This is my first ever post on my new blog! My intention is to share my adventures in cooking with other folks with similar interests. At the moment, I am totally fascinated with my new kitchen toy–the Instant Pot! (This is where I bought it: Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W I’ve been exploring all the things it can do and the things it should do! (You know, because just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you SHOULD, right?) My first few experiments involved simple things like hard-cooking eggs, steaming corn and baking potatoes. I’ve been super impressed with how easy and quick these things were and the texture of each item was perfect. I’m ready to expand my horizons! Larry (my husband) suggested I throw some smoked sausage, new potatoes and fresh green beans into the magic pot and see what happened. So, here we go!
- I poured 1.25 cups of hot water into the pot. I cut the new potatoes into bite-sized pieces. As it turned out, they would have probably been fine whole. This is a live-and-learn environment!
- I put the clean and snapped fresh green beans on top of the potatoes and then seasoned them with my 3 favorite seasonings. These are my most-used shaker jars. They are fantastic either alone or in combination.
- I put the slices of smoked sausage on top and closed the lid.
- IMPORTANT–I moved the valve to seal instead of vent!
- I set the Instant Pot for 10 minutes of high pressure on manual and walked away.
- It took about 10 minutes to get up to pressure (this is a guess since I walked away!)
- When the magic pot beeped out the song of its people, I did a quick release of the pressure by turning the valve to vent with a hot pad on top. Then I walked away again.
- When I didn’t hear the steam escaping from the other room, I went back to the kitchen and opened ‘er up. Things were quite well cooked. We like our beans not to squeak or be crisp, so everyone was happy here. The potatoes would have been done if I would have kept them whole, I imagine. I could have taken a few minutes off the pressure time and things would have been fine and dandy. But we were quite pleased with how it turned out as it was!
- Total time from putting on the lid to scooping out supper was about 30 minutes. One pot into the dishwasher. No heating up my kitchen on this hot and muggy day. No standing over a stove top to stir. Yes! Definitely a win!
I would love to hear some feedback from YOU! What did you like? What did you not like? I know the photography needs some work. I will work on that for the next time. Anything you want me to try in the magic pot? I have peach cobbler, potato salad and mac and cheese on deck…..