Sunday, January 10, 2016

My Maiden Voyage with the Insta-Pot

I found an Insta-Pot under the tree this year from my mom. Judy, over at Patchwork Times clued us in on the Black Friday deal on Amazon and folks had been bugging me about what I wanted and the price was hard to pass up. Thanks Judy! I've been so busy that this is the first chance I've had to even look at it.

                            

I chose BBQ beef short ribs as my first recipe and combined these two recipes -
BBQ Short Ribs    Bone-In Beef Short Ribs  - as I wanted to brown the ribs first, but also make the BBQ ribs. I used our favorite BBQ rub and sauce:


Browned ribs:


I cooked them for 40 minutes and they were fall-off-the-bone perfect. I made fresh green beans and sweet potatoes for DH and our girl and a baked potato for me. I wish I liked sweet potatoes. The result? I was yummy! However, I was so excited...and hungry, that I forgot to take a picture of my plate.                      

So next up was a roast. I love that the Insta-Pot allows me to brown the meat, I only wish it was bigger because we have big roasts cut when we process our beef. I used a homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning on it, added some onion, and Rooster juice (Worchestershire Sauce) and cooked it for 90 minutes. It was just right and fell apart when I removed it from the pot. I made roasted potatoes and we finished up the green beans and the roast was incredibly tender. This is now my go-to way to cook roasts.


We like roast around here...with horseradish please. We shred the leftovers and add green chile to it for burritos and I also make a roast beef sandwich concoction that is like tuna fish, but with beef.

So even though I did not need an Insta-Pot, and I am having a hard time finding room to store it in my itty-bitty kitchen, I love it and it's going to be used often! Next up is Steel Cut Oats.

My birthday is right around the corner and DH grinned and asked me, "So, what does Judy say you need for your birthday?" :)

12 comments:

Dar said...

Happy to see another converter of the InstaPot. Judy is such an enabler. I too got one last year and I am always trying to find recipes to use it. Last night we had a Chicken Enchalada Pasta that was good. Everything went into the pot, including the dry pasta. It cooked very quickly and we liked it a lot. I leave mine on the side of my stovetop because I too have no room on my pantry shelves for more things.

juliehallfeldhaus said...

Is that the electric pressure cooker pot? I just found out about them last night! I think I might want one too:) I'll have to check yours out on Amazon.

Jeanne in Ohio said...

I fixed beef barley mushroom soup for tonight's supper. It was so easy and turned out really good!

carol fun said...

Oh between you and Judy I may have to get one of these... I saw them at Costco at Christmas... wonder if they still have them. I've been trying to cook at home more for me and Nick and quick cooking time would be helpful. Everything you cooked looked so good...makes me hungry!

Janet O. said...

I've been hearing good things about this appliance. My sister got one from a friend for Christmas. I don't know where I'd put one, either, but I am getting tempted!

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

I just wrote a comment, left your site to look up a reference, and when I came back, it was gone!! If it posted, please delete it. The reference is to www.pressurecookingtoday.com by Barbara. She has excellent recipes and tips for the Insta Pot. My daughter and I each have an Insta Pot and she uses hers more than I do. Storage is an issue! I have a large kitchen and a 6' x 7' walk in pantry with a work counter on three sides and I STILL don't have a good place to store the appliance. I just keep moving it from here to there and I do love the convenience. Let us know how the oats turn out. "Barbara" has some interesting variations for steel cut oats.

Denise :) said...

Huh. This sounds very interesting! I love that your DH is looking to Judy for suggestions for your birthday! I'm going to have to do some research now! :)

Valerie said...

Sweet! I was given a 6-quart Cuisinart Pressure cooker for my birthday last January and absolutely love it... {grin} I've researched 8-quart and 10-quart models, but like you, storage is at a premium around here! One of my favorite sites for recipes is http://www.pressurecookingtoday.com/ (just noticed somebody else linked to that site, too!) -- and I've picked up a lot of techniques from Laura at Hip Pressure Cooking. Such fun! One of the settings that some models of the InstaPot offer that mine doesn't is the Yogurt function. Is that something you're thinking of trying? I'd be curious to know how it works!

M. E. Stephens said...

Wow! Looks good! :-)
I have a friend who has one of those and she thinks it's great. I'm not sure if I'd utilize it properly. I do have one question, though. Is the pan inside lined with Teflon? We're trying to get away from that and my present rice cooker is Teflon lined. We also avoid aluminum because it has been connected with Alzheimer's and my husband's grandfather had that.

Chris said...

I have spent some $$ because of Judy, too! :-) I bought my InstaPot last spring and love it. If you like yogurt, give it a try. I didn't think I would, but did and now I don't buy it any more. The potato salad from the Pressure Cooking Today site is wonderful!! The eggs and potatoes cook together and both come out perfect.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I got another brand about a year ago and still love it after cooking with it at least 2 or 3 times a month. I haven't tried rice yet but I've been told it makes perfect fluffy rice. :) blessings, marlene

Alycia said...

Yumm Yumm - So - its quicker that a crockpot? Your food looks so yummy - I just finished chores, so now I am hungry!!!

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