This Christmas, hubby gave me my new favorite kitchen appliance, the Instant Pot 7-in-1 Multifunctional Pressure Cooker. It’s a stainless steel pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, saute/browning, yogurt maker, steamer and warmer!
I’ve been thinking about getting this rockstar of an appliance for quite some time. I researched so many appliances out there, and even considered getting a slow cooker. I read so much about how slow cookers could leach lead into food, and although the most popular slow cooker brands claim that their products “meet FDA guidelines for lead,” it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re lead free. Most have detectable and extractable levels of lead in food at just 80 degrees in temperature, so just imagine the leaching that takes place at higher temperatures, over hours of cooking, and many times using acidic foods (vinegar, tomatoes, citrus) as part of our recipes. The medical consensus is that there is no safe level of lead exposure, especially for children, whose bodies absorb a higher amount. Slow lead contamination and eventually lead poisoning can affect many organs in our bodies. So, although I would’ve loved the convenience, I just couldn’t do it.
I still wanted something convenient, and more importantly, something that would cut down on some of my time in the kitchen. I had a similar experience searching for a rice cooker that didn’t pose any health risks, and that too was a challenge- so many coated, teflon, aluminum, and plastic rice cookers out there! Because I wasn’t going to compromise safety for my family, I continued making rice on the stove in my stainless steel pot, and just continued my search.
That’s when I found the Instant Pot! So many functions- 2 of which I had been on the hunt for- and a stainless steel insert and body that I could feel safe using! Even more exciting was the fact that it’s a pressure cooker! I grew up in a house where every stew, soup, etc was made in a pressure cooker. Meat would come apart so tenderly with just a fork, and beans had the most delicious taste! Pressure cookers cut down your cooking time by half and sometimes even more than that, and the added bonus is that pressure cooking has been found to preserve the nutrients in foods more than any other cooking method- many times up to 90-95%!
My research was done! It helped that this Instant Pot had amazing reviews, and that there are so many places to find recipes and tips to get started using it. While most women probably had more glamorous things on their lists for Santa this year, I had the Instant Pot, and Santa was good to me! I’ve had it for less than a month, and I’ve already made so many meals that have now become weekly dinner recipes in my home! I’ve made perfect brown rice, jasmine rice, and hard boiled eggs! I’ve made quick, easy, and delicious chicken, beef, and chili recipes that you’d think I was in the kitchen prepping for hours. I’ll share all of my recipes with you in future blog posts, so stay tuned!
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