 20, 2017, 09:37:10 AM
I don't have kindle unlimited so didn't work for me.


I do not either.  I read that but I did put it in my cart anyway to see and it was still free. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 21, 2017, 03:00:32 PM
I bought a second ring for sweet thngs

second use I made ribs with it

now one smells like curry and one smells like pot roast - sigh

I really want to make yogurt
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: spacecanada on January 23, 2017, 01:24:51 PM
Confession: My Instant Pot has only been used to make rice.  That's it.  :hiding:  I have no inspiration to try anything else, but I really want to try beans.  Alas, all the dried beans and lentils I can find here (even the local farmers) have warning for wheat, which I'm avoiding right now due to multiple mystery reactions.

The IP beeps and the instruction book doesn't include any instructions on how to turn off the beep. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on January 23, 2017, 01:49:58 PM
http://ourbestbites.com/2016/03/pressure-cooker-chili-lime-chicken/

DH is going to make this tonight while I'm at swim practice.  Hope it turns out good.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 23, 2017, 04:42:38 PM
my dh is doing something similar

chic breast with taco seasoning
then shred it and add cream cheese and green chilis

YUM!   
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 23, 2017, 06:21:48 PM
[url]http://ourbestbites.com/2016/03/pressure-cooker-chili-lime-chicken/[/url]

DH is going to make this tonight while I'm at swim practice.  Hope it turns out good.


I saved this one.  Please give us your review later!  :)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on January 23, 2017, 06:31:55 PM
It was delicious.  DS proclaimed it the best chicken for tacos ever.  I bought enough to double the recipe so he doubled most of the stuff but not the garlic and not the salt/pepper.  We used this site as a guide to doubling recipes...

http://www.hippressurecooking.com/how-to-double-a-pressure-cooker-recipe/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 23, 2017, 07:26:15 PM
I wish I had limes :(
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on January 24, 2017, 07:42:43 PM
DH made cooked spaghetti squash with method. 

http://nomnompaleo.com/post/131794514903/pressure-cooker-spaghetti-squash
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on January 31, 2017, 10:27:32 AM
https://www.wholelifechallenge.com/no-sweat-pressure-cooker-paleo-chili/

DH made this two nights ago and then we had it for dinner last night.  He tried doubling the recipe and it was on the verge of too full so he recommends only doing 1.5 times the recipe.  He threw in some diced sw potatoes, carrots and something else.  He also chopped up a jalapeno and threw that in too.

Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 31, 2017, 11:10:03 AM
DH made cooked spaghetti squash with method. 

[url]http://nomnompaleo.com/post/131794514903/pressure-cooker-spaghetti-squash[/url]

Bought one today to make with meatballs later in the week.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on February 01, 2017, 05:32:34 PM
There's half a turkey breast in my Instant Pot right now.  I have no idea how this is going to come out, but the house smells amazing right now.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Janelle205 on February 01, 2017, 07:46:12 PM
Hoping it turns out well, GN.

I don't have an instant pot, but I do bone in turkey breasts in my big slow cooker a lot.  I use the seasoning from this chicken recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/45954/roast-sticky-chicken-rotisserie-style/, except with double the garlic powder and half of the salt.   
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on February 01, 2017, 07:57:27 PM
It was fab. i seasoned it with garlic and pepper, and browned it on Sautee for 5 mins.  Then I removed the turkey and sautťed diced carrots, celery and onion.  I added in some garlic and poultry seasoning, 2 cups of turkey broth (had some in the freezer).  Put the turkey back in, cooked for 35 minutes on high pressure.  Did NPR for 5 minutes, then released the pressure.

I let the turkey rest while I made the gravy. I like an au jus pan gravy, so I just poured the liquid and veggies off, skimmed the fat, then used my immersion blender.  The gravy was delish.

Another Instant Pot success.  :)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on February 01, 2017, 09:51:10 PM
Love turkey! Will have to try!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on February 01, 2017, 09:56:15 PM
I did pot roast the other day. I read someones advice to cut the chuck roast I to strips, so did that, then added carrots and potatoes, a can of beef broth and a slow cooker packet of tavern pot roast seasoning (can't remember brand, maybe Campbell's, but its a liquid) amnd cooked high pressure for 45 minutes, NPR. It was so good, the falling apart roast that I could never get in my crock pot.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on February 02, 2017, 06:36:46 AM


I don't have an instant pot, but I do bone in turkey breasts in my big slow cooker a lot.  I use the seasoning from this chicken recipe: [url]http://allrecipes.com/recipe/45954/roast-sticky-chicken-rotisserie-style/[/url], except with double the garlic powder and half of the salt.   


Interesting - I would have thought turkey was too lean to do in a slow cooker.  Maybe I'll have to give it try some time!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Janelle205 on February 02, 2017, 08:16:49 AM


I don't have an instant pot, but I do bone in turkey breasts in my big slow cooker a lot.  I use the seasoning from this chicken recipe: [url]http://allrecipes.com/recipe/45954/roast-sticky-chicken-rotisserie-style/[/url], except with double the garlic powder and half of the salt.   


Interesting - I would have thought turkey was too lean to do in a slow cooker.  Maybe I'll have to give it try some time!


I leave the skin on and take it off after cooking, so that probably helps keep it from getting dry.  I just loosen it and rub some seasoning under the skin and some on top.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on February 02, 2017, 05:28:51 PM
I've done Turkey breast in crock pot too, it turns out great.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on February 04, 2017, 03:33:43 PM
I made elderberry syrup today

and hummus (not in instant pot - but I do want to try it from dry beans)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: spacecanada on February 06, 2017, 12:54:34 PM
That sounds delightful, Stinky.  What's your elderberry syrup recipe???
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on February 06, 2017, 02:29:28 PM
http://holisticsquid.com/elderberry-syrup-recipe/


I put it in a smoothie
I drink it straight - it doesn't taste very good
I put it over ice with Lacroix
I share with friends
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on February 06, 2017, 05:52:48 PM
My first Instant Pot fail.

I tried the spaghetti squash, and after 20 minutes in the pot, it still isn't really "done".  So I threw it in the oven with some olive oil.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on February 06, 2017, 08:10:10 PM
Interesting, I went back and read some of the comments on the nom nom site and people seem to think it has to do with the ripeness of the squash.  I have no idea if this is true or not.  Bummer that it didn't turn out.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on February 06, 2017, 08:10:36 PM
did you cut it or whole?
how much liquid did you add
did it come to pressure?

I swear I did mine in 6mins - but I think I've seen 20 posted a few times
I have another one on the counter
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on February 06, 2017, 09:25:59 PM
Cut in half, with 1 cup liquid.  Came out nicely in the oven.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on February 06, 2017, 10:06:46 PM
So it doesn't take that long to cook it in the microwave.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on February 18, 2017, 11:48:17 AM
I must feed the pot
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on February 18, 2017, 01:53:18 PM
We did the chili lime chicken again this week...so we could have chicken soft tacos, great meal when everyone eats at different times.  DH also made his beef bone broth...house still smelled gross but it was for less time than when he uses the crock pot.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on February 18, 2017, 03:20:56 PM
I'm going to try the Chili Lime Chicken this week!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on February 19, 2017, 12:10:22 PM
thanks GN that's what I needed

bought the stuff last night to make a double batch of chili lime chicken
also got a whole bird and a chuck roast
no school this week  so I want to have yummy food on hand for DS and if he has buddies over
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on February 19, 2017, 09:14:37 PM
mmmmmmm......chili lime chicken was yummy!

I made Mexican green rice to go with it and we had it with cheese in burrito wrappers warmed in a pan

so good

thats all I made today - but man it was good  :)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on February 19, 2017, 10:09:56 PM
Hmmm need to check out that recipe!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on February 20, 2017, 05:42:02 AM
DS declared that the chili lime chicken made the best chicken tacos ever.  And he usually turns his nose up when we tell him we are having chicken for dinner.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on February 20, 2017, 06:34:36 AM
So you really not use any liquid for the Chili Lime chicken?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on February 20, 2017, 07:03:09 AM
Just the lime juice, there is plenty of liquid once done cooking.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on February 20, 2017, 07:21:37 AM
I've done chicken tenderloins with no liquid before. There is enough water in the chicken.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on February 20, 2017, 08:21:26 AM
 :thumbsup:

Marinating the chicken on seasonings now, will cook later.  Putting up a pot of black bean soup.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on February 21, 2017, 06:11:57 PM
I made chicken soup last night from scratch - organic whole chicken - but I NOT USE THE INSTANT POT! 

- paula deens recipe - so good
just saying

tonight I have a chuck roast will use the pot unless I go out for happy hour
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on February 21, 2017, 08:20:59 PM
That Chili Lime Chicken may have just changed my life.  :misspeak:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on February 21, 2017, 08:37:36 PM
Wow, that good?!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on February 21, 2017, 09:14:27 PM
 :yes: 

And it would be a great marinade for the grill as well.  :)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on February 23, 2017, 10:25:14 PM
chuck roast - 3.5#
cut into 3 pieces
55 mins
1 and 1/2 cup water
packet of liption onion soup mix and a beef bouillon cube

seasoned and browned meat,  added large onion chopped and liquid

cauliflower and potatoes roasting on convection at 425

I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, sadly I forget the rest of the song.....wah wah
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hedgehog on February 24, 2017, 07:39:51 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA4DR4vEgrs
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on February 24, 2017, 12:57:31 PM
hehehehe.......

thanks HH!   

I actually remembered but that wasn't part of the deal last night.   ;)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on February 28, 2017, 12:33:15 PM
chicken soup last night

made broth or bone broth whatever - over the weekend with two chickens carcasses - celery, onion, coriander seeds, salt, pepper and bay leaf, parsley and cilantro stems - cooked it for 120 mins - got like 10 cups of beautiful broth

put that in the pot -  diced 3 large chix breasts (raw)
added more celery, salt, pepper, bay leaf, a little Italian seasoning
cooked for 7 mins manual

then quick release and added a bag of wide egg noodles, fresh cilantro, juice of one lemon - and put it on Saute until the noodles were cooked

YUMMY!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on March 03, 2017, 08:44:43 PM
I made a baked Mac n cheese tonight that is a family fave. It was really good, but after making the IP version, what a lot of work and dirty dishes!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on March 05, 2017, 07:32:47 AM
I plan to keep the Pot busy today; DS is coming home and I want to have some Chili Lime Chicken on hand for the week, and if I can find a small turkey breast I want to make one of those as well.  And of course, a cheesecake.  Which reminds me, I need to order a second ring so I have one just for sweet things.  I'd better do it now before I forget.  :dunce:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on March 05, 2017, 09:37:51 AM
Ds was begging for a cheesecake last night.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on March 05, 2017, 01:32:17 PM
I AM GOING TO MAKE YOGURT!!!

NOW
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on March 07, 2017, 12:27:32 PM
yogurt good
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on March 07, 2017, 11:49:45 PM
strained it......

Yo so good!

threw some frozen berry mix in a pan - heated them  - added some fresh berries and lemon juice - perfect


ds eats the yogurt with just fresh berries - what a lucky kid!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on March 12, 2017, 07:13:00 PM
loving the yogurt!

today made oatmeal

http://www.pressureson.net/2017/03/apples-and-cinnamon-oatmeal-pressure.html

but I let it release for  6 mins b/c I took a shower = was still very very good, but the apples pretty much melted...

I only added cinnamon - no other spices
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on March 12, 2017, 10:09:17 PM
That looks good! I'm going to try the yogurt with Fairlife milk.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on March 13, 2017, 01:15:38 PM
yesterday did elderberry syrup

and

Asian style pulled pork - with fried rice - not done in the pot
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: spacecanada on March 13, 2017, 05:18:25 PM
Our popcorn maker died two weeks ago and I saw online that you could make popcorn in the IP.  We tried three times and it didn't turn out vey well - too many kernels and the popcorn was a touch chewy.  We opted to use a paper bag in the microwave and had better results. 

Just posting here in case anyone else wants to try making popcorn in their IP - not worth it.  Microwave is better and faster. 

Otherwise, we're still only using our IP to make rice. You guys must think I'm crazy.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on March 13, 2017, 05:46:10 PM
For the snowstorm tomorrow I'll be doing half a turkey breast, which will free my oven up to roast veggies.  And maybe bake something.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on March 13, 2017, 06:12:16 PM
space - how about oatmeal?

I wish we had a snowstorm
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on March 13, 2017, 11:44:49 PM
ds and I had oatmeal for dinner

it was so easy and good

I like not having to stir  :) 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: spacecanada on March 14, 2017, 05:22:16 PM
I only have rolled oats at home and the recipes I find are for steel cut, which I cannot find a safe variety.  What ratio should I use?  (We rarely actually cook our oatmeal, oddly enough... we usually make museli.)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on March 14, 2017, 06:41:40 PM
http://www.pressureson.net/2017/03/apples-and-cinnamon-oatmeal-pressure.html

I didn't add all the spices....

but it turns out great!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: spacecanada on March 15, 2017, 11:45:36 AM
Other than the walnuts giving me an initial shock, this looks really good.  And only three minutes.  Wow.  I am going to try pear ginger oatmeal for lunch today.  Thank you, Stinky!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on March 15, 2017, 02:52:09 PM
I didn't add the walnuts either - YUCK!

I just did apples, cinnamon and salt - oatmeal and water

I want to make this....

http://www.rebootedmom.com/2017/02/24/irish-colcannon-recipe/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on March 15, 2017, 03:10:41 PM
DH did hard boiled eggs today.  So easy to peal.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on March 16, 2017, 07:54:20 AM
Going to try the corned beef in the IP tomorrow.  Anyone else?  Anyone done it before and have advice?  I know the pulled pork I did once was the best I had ever made, compared to the crock pot.  So much more fat melted away, yet was still very moist. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: krasota on March 16, 2017, 12:20:34 PM
I've always done corned beef in a pressure cooker.  I could've sworn I only did 45 min in my stovetop cooker, but all the recipes I find are for 60-90min.  Last night, I did one with 3c water, 2.5lb corned beef, 70min high pressure.  natural pressure release.  Put in potatoes, cabbage, onions after straining liquid and removing beef.  I only strain because i hate getting bits of bay leave and coriander in my veggies.  3min high pressure, then instant release.

Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on March 16, 2017, 12:27:47 PM
Thanks...I have read that the stovetop ones do it more quickly.  Need to remember to soak it tonight.  I like to get some of the salt out of it.  I think I will roast or saute the cabbage.  I prefer it to boiled.  But, will boil the potatoes and carrots and onions.  Wow, only 3 mins for the veggies? 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on March 16, 2017, 12:30:30 PM
I am going to whip up some mac and cheese for my neighbor, because I don't have time to do anything time consuming, but she just had surgery on her shoulder, is miserable and one-armed for weeks.  I will top it with crumbs and bake it, but the prep in the IP is a snap, and makes the noodles a perfect al dente before baking.  They kept a good texture last time I did it that way.  It will make feeding her 13yo teens easier for a couple of days. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on March 16, 2017, 02:51:09 PM
DH is going to do the corned beef on Sunday.  He bought the traditional new england gray one...I'll let you know how it was.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on March 17, 2017, 08:06:37 PM
Instant Pot was great for the corned beef.  I got a red, 3.5 pounds, maybe more, and did 85 minutes manual, NPR, because I was waiting for family to be home.  It was so tender, and still sliced nicely.  I wish I did 2 because there is not much leftover.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on March 17, 2017, 08:35:41 PM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on March 18, 2017, 03:52:54 PM
this is in the pot now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=652Hecf-vwY
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on March 19, 2017, 05:50:07 PM
Ok, unimpressed with our corned beef and cabbage meal.  First problem, DH bought New England gray corned beef instead of the red (my mother definitely rolled over in her grave over this).  Second problem, in order to cook the cabbage, the corned beef had to come out, so I felt like the meat was dry and the cabbage was over cooked.  Potatoes were fine.  DH started taking notes on what to do for next year and I said maybe I should just do it on the stove.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on March 20, 2017, 06:50:42 PM
sorry about that Hezz -  :( 

my fellow pothead bestie did hers in the crock pot - just had a tried and true - can do it without thinking about it recipe and she skilled the instant pot

let's see

I cleaned mine by cooking a lemon this weekend
and then made pulled pork - kind of a mix up - I had left over liquid from my last Asian pork - and left over dry rub from my last ribs - so I used both of them and it turned out yummy - DS and I had pork quesadillas and DH had his with rice

I want to make hummus from dried chick peas......and more yogurt but I'm waiting for my milk delivery
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on March 21, 2017, 06:23:12 AM
Hezz, I only did the corned beef in the pot, and roasted my cabbage.  I prefer the cabbage to be roasted or sauteed, so I avoid the fat from the corned beef.  If we wanted, I had ladled some of the broth over the beef on the platter, so it was there to add a bit to our veggies if we wanted.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on March 21, 2017, 07:18:12 AM
He was going to buy a red one and do another one yesterday, but thankfully he listed to reason because I told him I was done with corned beef until next year.  Then he starts talking about how he will just do a red one in the IP...I said you can do your own, but I will be doing it either on the stove or in the crock pot next year! 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on March 22, 2017, 06:37:50 AM
I do have another one in the fridge, because it was still on sale and we have leftovers for 1/2 a sandwich.  Ill do it for the weekend, because dh no longer packs lunches.  Now that he works in the city, they all go to buy lunch out...so many options.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on March 22, 2017, 05:58:30 PM
Looks yum...haven't tried it
https://mycrazygoodlife.com/21-day-fix-instant-pot-lasagna-a-healthier-lasagna-recipe/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on March 22, 2017, 06:24:26 PM
Looks great!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on March 24, 2017, 04:51:57 PM
Going to try the chili lime chicken.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on March 24, 2017, 05:30:03 PM
I liked the batch that I sautťed first better.  I'm going to make some this weekend too.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on April 02, 2017, 05:30:16 PM
Made this tonight:

http://cookfasteatwell.com/easy-pressure-cooker-chicken-curry-chicken-with-rice/

It is nothing like Halal Chicken, but it is darned good.  I did not make the white sauce; I just sprinkled some fresh cilantro on top.  Need to double it next time.  :thumbsup:

This really could be made easily without the IP as well.
 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on April 02, 2017, 06:06:40 PM
That looks yummy, GN! I'd have trouble with portion control!  You could do a healthy white Save with yogurt, seasoning itcwith the lemon, and cilantro., salt and pepper.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on April 02, 2017, 06:33:27 PM
I didn't feel like it needed the sauce, but you're right about doing one with yogurt. OMG, the house smells divine!

Next time I would increase the chicken slightly, and decrease the rice (totally yummy, but I don't need the carbs).  Gawd, I do love curry.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on April 03, 2017, 02:48:03 PM
I did the Indian Butter chicken - pretty much doubled it - I don't like bell peppers so I put in a serano and a jalepeno - it was good!   DS and Dh gobbled it up.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on April 19, 2017, 08:42:12 PM
pork with an assortment of spices - set to 45 mins
liquid was water and OJ and liquid hickory smoke
spices - bay leaf, hawain salt, cumin, cayenne, some TJ spice mix, white pepper
and a splash of dark soy

my boys will eat almost anythng
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on April 20, 2017, 11:48:44 AM
don't do what I did - the pork was not so good.   I'm over pulled pork for about a year I think
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on April 20, 2017, 04:38:30 PM
Maybe not cooked long enough?  I've done a porky butt for 90 minutes. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on April 20, 2017, 06:43:57 PM
Maybe not cooked long enough?  I've done a porky butt for 90 minutes.


it shredded fine - was about 3 lbs and cut into pieces - just too fatty - well maybe it didn't cook enough?  huh.   either way - I'm over it for a while and so is DS
I want to make yogurt again this weekend.   that was good!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: MaryM on April 22, 2017, 06:50:05 AM
Is the liquid smoke essential for the chili lime chicken?  I don't have an Instant Pot but was thinking I could probably make it in my crockpot. I have all the other ingredients...thoughts?  My brother got an Instant Pot and LOVES it.  I really need to get one...
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on April 22, 2017, 07:59:58 AM
DH doesn't remember the taste being that smokey so he doesn't think you will miss it.   Watch Amazon prices, last year the price came down in July.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on April 22, 2017, 08:21:14 AM
Mary, I did not use liquid smoke.  I do have a McCormick Southwest seasoning blend that is a little smokey, or you can get smoked paprika and it's a subtle addition.  I've never used liquid smoke.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on April 22, 2017, 08:48:19 AM
I don't think you need it
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: MaryM on April 22, 2017, 12:21:12 PM
Thanks for the replies.  I just threw some in the crock pot!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on April 22, 2017, 01:05:25 PM
Mary, I've never used Liquid Smoke either. I substitute Smoked Paprika.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on April 22, 2017, 03:21:31 PM
I'm thinking IP Mac and cheese is a low fiber food...but perhaps too fatty...maybe if I go easy on the butter and lighter on the cheese, and, I use 1% milk...and have a small portion as a side to some protein...
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on April 23, 2017, 09:54:07 AM
How was it, Mary?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: MaryM on April 23, 2017, 10:28:03 AM
Yummy!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on April 28, 2017, 11:48:33 AM
Cooked a whole chicken the other night.  Not as good as roasted in the oven, but I seriously didn't have time for that.  This cut the cooking time by half.  And, it freed up my oven for other things.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: spacecanada on April 29, 2017, 08:56:27 PM
We are planning a trip to Hawaii this autumn.  Instead of paying DOUBLE for a room with a full kitchen I figure I can get a new Instant Pot with two liners delivered to the hotel for under $200, ship it back home or to a friend/relative afterwards, and save us two thousand dollars USD on vacation.  Bingo! 

Now, to experiment more with IP recipes.  Chilli is on the menu this week. I may try Spanish rice too.  Or mushroom risotto!  My brain just clicked on to realize we can use the IP in so many ways.

Now, a question - brown rice.  Has anyone figured this out? I have tried cooking brown long grain rice three different ways and it never really works out.  It is always either too watery or crunchy.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on April 30, 2017, 07:13:44 AM
Same here SC.  I've been underwhelmed with brown rice as well.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on May 07, 2017, 09:19:43 PM
chili lime chicken in the pot!  it's already past 7pm here and we've been snacking - so late dinner and dinner for tomorrow before a 6pm baseball game...

>  I had red and white sangria today, and then champagne, and then a tall boy MGD  - trying to ward off the headache with a bit of coffee, a lot of water and probably some advil.....

but I have sour cream and green onions and burrito wrappers so life is good.....
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on May 10, 2017, 09:50:57 AM
I made a yummy, healthier version of baked potato soup, or really, a simple potato soup.  I am so bored of my bland diet, and it seemed like a way to make a baked potato more filling by adding a bunch of chicken stock to it. 

I diced and threw into the IP:

3 large russet potatoes
1/2 a large sweet onion
4 stalks of celery
few cloves of crushed garlic
few T. of bacon crumbles(just enough for flavor) Some smoky seasoning would help, if not into bacon
covered in chicken stock, enough to cook everything and not have potatoes scorch
A generous splash of half and half to the whole pot after pureeing

I did it on the soup setting.  I think I bumped it up to 12 minutes, because I need to be sure my veggies are all cooked very soft on my current diet.  You could do less time, if you like them a bit more firm.  I pureed the whole thing and adjusted salt as needed.  I have eaten it with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, and with a light sprinkle of cheddar cheese.  I think it would be just like chowder in flavor if I tossed a can of clams in it, but not sure how my tummy will tolerate clams?  But, the ingredients are the same, minus all the cream. 

I have half of this in the freezer, and have had at least 4 meals of it, and dh has had a meal of it, and I think I have more than enough for lunch today.  So, it stretches the potatoes quite a ways, meaning less carbs than if I had the potato straight up.  So, I would say there were 12 small servings in the batch, maybe 8 generous bowls. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on May 10, 2017, 12:18:32 PM
OMG , that looks amazing.  I want some now!  With smoked paprika instead of bacon.  :)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on May 10, 2017, 12:23:21 PM
OMG , that looks amazing.  I want some now!  With smoked paprika instead of bacon.  :)

One of the few perks of being on e medically prescribed low fiber diet.  Ice cream is another...well, it was, after 6 days full fasting.  Now I have had to scale back...

So, I dumped a can of chopped clams in the rest of the soup today.  Now it is clam chowdah!  I had to thicken it a bit with some flour and water.  And now there is another full serving left, lol. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on May 11, 2017, 01:45:11 PM
becca that sounds great!

I saw on the fb group that someone did  a whole cauliflower in there!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: my3guys on May 17, 2017, 04:28:32 PM
Ok just bought the instapot! I've been searching around...sounds like it's not a good idea to cook my strip steaks in there?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on May 17, 2017, 10:16:52 PM
Not unless you want to get into the whole sous vide thing...if I've even said that right, lol.  Think more like pot roast or pulled pork...soups.  Eggs!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: name on May 17, 2017, 11:11:15 PM
Instant Pot was legit part of a podcast for surviving law school.  The power of Instant Pot!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on May 18, 2017, 12:56:09 PM
Like NY Strip - NO NO NO NO

but this looks good - I haven't tried it yet - and welcome to the club!

http://instantpoteats.com/healthy-instant-pot-mongolian-beef-recipe/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on May 28, 2017, 12:41:43 PM
made yogurt yesterday - it's straining now

will just put some heat on some frozen berries and make a quick compote

going to make oatmeal for breakfast - and yogurt with berries...the boys will be happy - even if there is no bacon
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: my3guys on May 30, 2017, 12:21:52 PM
Don't worry, I didn't do the NY strip in there :misspeak:

But I finally did my first meal! It was pulled pork and so so easy and quick!! I'm excited to use it more.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on June 09, 2017, 06:45:12 PM
yogurt this weekend - might try to do it without heating it up to 180

did noodles and red sauce last night - SO EASY - not great but easy

1 package of penne
1 jar of sauce
1 jar of water + salt
5 mins manual - QR

dinner
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on June 17, 2017, 04:00:48 PM
So the short story is we have 2 instant pots, 2 different models...decided to keep one for the summer swim meets because have to feed the coaches and officials as the host team.  Broke out the instant pot today to wash it, do the water test and then hard boil some eggs which I must say came out perfectly.  Have to teach myself how to use it in case we are cooking anything in it next weekend for the swim meet.

I bought the cheap store brand eggs for DH to hard boil in the instant pot for the last swim meet and they cracked...he's never had an eggland's best egg crack during the process...anyone run into this?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on June 18, 2017, 11:35:43 AM
I've heard that they tend to crack if you put them in cold

I do 2mins then natural pressure release
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on June 18, 2017, 04:11:00 PM
I've had some crack...the worst was Easter, and I'd bought the cheap store brand eggs to color.  Usually, one out of 6 might crack. One did today, and it oozed out of the shell, but stayed intact.  It was fine to eat.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on June 18, 2017, 07:13:40 PM
I don't mind if it happens at home, but if I am bringing the eggs for other people to eat, I'd like the shells to be intact.

Has anyone tried a peppers and sausage dish yet?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on June 19, 2017, 12:08:31 PM
no but I did 2 racks of ribs last night - YUM!

I need to do another batch of yogurt

I don't like sausage and peppers 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on June 21, 2017, 06:28:06 PM
I had my first cheesecake fail.  I have no idea what happened. 

I did everything the way I always do, but when I took the top off, I could see right away it was a total fail.  It poofed way up, cracked, then deflated, leaving the crust exposed and soggy.  I made it for a work event on Friday, and really won't have an opportunity to try another one.  I *could* go out now and pick up more ingredients, but I'm dog-tired and not feeling it.  I think I'll just hit a bakery on the way to work Friday AM and pick something up there.   :disappointed:

I do have some condensed milk in the oven right now for Dulce de Leche, which I was planning to top the cheesecake with.  I guess I can still do that.

ETA:  This project was clearly not meant to be.  I just took my Dulce de Leche out to stir it, and it was totally scorched.  WTH?  I make it the same way, in the same pan, all the time.  I think I'll just retreat to the sofa with a cup of tea and watch some TV.  :dunce:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on June 21, 2017, 07:35:21 PM
GN-it just wasn't meant to be for some reason.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on June 21, 2017, 08:49:28 PM
Either was the relaxing on the sofa.  I had to run over to Auntie's for what turned out to be a total non-emergency.  Thankfully!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on June 22, 2017, 01:50:42 PM
GN - that's such a bummer.   I had a cake fail last week = was late to DS's game b/c the cake took twice a long to cook (not in the pot) but it was GOOD  - lemon blueberry cake.....with really fresh and good berries - YUM - Probably making it again this weekend

I'm going to try to no-boil yogurt

becca - can you eat yogurt?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on June 22, 2017, 10:05:16 PM
Yes...I love yogurt.  My IP is not a duo.  No yogurt setting.  I have made yogurt, well, labneh, which is yogurt, then strained until thick, more like cream cheese, than Greek yogurt, but not as stiff as cream cheese.  I've just done the regular way, before IP.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on June 25, 2017, 07:09:47 AM
We used the instant pot on the pool deck the other day...threw in 2 packages of frozen meatballs, 2 cans of diced tomatoes, some onions and we had frozen some leftover tomatoes from the previous swim meet and threw those in also.  Served as meatball sandwiches with grilled onions and peppers on rolls/or in bowls for the coaches lunch.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on June 25, 2017, 12:32:02 PM
The one time I heated frozen meatballs in mine, the sauce scorched on the bottom.  Do you have that problem, anyone?  Solution?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on June 25, 2017, 06:19:48 PM
No issues, only put it on for 10 minutes.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on June 29, 2017, 05:15:56 PM
DS is on soft foods to due braces, did potatoes at lunch, now doing pasta for dinner.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on June 30, 2017, 09:39:45 AM
Becca you can do " pot in pot" or if you are using sauce add water to it
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: my3guys on July 01, 2017, 08:51:59 PM
I love the instapot!! I made pot roast tonight. Delicious! And so nice to sautť and cook in same place. Truly a one dish meal that was ready quickly!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on July 03, 2017, 06:50:25 PM
I made this yesterday. I found it needed more liquid, so I added some broth when I reheated it. I also substituted artichoke hearts for the green olives since DH hates green olives, and i think they would add too much salt.

http://nomnompaleo.com/post/148597361748/pressure-cooker-summer-italian-chicken
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on July 19, 2017, 02:10:14 PM
tried the quick yogurt - it failed

corn on the cob - awesome

pot in pot oatmeal - yum!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on July 30, 2017, 01:14:46 PM
making elderberry iced tea right now - need an immune boost for sure!

made pot roast this week - really good

want to do yogurt again - may do that when the tea is done

oh but I pulled some pork out of freezer so I may do that - we didn' tlike the last two batches of this pork so not sure if it's the meat or if I didn't cook it long enough

my kitten is crazied.....keeps bringing me her pipe cleaner to throw for her - and she's dunked it in the water dish so now we are wet.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on July 30, 2017, 01:27:17 PM
 :rofl: on the kitty!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on August 02, 2017, 10:48:00 PM
Hibiscus drink in the pot tonight

the elderberry tea recipe needs work - it was a little = um thick - like opaque - but totally drinkable....by me at least  :)

also did chicken breast - like the chili lime recipe - except I just threw in what I had on hand and they were very good - have tons of shredded tasty chicken for burritos and quesadillas   YUM



Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on August 07, 2017, 01:35:34 PM
pack of frozen Costco  hot dogs - I was able to break them up and separate them a bit

3 mins - QR

brought to the pool in a corningware type casserole with lid -

still HOT HOT when we ate them
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on August 07, 2017, 07:01:07 PM
I made the chicken taco bowls last night. Makes enough to feed an army!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: spacecanada on August 17, 2017, 07:46:52 PM
Brown basmati rice:
2 cups rice
2 cups water
manual high 23 mins, quick release. 

Perfect!

Also, I borrowed the book 'Vegan Under Pressure' from the library and am excited to try a few new recipes.  It is so nice to cook something. In the IP and not heat up the house like the stove and oven do.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on August 20, 2017, 12:05:37 PM
made yogurt yesterday - it's straining now....

this batch looks good!  We get milk delivery and often have too much milk but it's the minimum for delivery so making yogurt is helpful  :)

going to look for a hibiscus iced tea recipe - or make one up
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on August 28, 2017, 12:54:35 PM
3lbs country style pork ribs - marinated in hawaian salt,  soy, ginger, garlic, red pepper and brown sugar
1 cup or so water
on trivet - 28 mins

very yummy

I chopped them up and turned them into a giant pot of pork fried rice   - added eggs, carrots, celery, onions and green onions, and soy - forgot the sesame oil

yummo! 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on August 28, 2017, 09:43:33 PM
That sounds delicious! I need to be more like you and start cooking some different stuff.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on August 29, 2017, 09:14:01 AM
That sounds really good! 

I used the timing for the chili lime chicken, but seasoned it with teriyaki flavors and had that with brown rice over the weekend.  Would have been better if marinated, but was very good and used the juice it generated with the rice.  Fried rice would have been a great idea.   
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on September 03, 2017, 03:07:37 PM
3lbs country style pork ribs - marinated in hawaian salt,  soy, ginger, garlic, red pepper and brown sugar
1 cup or so water
on trivet - 28 mins

very yummy

I chopped them up and turned them into a giant pot of pork fried rice   - added eggs, carrots, celery, onions and green onions, and soy - forgot the sesame oil

yummo!

going to do this with chicken and use this timing

https://www.copymethat.com/r/lXieOH6/moist-chicken-breast-by-rich-lum/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on September 03, 2017, 03:14:45 PM
or this way....

gotta figure out a way to separate the chicken -

I may use a beer can chicken rig I got dh for the grill -
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on September 05, 2017, 10:02:59 PM
so I browned ground beef on saute
added some chopped garlic, hot pepper flakes and salt
a box of rigatoni
a jar (hangs head in shame of red sauce)
a jar of water - poured down the side
set it for 5 mins

hope it's good
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on September 05, 2017, 11:29:23 PM
How was it stinky?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on September 07, 2017, 07:12:26 PM
Way too much meat
but it was cooked ok and so easy

a few of the noodles were chewy - but I think more time turns them mushy and I don't like that

if I had to do over again I would start with 1/2 pound of meat, and add a can of diced tomatoes and more water - so a jar and a half of water

the sauce I make is very bright tasting - almost raw - it's also more watery than jarred sauce - I wonder how it would work if I use my own sauce
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on September 08, 2017, 08:09:05 PM
I've been playing with variations on the chili lime chicken.  I've used breast meat and thighs. I squeezed the lime over the chicken, added some True Lime with garlic and cilantro, garlic powder, and Newman's peach salsa.  Tonight, it was 2 breasts, and I cut each into 3 uniform pieces.  5 minutes, QR.  shred the chicken.  Served with yellow rice I'd made.  I have 2 pots, so did the rice earlier.  Brown rice, turmeric, some Goya season salt, dash of EVOO.  2 cups brown rice, 2.5 cups water, 23 mins, QR. It was a little moist, but we were not eating right away, and I favor slightly sticky rice.  It was all very yummy! 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on September 11, 2017, 06:16:42 PM
that sounds great!

I'm going to do a lemon garlic chicken pasta tonight....but not in the pot.....
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on October 01, 2017, 04:01:37 PM
This is what is in The Pot right now:

http://www.kitchentreaty.com/instant-pot-vegan-golden-lentil-spinach-soup/

UPDATE:  This is insanely good.  And easy.  ;D
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on October 02, 2017, 06:33:02 AM
So the one DH insisted that I buy him is on sale if anyone is interested...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FLYWNYQ/ref=as_li_ss_sm_fb_us_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=399837&creativeASIN=B00FLYWNYQ&linkCode=shr&tag=conofafitfoo-20&linkId=BW5OW22CIBPOTLQ4&
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: MaryM on October 02, 2017, 03:19:10 PM
I ordered one today!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on October 02, 2017, 09:28:16 PM
I wish I had that one, for the yogurt function, but not enough to have a second one.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: MaryM on October 04, 2017, 06:44:37 AM
Its arriving today!  Now I have to start finding some recipes that work for the whole family.  I know people make cheesecakes and mac and cheese in it but I am paranoid about dairy with DD. I have a dishwasher so I guess it wouldn't  be an issue...I have never put any dairy  in my crockpot.  I know its irrational....

I cannot spend my whole day reading here and on FB about different recipes.  I have lots to do  ;D
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on October 04, 2017, 06:50:54 AM
I think the Chili Lime Chicken is a good starting point - it's easy, and delicious.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on October 04, 2017, 07:04:03 AM
MaryM- that's probably a smart idea.  Since you haven't used it yet, I will give you a heads up.  So when it's done cooking, one option is to release the pressure by moving the valve...so hot steam and sometimes whatever you are cooking (if pot too full...think pasta water) spray out of the valve and potentially all over your kitchen.  DH tried to double a batch of chili once and I've definitely sprayed pasta water all over.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on October 04, 2017, 07:08:26 AM
Yes, I would avoid dairy for DD as well.  Aerosolizing potential, and I don't put the top in the dishwasher.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on October 04, 2017, 12:27:15 PM
Mary - dairy doesn't really do well in the pot anyway (except yogurt) :)  sorry Becca - na na
a lot of recipes call for you to add the dairy at the end
food from the pot is really HOT - so let it cool before serving

chili lime chicken is great
butter chicken is great - I add jalepeno and serano peppers to it
you can cook a whole chicken
oh the things you can do!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on October 04, 2017, 01:34:38 PM
Pulled pork comes out great in it, Mary! 

I have seen many people post about Mongolian Beef, and a beef and broccoli recipe, but I have not made them.  I think I found them heavy on sugar(but looked yummy) and my kids would not eat it, so...
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: MaryM on October 04, 2017, 03:07:03 PM
It has arrived!  I did the water test!  Oh boy!

I never thought about the lid and cleaning - definitely no dairy in my IP!

I am looking forward to trying it out.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: MaryM on October 05, 2017, 12:35:25 PM
I just made shredded chicken for tacos later on!

I used boneless skinless breast, 2 tbs taco mix, a dash of cayenne, some paprika and the juice of one orange and 1 1/2 limes.  I sautťed garlic and onions first!  Very yummy.  Hope everyone likes it tonight.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on October 05, 2017, 01:52:15 PM
welcome.....
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: MaryM on October 05, 2017, 01:58:29 PM
Thanks Stinky!  And thanks for the FB groups :)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on October 09, 2017, 03:11:13 PM
and?  what have you done Mary? 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on October 09, 2017, 06:33:08 PM
We had chili lime chicken...I forget just how good this is!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on October 16, 2017, 12:26:43 PM
made yogurt last night
need make some compote for it today
yum!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on October 16, 2017, 06:19:51 PM
I did a variation on the chili lime chicken yesterday for tacos and it got rave reviews all around.  I cheated a bit by using some taco seasoning, and squeezed some lime juice, and added various other seasonings. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: MaryM on October 18, 2017, 12:31:32 PM
My IP is getting a work out today.  I made rice to have on hand.  I know brown is better but we eat all prefer white jasmine rice and its comes out great in the IP.  Right now I am making stock with chicken bones/parts I have and later on I plan to make some more of the shredded chicken we like for tacos!  I have a few oranges and limes I need to use.  On Monday I made my first pulled pork in it.  DS said it takes just like the slow cooker one I make!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on October 21, 2017, 12:35:45 PM
Wow, I'm curious about this chili lime chicken!

So--I'm thinking of getting one of these, but not sure I really need it or would find it that handy. For one thing, if I make, say a bean dish in the IP, then I still need rice, so I still need my rice cooker, right? This is multiple appliances in one, but not all at the same time. So how do you guys deal with that?

Do you use this instead of a slow cooker for crock pot recipes? Are there things you'd normally make on the stove-top or in the oven that you do in the IP instead, or do you have all new recipes for this (which isn't a bad thing.) This past week, I made carbonara, meatloaf, sweet and sour chicken, and bean tamale pie. Not sure I'd do any of that in the instant pot. But I guess crock pot recipes would be done in it and things like pulled pork could be done much faster. I'm just trying to figure out how helpful it would really be.

My sis sent me an Amazon gift card out of the blue. She racked up some points at work somehow and send me and my other sis $100 gift cards! She's nicer than I am, lol.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on October 21, 2017, 12:48:12 PM
https://ourbestbites.com/2016/03/pressure-cooker-chili-lime-chicken/

This is the recipe.  I would think that there is a way to do this is a crock pot.  DH makes chili, broth, hard boiled eggs, chili lime chicken and beef stew.  I have cooked oatmeal and mac and cheese on a pool deck with it.

I bet I can do mashed potatoes in it...any one try it yet?  Have I already asked this?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: MaryM on October 21, 2017, 02:02:03 PM
I tried mashed potatoes once - I thought they were too gummy.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on October 22, 2017, 01:36:10 PM
Did you guys have a rice cooker before you got the instant pot and if so, do you still use your rice cooker? What if you have an instant pot meal that needs rice? I read you can buy a second insert and that it cooks rice quickly, so maybe that's the solution?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on October 22, 2017, 02:01:39 PM
people use PIP - pot in pot method and I've seen a lot of posts using these

https://www.amazon.com/Aozita-Stackable-Steamer-Instant-Accessories/dp/B071GY3R42/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1508698697&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=instant+pot+accessories&psc=1

you can use a pyrex (older is better) or corning ware bowls - or any stainless bowls too (some isn't food grade though)

so you could put chicken in the bottom with some liquid and then prop a corning ware bowl on top of the chicken using the trivet or just laying it on top with your rice and water

I have a rice maker that DH and DS actually know how to use so we still do rice in that
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on October 22, 2017, 07:41:02 PM
I have the set Stinky linked.  I havenít used it yet.  The issue being doesnít the rice and food require the same cooking time to work with pot in pot method?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on October 23, 2017, 07:57:19 AM
So what do you do for rice becca? Do you use a rice cooker or cook it on the stove top? (I've never actually made ride in a pot on the stove. DH introduced me to rice cookers and that's all I've ever used.)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on October 23, 2017, 01:43:39 PM
Iíll cook my rice in the IP.  I have an extra pot.  If I am doing both parts of a meal in the IP, Iíll do the rice first, then the other dish, or vice versa.  Iíve never owned a rice cooker.  I used to do it on the stove.

I want to try doing the rice with something else, but need to find something where the timing is all matched up.  I thought maybe I could do meatloaf and rice together, but we donít typically have rice with meatloaf.  Iíve yet to do a meatloaf in the IP.

Iím not sure it replaces a good rice cooker.  I always have some sticking.  Not much, but need to soak the pot and scrub it after rice.  But dd and I like the sticky rice texture from the IP.

I use my IP most often for broth/stock, soup, Mac and cheese but Iím trying to avoid that, lol.  I make hard boiled eggs in it, quick meats, if Iíve not planned ahead well enough, like the chili lime chicken, or pork tenderloin like a pulled pork.  Iíve quicky used it to sautť taco meat.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on October 23, 2017, 02:01:34 PM
I'm eating my IP chili right now

:)

2 lbs ground beef - browned in the IP, then added spices, onions, some water, then three cans of beans, then one small, one large can of tomatoes

10 mins NPR

done

not really quicker than doing it stove top - and it's different - my stop top chili is really bright - very tomatoey - this is darker, more cooked tasting

I like both
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on October 24, 2017, 06:50:01 AM
It takes 25 min to cook rice on the stove top. So easy. You boil water (2:1  water:rice), add rice, stir exactly one time, cover, turn on low, come back in 20 minutes.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on October 24, 2017, 04:34:14 PM
blasephemy

all the Asian people have rice cookers.....
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on October 24, 2017, 06:40:52 PM
Has anyone done spaghetti sauce yet?  I made it on the stove today and it cooks for only an hour so really not bad at all, but wondering if I can do it in the instant pot.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on October 24, 2017, 07:23:31 PM
yeah.....mine is super quick too - and also bright like my chili so I don't think I am going to try it in the IP
prob wont do chili in it again either

my sauce recipe is OLD.....

olive oil
diced onions - cook until translucent (they are optional - but not for me)
diced garlic - add and cook for less than a minute
red pepper flakes - just a pinch if they are fresh
add the water/juice from the tomatoe cans to stop the garlic from cooking
tomatoes - diced, whole, crushed - whatever I have on hand
lots of salt, lots of pepper
bring up to heat then stir and add
tons of chopped parsley and basil
bada bing bada boom it's sauce!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on October 24, 2017, 09:52:01 PM
I've done spaghetti sauce. When I do it on the stove I let it simmer several hours. Did like 10 mins in IP.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on November 10, 2017, 09:20:07 AM
Thinking about this again. I can get one at Kohl's today for $67 with coupons and Kohl's cash But it's sure to be on sale on Amazon for a similar price in the next few weeks.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on November 11, 2017, 09:33:14 AM
Walmart black Friday $49
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on November 11, 2017, 02:54:38 PM
Wow!  I just checked Walmartís preview ad, and just note that it is a 5qt, not the 6qt, advertised for $49.  Itís a great deal, though.  They also make a 3qt and 8qt.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on November 15, 2017, 04:11:24 PM
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Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: MaryM on November 16, 2017, 07:22:11 AM
Has anyone tried to make meatballs and jarred sauce in their pot?  I have tried two times and it will not come to pressure.  I should make homemade sauce but we are busy, so sometimes doctored jar sauce is it.  I thought the sauce was too thick so I added water to the top once and to the bottom before the sauce the second time but same result - pot got hot and timer went down but no pressure when I released....I was cooking ahead so I just put the sauce in the crock pot.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on November 16, 2017, 08:54:56 AM
I did it this summer on the pool deck for a swim meet and it worked fine.  I feel like it took a long time to come up temp because the meatballs were frozen.  I winged it so no idea what I did...should have taken notes so I know for this summer.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on November 16, 2017, 09:17:04 AM
I did once but it scorched on the bottom.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on November 17, 2017, 08:18:11 AM
Wow!  I just checked Walmartís preview ad, and just note that it is a 5qt, not the 6qt, advertised for $49.  Itís a great deal, though.  They also make a 3qt and 8qt.

Thanks for the tip. I think I'd like to get one for ds, but don't really want to buy him anything that he has to pack up and take to CA. I wish I could buy now and have it delivered in February! I also have no idea what his living arrangements will be and what he'll need. And his company provides three meals a day ( ~) )so he won't be cooking much anyway. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on November 22, 2017, 03:20:23 PM
just made cranberry sauce in my IP
juice of an orange
bag of berries - minus a small handful
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
zest of orange

1 minute - pressure cook - 7 min NPR

add 1/2 - 1 cup sugar
pinch of salt
put on saute
add in resevered berries
stir

that's it

dont know if it's good or not....but I'm sure its fine
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on November 22, 2017, 03:42:46 PM
The 3qt is currently $49 on Amazon.  Not sure if that might be a nice size for a single guy or not, Bensmom.  Maybe better to have a 6qt, and have leftovers when he does decide to cook.  But, thought Iíd let folks know.  Thatís $29% off the list price.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on November 23, 2017, 10:47:46 AM
7 in 1 currently on sale

https://smile.amazon.com/Instant-Pot-Multi-Use-Programmable-Pressure/dp/B00FLYWNYQ/ref=sr_1_3?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1511454415&sr=1-3&keywords=instant+pot
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on November 23, 2017, 05:54:26 PM
Stinky how did it work?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on November 23, 2017, 08:35:42 PM
I cooked my potatoes in it, then put them through the ricer, back into the pot, mixed in the stuff and turned it on keep warm.  Worked out great.  Not my favorite recipe, but good enough.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on November 24, 2017, 09:40:31 AM
Okay yíall, since itís Black Friday: if your house cold weíre vegetarian, do you think youíd get much use out of yours? I think a year ago the consensus was no.

I donít see this as a good option for cooking hard boiled eggs, based on what Iíve read here.

Iím not sure what Iíd use it for besides yogurt. I joined a vegetarian up group on FB last year, but the recipes were mostlyfor Indian food, which DS doesnít like and I donít much either these days.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on November 24, 2017, 12:42:28 PM
DH loves it for hardboiled eggs...you don't have to babysit them.  What about making your own veggie broth instead of buying already made and soups?

Have you googled instant pot vegetarian recipes yet?  I've never cooked dry beans before, but it must be quicker. 

I have to say that maybe it didn't take any less time to cook the potatoes because the pot has to come up to temperature, but I didn't have to babysit it in case of a boil-over so in that respect I was able to do other things out of the kitchen.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on November 24, 2017, 01:41:33 PM
DS loves it for cooking dried beans.  And they really are so much better than canned (which I use all the time -  'cuz I'm lazy).   I am going to try cooking beans in it.  I'm also going to try making my huge weekly pot of steel cut oats in it.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on November 24, 2017, 02:18:09 PM
It's the 5-qt that's on sale for $49 at Walmart. 3-quart for $49 at Amazon.

I'm terrible with sizes. I need to go look at pots I have to see what 5 quarts vs 6 quarts vs 8 quarts looks like. I have a crock pot that is often too big. But 5 quart is maybe too small for us, but good for ds.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on November 24, 2017, 02:36:55 PM
McC, Iíll never boil eggs on the stove again, as long as Iíve got the IP!

Many of the soups I make would work without meat. Bean, lentil, pea soups would work well.  Macaroni and cheese.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on November 24, 2017, 02:38:00 PM
Just checked my crock pot, which often seems way too big for what I want to make, and it's 6 quarts. I can't imagine cooking rice for dinner in a 6 quart pot.

I have a 5.5 quart regular pot that I use for chili and most soups. Then i have an 8 quart pot that I rarely use, but I have one or two recipes that are a little too much for the 5.5 quart. So I think 5 quart would be fine. I think I'm going to order the one from walmart. I can always return it.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on November 24, 2017, 03:41:02 PM
Now dh is telling me to get an 8 qt instead.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on November 25, 2017, 08:13:57 AM
Yeah, eggs seem to take as much time if not more, and you have to do more than I doóif you canít preprogrammthe IP (Iím assuming you can). I do hard boiled eggs as an easy breakfast we can take with us in the morning.  I put them on, come back upstairs to get ready, then take them off the stove after so many minutes and peel them. If I peel them right away (which I do in the morning), I donít have a problem peeling them 90% of the time. Iím not seeing an advantage there.

Except DH wouldnít tell me that Iím doing it wrong. He does with eggs every damn time if he is awake and downstairs.

A number of the egg recipes I see have some cool time on high pressure and some on low pressure. I assume you can program that in the beginning so you donít have to be there babysitting the eggs midway through?

Beans :hiding: we donít actually eat them very often, because of my digestive system. 

Yeah, I had googled vegetarian recipes and had joined a FB group. Most of the recipes were bean-dependentóor in the case the FB group, Indian. Weíve gone off of Indian.

With everything with my car yesterday, I did not do any shopping online.  I think I will do further research.

Thanks everyone!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on November 25, 2017, 09:13:07 AM
I certainly would not buy an IP only for making HB eggs!  Itís just a nice perk.  It runs the 4. Minute cycle, stops, and automatically goes to the warm cycle, which has a timer.  The pressure slowly goes down naturally at this point.  I try to catch it at 4-5 minutes and do an ice bath with the eggs, but theyíve been fine if I forget them for 10 mins or so.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on November 25, 2017, 10:45:18 AM
Yeah, Iím just trying to think of whether I would use it enough to get our moneyís worth.

Here are some recipes that look good:

http://instantpoteats.com/vegetarian-instant-pot-recipes/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on November 25, 2017, 12:06:00 PM
I have steel cut oats cooking right now.  I hope they're good!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on November 25, 2017, 01:52:17 PM
you know as much as I like mine and we like meat - I wouldn't really care if it went away

I did 6 pounds Yukon gold in it
and 5 pounds russets - all turned out good

Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on November 25, 2017, 03:44:59 PM
Oatmeal came out fantastic. Perfect consistency, and I didnít have to watch the Pot to keep stirring.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on November 25, 2017, 04:25:58 PM
Stinky, I donít believe you. You sound totally in love when you post about the things you cook with the IP.
💖💗💘💞
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on November 25, 2017, 05:05:52 PM
I use it to save time.  The things so sometimes do in it for time saving or low mess, are not necessarily the ideal method for that food.  For example, a whole chicken would be best spatchcocked on the grill.  I throw it in the IP, carve it up, and we have tasty chicken in about 30 minutes, and Iíve got the bones back in for stock that night.  It was great for Mac and cheese when I was sick. Took minutes, and dh loved it too.  Was easy for me to eat.  Kids donít like it, funny enough. 

But, Iím not convinced itís all as time saving as promoted, but easy, donít need to tend the pot, less to clean, and for me, makes good rice, because I never had a rice cooker.  If money is tight, McC, you might not want it.  You guys seem to enjoy freshly prepared meals, and your dh enjoys the process, much like a Hedgie.  Iím not sure the IP satisfies that process, where you adjust seasonings as you go, sautť, add ingredients at various times, etc...
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on November 26, 2017, 08:06:29 AM
If making something like spaghetti sauce with ground beef, does the meat need to be cooked first? In the IP or a separate pot?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on November 26, 2017, 10:31:00 AM
You can sautť the ground beef right in the pot.  It has a sautť function with three levels of heat. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on November 26, 2017, 02:10:35 PM
Thanks becca

The day after sales and tax-free shopping I decide to look into this.  :insane:

I think I will keep an eye out.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on November 26, 2017, 09:24:59 PM
I have another question, when googling, we keep finding parts, like sealing rings.

I assume it comes with all necessary parts to use it. Though things like the cake pan you might need to buy if you want.

But do the sealing rings wear out a lot?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: momma2boys on November 26, 2017, 09:54:28 PM
Iím still using my original, but I did buy another to use for cheesecake. The ring holds food odors and some people have said they ended up with a cheesecake that tasted like pot roast 😳😂. I havenít been using mine much lately, mostly because I havenít cooked much lately. I did make a pot roast tonight and it it is worth it for that alone. The cheesecake is amazing and the Mac and cheese is good and so fast.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on November 27, 2017, 05:25:48 AM
Using my original ring too, but it smelled awful after doing the turkey stock.  I have an extra for sweet things, but Iíve never made anything sweet yet.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on November 27, 2017, 05:50:58 AM
I also bought an extra for cheesecake, though I have to say I never had a problem with my cheesecake tasting off when I just used the original.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on November 27, 2017, 09:16:11 AM
6qt Duo, $74.95.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on November 28, 2017, 08:12:01 AM
Iím not seeing what difference there is between these two.

https://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/compare-result.aspx?ProductIds=10872768%2C10872769&returnPath=%2Fen-CA%2FSearch%2FSearchResults.aspx%3Fquery%3DInstant%2520pot

Just that I donít need to keep putting on my glasses to read the screen on one of them?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on November 28, 2017, 09:13:19 AM
What's the 10th thing the 10-in-one can do? I think the one I ordered is only 6-in-one. I wonder what I'll be missing!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on November 28, 2017, 10:21:16 AM
Thereís no 6 in 1 on the bestbuy site, but Iíve added a 7 in 1.

Biggest difference I see with this specific model is not auto off.

https://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/compare-result.aspx?ProductIds=10872768%2C10872769%2C10384251&returnPath=%2Fen-CA%2FSearch%2FSearchResults.aspx%3Fquery%3DInstant%2520pot

Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on November 28, 2017, 10:22:30 AM
Mine does not have specific buttons or settings for cake, sterilize, yogurt.  Iíve got the Lux. 

Iím not familiar with the 10 in one for $229, SL.  I donít think whatever difference you are getting for that high price is worth it.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on November 28, 2017, 10:25:30 AM
Yesterday it was cheaper than the others for cyber Monday. I ordered, but no delivery date because it is currently out of stock.

This is how we do Christmas. We pick out our own gifts...that way we are sure to like them.  :hiding:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on November 28, 2017, 11:24:54 AM
Nothing wrong with that, we do it all the time.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on November 28, 2017, 02:45:44 PM
Me too!  I got myself a robotic vacuum!  It was not a roomba, but another brand, 50%off.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on November 28, 2017, 03:21:58 PM
My roomba arrived today!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on November 28, 2017, 03:30:16 PM
My roomba arrived today!

Mine is from econovavcs.  Over 1400 reviews and 82% 4-5 stars.  Weíll see.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on November 29, 2017, 09:14:56 AM
I got my Instant Pot last night. This morning I did the steam thing and then did some hard boiled eggs. I guess you just look online for everything--I was expecting more from the users manual. It has an egg button, but had no instructions about putting the eggs on the rack, adding water, etc. So I had to look online. Some of the instructions said to use the manual button, one said use the steam function. I used the Egg button. It's a little confusing.

I got the 5 qt and I'm a little worried because no one seems to get that one. In fact it's a Lux model and under FAQs on the IP website it says the lux model comes in 3, 6, and 8 quart. It doesn't even mention the 5 quart. It's like the 5 quart is the forgotten step-sister. I wonder if I'll have trouble adjusting recipes to the size. The size looks pretty good, but it says not to fill it too full, so we'll see.

Where do you set up your pot? It's on my counter and the steam is going right onto my cabinets. I turned it so the steam button is away from the cabinet, but then I can't see the display. I suppose I could put it on the island, but it seems in the way there. What do you guys do?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on November 29, 2017, 09:54:51 AM
Itís on my island when I use it. I store it in my pantry closet.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on November 29, 2017, 10:53:42 AM
Yeah, storing it is the other thing. I don't have a pantry. I can fit it in my pot cabinet, but then it's hard to get other stuff out. I have a tea cart in the dining room. I'm just going to store it there for now. I have a cabinet where it could go if I can figure out where to put some other stuff. I usually don't buy something until I know where it's going to live.

I made more eggs so dh can make egg salad. One cracked in the pot. It's still mostly together in an egg shape, but kind of weird. I set it aside and he can decide if he wants it.

Off to find a recipe for dinner tomorrow. (Having leftovers tonight.)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on November 29, 2017, 10:58:50 AM
For the chili lime chicken, it doesn't look like it has any liquid added, but I thought the IP manual says to always add some liquid when pressure cooking (and that sauce like bbq sauce or marinara doesn't really count--you need water.) So...no liquid?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on November 29, 2017, 11:13:38 AM
We also use ours on the island and store it when not in use.  My sister had a ton of beets from her winter CSA so DH made beet salad...took him 3 rounds in the IP to get them all cooked.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on November 29, 2017, 12:40:47 PM
Bensmom, with the chili lime chicken, I rinse chicken, and in this case, I donít dry it.  Then youíve got the lime juice.  The chicken releases juices, and it seems to work out to be enough liquids to come to pressure.  There is then a nice amount of liquid to put it back into, and keeps it moist.

Donít worry about the cracked egg that looks mostly ok.  Those are fine for egg salad or eating.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on November 30, 2017, 09:25:47 AM
My steel cut oats didn't really work right. How do you guys do it? I looked up recipes and used 1 cup of oats and 2.5 cups of water (I saw ratios of 1 cup oats to 2-3 cups water) and cooked for 10 minutes. It was really watery and I had to put it back on for 5 or 6 more minutes. I've seen recipes for cooking for only 5 minutes. What works? After the 2nd round of cooking, it was fine, but I'd like to find the right formula.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on November 30, 2017, 11:45:13 AM
I havenít done steel cut before but did the first thing I thought of was did the vent seal properly?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on November 30, 2017, 01:38:02 PM
I think so. I haven't used the pot much, so I'm not sure what's supposed to be happening, but it seemed to be the same as when I cooked eggs.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on November 30, 2017, 03:25:35 PM
I did 1:3 for 10 minutes,  NPR. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on November 30, 2017, 03:39:20 PM
Hmm, so my 1:2.5 for 10 minutes should have worked. I let it sit for more than 10 minutes afterwards. I guess I'll have to play around with less water or more time.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 01, 2017, 08:10:28 AM
I made the chili lime chicken everyone talks about. It was good. A little salty even though I used less salt than the recipe calls for. DH and I are still trying to figure out if the IP is worth it. I could have made the chicken on the stove or in the crock pot. There are times when I'm making something for dinner that takes a long time and I don't realize how early I have to start cooking and then we eat late, so it's nice that things cook fast, but for the most part, I'm able to spend time cooking I'll have to fool around with more recipes and see. I have some recipes (nothing I can think of offhand at the moment) that seem to take a lot of pots and dishes. It would be interesting to see if they could be modified for the IP and made easier.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 01, 2017, 09:02:23 AM
Also, that silicon ring really smells now. I'm going to run it through the dishwasher. I know people have talked about getting a second one to cook sweet things, so I knew it might hold some odor, but it really smells.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: MaryM on December 01, 2017, 09:11:43 AM
Yup - my ring smells like shredded chicken tacos even after running it through the dishwasher.  I need to order a few more rings.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on December 01, 2017, 10:54:50 AM
It smells worse after doing stock in it!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on December 01, 2017, 12:40:45 PM
Lots of people order the colored rings on amazon, red for savory, blue for sweet.  We never had an issue of it imparting flavor into a savory item.  We haven't used the IP for anything sweet yet.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 02, 2017, 12:36:35 PM
I read that you can get the smell out by putting 2 cups of vinegar in the IP and steaming for 2 minutes. Now my house smells like vinegar and my sealing ring still smells like chili lime chicken.  :-/  At least I can no longer smell it from halfway across the room.

I'm going to give this thing til July. If I don't think it's useful by then, I'll ship to to ds in CA, who by then will have a place to live that he's going to stay at for more than 5 months.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on December 02, 2017, 12:48:36 PM
That is a good plan, Bensmom, lol.  It's not for everyone, and I found that some things are a learning curve. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on December 02, 2017, 06:11:29 PM
Perfect IP chicken tonight, not over cooked!  I had a 6 pound organic Natureís Promise whole chicken, rinsed, put on trivet in IP, breast up.  Tight fit.  Heavily seasoned, inside and out.  About 3/4c broth in bottom, it was just what was in my fridge.  Poultry setting, 22 minutes, and 10 NPR.  Might have been 15, we were watching something, and I released it after show was over, but in that range.  It was perfect.  Moist, but not over cooked.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on December 03, 2017, 07:48:59 AM
Oooh, I might try that for tonight.  Need some plain eating after eating out 3x this weekend.  That plus some steamed veggies and a sweet potato might just hit the spot. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on December 03, 2017, 08:12:56 AM
Thought this comparison sheet might be helpful for any9ne looking to buy an IP

https://instantpot.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Instant-Pot-Product-Comparison-Nov-27-2017.pdf
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on December 03, 2017, 08:15:08 AM
I see mine does not have the chicken setting. Will I still be able to cook chicken in it?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on December 03, 2017, 08:32:34 AM
Yes, just do manual setting for the desired time.  A smaller chicken would need a bit less time.6 pounds is about the max that fits in my pot, and on a shorter trivet than the one that came with the pot.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on December 03, 2017, 09:48:35 AM
Thank you becca.

Chicken is one of the main things I want to try.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on December 03, 2017, 05:00:10 PM
Iíll let you know how mine comes out.  I oiled and seasoned the outside and under the skin. Seared it, removed it and sautťed some mirepoix.  Put the trivet in, put the chicken in breast side up, poured in some broth, poultry setting for 25, NPR (which should be done in a few minutes).  Oh, and I stuffed the cavity with some onion and herbs.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on December 03, 2017, 06:05:09 PM
Chicken is a smash hit.  Ridiculously tender- it split in half when I took it out, which made it very easy to carve. Great flavor, and the broth!   Very easy clean up as well. 

If you want crisper skin, you could put it under the broiler for a few minutes.  We didnít think it was necessary.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 03, 2017, 06:17:54 PM
I think I'm going to try ribs tomorrow.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on December 03, 2017, 06:22:11 PM
Looking forward to your review.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on December 03, 2017, 06:40:51 PM
Since we do not eat the skin, for the most part, we donít mind that itís not crisp.  But, for a dinner party or guests, Iíd grill or roast, for presentation.  I saved the broth from the IP.  Iíve got  2 full cups in the fridge, with a 1/4 fat cap Iíll just pull off.  Iíll cook some bones Iíve got in the freezer and make soup for dinner tomorrow.  This is after a second dinner tonight for 3 of us...Ds chose leftover pizza.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 04, 2017, 06:55:08 PM
The ribs were good! This definitely goes in the plus column for the Instant Pot. I've made ribs once or maybe twice in the past 20 years. Now I can make them and know they'll be good. Not that I'll make them often, but it'll be an option.

I put 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar in the pot. Rubbed the ribs with a dry rub of brown sugar, paprika, salt and pepper, put the little trivet thing in the pot and the ribs on top of that (I cut the rack of ribs in half, but you probably don't have to--just curl it around the pot) and cooked for 25 minutes, did 10 min NPR and then moved the ribs to a foil covered baking sheet and slathered in bbq sauce and stuck them in the over for a little while. I had the oven on 450 from roasting potatoes, so I put them in on that, but then ended up broiling them for a few minutes.

My pot is only 5 quarts, which no one seems to have. The ribs fit, but I wonder if the 6qt pots are taller. I couldn't stand the ribs straight up or they would have been right at the top of the pot, so I had them slouch a bit as then circled the edge. If anyone gets  chance, measure the inside pot of your 6 quart and let me know the height and diameter.

We might try a whole chicken next. I don't cook whole chickens. When we have them dh, deals with them. So maybe he'll make one Sunday. I have to say though, I'm not a fan of really moist chicken. I like mine dried out just a bit. I want my chicken meat firm, not mushy and there's a fine line between moist and juicy vs chicken meat that doesn't seem cooked enough to me. I'll have to find a small enough chicken to fit in the pot. If becca fit 6 lbs, I can probably fit 5. the trivet that came with my pot is pretty short.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 04, 2017, 06:57:36 PM
Thought this comparison sheet might be helpful for any9ne looking to buy an IP

https://instantpot.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Instant-Pot-Product-Comparison-Nov-27-2017.pdf

Just looked at this and it looks like the 6 quart pot is taller, but not wider than the 5 quart. So, not any larger to put on the counter, which is good. But taller, so hard to fit in a cabinet, but I'm not storing mine in a cabinet right now anyway.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 05, 2017, 09:04:02 AM
I'm planning on trying brown rice tonight, but I'm not sure it would be any easier or any faster than in my rice cooker. I think it can take about 40 minutes in the rice cooker, but I'm not sure. Could be more, could be less. From what I'm reading, to cook it in the IP, you set it for 20-25 minutes, then let it release for 10. Add another 10-15 for it to come up to pressure and it's the same or longer in the IP. Guess I'll try it just to see, but I'm not seeing this as a time saver.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on December 05, 2017, 10:38:30 AM
Not everything is a big time saver.  But easier that stove top cooking, because you set it and donít have watch and stir.  Doesnít splatter on stove.  I wouldnít think it improves upon a rice cooker for rice, but it can cook rice well, and it can do lots of other things.  Iíve never had a rice cooker, but when staying with friends in Honolulu, it sure seemed easy to use one. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 05, 2017, 11:34:43 AM
Yeah, I've never cooked rice on the stove in my life. With a rice cooker (ours is really old and has literally one switch--on/off), you put rice in, cover with water, put the lid on and turn it on. When it's done, it keeps it warm. I thought it would cook faster in the IP--sometimes I forget to start the rice, which isn't so bad when it's white rice, but we're going to eat more brown rice. I need rice for a dish later in the week as well as tonight, so I might make some in the IP and some in the rice cooker and see which finishes first.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 05, 2017, 03:26:11 PM
I did a brown rice experiment. I cooked rice in the rice cooker and in the IP. The took almost exactly the same amount of time, lol. I set a stopwatch when I started them.

Rice cooker:
--1 1/2 scoops of rice
--water to cover about about an inch over rice
--turned it on and waited. It clicked off at about 39 minutes.

Instant pot:
--1 1/2 scoops rice
--1 1/2 scoops water
--set manual to 22 minutes
--when the rice cooker clicked off, the IP was 9 minutes into NPR, so I just released the rest of the pressure at that point (plan was to go 10 minutes)

The rice cooker rice is fluffier. The IP rice is chewier. Both are fine.

Rice cooker wins out because I store leftover rice in the fridge right in the rice cooker pot with its lid. I reheat it by adding a little water and sticking it back in the rice cooker and turning it on--takes about 5 minutes.

It was funny how close in time they were--pretty much exactly the same time. When the rice cooker clicks off, I let it sit until we're ready to eat, but even if we're ready right away, I try to let it sit a minute or two. In that time I could wait for the NPR to reach 10 minutes and release the remaining pressure.

I'm not sure if one would cook faster than the other if I made more rice, but I doubt it would make much difference.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on December 05, 2017, 07:24:13 PM
I think part of the attraction to an IP is that it can do the work of a few different things (rice cooker, slow cooker, etc.) Definitely good for people with limited storage space.

~~~

Got an e-mail my IP is in stock. Should be here next week, but since it is for Christmas I actually wonít use it for a while.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 06, 2017, 08:04:03 AM
Today I'm trying it out in slow-cooker mode. I hadn't actually planned to do this--I was just going to use my slow cooker. But I figured I'd give it a try. I'm making pepper steak. The recipe says to brown the beef first, which I've never done--I just throw it into the crockpot--but since the meat was partially frozen and since the IP has a saute function, I used that. So that was nice. Now we'll see how it all comes out. I often feel my crock pot, which is 6 quarts, it too big for some things. My 5-qt IP seems a better size for this.

We'll probably do a chicken this weekend, so it might be a challenge to find a small enough one. That could be a disadvantage of the smaller pot. I don't think I'd get rid of my crock pot and definitely not the rice cooker. I know you can do pot-in-pot stuff, but it really seems like there would be times when I want a meal in the IP and need rice and can't figure all that out. My crockpot is stored in the basement since I don't use it that much. Rice cooker in a cabinet, and so far, IP on the tea cart in the dining room (after I moved the ice cream maker back to the basement for the winter.)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on December 06, 2017, 09:02:12 AM
My slow cooker is huge. And it has hot spots. So I am looking forward to trying the IP for that. I brown most meats before putting in the slow cooker.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 07, 2017, 09:04:48 AM
The IP worked great in slow cooker mode. Very convenient--better size for most of my stuff, saute function is nice and I like that I can see how long something has cooked or warmed. The only weird thing is that I couldn't change the temp (like from medium to high) unless I turned it off and reset the temp and time. I'll have to check the manual to see if I'm just not doing it right.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on December 07, 2017, 01:17:23 PM

Got an e-mail my IP is in stock. Should be here next week, but since it is for Christmas I actually wonít use it for a while.

Arrived today.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on December 07, 2017, 02:13:32 PM
Good to know Bensmom.  Maybe Iíll try my Ropa Vieja in it this weekend.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 11, 2017, 09:08:51 AM
Made a whole chicken last night. I'll preface this by saying that we very rarely cook a whole chicken. DH makes one maybe once a year. I think it's hard to get it to be flavorful, so I don't typically love them. So this chicken turned out about as well flavor-wise as dh would make in the oven. I think I could get it to be better, because I forgot to rub stuff under the skin until after I put it on the pot, so I didn't really get under there well. I also seared the breast side on saute function, but I don't think that really did anything. The chicken was falling apart when I took it out. So I'd call it a success because it was good as far as whole chickens go, and it was faster. It was a 5.77 lb chicken and it fit in my 5qt pot. I'll probably use the rest of the meat to make chicken salad.

I also made another pot of steel cut oats. A 1:2.5 ratio of oats to water, cooked for 10 minutes worked great.

I'd like to try beans, but all my bean recipes have a bunch of other stuff, so I'm not sure how to do that. I'll have to look up IP bean recipes to figure it out.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on December 11, 2017, 10:21:15 AM
I made Mexican chicken chowder

It was good Iíll post recipe later

Itís very flexible

Here is the link

https://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/videos/healthy-mexican-chicken-chowder-instant-pot-recipe?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=shp_20171201_video_healthyeating&utm_content=new_food

it was really good and I think healthy

I did all sweet potatoes - the red ones
and 4 large cloves of garlic

You could change the flavor profile very easily - I used a roasted tomatillo and mango salsa - It was the only tomatio one around - I was afraid it would be too sweet but it wasn't

even DS ate it

Oh I did chicken thighs - boneless
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Janelle205 on December 14, 2017, 12:17:34 AM
Bensmom, I don't have an instant pot, but cook a whole chicken at least once a month, usually in the crockpot.

The rub I use, which I also use for turkey/bone in turkey breasts:
2 tsp salt
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground thyme
1 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper (or so, I just guess with fresh from the grinder)

I usually do a really big chicken so that I can use leftovers (7.5-8 pounds) so for a smaller chicken I would use less.  I rub inside and out, and a loosen the breast skin and put a little under that.  I put a whole or half onion in the cavity, depending on what will fit.  You can reduce the salt to a teaspoon if you want - there is some difference, but I am a pretty good taster.  It isn't too spicy for my kids, but I have reduced the cayenne a bit for other people.

I use this so much that I just buy bulk spices at the Amish grocery now and keep a big batch.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 14, 2017, 08:02:30 AM
Thanks. I did use a similar rub on the skin, and seared it (or tried to sear it), but then forgot to put more under the skin. I think I'm going to leave whole chickens to DH.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 14, 2017, 08:13:56 AM
I'm looking at pasta recipes now. I'll probably make some kind of basic pasta with jar sauce and either ground beef or sausage. I'm thinking if this works, the IP could be a big win on this rather than using a pot for meat and sauce and another for boiling water and cooking pasta.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on December 14, 2017, 08:30:37 AM
You people talk about left over chicken like itís a normal thing.

I have yet to cook a chicken that doesnít get finished in one sitting.  :hiding:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on December 14, 2017, 09:41:10 AM
I donít like pasta in the pot
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 14, 2017, 02:23:23 PM
I'm determined to like it ;).
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on December 14, 2017, 06:07:36 PM
I would divide the mins on the box of pasta by 2 and subtract 1

I like the infused flavor of the pasta, but overall it's overcooked and homogenous - not sure that's the right word
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 15, 2017, 08:41:02 AM
I liked it and so did the family. I used more sauce than usual--a jar and a half based on a combination of recipes. Loved the cleanup. Just put a cover on the pot and put it in the fridge. No washing a big spaghetti pot and a sauce pot and a colander. And it was about 30 minutes from start to finish--cook the meat, then put the pasta, sauce, and water in and let it go. I set it for 6 minutes for penne (box said to cook 12-13 minutes) and it was good. On my gas stove, it takes forever to boil a big pot of water.

Usually, for just basic spaghetti with meat sauce, I serve the spaghetti and sauce separately. But it was fine all together. And I have some other recipes where it all gets mixed together anyway. Some with a cream sauce. I'd have to figure out if those would work and how to do it.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on December 15, 2017, 11:24:21 AM
If my kids would eat it all saucy like that, that would be a big win for my family.  That and the macaroni and cheese! 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 15, 2017, 12:06:43 PM
How do you make mac and cheese? Do you make the sauce, then add macaroni and water?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on December 15, 2017, 06:29:55 PM
The one we did for a swim meet this summer had you cook the pasta and then add the cheese to the pasta and stir as it melted.  We found the simplest/least number ingredients possible.  It was fine, but I'm not a mac and cheese eater.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on December 15, 2017, 06:36:13 PM
There are lots of recipes, but you basically do the pasta(about 1/2 the time on the box, and as Hezz, said, add the cheese and some milk after, and stir it in.  You can eat is creamy, right from the pot, or them, if you like, put it into a casserole and top with bread crumbs and butter and bake till the top is crunchy.  Most recipes say to use cram, or evaporated milk, but I have used the 1% or 2% milk i have on hand and it works.  It is lighter too.  I think I use less cheese than many recipes too.  Some are very decadent. 

I think I started with this basic recipe, but tweak it by using regular milk, and less cheese. 

https://www.dadcooksdinner.com/pressure-cooker-macaroni-and-cheese/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 16, 2017, 08:51:29 AM
Hmm, the evaporated milk trick sounds interesting. The recipe I have that I really like does have that bechamel sauce he talks about, so if just using evaporated milk could replace that, that would be so much easier.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on December 16, 2017, 10:10:28 AM
I use evap milk in my sow cooker Mac and cheese, and it works well!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on December 16, 2017, 01:09:59 PM
^^ I think I'll have to try this when DS is home.   :happydance:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on December 16, 2017, 03:25:19 PM
Think I will get the ingredients for this for tomorrow night...

https://mycrazygoodlife.com/instant-pot-goulash-21-day-fix-goulash/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on December 16, 2017, 06:49:59 PM
Oooh, Iíll give that a whirl!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on December 16, 2017, 09:25:11 PM
That looks good.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on December 17, 2017, 06:46:49 PM
ok, so seemed like the pot had trouble sealing so I should have shortened the time a little bit. 

I used a pound of pasta, 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, 1 zucchini, 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes, 28 oz water...somewhere in there I forgot to double the spices (probably could have tripled them) so was bland and pasta was a little over cooked, but I would make this again.  Will be super easy to reheat for the kid's dinner tomorrow...just throw some extra parmesan on and it will be fine.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on December 17, 2017, 10:13:46 PM
Seems like it could take extra veggies too, unless you are trying to hide them in there.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on December 18, 2017, 05:40:36 AM
Agreed, there was plenty of room for more.  You could skip the minced onion and put in a whole diced onion.  Or whatever other veggies that you like.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 18, 2017, 07:37:59 AM
I had an IP fail last night. I didn't have high hopes honestly. It was a chicken teryaki recipe that didn't really seem like it had been properly modified for the IP or for brown rice, even though it gave instructions. So I had mushy carrots and peppers and the broccoli pretty much just disintegrated. And the proportions were way off. I doubled the rice, but not the sauce and it was still way too saucy. I had to make extra rice to mix in with it.

I think I'm going to try mac and cheese tonight, even though I should probably cook something foolproof after last night's dinner.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 18, 2017, 07:08:08 PM
Mac and cheese was a win! Still have to grate all the cheese, but the rest was so much easier.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on December 18, 2017, 07:46:34 PM
Yeah!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 19, 2017, 07:58:17 AM
I need to start writing down recipes. I've just been looking stuff up online and getting the basic measurements and time, but then I can't remember and have to look it up again--like with steel cut oats.

Later in the week (or next week depending on how we're doing with leftovers) I'm going to try a lentil and brown rice recipe.

I'm also planning a creamy chicken and orzo dish that I make in a pot, but might try to adapt for the instant pot because I'm really loving this not boiling a big pot of water thing.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on December 19, 2017, 08:00:26 PM
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/business/instant-pot.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on December 19, 2017, 08:07:12 PM
Iím pretty sure Kanata is where the original e-belt was created too. Must be something in the water.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on December 19, 2017, 08:10:06 PM
BTW, I decided to buy two more IPís. One for each of my daughter-in-laws.

One I think will love being able to make yogurt, as well as the convenience of making a quick and healthy dinner after work. The other will either love it or hate it. But both are getting the gift receipt with it.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on December 19, 2017, 09:06:08 PM
Mac and cheese was a win! Still have to grate all the cheese, but the rest was so much easier.

Grate cheese?  I buy it grated, but do throw in s slice or two of American if on hand.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 20, 2017, 08:57:59 AM
I use fontina and gruyere. Mmmmm..... This is for dinner--gotta be a little fancier ;). For a quick lunch I'd use already grated cheese.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on December 20, 2017, 06:07:00 PM
looooove fontina

grated cheese often is covered in starch so it doesn't clump - potato I think and can make any recipe grainy
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on December 25, 2017, 06:18:52 PM
So DH gave me an Instant Pot. It was a total surprise. Itís a rectangular 6 quart 8-in-1.

But looking into this, it doesnít pressure cook. Itís a pretty basic model but not a true Instant Pot it seems. I think we will need to return it.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on December 25, 2017, 09:17:02 PM
I think that one might be more of a crock pot.  But not sure.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 26, 2017, 06:57:25 PM
I made this tonight and it was a success. Everyone liked it.

http://www.platingsandpairings.com/instant-pot-cheesy-southwestern-lentils-brown-rice/

I did 1.5x the recipe because it says it serves four and we have four with ds home and he eats a lot. We had plenty left. It might have been enough, but I like having leftovers. I squeezed some lime in at the end because I had one. I added some cheese and then just put the rest on the table to sprinkle on top, rather than put it on top in the pot. Nice healthy meatless meal.

Edit to add: I don't buy taco seasoning--way too salty. I used 2Tbsp chili powder and 1 1/2 tsp cumin. I also cut back on the salt--less than a teaspoon even though I 1 1/2ed the recipe. I started cutting back on salt when ds had high blood pressure and I really notice it now when I eat salty food. It's amazing how fast you can adjust to less salt.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on December 26, 2017, 07:57:32 PM
That looks delish!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on December 27, 2017, 08:19:39 AM
The only problem is that it tastes similar to my turkey chili, my vegetarian chili, another chili-ish thing I make.....  Sometimes it's hard to find dishes with new flavors.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on December 27, 2017, 04:18:27 PM
salsa
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on December 27, 2017, 05:47:20 PM
When I make stew I tend to put what I want in. Iím planning to try a beef stew in the pressure cooker (not slow cooker option). Are there any veggies that do not work in it? None of the recipes Iíve found have much variety of veggies that we like.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on December 27, 2017, 06:22:51 PM
I have another question.

I plan to make Rice Pudding. I found a recipe that asks for medium-grain rice. It gives substitution for the coconut milk using whole milk.

How different will it be if I use basmati, which is a long-grain?

What about 2% instead of whole milk? (I never pay attention to how much fat in milk when baking. But Iíve never made a de ent rice pudding either.)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on December 27, 2017, 06:34:59 PM
Iíve never used basmati for rice pudding, but i would thinknit wonít absorb as much liquid and may be grainy rather than creamy. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on December 28, 2017, 08:21:42 PM
I bought some Arborio. And I had half & half cream so used it. (Suggested in the recipe.) The taste and smell is delicious. The rice is a little firmer than I expected.  Itís currently cooling and hopefully thickening in fridge. The recipe is from The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook.

Tomorrow Iím making stew. Kind of my usual way....have a recipe in front of me and kinda-sorta pay attention to it. Seems the important rules are; not to much or to little liquid, Donít fill over 2/3, frozen peas and corn at the end.

Iím also making french stick bread.

My sister and her husband are coming for dinner and he likes simple meals. He loves when I make baked beans.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on December 29, 2017, 11:51:15 PM
The rice was a bit to firm, and there was not enough pudding for the amount or rice. Not a complete failure. But not a success.

The stew, on the other hand....that was a failure.

I stayed below the 2/3 line, but, got a BURN message. I assumed I hadnít scraped enough off the bottom after browning the beef. I dumped everything out, scrubbed the pot, put it all back in and started again. Got the same message. Dumped it all into a pot and cooked it on the stove. At dinner 2 hours late.

I think there wasnít enough liquid. I put in extra veggies, but didnít increase the liquid.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on December 30, 2017, 07:14:30 PM
I haven't tried a stew b/c veggies will turn to complete mush in 2 mins so I don't understand any of the recipes that have them put in from the start

ok wait - stew means the meat is cut up small - hmmm ok

I'm thinking more like a pot roast - with veggies

as for Burn - I've never gotten that but I've read a million posts about it and it's not just the amount of liquid - but the thickness -  tomato sauce actually acts like a solid liquid when it heats - think of the big bubbles you'll get in a saucepan - you really need thin liquid for it to work.  At least on the bottom.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: YouKnowWho on January 01, 2018, 01:45:05 PM
Researching Instant Pots again - is there any reason to get the yogurt function?  Would I use that function to cook other foods?  I get once you have IP yogurt, you won't go back but I can't get the majority of my family to eat yogurt unless it glows in the dark.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 01, 2018, 03:52:43 PM
I was thinking of making yogurt with it, but when I saw how much work was involved, I changed my mind.  ~)  That said, you can also proof bread using the yogurt function.  I don't know what else you can do with it.

Sooo....

I made IP Mac and Cheese today, using the recipe posted a few pages back.  It is delicious, but...  It foamed up way too much, and when I did the quick release specified in the recipe, it sprayed foam all over the place.  I used my 6 quart pot, and 16 ozs. of macaroni, 4 cups liquid.  I also had to drain off some of the liquid when it was done.  I'm wondering if next time I shouldn't do 3 minutes on high pressure, followed by 5 minutes NPR and then release the rest of the pressure, instead of 4 minutes on high pressure, followed by QPR?   Anyone have any advice?

I didn't have evaporated milk, so I used Fairlife 2%.  It is absolutely delicious, but I think I'd add a little more hot sauce next time.  And maybe a drop of smoked paprika.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on January 01, 2018, 04:23:22 PM
I have started to cover the valve loosely with a dish towel when I release the pressure since I've sent pasta water all over the kitchen once.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 01, 2018, 04:31:46 PM
Good idea.  But I'm worried about this clogging the valve if I make it too often!  Maybe I need to cut it in half?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on January 02, 2018, 01:40:43 PM
I have no desire or intention of making yogurt. Mine doesn't have that function.

I sprayed pasta water all over too. So instead of doing a real quick release, I just released it a little and let it come out more slowly. I like the dishtowel idea too. GN,  you can clean the valve--remove it completely and clean it.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 02, 2018, 09:31:35 PM
I've made yogurt it's good
I think people use that function for proofing bread too

my reg oven has a "proof" setting
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 03, 2018, 06:00:25 AM
Yeah, I clean the valve regularly, just in case.  This just seemed so... gunky. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on January 03, 2018, 03:34:47 PM
I think if you adjust the water a bit, youíll reduce that issue.  Itís happened to me, too, but I release it more gradually and itís better.  I donít drain off the water, if itís just a bit.  It seems to absorb along with the milk and cheeses.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on January 03, 2018, 03:37:58 PM
Iíve got chili in mine now.  It smelled like the beans might be scorching a bit, as it came to pressure after adding them, so, Iím trying the last bit of time on the slow cook feature.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 07, 2018, 06:36:34 PM
I had some Great Northern Beans hanging around, and yesterday I saw some flanken (think short ribs, but kosher) on sale so I grabbed it.  I decided to make a mock Navy Bean soup using the flanken instead of bacon. I used smoked paprika to get the smokey flavor of ham or bacon. No real recipe, just tossed it together.  It came out great.  :)   I think tomorrow Iíll try to pick up some escarole to add in to make a more complete meal.

Iíll have lots of soup for my freezer.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on January 09, 2018, 07:56:39 AM
Dried beans or canned? I haven't tried dried beans yet.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 09, 2018, 12:49:37 PM
Dried.  It came out great.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on January 10, 2018, 06:44:40 PM
Success!!!

I made turkey noodle soup and it was delicious.

http://www.stockpilingmoms.com/2017/01/instant-pot-turkey-noodle-soup/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 14, 2018, 10:10:18 PM
I made pho!  It was great!

but first I pouched a chicken :)

you just put the chicken in - I added about 8 cups water - 5 t salt
set to ZERO mins Manual
NPR

it was perfectly cooked - I cleaned it and used that for the meat and broth in this recipe..

http://pressureluckcooking.com/recipe/instant-pot-pho/

I skipped the sprouts and should have gotten Thai basil
but everything else I followed
it was really really good!  DH loved it.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 15, 2018, 07:54:13 AM
That looks yummy Stinky.  I'd skip the sprouts as well.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on January 16, 2018, 10:09:00 AM
I am going to LOVE this thing come summer.

Iím making potato salad.

Peel and cut potatoes. Put in pot with one cup water, place eggs on top.

5 min on high pressure, quick release.

Eggs are sitting it water cooking right now, so hopefully they are firm enough. Potatoes are perfect.

I do not have a steamer rack. I just used the trivet the IP came with. Some potato fell through, but seems fine.

No steamed up kitchen. No pouring of boiling water if you have an actual steamer...which I plan to get.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 21, 2018, 06:47:02 PM
Hey SL - you can crack your eggs, put them raw in a safe dish and put that on top of yer taters

then you have an "egg loaf" that you just chop up - no peeling - even though it's usually really easy with the IP.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 21, 2018, 06:50:11 PM
I made pho again
yum :)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 21, 2018, 09:17:21 PM
Made spaghetti squash tonight, which I then tossed with sautťed tomatoes and mushrooms, and sprinkled with some parmiagano reggiano.  Delish, and the squash came out perfect. Sometimes when I oven roast it is comes out a bit undercooked. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on January 21, 2018, 10:11:05 PM
Hey SL - you can crack your eggs, put them raw in a safe dish and put that on top of yer taters

then you have an "egg loaf" that you just chop up - no peeling - even though it's usually really easy with the IP.

I considered trying that. Happy with how it turned out so will probably stick with this way.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on January 22, 2018, 07:17:22 AM
I made stir fry beef and broccoli and it was really good and I wouldn't normally make it because the beef always comes out tough. So a win for the instant pot. The only thing I'd do differently is add the broccoli and then add the cornstarch to thicken. I got it thickened, but then it got watery after adding the broccoli. I used low sodium soy sauce and it actually could have used a bit of salt. I used "stir fry" beef from the store, so it was already cut up. Easy-peasy. Used my rice cooker to make rice and microwaved frozen broccoli. So not one-pot, but the beef came out perfect.

https://www.adventuresofanurse.com/2016/02/01/better-than-take-out-beef-broccoli/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on January 22, 2018, 11:23:51 AM
Now I want beef and broccoli...but that one has too much sugar for my nutrition plan.  Might have to try this one...

https://confessionsofafitfoodie.com/2018/01/instant-pot-beef-broccoli-21-day-fix/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on January 25, 2018, 05:52:26 PM
Had some chili lime chicken Iíd made, with some peach salsa as well on the making of it.  I decided I wanted hot food, so used it to whip up a chicken chili.  Iíve used a diced onion, 2 large garlic cloves, drained petite diced tomatoes, no salt added, a can of white beans, about 2t tsp ancho chili powder, some cumin, ground oregano, Goya seasoning, 1/2 cup uncooked white rice, and 2 cans water(14 oz can from the tomatoes).

I decided to do manual for 3 minutes, and NPR, so the rice cooks as it releases naturally.  All of these ingredients are 0 points on the new WW Freestyle, except for the rice and a dab of EVOO I used.  1/2 c cooked rice is 3 points.  Iíll have to see how many servings this yields, but probably about 2 points for a serving.  I might add some sweet corn, and spinach, also zero points. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 25, 2018, 06:42:36 PM
That sounds terrific!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on January 25, 2018, 06:54:57 PM
Itís yummy!  I had cilantro, and we put some on top.  I did add some frozen corn and chopped spinach, doing a high pressure for 0.  There was a bit of sticking after that, but not scorched.  Iíd just add those with everything else next time, unless I had fresh spinach.  Dh just had a second bowl.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 25, 2018, 09:19:37 PM
Yum
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 27, 2018, 02:46:49 PM
I'm gonna make cabbage soup in my pot today  :)  you know the old weigh watchers recipe - sort of - I think that calls for V8 and I don't have that

I made fruit water today
1 cup pinapple 1 cup mango - 8 cups water - 5 mins - QR
you can add ginger or herbs and use any combo - good stuff
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on January 27, 2018, 03:00:03 PM
Fruit water - what a great idea.  Iím thinking cranberries, lime and ginger. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on January 27, 2018, 04:54:00 PM
I made fruit water today
1 cup pinapple 1 cup mango - 8 cups water - 5 mins - QR
you can add ginger or herbs and use any combo - good stuff

Do you then add ice?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 27, 2018, 04:54:47 PM
here's a link
https://tidbits-marci.com/pressure-cooker-infused-water/

sigh - I've been down with the flu/cold ALL WEEK - 5 days I stayed home!  today is the first day I did any thing productive

i forgot to put any tomato product in my soup!  hahahahaha....
and low and behold I don't have any canned tomatoes!  crazy!
so I stirred in a whole can of tomato paste and yeah - it's good.
I really just wanted something to drink to keep this fluid train going - all hail to the musinex!

i have no voice either
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on January 27, 2018, 04:58:44 PM
I made fruit water today
1 cup pinapple 1 cup mango - 8 cups water - 5 mins - QR
you can add ginger or herbs and use any combo - good stuff

Do you then add ice?

some people will drink it warm - especially lemon water - which sort of gets the stink out of your ring too :)

i strained it and chilled it
my dh and ds don't really care for it but I do
it's very watery - it just has a nice a fruit flavor - and I think would be great with VODKA!!!!  :)

you could make lime water ice cubes for Vodka tonics!  oh boy! 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on January 27, 2018, 06:50:56 PM
Thanks. I think I will enjoy this in the summer.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Janelle205 on January 31, 2018, 12:27:10 PM
it's very watery - it just has a nice a fruit flavor - and I think would be great with VODKA!!!!  :)

you could make lime water ice cubes for Vodka tonics!  oh boy! 

To be fair, I think that most things are great with vodka.  I promise I am not having any now.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on February 03, 2018, 08:16:22 PM
I made another rice pudding. Next time Iím going to make it closer to serving. The pudding seems to get absorbed.

I also used the IP to quickly cook some corn.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on February 04, 2018, 06:46:23 PM
I have never had spaghetti squash before. I picked up a small one.

7 minutes on steam, then QR. Instructions were that if it wasnít soft enough steam again for 1 or 2 minutes. Having never had this squash, I wasnít sure but it seemed soft enough. Turned out a bit al dente. But I enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on February 04, 2018, 09:56:33 PM
it's very watery - it just has a nice a fruit flavor - and I think would be great with VODKA!!!!  :)

you could make lime water ice cubes for Vodka tonics!  oh boy! 

To be fair, I think that most things are great with vodka.  I promise I am not having any now.

True!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on February 05, 2018, 09:03:07 AM
We got a spiral ham. I threw the bone in the instant pot with split peas and onions and carrots and made a quick soup for lunch yesterday. Soooo good. I only made split pea soup for the first time last year. Never thought I'd like it since I'm not a huge fan of peas, but I LOVE it.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Macabre on February 05, 2018, 10:07:48 AM
SL thatís good to know about spaghetti squash. It looks like the IP really shaved off a lot of cooking time.

We have some recipes we really enjoy with it if youíre interested.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on February 05, 2018, 10:28:00 AM
SL thatís good to know about spaghetti squash. It looks like the IP really shaved off a lot of cooking time.

We have some recipes we really enjoy with it if youíre interested.

I was thinking about you while cooking it. :)

Definitely interested. Do we have a separate thread for spaghetti squash? This time, I just heated up some stewed tomatoes to put on it. But I think even just melted butter would have been good.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on February 05, 2018, 10:40:21 AM
I love it with olive oil, garlic and parmagiano.  Would love to hear other recipes. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on February 05, 2018, 11:28:05 AM
Did you do it whole, SL?  I do it in the microwave.  Might be about the same.  7 minutes, depending how big. Pierce it a few times first.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on February 05, 2018, 11:52:53 AM
I put 1 1/2 cups water into IP. Placed trivet in. Cut spaggetti squash in half and spooned out seeds. Stood the two halfís on trivet, open side up.

I was thinking the IP and microwave are sometimes similar times. But I find things come out dryer from the microwave.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on February 07, 2018, 08:47:36 AM
I almost had an instant pot fail last night. I was making carbonara and had pasta and chicken in the IP, but it wasn't coming up to pressure. And there was steam coming out around the edges of the lid. Finally after around 20-30 minutes, I tried releasing pressure to open the lid and look, but there was no pressure to release. I opened the lid and looked at the sealing ring and it wasn't seated right. But the pasta was cooked, so we just ate it. (The chicken had been mostly cooked when I sauteed it, and after steaming for a half hour, it was definitely done.) So lesson learned--make sure the sealing ring is on properly and steam coming out is not right.  :crazy:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on February 07, 2018, 10:35:41 AM
I had a similar experience early on in my IP adventures.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on February 07, 2018, 12:36:37 PM
Ditto.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on February 07, 2018, 06:17:42 PM
https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/faq-your-new-cursed-instant-pot
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on February 08, 2018, 05:09:06 PM
I am making a beef stew. Not exactly following a recipe.

I browned the meat in a pan on the stove, then put it into the pot and put it in the fridge all day. I peeled and cut veggies, put them in a separate bowl in water in the fridge for the day. Drained them, put in IP with meat and onions (which I fried with bacon) added spices and lots of beef liquid (totally blanking out on the word, lol) and half can stewed tomatoes.

Not just waiting for it to NR. Then I might add some frozen veggies.

Smells good.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on February 11, 2018, 09:31:47 AM
Sorry if this is old news to everyone, but Iím still new at this. I get excited easily.

We like bread pudding for desert. Usually I make it in the microwave, but Iíve been trying to find a recipe to make it in the IP. But every recipe I see, I know wonít work because you cannot bring to pressure without liquid. But today....I found a recipe.

Pour 11/2 - 2 cups water into bottoms of pan. Place trivet, then pan with bread pudding onto trivet.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on February 11, 2018, 12:22:40 PM
SL - that is called "Pot in Pot" - I Haven't done it yet I dont think but I see recipes where people put say chicken on the bottom and then a pot with rice in it on top of the chicken and cook them both at the same time
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on February 11, 2018, 01:30:08 PM
Iíve seen it for things like potatoes and meat loaf. Just canít believe none of the bread pudding or apple crisp recipes I saw actually added that instruction.

I have some silicone pans that will work great...as long as they fit in the pot.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on February 11, 2018, 06:56:59 PM
So, if my chicken only takes 6-7 minutes, the rice doesnít have enough time, right?  It seems things either cook shorter or longer than rice cooks.  So, Iíve been hesitant to try it. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on February 13, 2018, 11:59:17 AM
Do you eggs ever crack when you hardboil them in the instant pot?  Is there a solution?  I did a dozen on low pressure for 12 minutes. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on February 13, 2018, 01:56:33 PM
I just do them for 2 mins and then NPR for 10 or so and they are great

but I see people have cracking issues a lot

if they are cooked to your liking, but cracked (hahaha) then I'm guessing it the shell having micro cracks or just thinner

but really I do not know
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on February 13, 2018, 02:33:36 PM
I donít have low pressure on my Pot.  I do manual for 4 minutes, then 5 for NPR, then into ice bath.  Iíve found by shaving off that last minute (in the 555 method) eliminates the cracks for me.  When Iíd do 5 minutes, often 1-2 would crack.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on February 13, 2018, 06:13:13 PM
Investors had no cracking issues using 555.

But I do find the yolks are a bit discoloured so I tried 455 and it was better.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on February 13, 2018, 07:16:29 PM
Will have to try another method next time and see if it makes a difference.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on February 17, 2018, 03:52:07 PM
Here's what's in my pot right now:

https://www.frieddandelions.com/how-to-make-black-beans-instant-pot/

I cut the salt and threw in some tomatillos that I roasted in the oven.  I'll let y'all know how it comes out.  The house smells amazing.  If they are as good as they smell, I think I'll whip up some chili lime chicken to have with them during the week.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on March 05, 2018, 12:31:56 PM
I made this and DH and DS were rubbing it in their faces!  Ok...maybe that's a southern thing but they LOVED it.  It was very very good.

https://thisoldgal.com/pressure-cooker-pork-carnitas-mexican-pulled-pork/

I added

1 serrano - and left the pith and seeds of both it and the jalepeno
1+tsp of cayenne
1 T of a good quality Mexican chili powder

I think besides that I followed the recipe exactly
we have left overs for prob one more dinner and a few lunches

Tip of the day - did you know that you can freeze citrus fruit - yep you can and then defrost in cold water of microwave and they are perfect! 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on March 19, 2018, 09:37:00 PM
I have not tried these unstuffed cabbage rolls. But I plan to.

https://www.simplyhappyfoodie.com/instant-pot-unstuffed-cabbage-rolls/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on March 21, 2018, 08:27:06 AM
My mom used to make some kind of unstuffed cabbage, but I think it had some sweetness to it. I've never been able to find something quite like what she made. I have a stuffed pepper recipe that almost does it, but not quite. Of course I'm remembering this from my childhood, so who knows. She didn't make it when I was an adult.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on March 21, 2018, 10:12:22 AM
Did she put cinnamon in it,?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on March 21, 2018, 11:47:20 AM
Lemon juice and brown sugar?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on March 21, 2018, 06:41:56 PM
Did she put cinnamon in it,?

Ack, no! I can't stand cinnamon in meat dishes.

GN, yes, I'm guessing lemon juice and brown sugar and tomato sauce. That's the recipe I have for the stuffed peppers and it's close.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on March 21, 2018, 07:34:34 PM
Thatís a typical sauce for Jewish stuffed cabbage.   :yes:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on March 22, 2018, 10:04:02 AM
Yes, the recipe I have is from a Jewish cookbook. :)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on March 23, 2018, 10:20:31 AM
I made this and DH and DS were rubbing it in their faces!  Ok...maybe that's a southern thing but they LOVED it.  It was very very good.

https://thisoldgal.com/pressure-cooker-pork-carnitas-mexican-pulled-pork/

I added

1 serrano - and left the pith and seeds of both it and the jalepeno
1+tsp of cayenne
1 T of a good quality Mexican chili powder

I think besides that I followed the recipe exactly
we have left overs for prob one more dinner and a few lunches

Tip of the day - did you know that you can freeze citrus fruit - yep you can and then defrost in cold water of microwave and they are perfect!
.


Thank you stinky this was awesome!!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on March 23, 2018, 02:31:34 PM
Your welcome!  I'm glad you liked it.  :)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on March 26, 2018, 03:28:41 PM
I made this and DH and DS were rubbing it in their faces!  Ok...maybe that's a southern thing but they LOVED it.  It was very very good.

https://thisoldgal.com/pressure-cooker-pork-carnitas-mexican-pulled-pork/

I added

1 serrano - and left the pith and seeds of both it and the jalepeno
1+tsp of cayenne
1 T of a good quality Mexican chili powder

I think besides that I followed the recipe exactly
we have left overs for prob one more dinner and a few lunches

Tip of the day - did you know that you can freeze citrus fruit - yep you can and then defrost in cold water of microwave and they are perfect!
.


Thank you stinky this was awesome!!

I just have a similar recipe for the crock pot and this one seems a bit involved. But glad it was yummy!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on March 27, 2018, 01:42:35 PM
Note to self: - Only use 1 cinnamon stick next time.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on March 29, 2018, 06:15:34 PM
I have not tried these unstuffed cabbage rolls. But I plan to.

https://www.simplyhappyfoodie.com/instant-pot-unstuffed-cabbage-rolls/

This was dinner tonight.

I used 2 pounds meat instead of one, but otherwise basically followed the recipe. It was good, but not quite as flavourful as I would have liked. We decided it needs more tomato.

But, the cabbage and rice came out the perfect texture. (I used basmati rice...thatís what I had.)
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on March 31, 2018, 03:14:13 PM
Anyone try this? Freeze stuff so itís almost like instant?

https://acadianasthriftymom.com/2017/01/08/17-easy-freezer-dump-meals-for-your-instant-pot/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on April 04, 2018, 10:11:22 AM
Hmm, I might try to put together a few of these. I'm skeptical of adding the frozen veggies in the "dump" and cooking them for 20 minutes. That definitely doesn't work with broccoli. I'm not sure if it would work with other frozen veggies. Anyone know?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on April 06, 2018, 03:24:51 PM
I'm going to put together 3 of these this weekend to use after my biopsy. I'll report back. I'm going to do the bean one and 2 chicken ones.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on April 11, 2018, 01:25:52 PM
Cajun red beans recipe was good!  :thumbsup:

Tonight--orange chicken.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on April 11, 2018, 05:58:10 PM
Ooooh, tell me about this orange chicken!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on April 13, 2018, 08:24:08 AM
I liked the orange chicken more than I expected. I thought it was good. Dd thought it was "fine", but not really good enough to make again. DH isn't a huge fan of breast meat, so if I did make it again, I'd need to add thighs. He said it wasn't that flavorful, which is really just completely wrong. I don't know how he thought that. The leftovers are even better. I might see if I can find another orange chicken recipe to try that will just be a little different and try that. I liked that it's different than anything else I make. Too often new recipes are just similar to something else.

The red beans were good too, in that they're different. I use the same cajun spice mix on a chicken and pasta recipe, so when the beans were cooking, I though it would just taste like that, but it doesn't at all. The chicken recipe is a cream sauce and the beans are tomato based and it's just totally different. For the beans, I used chicken sausage that was "andouille style".
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on April 16, 2018, 12:10:50 PM
When you cook the chicken breast recipes for 20-25 minutes, isnít it over cooked?  Iím presuming you are working through the link of freezer meals you posted, Bensmom?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: rebekahc on April 16, 2018, 02:00:41 PM
I made this orange chicken recipe last night.  It's different, but the flavor is good and we all liked it.  I reduced the garlic by about 1/3 since we're not super garlic fans and I forgot to add the orange zest before cooking, so I added it in with the slurry and it was fine that way.  Next time, I may brown the chicken in a skillet first because my IP couldn't seem to get any color on it.  I think some carmelization on the meat would have added just the hint of flavorfulness I felt this was missing.  Maybe I could even set the IP on the stove to get the sear to keep this one pot...

https://sweetandsavorymeals.com/instant-pot-orange-chicken/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on April 16, 2018, 03:20:58 PM
That looks good rebekahc. I might try that. I did like the one I made with orange marmelade and it's certainly easier! It had bbq sauce, which I thought was weird, but it ended up good.

becca, I think they turn out fine, but I like my chicken overcooked probably. But I do think the instant pot keeps it more tender than on the stove.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on April 16, 2018, 05:07:35 PM
Oooh, that looks delish!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on April 17, 2018, 09:50:46 AM
I made pasta in my IP last night. It counted down the time and beeped when done, but when I went to release the pressure, there was no pressure. The ring was seated properly. The pot must have thought it came up to pressure because it counted down, so I'm not sure what's going on. I'll have to try a test today and see what I can figure out. The pressure valve thingy seems fine. the knob was in the sealing position. If it hadn't come up to pressure, that would be one thing, but the fact that it thinks it did and counted down the time--that has me confused.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: rebekahc on April 17, 2018, 09:56:27 AM
Mine did that to me a couple of weeks ago.  I messed around with it and I think the valve that pops up was a little stuck and never popped up.  I pushed it up and down several times to make sure it was free floating and cleaned everything really well.  So far, so good, but I'm keeping an eye that the button pops up now when I use my pot. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on April 17, 2018, 10:07:50 AM
Mine didn't seal properly last night either, but it was due to the ring not being seated properly...didn't check it before I put the lid on.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: PurpleCat on April 18, 2018, 05:15:33 PM
Hey all, I have not read this thread, I do not have an instant pot.  I am jealous of those that do.  They don't make one big enough to feed my teen boys. 

However, someone at work today told me there is a guy who has found a way to use his to turn Welches grape juice into good tasting wine!!!!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on April 18, 2018, 11:30:29 PM
Lol!  How about that!  It really does do everything.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on April 19, 2018, 02:53:33 PM
Making a stew tonight. Anyone know if canned mushrooms can be added? Would it matter whether they were whole or sliced?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on April 20, 2018, 08:01:27 PM
I donít think that would matter, SL.  Canned, fresh, or whole vs sliced.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on April 20, 2018, 10:11:52 PM
I would just stir in canned mushrooms at the end...

how did it turn out?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on April 21, 2018, 01:12:28 PM
Stew was delicious, but I skipped the mushroom.

I find canned mushrooms tasteless unless the soak in whatever Iím making. Like stew or spaghetti sauce. I do like the convenience though.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on April 22, 2018, 02:54:23 PM
The kitchen not thing Iíve ever used canned mushrooms for was chicken a la king.  My mother used a specific brand B in B, broiled in butter, was what it stood for, and they were tasty.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on April 22, 2018, 03:13:54 PM
I plan to make this one evening this week.

https://diethood.com/instant-pot-honey-garlic-chicken-recipe/

Iíll use a different oil and oil and skip the sesame seeds.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on April 23, 2018, 08:42:58 AM
That looks good. I don't think I have poultry mode. I only ever use manual. It would help if they explained what these different modes do. I thought it was just a preset cook time, like eggs would be 5 minutes, but some of them do different things I think, like beans soak for a bit and then cook or something. But the manual doesn't tell you what's going on. I found a website somewhere that explained it, but not sure I book marked it. Anyway, does anyone know what the poultry setting might do that's different from manual 20 minutes?
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on April 23, 2018, 10:10:55 AM
Iím not sure, Bensmom, but I think it might vary the pressure during cooking.  I might have read a similar blog article about each setting, but donít remember where it was, either.  I tend to use manual most often.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on April 24, 2018, 06:28:04 PM
I plan to make this one evening this week.

https://diethood.com/instant-pot-honey-garlic-chicken-recipe/

Iíll use a different oil and oil and skip the sesame seeds.

I tried this tonight. I do not have a poultry setting so I just used high pressure. I browned the chicken on top of stove.

I read comments and someone mentioned adding pineapple at the end. I thought that sounded good so tried it. I donít think it affected the chicken or the sauce...but I got to eat some pineapple.

The chicken was good. I did not like the sauce on my rice though. Had lots of rice so I threw it out and took some fresh.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on May 08, 2018, 05:19:57 PM
I have not tried these unstuffed cabbage rolls. But I plan to.

https://www.simplyhappyfoodie.com/instant-pot-unstuffed-cabbage-rolls/

This was dinner tonight.

I used 2 pounds meat instead of one, but otherwise basically followed the recipe. It was good, but not quite as flavourful as I would have liked. We decided it needs more tomato.

But, the cabbage and rice came out the perfect texture. (I used basmati rice...thatís what I had.)

This is in my pot right now. Used 2 pounds meat again. Added a can of spaghetti sauce as well as the canned tomatoes. Hoping I didnít screw it up. The directions say to add ingredients, stir, then add canned tomatoes on top and do not stir. I added everything and stirred.

Itís still preheating...hope it pressurizes.  :crossed:
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: SilverLining on May 08, 2018, 07:28:59 PM
BURN
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on May 10, 2018, 08:58:10 AM
Oh no! :(
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on May 10, 2018, 08:59:52 AM
Anyone try this? Freeze stuff so itís almost like instant?

https://acadianasthriftymom.com/2017/01/08/17-easy-freezer-dump-meals-for-your-instant-pot/

Made the honey mustard chicken a couple nights ago. Eh. I wouldn't make it again. So far from this list, the red beans are a winner and I liked the orange chicken, but dh would like it better with thighs.

I have the lemon garlic chicken still left in the freezer.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on May 27, 2018, 03:47:07 PM
So, I was trying to make this.   https://www.noracooks.com/vegan-baked-beans/

I cooked the beans on the bean setting, and followed the directions for the rest (I made the low sugar version, eliminating the brown sugar and using tomato sauce instead of ketchup).  When I returned the ingredients to the Pot, after a few minutes I got an error message and it started beeping.  I think between the molasses and tomato sauce it was overheating, so I turned it into a Corningware casserole and put it in the oven. 
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on May 28, 2018, 08:24:08 AM
Maybe it needed some water?

I made ribs yesterday in the IP, and they came out fine, but the pot was hissing the entire time. I stopped it twice and reset the sealing ring (it seemed slightly off, but I put it in all the way and then it seemed off again.) I was cooking 2 racks, thought it might be too crowded, so I took one out, reset the ring, washed everything--the valve, etc, and restarted and it still hissed. It did have pressure when it was done--there was pressure to release--but I don't know why it was hissing like that.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on May 28, 2018, 10:23:00 AM
Hmmm, maybe itís the little sealing ring/gasket on the pressure release valve?  Iíve pulled that off, cleaned it, and had a better seal there.  Iím guessing at some point, these seals need replacement.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on June 04, 2018, 03:47:22 PM
tomato sauce if it's thick acts like a solid -  think of it in a pot how the pressure builds and there are big bubbles that erupt if you don't stir

it's too thick for the IP and burns on the bottom

you would need to thin it out or have something else on the bottom of the pot - I didn't read the recipe though
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: GoingNuts on June 04, 2018, 05:32:56 PM
I think you're right, Stinky.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on July 30, 2018, 08:11:33 AM
I wanted baked beans to go with hamburgers last night and decided to make some from scratch. They were good! Even though this recipe says they're less sweet than others, they were really sweet, so I'd cut the sugar/molasses/syrup next time. I made them ahead and then kept them on warm until dinner, so they really thickened up nicely. I had to cook them longer than the recipe says. The beans were too hard after an hour so I put them back under pressure for another 40 minutes. I didn't use bacon, so I didn't do any sauteeing before pressure cooking. I just threw the raw onions in with the beans and everything else.

https://thisoldgal.com/pressure-cooker-holiday-baked-beans/

Pressure Cooker Holiday Baked Beans
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 
A sweet, sticky sauce, makes these Baked Beans shine at any summer picnic.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Americanno
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 336 kcal
Author: This Old Gal
Ingredients

    1 pound Dried Navy Beans
    6-8 slices Thick Bacon roughly chopped
    1 medium Onion roughly chopped
    3 1/4 cups Fresh Water
    1/4 cup Maple Syrup (the real stuff)
    1/3 cup Molasses
    1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar (packed)
    1/3 cup Heinz Ketchup
    1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce (secret ingredient, shhh)
    1 1/4 teaspoons Ground Mustard Seed
    1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
    1/4 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

    Rinse and sort beans, removing any debris.
    Select the Sautť or Browning function on Pressure Cooker and allow to heat.
    Add bacon and onions to the Pressure Cooker cooking pot and cook until bacon begins to render, scraping brown bits from bottom of cooking pot. Add 1/4 cup of water and continue cooking until water has evaporated, bacon fat is rendered and onions are semi-soft.
    Add beans, water, Maple Syrup, Molasses, Ketchup, Brown Sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, Mustard, Pepper to the cooking pot and stir to combine.

    Lock on lid and close Pressure Valve.  Cook at High Pressure for 60 minutes.
    When Beep is heard, allow a 15 minute Natural Pressure Release and then open Pressure Valve to remove remaining Pressure.
    Discard any floating beans.

    Add the salt. Taste a couple of beans for tenderness and sweetness and add more Molasses, if a sweeter taste is desired.  If Beans are still hard, cook for another 15 minutes.
    Select the Sautť or Browning function and cook until desired consistency.

Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on August 01, 2018, 01:35:12 PM
That looks good!  I love baked beans, but they are very sweet, so I never make them.  Again, Iíd be the only one to eat this.  I donít even think dh would do more than try them.  Heís not a big fan of sweet dishes.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: BensMom on September 25, 2018, 12:42:39 PM
I made this last night and it was really good. DH was home early and made biscuits for me. (I was going to make them, but he's the one makes them sometimes for breakfast. I've never made them in my life.)

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/264362/instant-pot-chicken-pot-pie-crustless-and-gluten-free/

Some reviews said it was watery, so I put in only 1 cup of chicken broth. After I mixed in the cream and let it simmer, it was still very watery, so I added a flour/water mixture and it thickened up. I also used just over a pound of chicken and it was too much compared to the veggies, though I didn't really measure the veggies, so I will next time. I added diced potatoes also. We ate it over biscuits.

Instant Potģ Chicken Pot Pie (Crustless and Gluten-Free)


Recipe By:Jane Cooks It Up
"Make this delicious, flavorful, chicken pot (no pie) pie in your Instant Pot(R) pressure cooker. Not necessary to pre-saute the chicken or onions. No crust, wheat free, gluten free. Serve in bowls."
Ingredients

    1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders, cubed
    1 1/2 cups chicken broth
    1 1/2 cups diced carrots
    1 1/2 cups diced celery
    1 cup corn kernels
    1 large onion, diced
    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon onion powder
    1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    1 cup heavy cream
    1/2 cup frozen peas

Directions


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Printed From Allrecipes.com 9/25/2018
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: Stinky10 on September 26, 2018, 01:51:35 PM
this looks good!

I did butter chicken last night.....   YUM!
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on October 01, 2018, 12:56:02 PM
So I cook a box of quinoa every couple weeks and then freeze it in 1/2 cup portions to scramble into my eggs or defrost and throw onto my salad.  I did it in the instant pot today.  It was nice not to babysit the stove. 

2 C quinoa
3 C water

Spray the instant pot liner with cooking spray.  Cook on High pressure for 1 minute and then let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes or so.  Came out great.


I saw this recipe and thought it looked good.

https://ourbestbites.com/greek-pressure-cooker-chicken/
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: becca on October 01, 2018, 03:32:19 PM
That does look good.  Penzyís makes a great Greek seasoning blend.  I use so much of it for marinating chicken and for salad dressing.  Iíve used it to do chicken with it and lemon juice, like the chili lime chicken.
Title: Re: Instant Pot!
Post by: hezzier on October 03, 2018, 06:30:11 PM
So I made the greek chicken tonight, everyone liked it.  Kids ate it over rice, I had mine without and DH had his over cauliflower.  If you double the recipe, you do not need to double the liquid...keeping it the same or going 1.5 times would be enough.