When the pressure (cooker)’s on, it takes the pressure off

I’ve made a life-changing discovery in the last year and it’s time I shared it.

I’m always looking for ways to make things in my life more efficient, so last Christmas, I decide to buy myself an Instant Pot* pressure cooker. It was an absolute find! Over time, this pot has become the most used gadget in my kitchen, with the notable exception of the kettle.

At first, I was a wee bit scared of it. I have strong memories of my mum using a pressure cooker when I was young, and it seemed so volatile. However, with the Instant Pot they have made the mechanism super safe and once you get used to it, it’s so easy to use.

Contrary to popular belief, when using the Instant Pot, the cooking time may not actually be any shorter. The pot needs to come to pressure, cook and then reduce the pressure again so that all takes time. However, using the pot makes cooking, especially on work or busy days, much simpler and more efficient and the best part is that there is only ONE easy pot to clean at the end!

I’ve been regularly making soups, stews, kitcharis, curries and porridges using all types of grains. I don’t eat meat, but my partner does and has made all kinds of lamb, beef and chicken dishes in the pot. It took me a while to discover that there is a Delay function. This is a god send, especially lately, for those busy workdays that I want to have something hot and yummy to eat but also don’t want to spend too long in the kitchen. I often get all the ingredients into the pot in the morning, set the delay timer and get busy with work. I can even get my lunchtime walk in and come home to a perfectly prepared lunch waiting for me to devour.

So, take my advice and when the pressure is on, get yourself a pressure cooker. You’ll be really glad you did.

With love

Clare x

*NB I do not get any sort of commission for recommending the Instant Pot but I should because I regularly do recommend it!

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