Too Hot to Cook? These Instant Pot Recipes Will Save You. – Mother Jones

Too Hot to Cook? These Instant Pot Recipes Will Save You. – Mother Jones

In the middle of a brutally hot summer—even by Austin standards—I’m not keen to fire up the oven. But at the farmers market, many of the vegetables I encounter are hardy ones that do well with a long, hot roast. There’s loads of butternut squash, a “winter” vegetable that in Texas gets picked and sold in high summer, and potatoes, dug in the spring and stored by farmers to be sold all through July and August.

But one can’t survive on ice cream and takeout alone. Lucky for me, my colleague Kiera Butler introduced me to a gadget that has since become wildly popular: the Instant Pot. It’s a tool that can replace all manner of other contraptions, like rice cookers and crockpots. But the function I prize above all others is its service as a pressure cooker—one that, since it’s well insulated and driven by electricity, adds very little heat to my kitchen, even as it cooks like an absolute demon.

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