My first test run using the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot in Canada) was a gong show! I warn you, when you watch the video, there will be lots of swearing.
I have been scared of pressure cookers all my life. My mom used to use this moss green one and it scared the crap out of her but she did it anyway. Which is saying a lot for my mom. Usually if something scared her she would avoid it like the plague. She powered through it but I inherited the same fear.
I wanted to get over this fear and thanks to my Auntie Laima, I got an Instant Pot for my birthday! Now it took a while for me to build up courage to try it and to think of what was the first thing I was going to cook in there.
There are a lot of bloopers because even though I read the instruction manual, working with an appliance that can basically do anything is intimidating and there will always be a lot of questions.
From trying to figure out how to put on the lid to making many mistakes along the way, it was very stressful but as my sister Shannon says, you only have to do something for the first time once! Now that I got through that initial trial by pressure and steam, I feel much more comfortable tackling my next foodie project with this product.
I ended up making cooked black beans in 40 minutes. The manual says they can be made in 10-15 minutes but they probably need extra cooking (???) so I was all ready to add more cooking time and was surprised that the default time was 30 minutes. Which confused the hell out of me. Figuring out how to add an additional 10 minutes? Not easy! The appliance just got to work right away and I was like, what the heck???
After all that, the positive end result can not be denied, it worked perfectly! I could make a black bean soup for dinner, no problem thanks to the Instant Pot. The beans were thoroughly cooked through, a lot of them bursting, which is how I like my beans.
Although I did find something amongst the beans that was quick shocking! Watch the video to find out what the hell that was in there. Shocked me!
So what should I cook next? Should I try out making rice in it? Make a pot roast? I was thinking of making chicken broth. Would love to hear your ideas and suggestions.
The Happy Whisk says
You are funny.
Meanwhile, I was waiting for it to start saying, “Exterminate, exterminate.”
peppylady (Dora) says
Cool. I want to get a pressure cooker, 2 to 3 quart one. Sorry I’m not going to figure out in in metric.
I worked for a lady and she did some of her grains in a pressure cooker.
Coffee is on
Way to go Suzie you have entered the wonderful world of pressure cooking
Try a stew or chili next . Pick a recipe for no more than four people (you need to be careful about overfilling the pot) and have at it. I’m sure you’ll love the results . The cooking time is usually reduced by at least 2/3 rds.
Suzie Ridler says
A Daelek pressure cooker?! OMG, that is scary and so cool THW!
Dora, grains are definitely something I am considering making, especially barley.
Wayne, thank you, it was quite the initiation! No worries about too much food, I tend to make too little rather than too much but good to know.
I say go for the pot roast! That is too funny about the pressure cooker looking like a Daelek.
I got one last month and I love it. I’ve only used it to make beef bone broth twice and it’s amazing to make this broth in 75 minutes compared to 48 hours in a crockpot.
Randal Oulton says
I wonder why they lost all their colour; did you presoak them maybe? I’ve heard that can cause it…
Suzie Ridler says
Yes, I did pre soak them!