What is an Instant Pot? And why do you need one?
Everybody’s asking, what’s an Instant Pot and why do you need one. The brand name item “Instant Pot” first came to market in 2010. Some people say that an Instant Pot is nothing more than a pressure cooker, but that’s not true. You can use an Instant Pot as a pressure cooker, and it does an amazing job of it, but you can also sauté, use it as a slow cooker, use it as a rice cooker, and I’ve heard that you can even bake in them (although I have not done so yet, here is a link to tell you how to do that.)
You can make yogurt, steam vegetables, bake potatoes, cook food from frozen ….the possibilities are many. In fact, Instant Pots can do so many things that they are a bit intimidating when you first purchase one. Please don’t let all the available buttons and options scare you. It’s a great appliance to own.
Instant Pots are constructed from 100% stainless steel, not aluminum like most. Of course, stainless steel is long-lasting and the pot itself is very easy to clean. Considering how often you will use it once you get used to it, that’s a huge plus. It’ll replace your rice cooker, your pressure cooker, and your slow cooker, just to name a few items.
You can NOT pressure can food in an Instant Pot, however. So if you do canning with a pressure cooker, as many of my readers do, hang on to old faithful for that. (You can do boiling water canning in it.)
Helpful things to know before you use your Instant Pot the first time:
You’ll find five different models of Instant Pot on the market, each with slight variations in functions and features. Let’s examine all five to help you decide which one best fits your needs.
Every model of Instant Pot has evolved with different improvements. If you purchase a used, older one, be sure to check the model and its capabilities first. When you purchase a new Instant Pot, unless stated otherwise you’ll receive the newest version. This should be the best iteration currently available.
Good luck and have fun with whichever model you choose!
*Affiliate links are monetized.