My mom got an Instant Pot — an easy-to-use digital electric pressure cooker — for Christmas and loves it, so I’ve been thinking about getting one. But do I really need yet another kitchen gadget to clutter up my counter or take up valuable pantry space? She loaned it to me so I could see for myself if it was as life-changing as the internet bloggers would have you believe.
Well ... it is. I’m pretty sure this is about the best thing to happen to a working mom’s kitchen since the crock pot. It’s better than my crock pot! Why? Well first off, you don’t need to put the meal in the pot before you leave for work. I usually return to find the meal very overcooked, the meat dry, and the vegetables near mush. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my crock pot, but it has its issues. It cooks just about anything you can think of in record time, even if the items are frozen!
The Instant Pot cooks in much less time and meats come out nice, tender, juicy, and full of flavor! But the best thing so far? INSTANT POT HARD-BOILED EGGS! I don’t know about you, but I have a heck of a time making hard-boiled eggs that I can peel without losing half the egg in the process. Especially since I have my own chickens and fresh eggs are notoriously difficult to peel after boiling. I’ve tried all the tricks they say to try online. None have worked very well.
The Instant Pot has changed that. You put your eggs in, set the timer, walk away, and return to find perfectly cooked eggs that the shell just slides off of! Here’s the how-to:
1. Place eggs in the bottom of the Instant Pot, on top of the metal rack that comes with it. You can put as many as you want in, just don’t stack them.
2. Add 1 cup of water.
3. Place the lid on the pot and close the steam seal. Set the timer for 5 minutes, and that’s it!
The pot will cook the eggs and then let the steam release naturally after the cooking process is done, which takes about 5 more minutes. Then you can put the eggs in cold water and peel them.
Simple. And the shells practically fall off, even from fresh eggs. These eggs were collected the day of and the day before cooking:
So of course, we made deviled eggs. Yum!