Pressure Cookers

This Woman Is the Proud Owner of 107 Instant Pots — On Trend

If there's one kitchen gadget that has garnered a cult following in the last couple years, it's the Instant Pot. You've seen the sales, you've seen the recipes and tips, you've seen the heartfelt essays on personal growth in the kitchen. And chances are you have a friend who has gone on (and on) about how much they love this budget seven-in-one appliance.

But you haven't seen this. Nancy Olsen of Duluth, Minnesota, is the proud owner of 107 Instant Pots. Her obsession started a little over a year ago on her birthday when her husband gifted her an Instant Pot because one of his coworkers said it helped their family get dinner on the table faster.

"I took it out of the box and just immediately fell in love," Nancy says of the first time she saw the appliance. "It was so light and the instructions were so easy to read. I hadn't experienced a rush like that in awhile; I immediately felt at peace."

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I Tried the Instant Pot and Didn’t Love It. What Am I Missing? — Need Advice

When the Instant Pot went on sale for Amazon Prime Day last year, I barely thought about adding it to my cart. I'd long read about the wonders of the Instant Pot, so I knew I had to have one. Two days later, my precious new seven-in-one appliance arrived, and I was elated.

But I was also busy. And despite the fact that this strange contraption had promised to save me time and change my life, I just didn't have the focus to learn what I quickly discovered was a whole new way of cooking. I had questions and uncertainties, so it sat in its box in the basement for a week. And then I had guests over, so I hid it in the spare bedroom. And then I sort of forgot about it, only to be occasionally and sporadically struck with guilt when I came across another recipe suited for the device.

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How the Instant Pot Changed My Meal Prep Routine — Meal Planning for Beginners

One of the most crucial parts of my weekly meal plan is my meal prep routine every Sunday. Spending a few hours in the kitchen is the assurance that I've got hard-boiled eggs for breakfast, grains for salad, and, best of all, that getting dinner on the table will be a lot easier in the week ahead. I shared my love for the Instant Pot a couple years ago, and now it's time to do it again — because it has single-handedly improved the way I meal prep.

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Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Braised Cabbage — Electric Pressure-Cooker Recipes from Laura Pazzaglia

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How long does it take to braise cabbage until tender and translucent in the oven? One hour. In the pressure cooker? Five minutes of pressure-cooking time — or 15 minutes from start to finish. Pressure cooking will not only cook vegetables faster, but compared to conventional boiling and braising, it retains more vitamins and minerals, too. Make this side dish of sweet and spicy braised cabbage the next time you want a flavorful companion to any roast meat.

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Recipe: 30-Minute Pressure-Cooker Cacciatore Chicken — Electric Pressure-Cooker Recipes from Laura Pazzaglia

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Can you bake or slow-cook frozen chicken? Nope ... but you can pressure-cook it! Toss rock-hard frozen pieces of chicken into the pressure cooker and serve fall-off-the bone flavorful meat in less than 30 minutes.

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7 Whole30 Recipes to Make in the Pressure Cooker — Recipes from The Kitchn

For 30 days this month we're exploring Whole30, the 30-day reset and refocus on whole foods. Whole30 isn't a diet or a judgmental labeling of foods as "good and bad." It's actually a simple reset that has helped many of our readers cook more and figure out the foods that make them feel their best. Read more about our coverage here.

We're big fans of the pressure cooker, so it's no surprise that we love leaning on it to help us prepare Whole30-friendly recipes. The 30-day plan calls for a lot of pressure cooker-friendly foods like eggs and meat, which means utilizing one allows you to get your meals on the table in less time. Whether it's smoky pulled pork or creamy coconut chicken curry, here are seven great pressure-cooker recipes that are Whole30-friendly.

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