Why I love my Instant Pot

What is an “Instant Pot” anyway? 

The Instant Pot is an all-in-one kitchen appliance –  7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker


This is not just your ordinary crock-pot!  It can perform all of these functions (not all at once): 

  • a slow cooker
  • a pressure cooker
  • a rice cooker or porridge maker
  • a steamer
  • a saute pan
  • a yogurt maker
  • a “keep warm” serving pot


I originally wanted to buy this for its pressure cooker feature. I watched Danielle Walker’s youtube video on how to make bone broth in 2 hours instead of 24 hours using a pressure cooker. I thought wow, anything to save me time and I was sold. I actually wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, and I hoped  it wouldn’t be a kitchen gadget that would sit in the basement collecting dust.


When it arrived, I have to admit I was intimidated. I had no idea it could perform all these other functions. It was a Christmas gift from my husband. So sweet, he actually heard me say I wanted a pressure cooker and surprised me! The youtube video scared me a little watching the steam come out when she released the pressure – it was hot and fast! I even saw her jump back a little when releasing the pressure. But, I thought I better dive in and start using it. The steam is not an issue and it will not burn you unless you are putting your hand right on it! I love it! I can’t say enough good things about it. I have had a few mishaps, but those were all because I did not read the instructions fully – USER ERROR!


Here is how I have used the Instant Pot since January:

  • steamed veggies 
  • mashed potaotes 
  • rice and quinoa 
  • oatmeal
  • frozen chicken – pressure cooked in 20 min!!! 
  • beef and beer (omg, see recipe it is so yummy) – both saute and crock pot settings
  • shredded pork from pork roast 
  • shredded chicken breasts for tacos 
  • butternut squash soup – saute ingredients (see blog post for recipe) and then and then the soup button for 10 min 

The possibilities are endless. I compare this to having my Vitamix! As you can see, I use it almost daily. 


I am not a big fan of the recipe book other than to get exact cooking times of certain foods. 

So here are some of the websites that I use for recipes:

Don’t forget PINTEREST! That is where I found the recipe for the frozen chicken breasts. 


I am sharing my favorite Beef in Beer recipe with you. It got the recipe from my neighbor. I was sold when I tasted the one she made! It is my husbands favorite, and the kids like it too! Win-Win! 


Beef in Beer
Serves 4
An old Flemish recipe.
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  1. 2lb - 3lb Chuck Steak cut into 2" squares
  2. 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  3. 1 Onion sliced in quarters and separated
  4. 1 Heaping Tbsp of flour - I used Almond Flour or you could use other flour (Gluten-Free)
  5. 1 15oz Light Ale - I used a Gluten-Free Ale (Redbridge)
  6. 1 Spring of fresh Thyme or 1/2 Tsp of dried Thyme
  7. 1 Bay Leaf
  8. 1 Clove Crushed Garlic
  9. Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper
  1. Heat oil on saute setting.
  2. Sear the meat a few pieces at a time. You may need to do several batches. Cook until they are browned on each side and then remove to a plate. Leave all juices inside the pot.
  3. Add the onions and toss until they are brown on the edges.
  4. Return the meat to the pot.
  5. Add the flour and reduce the heat to allow it to soak up the juices.
  6. "It will look rather stodgy and unattractive at this stage but that's quite normal."
  7. Stir in the ale until it comes to a simmering point.
  8. Add the thyme, bay leaf, garlic, salt and pepper.
  9. Switch over to the slow cook setting or your crock pot if you are not using an Instant Pot.
  10. Cook for 6-8 hours. It is done when your meat shreds apart easily.
  1. The traditional Flemish way adds croutons and cheese - baked on top like an onion soup. Browned by the broiler. Mashed potaotes and red cabbage are good with this - per the recipe.
  2. You can use gluten-free croutons. We chose to use no bread or cheese and it was fabulous. It makes your house smell so good when cooking!
Adapted from Delia Smith's Complete Illustrated Cookery Course
Adapted from Delia Smith's Complete Illustrated Cookery Course
Amy Marshall

2 Responses

  1. Marisa

    I love that you love your pressure cooker!! It’s one of my favorite kitchen gadgets, too. Will try these recipes, for sure!