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macgenie
macgenie

Today I am thankful for my InstantPot. Between last weekend’s shopping and cooking, my refrigerator is full of wholesome food and I don’t need to run out in this cold weather for anything. I am looking forward to staying in the rest of the day.

grayareas
grayareas

@macgenie People really love those things. I need to get one this year. 👨‍🍳

aclaman
aclaman

@macgenie do you have any particular favorite recipes?

macgenie
macgenie

@grayareas For a split second, I wasn't clear on whether you want to get an InstantPot or guinea pigs, and the chef emoji had me worried...

I decided to get the InstantPot when I had dental surgery two years ago and was eating lackluster soups by the carton. It really does make it easy to cook real food quickly and easily.

macgenie
macgenie

@aclaman This super easy vegan butternut squash soup is the one I've made the most often. I'm not a vegan, and sometimes I add sausage and spinach before serving.

Nom Nom Paleo's Kahlua Pig is quite simple and versatile.

dandycat
dandycat

@macgenie That butternut squash recipe looks incredible. I’ve been on the lookout for good vegan recipes for my Instant Pot. Those seem to be more difficult to come by than others (or maybe I’m not looking hard enough?).

macgenie
macgenie

@dandycat Here's another one. I made it for the vegetarians in my family as an alternative to beef stew, and ended up making it again for myself because it's so good. It's called vegan beef stew, but it doesn't have any meat substitute in it, just lentils. Be sure to get the lentils she recommends.

dandycat
dandycat

@macgenie It’s been so long since I’ve had a good stew I can eat! This one’s an instant save for the Instant Pot. I can already tell my fiancée and I are going to love it. Thank you for recommendation!

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Cheri
Cheri

@macgenie My husband bought an Instantpot last month and ever since he’s been Instantpotting all the things.

macgenie
macgenie

@Cheri Lucky you!

Cheri
Cheri

@macgenie Agreed!

grayareas
grayareas

@macgenie Hahaha. I’m a big fan of beans and various whole grains but have always been leery of pressure cookers. This one, good for me, seems to be dummy-proof. 😆

macgenie
macgenie

@grayareas My parents were fans of the classic dangerous pressure cooker back in the day. We survived.

But yes, the InstantPot is well-designed for safety.

MrHenko
MrHenko

@macgenie This is probably a stupid question because I’m a total newbie on those kinds of appliances, but what makes cooking a soup in an InstantPot different to doing it in a regular pot on a stove?

petebrown
petebrown

@MrHenko Drastically reduces cooking time. A potato/broccoli soup I like to make that cooks for 45-60 minutes in a pot on the stove takes less than ten minutes in the Instant Pot.

DrOct
DrOct

@macgenie We got an InstantPot for the holidays. Very excited to get some more recipes to try!

macgenie
macgenie

@MrHenko The InstantPot is a pressure cooker, so it can cook things much faster than traditional stovetop preparation. And you can put all the ingredients in, set it, and walk away. It automatically turns off when done and can keep things warm. If a soup doesn’t need a long time to cook (<45 mins.), I’ll still use the Dutch oven on the stove.

devilgate
devilgate

@macgenie What about recipes where you have to fry onions first, or otherwise sweat vegetables? Can you somehow bypass that step?

schuth
schuth

@aclaman Two of our favorites are Chicken Chile Verde and Butternut Squash Risotto with Frizzled Sage & Brown Butter. We have only made Tamale Pie with Brown Butter Cornbread Crust once (time-wise, it's a weekend meal), but it was fantastic. // @macgenie

schuth
schuth

@devilgate The Instant Pot we have includes a sauté feature, so sweating the veg in the pot (mmm, fond...) is possible. The inner pot is a bit narrow, so there’s less room at the bottom for browning. It’s not a significant drawback, though.

macgenie
macgenie

@devilgate It has a sauté setting. So you do that first. The Vegan Beef Stew doesn't call for sautéing the onions, and I was skeptical, but it turned out great. I think the high pressure cooking accomplishes the result.

devilgate
devilgate

@macgenie @schuth Oh, that’s interesting. Back when I had an old-school pressure cooker I used to just sauté in it, prior to adding the other ingredients and stock or whatever. So it sounds like you can do much the same.

MrHenko
MrHenko

@petebrown and @macgenie I see, thanks! I’ve never used any kind of pressure cooker so this was new to me. Reading the list of the things the InstantPot can do makes me want one.