Everything You Need To Know About The Instant Pot™… {+ GIVEAWAY!!!}

Everything You Need To Know About The Instant Pot... {+ GIVEAWAY!!!}
The Instant Pot™ is one of those products that took the world by storm. Celebrities, bloggers, and chefs around the world cannot stop talking about it and it has inspired an almost cult-like devotion. There are hundreds of blogs, Pinterest boards, and recipes dedicated to the Instant Pot and with good reason. It is one of the best selling items on Amazon and here in South Africa, it gets sold out extremely fast nationwide whenever a new shipment lands. Well, before I carry on, perhaps it is best that I tell you that a new shipment has just landed and the Instant Pot™ is available at @Home Stores, YuppieChef and Hirsch’s Home stores. If you are still looking for the perfect gift for the foodie in your home, THIS IS IT. But don’t take too long to get your hands on one, they sell out fast. Whether you are a stay-at-home, work-from-home or full-time working parent – it is safe to say that there is really just not enough time in the day. We all struggle with the way society has integrated “busyness” into our day-to-day lives. It is easy to feel like you are constantly buzzing, and at the end of the day, you lack the energy to cook a whole nutritious meal. We throw some frozen pizza’s in the oven and add a few more multivitamins to the kids’ daily dose. We let the guilt creep in and distract ourselves by being even busier… and the cycle continues. Now, there is nothing wrong with having frozen pizza’s for dinner – they really can be a lifesaver! But what if I told you that you could cook a pot of rice in 3-minutes flat, beef stew in 20-mins, a whole chicken in 8-minutes, potatoes in only 4 minutes or mixed veg in 3-minutes? And the best part…. you don’t even have to be there for most of it. This is the purpose of the Instant Pot, this is why it was designed and why it would change your life.  The creator of the Instant Pot  – Robert Wang and his wife, Tracy, both worked full time in the tech industry. “We did a lot of takeout, fast food. Kids really love fast food,” Wang says. “But my wife and myself don’t think that’s the way to raise our kids. So, at that point, I was dreaming about an automated cooking machine, which will help me cook [a] healthy dinner after work.” I have a home-based office where I run my own business and this blog, and you might think that I have it easy… but I don’t. I struggle to take breaks because every second that I spend not working is a second that I don’t make money. There is no-one to force me to take a lunch break, and I get so lost in my own world that time sometimes escapes me. Add a few kids, a husband and a lot of pets to the mix and life can get a tad crazy. The Instant Pot™ has helped me in so many ways… I would throw in all my Oatmeal ingredients the night before and set the timer so it starts cooking 30-minutes before our alarms go off in the morning. The same went for dinners when I know that I would be out and about attending meetings all day. I can spend time with the kids when they get home, start cooking at 6 pm and have an entire meal on the dinner table 30 mins later. It is incredible!!! Everything You Need To Know About The Instant Pot™... {+ GIVEAWAY!!!} I was extremely overwhelmed when I got my Instant Pot™. There are enough buttons on the thing to launch a missile into space. As soon as you start understanding how the pot works and what all the buttons are used for, it becomes super easy and more convenient than you could ever imagine. I absolutely cannot fault my Instant Pot™, I have been using it almost daily for the past month or so. I have made everything from boiled eggs to the best spaghetti bolognese and Christmas Fruit Cake in mine. I have posted a few of the recipes on here, here is a recap:

Instant Pot™ Recipe: Applie Pie Oats

I received quite a few questions about the Instant Pot over on Instagram, so here are the most frequently asked ones and what you need to know… Question 1: How much does it cost? The 6l Instant Pot™ Duo Smart Cooker retails from about R1999. It seems like a lot of money to spend on a pot, but the way I justified it was that I needed new pots and pans anyway (I have had mine since my wedding 7-years ago). It uses less electricity than having the stove top on for double / triple the amount of time. I can make my own yoghurt (we can only have dairy-free yoghurt in our home and it is so pricey to buy!). The time-saving aspect is a HUGE bonus for me. Time is money. Question 2: Does it come with a recipe book? How do you know how long to cook things in there for? It comes with a Cooking Time Table, a Reference Guide and a User Manual. It also has some preset functions like “Stew”, “Poultry” and “Rice”. You can download the free Instant Pot™ recipe app for hundreds of recipes, reviews and tips or follow Instant Pot on Facebook! There are so many recipes out there, you would never get stuck. Question 3: Is it any different from a normal electric pressure cooker? This was my first question as well. The Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot. It’s a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools and the reason that it has a permanent place on our countertop. The delay timer on the Instant Pot™ is a function that most people fall in love with. It’s perfect for cooking quick foods like oatmeal. You can set it up at night and have it time it to be ready for breakfast. Question 4: Is it really that cool? Is it a daily-use item? YES, YES and YES!!!! I basically make everything in mine and it has made it super easy to stick to a nutritious meal-plan. Question 5: What is your favourite Instant Pot dish? Honestly, I made my usual rushed spaghetti bolognese in it. It is the best bolognese I have ever had in my life. I am dying to make my own Coconut Yoghurt as well! If you have any more questions, please do pop them into the comment section below! Would you like to win an Instant Pot worth R1999? Then enter our giveaway using the easy Gleam widget at the bottom of this post.

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107 thoughts on “Everything You Need To Know About The Instant Pot™… {+ GIVEAWAY!!!}

  1. Leandra Du Toit says:

    This is the best gift anyone can ever give you. To make ones life so much easier when it comes to cooking. Holding thumbs! This would be the best Christmas present ever 🙂

  2. Zeenat Carrim says:

    This is soo awesome especially with the most clingy 1yo this will be a lifesaver in making sure my family eats healthy meals and this tired mom doesn’t resort to frozen meals 🙈

  3. Soraya says:

    I’m getting older and more time efficient (not lazy!)

    I’d probably be cooking my basic curry recipe and adding whatever I’ve got in the fridge or pantry like chickpeas, mixed veg or chicken

  4. Nicole Pretorius says:

    A whole chicken. I can’t get over that it’ll only take 8 minutes! We hardly ever cook a whole chicken because it just takes too long.

    • Maz says:

      OMG… I made my own variation of Butter Chicken not too long ago and it was delish. Not quite there yet (I have yet to find the perfect recipe). but it i my favourite meal!

  5. Samantha says:

    As someone who can’t spend more than 20 min making a meal. I need this in my life. As a single person I detest cooking for one. This will help me leave the life of 2-min noodles behind me.

  6. Lisa Forsythe says:

    a firm favourite of mine if called Fridays chicken – its a slow cooker dish that my family love (shout if you want the recipe)

  7. Kim says:

    MAZ this would be a great help in my kitchen as I leave home at 7am only to return at 7pm. Meal times will be so much better and less stress

  8. Cassey says:

    The first thing I’d make is more likely than not setting up some oats for breakfast…it’d be one less thing to do in the busy rush.

  9. Judy Padayachee says:

    Would really be a dream come true to win this amazing prize that l can’t afford to buy but l long to own 1. It would make my busy life much easier to cope with and l will more time for myself.

  10. Khadija Fakir says:

    I would love to make some oats for my kids. It takes forever to boil on the stove and they love it. It also takes a while to prepare in the morning and they are hungry when they wake up. It will be so awesome to make oats for breakfast in it and set the timer from the night before and have it ready for them.

  11. Fern LaHoud says:

    I’d make vegan yoghurt, for a vegan Eaton mess with berries.
    That’s my first dish id make.
    Never mind all the morrocan stews. Drool

  12. Gillian Hattingh says:

    I have been seeing this pot all over lately and it is definitely on my wish list for Christmas. I have even convinced hubby that this is waaayy better than just a pressure cooker.

    I don’t have twitter any more 🙁

  13. Natasha Govender says:

    I would really love to win this. As i am a young graduate that moved to gaiteng for work and cooking certain stuff takes very long on this side of the country for some strange reason. This will really make cooking a breeze for me.

  14. Tamarah says:

    I’m a sucker for a kitchen gadget and this would definitely make a good addition to my collection. Would love to try making yoghurt.

  15. Imanah says:

    Oh yes please I need this Instant Pot……No more slaving around in the kitchen for hours just to prepare a decent Sunday meal. I’m totally INLOVE.

  16. Anisha Singh says:

    This will be a lifesaver in my busy home. I often feel overwhelmed as I am a working mum as well as a student. I know this will open up a world of culinary possibilities that are super healthy too!

  17. Elize Skriker says:

    I really would love one of these instant pot bad boys . For me to make like just a little bit easier. Less pots to wash after cooking . I also love the fact that there are timers . So no constant stirring. Worrying about food burning . Less work cooking =more time with the kids

  18. Ramona says:

    I so need one! It would make my life so much easier I’d have time to actually get to everything instead of being tied to the stove!

  19. Kim Hoffe says:

    This would be amazing! I hardly ever have time to cook so our regular weekly menu is getting rather boring. I’d love to make a really good Chili Con Carne – it’s been aaages (but takes aaages to make too! 😛 The InstantPot will help speed things up dramatically)

  20. Tasneem Katsen says:

    This is every mother’s dream kitchen appliance. Been entering to win on all competitions. Ive searched for a good price esp black Friday deals ..but no luck. Ive added to my birthday list and now christmas list. Crossing fingers and toes.

  21. Sarah-Jane van heerden says:

    This looks absolutely amazing and a absoulte must have. I have two small kids that love pasta and soup so this would.be a real game changer in my life. I work.full time and often dont have the time to cook wholesome meals this would change that. Holding thumbs.

  22. Heather de Bruin says:

    I have wanted one of these for the longest time. I have watched cooking vids on YouTube forever waiting for them to get here … but alas it is just not in my budget at the minute. Being single and a homeowner means all my extra cash goes to “body corporates” and home maintenance – I also deserve some maintenance and this would so help me with prep for my keto diet … pretty please pick me!
    x Heather

  23. Laura Vorster says:

    I think this will give me a chance to compete with my mother-in-law’s cooking this Christmas😁 as I can only make chewy undercooked chicken very well. Plus the yogurt setting is just Insanely awesome!!!!!!

  24. Ramona says:

    😍 lamb stew beef stew soups Curry’s the possibilities are endless!!! Christmas 🎄 fruit cake!!! This is all I want for Christmas

  25. Carmen Ruiters says:

    This would be such an awesome Xmas pressie…. Would definitely try that Xmas pudding u made it looked delicious…. And I’m not even a Xmas pudding fan

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