Instant Pot is only as good as the cook who uses it — here’s how to be better – Chicago Tribune

Instant Pot is only as good as the cook who uses it — here’s how to be better – Chicago Tribune

If the Instant Pot was embraced first by people who don’t really cook, then we can say now that seasoned cooks are jumping in. Here’s how to get the best out of it.

Remember when there were no food processors? My mom, a “gourmet” cook before “foodies” existed, used just a blender and a hand mixer until the mid-1970s when home cooks started buying this new appliance. All of a sudden, dishes that had been out of reach to the home cook tumbled into daily meals. Pesto, bread and pastry doughs, emulsified sauces, sorbets — everything became easier — once mom learned how to use it.

Recently another appliance has arrived on the scene to revolutionize home cooking yet again. Though first introduced in 2010, the Instant Pot multi-cooker was not widely available until 2014. Busy folks (especially those who were not really into cooking) embraced it. Just a few years later, social media feeds are flooded with Instant Pot tips, tricks, recipes and hacks. Now that we all have the latest miracle kitchen appliance, how can we maximize its effectiveness and cook tasty food faster?

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