Fantastic Instapot Recipes for Beginners

If you have been anywhere in the last couple of years, you’ve probably run into someone who has been ranting and raving about this new kitchen wonder called the InstaPot or Instant Pot and all the delicious Instapot recipes that they are making with it. In fact, there are a whole bunch of Instapot recipes created specifically for cooking in an electric pressure cooker, and they really are amazing.

After using one myself for the last few years, there’s little wonder why so many people are raving about this awesome kitchen tool that can pay for itself time and time again! A kitchen appliance that makes dinner quick, delicious and budget-friendly is every home cook’s best friend! And the reason why they’re so popular, no doubt.

InstaPot Recipes for Beginners

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Before we get into the recipes …

The best way to learn something is to jump in and try it. Yes, it comes with a bit of fear sometimes, but once you jump in, it gets easier with each step. So you can click on the link below and get 6 Instapot Recipes and a color-coded grocery list for free! Yes, free!

Basic InstaPot Recipes You Will Make Often

If you are just getting started, I recommend trying something really easy to get your feet wet. Here are four easy things that I think qualify as great Instapot recipes for those just getting started.

  1. InstaPot Yogurt for Beginners.  If you love yogurt, you’ll absolutely love how easy and delicious yogurt in the instant pot is to make. Plus you can save a lot of money this way! This guide gives you the step-by-step break down of a super easy method for making your own yogurt. Note, you’ll need the instant pot with the yogurt function on it to make this.
  2. This COMPLETE Instant Pot Rice Cooking Guide is my “tell-all” on how to make every kind of rice with Instapot recipes included. It’s so easy to make perfect rice every time. You’ll love it!
  3. Highly nutritious and easy bone broth in the Instapot is a wonderful way to use vegetable scraps and bones from your chicken or beef to create a highly nutritious and delicious broth. It freezes well, too!
  4. Instapot hard-boiled eggs are one thing I am so hooked on. No more fussing over the stove and they magically peel SO much easier than the stove top hard boiled eggs!

Best Chicken InstaPot Recipes

I think I wrote somewhere once that my family ate enough chicken that we might just start clucking eventually. We still love chicken and these four Instapot recipes are a great way to get dinner on the table this week.

  1. Chicken Fajitas in the InstaPot is a pressure cooker spin on our most popular recipe post ever! These fajitas are moist, flavorful and so easy. It makes them a perfect go-to for crazy-busy weeknights. Warm up tortillas and you’re good to go!
  2. We love a good chicken dish, and this Lemon Garlic Chicken never disappoints. It isn’t complicated, but the flavors are complex enough for it to feel a little special, which I love!
  3. Insta Pot Butter Chicken is really mouth watering. So tender and juicy and the pressure seems to make the flavors even better than slow cooking!
  4. Pressure Cooker (InstaPot) Mediterranean Chicken is another favorite of ours. Great choice for any busy day! Plus the leftovers are great.

Best Pork & Beef InstaPot Recipes

Proteins like pork and beef can sometimes take a lot of time and care to get “right”. But these Instapot recipes make it a little less intense to get some of those fantastic meals made without quite as much babysitting in the kitchen.

  1. It’s no secret I’m a huge Tex-Mex fan. Pork Carnitas in the Instapot is just one of the awesome recipes I love to make. Super juicy and again, SO EASY!
  2. Ham and Bean Soup in the Instapot takes one of my favorite comforting recipes and makes it even easier by putting it into an instant pot to pressure cook. Fantastic flavors!
  3. Chili is a staple for a lot of us. (and you can top baked potatoes, make loaded dogs, and so many other things with it)  Award Winning Chili in the Instapot is a great recipe that is easy to follow and produces some very satisfying flavors.
  4. I’m a huge fan of comfort food and this Instapot Beef Stew definitely fits the bill. The beef is super tender, and it makes eating this an absolute delight.

Family Friendly Pasta Instapot Recipes

Okay, what family doesn’t go crazy for pasta? I know mine loves little better than a bowl of pasta, especially if there’s cheese involved. So we love these fantastic pasta dishes. Plus, many of them are basically one-pot dinners, which is even better!

  1. I wasn’t sure how spaghetti would be in the instant pot. But InstaPot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is fantastic and you’re sure to love it!
  2. Seriously, lasagna is possible in the instant pot and it’s delicious! If you’re looking for something fun for dinner, give Instant Pot Lasagna a try.
  3. InstaPot Creamy Shells is an Instapot recipe that’s sure to make the kids really happy. The beef makes it, even more, filling, and a perfect one-pot meal.
  4. This is the BEST InstaPot Mac and Cheese. I’m serious. This is probably one of my favorite quick meals in the instant pot. Incredibly creamy and so good!

Amazing Instapot Recipes in the Dessert Category

photo from Emma Christensen at simplyrecipes.com

Everyone loves a good dessert. I won’t claim that dessert in the instant pot is necessarily easier than any other method, but the results can be fantastic and it’s a great way to enjoy a decadent treat without heating up the entire house with the stove and oven, too!

  1. Cheesecake in the Instapot couldn’t sound any more delicious. And though I haven’t yet tried out the cheesecake in the Instapot, I’m told that this is the absolute creamiest cheesecake ever. I’m all for that!
  2. These little chocolatey delights also known as Instapot Molten Lava Cake are pure delight. Definitely a chocolate lover’s dream!
  3. You can use any kind of fruit in this super easy Instant Pot Dump Cake. It also only takes a few ingredients to make, which is a huge win for me!
  4. Now, these got my mouth watering. I love apple desserts, and a bowl of these EASY Instant Pot Apple Dumplings is a perfect choice. Just add ice cream!

Why the Instapot Craze?

With the ability to both cook under pressure and slow cook food, this tool has so much potential and can be a huge time and money saver as it can make cooking healthy, delicious food for your family much easier than just on the stove top.  I’ve even taken it traveling with me (just like I like to take my slow cookers!) and we’ve eaten well without breaking the budget.

There are literally hundreds of things you can make in the instant pot. From the basics of cooking perfect rice to making easy, creamy homemade yogurt, to making melt in your mouth tender roasts, cooking in the instant pot is a dream. You can even find amazing Instapot recipes for desserts, like to-die-for cheesecakes and molten lava cakes.

If you want elaborate fancy restaurant kinds of meals or just basic comfort food, you can really do it all in the instant pot. Of course, my all-time favorite comfort food is my creamy mac n cheese in the Instapot. So easy, and SO GOOD.

I love using it to cook up bulk proteins for easy freezer cooking, too. Having the meat pre-cooked up in the Instapot and portioned out in the freezer makes cooking on busy weeknights incredibly easy. I love opening up the freezer and knowing I have options, thanks to my instant pot and a little bit of thinking ahead!

And a few more reasons to love the Instapot ..

Plus, making one pot meals in the Instapot means you can have much less of a mess to clean up after dinner is done! And fewer dishes and clean up time is something I’m wholeheartedly behind.

The ability to quickly and easily create fantastic food for dinner using Instapot recipes meets a need for many people, so it makes sense that there are so many people talking all about them right now. And with the summer heat coming on strong, not having to turn on the stove to get dinner done is a huge plus for many of us!

Whether you are a recent owner of a brand new instant pot, or maybe you’ve been holding on to this amazing kitchen tool for a while, finding delicious Instapot recipes that are both easy and family friendly can be daunting.  I certainly can relate to the feeling of brain overload when it comes to looking for the perfect Instapot dinner to make for my family tonight!

That’s why I decided to collect some of the best instant pot recipes for beginners (and old pros will love these too!) in one place. Now let’s get to the recipes!

More Links and Resources for Easy InstaPot Cooking

  • After you get settled in with the basics of cooking Instapot recipes you might find you want to expand a little bit. Here’s my personal pick of the Top Ten Accessories for Instant Pot Cooking.
  • Cooking Meats and More in the Instapot gives you everything you need to know about how to cook protein in bulk in the instant pot. Pork, Chicken, Beef and beans are featured in this series with video tutorials so you not only read about how to do it but can actually watch me get it into the instant pot and set it up! (plus dozens of ideas of how to use the meat you’ve been able to bulk cook and freeze up!)
  • Of course, the Instapot is not the only pressure cooker on the market. If you haven’t yet bought one of these guys, you may enjoy checking out my honest review of the two big pressure cookers on the market for insight into the features of each one.  You can read all about in my post, Instant pot vs Cuisinart– an honest review.

There you have it. If you have on of these handy little kitchen appliances, then get one of these Instapot recipes going for dinner tonight. If you haven’t gotten one yet, now is a great time to make that investment.

Now it’s your turn. What are some of your favorite Instapot recipes for beginners–or just recipes that are so easy you make them time and time again?

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How to make Instant Pot Rice aka. Instapot Rice

There’s something simple and comforting about a hot bowl of buttered rice. I guess that’s why it’s such a popular dish all over the world. And now, with the popularity of the Instapot, you can make Instant Pot Rice faster and easier than ever before.

For me, this love for rice started in childhood. I remember reading the folktale “A Grain of Rice,” adapted into a children’s book by Helena Clare Pittman. “A Grain of Rice” tells the story of a young man who saves the emperor’s daughter and as a reward he asks for a single grain of rice to be given to him, and the next day two grains, the third day four grains, and continue to double each day for a total of 100 days.

By the end of the story, the man is the richest in the land and elephants are bringing rice by the ton! It’s a great book about math…but also really makes me want some finely cooked rice! The book I remember is set in China, but the story has about as many variations as there are types of rice! 

No Rice Cooker? No Problem!

Making instant pot rice can be simple, fast, and scrumptious!

Instant rice in a box just isn’t as good and making rice on the stove can be tricky! But don’t get discouraged, break out that instapot (instant pot) and learn to make rice the fast, easy, and 21st century way! 

Another perk of Instant Pot Rice is that you can actually steam veggies at the same time in a steamer basket and cut down on your clean up. You can find the steamer and my entire Instant Pot wishlist on the Top 10 Instant Pot Accessories Post

How to Cook Short Grain or Long Grain White Instant Pot Rice

Short grain white rice is an American staple. It’s sticky, tasty, and goes with everything! When cooking white rice, you can actually use the “rice” setting on your instant pot. Follow the one to one method of one cup of water for every one cup of rice.

Instant Pot White Rice

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Short or long grain, this sticky white rice is tasty and goes with pretty much everything!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups white rice
  • 2 cups water
Instructions
  1. Place 2 cups of white rice in the instant pot
  2. Pour 2 cups of water into the pot
  3. Close the lid and seal
  4. Set the Instant Pot to the ‘rice’ setting or for 5 minutes
  5. Cook and then allow it to set and naturally release for 10 minutes
  6. Serve

White rice can also be cooked with chicken broth or vegetable broth in place of the water for a more savory flavor. Add cheese and some pre-cooked shredded chicken for a quick and easy lunch.

How to Cook Brown Instant Pot Rice 

Even though brown rice takes far longer to cook, even brown instant pot rice, it is worth the wait! My favorite way to eat brown rice is by topping it with black beans, chicken, cheese, salsa, and guacamole.

Brown rice is hearty and makes a great healthy grain to serve with burrito bowls or even as a side to a simple meal of chicken and veggies. Brown rice on the stove can take a white, but in the instant pot, it takes less than 30 minutes.

Note: Brown rice tends to be a bit crunchy, to avoid cooking crunchy rice, add a bit more water than you would with other rice types. For brown rice, add about a quarter cup more of water or liquid per cup of rice.

Instant Pot Brown Rice

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This hearty rice may take a few minutes longer than white rice, but it's definitely worth the wait!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2½ cups water
Instructions
  1. Place 2 cups of brown rice in the instant pot
  2. Pour 2 cups of water in the pot
  3. Close the lid and seal
  4. Cook the rice for 22-25 minutes (depending on how tender you prefer the rice to be) on high pressure
  5. Allow the rice to set and naturally release for 10 minutes
  6. Release the excess pressure (if there is any)
  7. Serve

Brown rice in the instant pot can be easily prepared as you get other parts of your meal together for a fast dinner. You could even prepare brown rice in the instant pot as you get ready in the morning. Pack the brown rice up with some leftover chicken for a cheap lunch on a busy day.

How to Cook Basmati Instant Pot Rice 

Basmati rice is native to the Indian subcontinent. Basmati rice is one of my favorite types of rice. It has a clean taste and is a common side of many Indian dishes.

My family loves to eat tikka masala with naan bread and Basmati rice, but on the stove, I always struggled with overcooking my rice. With the instapot this problem is a thing of the past… plus it only takes 16 minutes!

Instant Pot Basmati Rice

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Basmati is a clean tasting rice, native to the Indian subcontinent and a common side for many Indian dishes
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
Instructions
  1. First, measure out 2 cups of Basmati rice.
  2. Dump the rice into the instapot along with 2 cups of water.
  3. Close the lid of the instant pot pressure cooker or instapot and cook on high pressure for 5-6 minutes depending on how tender you’d like your rice.
  4. Do a natural release for 10 minutes
  5. Release any excess pressure

If you’d like your rice to be more tender, increase the liquid. Increasing the cooking time may lead to burnt rice at the bottom of the instapot.

How to Cook Jasmine Instant Pot Rice

Jasmine rice is a delicious, fluffy white rice commonly found in east Asia. it tastes just as good made in an instant pot pressure cooker or instapot as it does on the stove… and it’s definitely superior to instant, one-minute rice from a box!

Jasmine instant pot rice takes a shorter time to cook but requires a bit more water. Some folks prefer to rinse their rice with water before cooking, but in a pinch, just dumping the rice into the pot with some water will do just as well! 1 and ¼ cups of water for every 1 cup of Jasmine rice.

Instant Pot Jasmine Rice

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A delicious, fluffy white rice common to east Asia.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of Jasmine Rice
  • 2 ½ cups of water
Instructions
  1. Measure 2 cups of Jasmine rice and pour into the instapot
  2. Measure 2 and ½ cups of water and pour into the instapot
  3. Close the lid and cook for 4 minutes on high pressure
  4. Do a natural release for 10 minutes
  5. Release the extra pressure (if any) after 10 minutes

Serve the Jasmine rice as a side with dumplings, orange chicken, or any other dish of your choice.

How to Cook Coconut Instant Pot Rice

Jasmine rice tastes great with a hint of coconut, as well. If you’re looking to mix up your rice-cooking to spice up a boring Tuesday evening meal, try using a can of coconut milk with 2 cups of Jasmine rice.

Cook it for 5 minutes in the instant pot pressure cooker and follow the 10-minute natural release protocol of the water-method. The coconut milk will add a hint of flavor and tastes great with all kinds of meals!

Instant Pot Coconut Rice

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Coconut milk adds a hint of flavor to jasmine rice and tastes great with all kinds of meals
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Jasmine rice
  • 16 oz. can coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Measure 2 cups of Jasmine rice and pour into the instant pot
  2. Open and pour the can of coconut milk into the instant pot
  3. Close the lid and seal
  4. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes
  5. Do a natural release of the pressure for 10 minutes
  6. Release the extra pressure and serve

I’ve made coconut rice as a side with Indian-style butter chicken or even added some lime juice to serve with some spicy chipotle and lime chicken seared in an iron skillet.

How to Cook Sticky Instant Pot Rice

Instant Pot Sticky Rice

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Sticky rice is the foundation of good Chinese take-out, and thanks to the Instapot, it's also the foundation to a great home cooked Chinese dinner!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Jasmine rice
  • 2 cups water
Instructions
  1. Rinse 2 cups of Jasmine rice and drain
  2. Place rinsed rice in the Instant Pot with slightly less than 2 cups of water
  3. Close the lid and seal the Instant Pot
  4. Set pressure to high
  5. Set cook time for 7 minutes
  6. Use a natural release for 10 minutes
  7. After 10 minutes, manually release the excess pressure (if any)

Sticky rice is the foundation of good Chinese take-out… or a delicious home cooked knock-off! It’s also delicious for making homemade sushi or California rolls. You can get that texture by making rice in the Instant Pot.

The first key is to use Jasmine rice… but you also will want to rinse the rice beforehand. Rinsing the rice will help get the sticky quality you hope for and keep it from getting too mushy while it cooks.

How to Cook Wild Instant Pot Rice 

The first time I cooked wild rice, I thought it would never get done! It takes well over an hour on the stove top—but that isn’t the case with the Instant Pot! Thank goodness for that! I am far too impatient to wait over an hour for rice, but using the Instant Pot cuts that time nearly in half!

Unlike the other types of rice, wild rice requires more liquid. Use 4 cups of liquid for every cup of wild rice.

Instant Pot Wild Rice

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This hearty rice starts with a lot more liquid and takes longer than other types, but the Instant Pot gets it done in half the time of the stovetop!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups wild rice
  • 8 cups water
Instructions
  1. Place 2 cups of wild rice and 8 cups of water in the instant pot
  2. Close the lid and seal
  3. Set to high pressure
  4. Cook for 35 minutes
  5. Allow the pot to naturally release for 15 minutes
  6. Serve

Wild rice is native to North America and areas of Asia, and it’s both hearty and healthy. Thankfully, the Instant Pot makes it easy and faster to make!

Rice is a great foundation to cuisines worldwide

Rice remains a staple food all over the world and can provide rich sustenance for your family. There are hundreds of varieties of rice and many ways to cook the grain.

The most common types of rice you’ll find in your local grocery store break down into two main categories: white rice and brown rice. Of the white rice varieties, you might be familiar with Basmati, Jasmine, or long grain. Brown rice also comes in long grain or short grain. Finally, wild rice is another type of rice frequently found in the aisles of the grocery store.

From the spicy jolaf rice found on many Nigerian tables to white sticky rice served with mahi mahi. Japanese style or a quick lunch of cheesy chicken rice like my mom used to make, rice is as versatile as you can be creative. That is probably the reason you can find it cooking in pots, pans, or electric cookers in homes all over.

Despite the fact that rice is a staple of global cuisine, many people struggle with making a pot of rice. I don’t know about you, but I have made both soggy, mushy pots of rice in sore attempts to make a simple dinner. The next time around, I would end up burning the rice, trying to compensate for my previous mistake! 

A lot of people suggest using a rice cooker, but an instant pot will work just as well!

Cooking (white) Rice is as Easy as 1-2-1:

Whether it is on the stove, in a rice cooker, or with an instapot, most rice cooks on the one-to-one principle: one cup of water for every one cup of rice.

This method can be used with most white rice, including white Jasmine and Basmati.

The one-to-one principle will cook the rice so that it is not too mushy and also not too crunchy. I don’t know about you, but I hate crunchy rice!

If you like your rice more on the sticky side, increase the water by about one tablespoon. However, if you do like your rice slightly more crunchy, decrease the water by approximately one to two teaspoons. Keep in mind, if you decrease the water too much, the rice may burn to the bottom of your Instant Pot pressure cooker.

And if you’re a more visual learner, you can find youtube videos on cooking rice in your instant pot too, like one that Ground Leaf posted a few years ago on cooking white rice.

Instant Pot Rice for the homecook

How Much Rice Should I Make?

Your instapot or instant pot pressure cooker can cook quite a bit of rice! One cup of rice will easily serve 2 people, if the rice is a side item. Add one cup of rice for every two people you want to serve. You may want to cook more if rice is the main dish you are serving.

Why Does the Rice Stick to the Bottom of My Instant Pot?

A common problem people have cooking rice is that some of the rice sticks to the bottom of the pan or pot. The first thing to know is that this is an age-old problem of cooking rice.

In Chinese there is even a word for that crunchy rice left at the bottom of the pot. Mi guoba (米锅巴) means “scorched rice.” In Iran, that crunchy rice is even served as a common dish! Pegao, as it’s referred to in Puerto Rico, is found in many homes. Around the world, people have different ways of eating and utilizing the scorched rice from the bottom of the pot.

Rice burning to the bottom of the pan is nearly inevitable if you are cooking rice over an open flame in a metal pot, but rice sticking to the bottom of the pan is still likely when cooking in a rice cooker or even an instapot or instant pot pressure cooker.

But while the crunchy rice at the bottom of the pot is not a sign you’re a bad chef, no one wants to clean out rice that has actually blackened and burned to the bottom of the instant pot!

Add More Liquid

How do you solve the problem of burning your rice? Add a little more water! If you’ve been burning your rice, rather than decreasing the amount of time you are cooking the rice, first try adding a tablespoon or two more water to the pot. Decreasing the cooking time might just make the rice hard on your teeth. Adding water will help the rice at the bottom of the pot to have enough liquid to cook well!

Rinse The Rice Ahead of Time

Others swear by rinsing the rice beforehand. Rinsing the rice before you cook it may add just enough water to keep your rice from burning.

So there you have it. The answer to pretty much any question that you could have about cooking Instant Pot Rice. I would love to know which recipes you’ve tried and what you think of Instant Pot Rice in the comments below.

Happy cooking!

Top 10 Instant Pot Accessories Picks + 3 extras

A few weekends ago I had the privilege of speaking at a conference, my topics being meal planning tips and Instant Pots along with some of the Instant Pot accessories that are available. That is what prompted me this Top 10 Instant Pot Accessories Picks + 3 extras post … but, I digress.

We kicked off this calendar year with Pressure Cooker School on Facebook Live and here on the blog with a free Instant Pot Meal Plan. And it was about a year ago that we did an entire series on cooking meats and proteins for the freezer using your electric pressure cooker.

Are you seeing a theme here? Electric Pressure Cookers, and specifically the Instant Pot, aka. Instapot, have become wildly popular in the past few years. As we’re learning how to use them, we’re realizing all the things they can do!

Top 10 Instant Pot Accessories Picks + 3 extras

Some of these magical functions require a few Instant Pot accessories. Let me just tell you, there are lots of accessories out there. Which begs the question … which ones do I really need? And why do I really need that accessory? And in what order should I make my wish list?

No need to fret over all the questions because today I want to share my top 10 Instant Pot accessories + 3 more, just because I figure a little free information is always a good thing.

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My top 10 Instant Pot Accessories Picks + 3 extras

Back to the plethora of Instant Pot accessories, you can find with a quick internet search: there are so many it’ll make your head spin. You’ll find everything from extra rings (something I think is a must-have!) to the more unique and even odd. The most “personalized” thing I’ve seen is some 90-degree vent cover that looks like a dragon or wolf.

If you’re wanting a peek at my wishlist, lumped into tiers of priority purchases, then let’s chat!

So here’s the quick list – My top 10 Instant Pot accessories Picks + 3 extras

Just in case you’re like me and prefer an easy to read list, here’s my list …

  1. Sweet and Savory Rings
  2. Stackable Steamer Pans
  3. Tempered Glass Lid
  4. Extra Cooking Pot and the non-stick version
  5. Silicone Lids
  6. Double Egg Steamer Pack
  7. Silicone Cupcake Liners
  8. Mesh Strainer
  9. Gripper Clips
  10. 7″ Bundt / Cheesecake / Cake Pan
  11. Yogurt Maker
  12. Silicone Egg Bite Molds
  13. Quick & Carry Bag

But you’re probably wondering why these made the cut. Read on for the why behind each item, what they can do and even how to take care of some of them.

My Top Five Must-Haves

1. Silicone Sweet & Savory Rings

instant pot accessories sweet savory rings

These are definitely a must-have as you begin to use your Instant Pot for more and more recipes. I love using mine for soups, hard-boiled eggs, rice and even oatmeal and desserts. But I do not love that some foods can leave a rather pungent odor on your ring. I’m looking at you stinky onions. Once that happens, oatmeal is never the same. These particular rings are the ones I would recommend for two specific reasons. One – using unofficial Instant Pot Sealing Rings can void your warranty, and that’s typically not a good idea. Two – the different colors make it easy to remember which one to use for which type of recipes, blue for sweet and red for savory. 

Regardless of how many sealing rings you have, you’ll want to do some routine care and maintenance on them, but that’s way easier than it sounds. After each use, simply remove the ring and wash it in soapy water or run it through a dishwasher cycle with the rest of the dinner dishes. Then you just position it securely back in the lid and you’re good to go. It’s also a good idea to check the rings for cracks on a regular basis because a tight seal is what allows the pressure cooker to work in the first place. I would actually consider these rings to be more of a necessity than Instant Pot Accessories because at some point they will have to be replaced due to normal wear and tear.

2. Stackable Steamer Pans

Instant Pot Accessories steamer pans

The second item on my Instant Pot accessories wish list is a steamer pan or two. These are obviously the perfect pan for steaming veggies, but they do so much more than that. You can use them to reheat leftovers, bake a lasagna or even make a cheesecake. And since there are 2 pans you can actually make an entire meal with meat or fish in one and veggies or rice in another, or any other combination that you can think of. You know if it’s a way to make dinner quicker and easier and with less clean-up, then I’m all in!

A little side note here, about the whole PIP or Pot-in-Pot cooking thing. This is one of the more self-explanatory abbreviations in the Instant Pot world, meaning that your cooking in a pot, inside of the Instant Pot. Things like reheating a meal in a small round casserole dish, steaming veggies in a steamer pot, or baking a cheesecake in a springform pan – these all require a separate pan inside of the Instant Pot. These versatile stackable steamer pans are the first of the PIP options that I have on my list.

3. Tempered Glass Lid

Instant Pot Accessories glass lid

This is money well spent for several reasons. You can use it with the sautee feature so you don’t have to dirty another pan and you can keep splatters off your counter. Cue the angel chorus for easier dinner clean-up! The other time the glass lid is really handy is for the slow cooker setting. You can use the slow cooker function with the traditional lid, but if you’re like me, you want to see your food to know if any time or temperature adjustments need to be made. I’ve readily admitted to being a control freak when it comes to seeing my food in a slow cooker. Again, because many of us have a genuine need to see what’s going on with our dinner, this may be more of a necessity than just another item on the Instant Pot Accesories wish list. 

4. Extra Cooking Pot

Instant Pot Accessories stainless pot

Yet another handy accessory for more than one reason. An extra pot allows you to cook your meat, while you prep your side dish and then quickly switch pots when your meat is done. You can even store leftovers in one pot and still have the extra pot available for another meal. It also gives you an opportunity to have both a stainless steel pot and a non-stick pot, because choices are always a good thing!

Instant Pot Accessories non-stick pot

I guess I should explain a bit here for those of you who are curious about the Instant Pot but don’t yet own one. The cooking pot is basically like the crock of a slow cooker. It’s the removable pot that your food (or PIP pan) goes in when using the Instant Pot. While you really never need an extra crock for a slow cooker, the Instant Pot is so quick that it could come in handy for 2 different dishes in one meal. And beyond being handy, it’s pretty affordable too!

5. Silicone Lids

Instant Pot Accessories Silicone Lid

Rounding out the top 5 must have Instant Pot accessories wish list are silicone lids. Yes, lids, not lid. We already talked about why an extra pot is on my top 5, so a lid quickly becomes lids. Why a lid? Because as handy as an extra pot is for storing leftovers, soup or sauce that spills if you only used foil or plastic wrap for that lid is messy. And life already has enough messes to clean up! Have I ever mentioned that I’m a “lazy” cook? In this case, it may be more brilliant than lazy because it alleviates another cleaning project. You’re welcome!

The Super Handy Fab Five

It’s kind of like the fab four, but different. These are the five Instant Pot accessories that will come in really handy to make your Instant Pot even more versatile and user-friendly.

6. Double Egg Steamer Pack

Instant Pot Accessories Egg Steamers

I’ve mentioned several times on Facebook live how much I love using my Instant Pot for hard-boiled eggs. They come out perfect. Every. Single. Time. And, I don’t have to stand there and monitor them at all.

And the best part is that peeling them is a breeze. The shells come off without leaving craters and losing half the egg here and there. This double steamer pack is really nice because you can do a dozen eggs at a time! They’re a great protein for busy days – waking up late, after-school snacks, an evening at the ball field or the court or …

You may wonder why you even need some of these Instant Pot Accessories? I mean, why can’t just set them in the pot with water to hard-boil like you’ve done on the stovetop? Technically, you can, but wherever the egg touches the bottom or sides of the pot, you’ll have a brown spot. It won’t change the taste of the egg at all, but who wants a brown spot when you’ve finally found the method for a perfectly peeled egg?

7. Silicone Cupcake Liners

Instant Pot Accessories Cupcake liners

Okay, these have to be the most fun and festive Instant Pot Accessories for my planner-sticker-loving heart! And they’re great for making cheery little cupcakes and saving on paper waste too. How can you use these colorful cupcake baking cups in your Instant Pot you ask?

Obviously, they work for cupcakes and muffins, but they’re also perfect for individual cheesecakes. I’m thinking one of the benefits is that it’s quicker than a traditional cheesecake. I think they’re a little healthier too since I won’t feel the need to finish off an entire cheesecake!

They also work great for poached eggs. I’m thinking about setting it in the morning, and they should be ready by the time I get back to the kitchen. A poached egg in one of these bright little liners just has to make Monday mornings a little easier to face!

8. Mesh Strainer

Instant Pot Accessories Mesh Strainer

A mesh strainer that fits in your Instant Pot is another versatile little accessory. One of the common uses is for hard boiling eggs if you don’t have a rack that you like to use. They’re also great for making a delicious and super-healthy bone broth.

And the thing I need to try this fall is loading one up with fresh apples, oranges, and a few other classic ingredients to create hot spiced cider. The cooking time should be somewhere around 15 minutes (plus heating & pressure release time) but that’s much faster than the slow cooker recipes I’ve used.

The beauty of the mesh strainer is that when your food or cider or broth or whatever is done, you can easily remove the floating ingredients that you really don’t want to serve. Some people even use these with a cheesecloth lining to strain yogurt.

And there’s no reason why you can’t use this and several of your Instant Pot accessories outside of your instant pot too! Anytime you can opt for one gadget that does double-duty, then I say go for it!

9. Gripper Clips (because I already have mini mitts)

Instant Pot Accessories Gripper Clips

When I first saw these gripper clips, I wasn’t quite convinced that they needed to be included in my Instant Pot accessories wish list. It’s probably because I already have some Mini Mitts that are perfect for the Instant Pot and for handling all sorts of other hot items in the kitchen.

As I read more about them, they do seem like a more secure and effective way to pull out a loaded and hot inner pot, especially if there is very much liquid in that inner pot. Many times we just serve directly from the inner pot, but not if I’m using my Instant Pot for more than one dish for dinner.

 

Instant Pot Accessories Mini Mitts

And again, because one product with several uses is always nice, they’re also great for removing hot pans and trays from the oven or microwave or grill.

10. 7” pan in a variety of options

Technically this is really a collection of 3 Instant Pot Accessories, but they’re kind of the same so I’m going to clump them together.

Round Cheesecake pan with a removable bottom

Instant Pot Accessories removable bottom cake pan

My third choice here is the 7” pan with a removable bottom. And the first recipe I would use it for? Well, some sort of cheesecake, of course!

Non-stick Springform Pan

Instant Pot Accessories springform cake pan

My second choice would be the 7” springform pan. In some ways, I can also see that clip on the outside getting banged around and messed up in the cabinet. It’s just the way things are when everyone helps put dishes away, one of those family activities I like to encourage! But I can also see how this might be easier to remove a cheesecake from because you don’t have to push it up from the bottom.

Can you just imagine that going sideways and dumping a cheesecake on the countertop instead of gently pushing it up and out of the pan? Not that I wouldn’t strongly consider scooping it back into a pan and serving it with some sort of garnish!

And clinching the first choice title … Bundt Pan!

Instant Pot Accessories 3-in-1 cake pan

It’s the combination bundt/cheesecake/cake pan. I’m guessing there’s no need to explain this option because it can function as all three of the above with minimal storage. This particular model has some great reviews and ideas for recipes beyond cakes – like lasagna and meatloaf. And I just love the color of this one too!

Most of us may be able to survive just fine without a bundt pan, but when you can get all three Instant Pot accessories in one, then why not?! Or if you’re the type who would definitely opt for all 3 of these pans, then you can free up a little storage space in your cabinet for some other kitchen gadgets.

And a few extras just because a girl can dream right?!

11. Yogurt Maker 

Instant Pot Accessories yogurt maker

I have to admit that I had not really considered making yogurt in my Instant Pot until several of y’all mentioned how easy it is to make yogurt in yours. I definitely enjoy yogurt, especially on low-carb days, so why not give it a try?

Technically, this yogurt maker is  a greek yogurt maker and it isn’t really considered among most Instant Pot accessories. Except that you use it to drain yogurt after you take it out of your Instant Pot, so I’m adding it to the official list!

Some people simply use cheesecloth to drain most of the liquid out of their yogurt. But, you’ll also find quite a few reviews that talk about how much smoother and creamier their Greek yogurt is using this little accessory. It seems like it could pay for itself pretty quick depending on how much yogurt you can go through in a week.

And there’s a stainless steel model too

Instant Pot Accessories stainless yogurt maker

There are two versions to choose between for my Instant Pot accessories wish list – the regular yogurt maker and the stainless version that costs a little more. I’ll probably shoot for the stainless one because I’m thinking it might last a little longer.

And then the real experimenting will begin, with the list of possible add-ins for yogurt. I may start with fresh fruit or all fruit preserves and granola. Or maybe a dollop of Greek yogurt mixed with some savory spices on top of Migas! If you have some favorite add-ins or toppings, I would love to hear those in the comments below.

12. Silicone Egg Bite Molds

Instant Pot Accessories Egg Bite Molds

These egg bite molds made the “a few extras” list because they could make fun treats for a party, or maybe even a Tuesday afternoon. A lot of people use them for egg bites, but they will also work for mini-muffins and even mini cheesecakes or chocolate lava cake. Now I’ve got your attention, right? Wouldn’t that be fun for some bite-sized fuss-free party food that looks extra special?

13. Quick & Carry Bag

Instant Pot Accessories Quick & Carry Bag

I’ve gone back and forth on this one, but it does seem like this tote bag could quickly become one of my favorite Instant Pot accessories. When we go to the beach with the family we love to do freezer cooking to dramatically reduce the eating out budget line. Honestly, this accessory would pay for itself with the first meal that we ate in instead of eating out too!

Some people use theirs for taking food to a potluck in the same way that many of us have toted slow cookers for years. And the extra storage compartment on top and pocket on the front help ensure that nothing will get left behind. 

Now that I think about it, if the Instant Pot is used as a slow cooker, and then fitted with the pressure cooker lid just for transport, it’s probably just as easy as toting my slow cooker to the next potluck. For some of us, that could mean replacing the slow cooker with an Instant Pot that has a slow cooker function. That leaves more space both on the shelves and in the budget to use this appliance to its fullest capacity.

How about you?

Have you jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon? If so, what’s your favorite feature or recipe to make in yours?

And if you have any of these accessories, I would love to know what your thoughts are on it. It’s always great to hear the pros and cons of others before making a purchase. Or maybe you’re in the process of compiling your own wish list. In that case, what are your top 5?

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FREE Pressure Cooker School

I’m sure by now you’ve all heard about the Instant Pot, aka. electric pressure cooker. I’ve heard from several of you who recently received one as a gift and are feeling a little intimidated by it. That’s exactly why we’re offering Free Pressure Cooker School!

Free Pressure Cooker School

We kicked it off by covering: [Read more…]

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of College Inn®. The opinions and text are all mine.

I love Ham and Bean Soup, but it typically takes quite a few hours to make.  Enter the Instant Pot or any brand of digital pressure cooker.  This appliance makes it possible to have fantastic Ham and Bean Soup in less than one hour!

And this recipe is healthy too. Beans, ham, vegetables and a generous portion of College Inn® make this recipe simple and nutritious.

If you haven’t tried using your Instant Pot yet, this is an easy recipe to test it out.  Everything gets added to the pot at the same time.  The lid is sealed and the cook time set, then you can work on other things – maybe fix a big salad and some cornbread – while the soup cooks.

Once the timer goes off, the soup is ready to serve.  It doesn’t get any easier than this.  You don’t even need to soak the beans before cooking.

Want more delicious instant pot dinners? Sign up to download the FREE menu and color-coded grocery list so you can enjoy one of these great instant pot meals tonight.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup:

Do be sure to rinse and pick through the Great Northern beans before adding them to the pot. Dried beans often of small stones or other debris that needs removed before cooking.

There’s just a small amount of chopping for this recipe, but it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes and probably less than that.

If you decide to try it, share your results using #CollegeInnBroth!

This is truly a recipe that anyone can make!

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

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Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 pound dried great northern beans
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4-5 small carrots or 2-3 large, chopped
  • 1 pound ham cubes
  • 6 cups or 48 oz. College Inn® Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Rinse and pick through the dried beans to remove any small rocks or debris
  2. Place rinsed beans, onion, garlic, celery, carrots and ham in Instant Pot.
  3. Pour College Inn® Chicken Broth over all the ingredients in the pot. Stir in the salt.
  4. Seal lid and set cook time for 35 minutes.
  5. Do a quick pressure release.
  6. Serve in bowls.

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See also: The 10 Best Instant Pot Accessories

FREE Instant Pot Meal Plan + Instant Pot Deals you won’t want to miss

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. I am so grateful for each of you and your commitment to building stronger families by gathering around your dinner table!

You all know how much I love my electric pressure cookers and let me tell you, they were both vital to yesterday’s calm at our house. We’ve gathered a few resources for Instant Pot Deals you won’t want to miss.

FREE Download Instant Pot Meal Plan and Grocery List!

We’ve put together this free Instant Pot Dinners Meal Plan  for you!

Click here to download your one week of Instant Pot Dinners, complete with a color-coded grocery list just like our weekly meal plans.

Instant Pot Deals you won’t want to miss!

Instant Pot deals you won't want to miss

While you’re at it, check out my affiliate link for the 6-quart Instant Pot Black Friday Deal on Amazon today. They also have this 8-quart Instant Pot Black Friday Deal with a yogurt function too. You’ll want to snag one right away as Amazon prices can change quickly and we’re not really sure how long this sale will last.

I’ve also packed lots of information and a few tips about my Top 10 Instant Pot Accessories Picks + 3 extras post that you might find helpful. Especially if you’ve used your Instapot and are seeing all the possibilities with it!

Free Eat at Home Instant Pot Resources

If you still have a few questions about the Instant Pot then you can watch the Facebook Live that I did on Wednesday for all the basics and answers to some of the most common questions.

You can also find my honest review of the Instant Pot vs. the Cuisinart Pressure Cookers. And then there’s this entire series on Cooking Meats and Proteins for the Freezer in your Instant Pot.

Do you have an Instant Pot or is it on your wish list this year? We would love to hear about your favorite way to use yours in the comments below!

 

Easy Summer BBQ & Grilling Recipes Your Family will Love

When it comes to favorite foods, barbecue seems to be the answer to a variety of dinner menu dilemmas. Needing a quick dinner? BBQ! Hankerin’ for comfort foods? BBQ! Feeding a crowd without breaking the budget? BBQ! Perfect meal for a grill or even the slow cooker that won’t heat up the kitchen? BBQ! You get the idea! Not only is it the answer to #AllTheQuestions, there are as many recipes for BBQ as there are occasions to enjoy it. And that’s precisely why I’ve gathered up the quintessential list of BBQ & Grilling recipes that your family is sure to love!

BBQ & Grilling Recipes for the Perfect Backyard Gatherings

For the Surf Lovers…

And the Turf Lovers…

And we can’t forget Chicken …

  • A few years ago, Kim shared this recipe for Chicken and Veggies Foil Packets on the Grill. Simple, tasty and virtually no cleanup!
  • For those of you who prefer a little kick, this BBQ Pepper Jack Chicken uses Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, our family favorite, and pepper jack for a quick 4-ingredient grilled dinner.
  • These BBQ Chicken Fajitas start with a great idea like Chicken Fajitas and take it up a few notches with grilling and BBQ. Yum!

  • If you’re looking for the secret to the perfect grilled chicken legs, you’ll find it in my BBQ Chicken Legs recipe. Shhh!

And then there’s Pork … and Pizza …

  • The flavor of this Easy Grilled Pizza is hard to beat, and it’s a perfect assemble-yourself dinner for each family member or guest while enjoying some together time outdoors.

No Grill? No problem! How about some awesome BBQ flavors in your slow cooker or instant pot?

  • For all you coffee lovers, these Red Eye BBQ Ribs will absolutely make your day!
  • My Chili Sauce Chicken Legs are a wonderful blend of sweet and spicy.
  • Zingy BBQ Chicken packs a powerful flavor punch by combining two classic marinades in one recipe. Check it out!
  • Peach Pulled Pork Sliders are a delicious combination of pulled pork, peach salsa and Hawaiian rolls, and it includes a perfect side recipe of Apple Cole Slaw.I’m not really sure why I decided to combine the ingredients I did for these

 And a little more Grilling and Barbecue goodness

Did you know that you can make these EASY Freezer Marinades, pour them over frozen meat and pop them back in the freezer until you’re ready to pull them out and toss them on the grill? It’s true. Simple. Tasty. Everybody wins!

  • And while your meat is marinating and grilling, here are a few perfect Barbeque sides to add to the table.
  • Before you shut the grill down, toss some pineapple slices on for this wonderfully sweet and light Grilled Pineapple Dessert.

Granted, June is designated as National Barbecue Month and that’s a good enough reason to bust out your favorite barbecue sauce and try some of the recipes above. But let’s be honest, BBQ & grilling isn’t just for June or even summer for that matter. Is there a better way to brighten up a cold winter day than a slow cooker barbecue dinner? Let’s hear it for menus that are tasty problem-solvers all year round!

Happy grilling!

How to Cook Chicken for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

In the past several weeks we’ve enjoyed a series on how to cook meats and proteins for the freezer in the Instant Pot. We started with Turkey, followed by Beef and Beans. Last week we focused on Pork and this week we’ll wrap up our series with how to cook chicken for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

Several of you have joined us for the facebook live posts as we’ve cooked each of these in the Instant Pot and talked about ways to serve each meat. Your comments and ideas have made this series even more fun to do together and hopefully, you have been inspired to prep meats and proteins for your own freezer.

If you don’t have an instant pot yet, I can’t tell you how much I love mine! You can get one here.  And you might also find my top 10 Instant Pot accessories + 3 extras post to be helpful too.

You can find the tips from the rest of this series at the Cooking Meats and Proteins for the freezer in the Instant Pot page. And if you’re a visual learner, you can check out this quick video where we cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot, step by step

And now, let’s cook some chicken in the Instant Pot

Making a whole chicken is easy.  Take it out of the packaging.  There may be some parts in the cavity – heart, liver etc.  These could be in a bag or loose.  Either way, remove them from the cavity of the chicken.

Place the chicken in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker.  Season with salt and pepper and add at least 2 cups of water to the pot.  Set the cook time for 25-30 minutes.

When the cook time is finished, do a quick pressure release and the chicken is ready to use.  I like to shred or chop the meat and store in freezer bags in the freezer to use for quick meals later.

Need some ideas for how to use up that delicious chicken? Here’s 44 that will get your mouth watering!

Shredded Chicken for the Freezer

  • Chili Chicken Egg Rolls are great anytime, but especially when you need a main course that can be held in your hand, like soccer practice, picnics, football season or fill-in-the-blank ball season. And don’t be intimidated by the rolling process, you’ll be a pro by the third one, and then you’ll be so glad you learned!
  • Chicken and Dumplings are easy, tasty and the ultimate in comfort foods!
  • For a quick little Caribbean inspired sandwich that leaves plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors in the evening, you can’t go wrong with these Jerk Chicken Sandwiches
  • Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches are an easy twist on an old favorite.
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches are the best of chicken, bacon, ranch and slaw on a bun.
  • The cilantro and lime add a refreshing burst of flavor for these Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches

Chopped Chicken for the Freezer

  • Quesadillas are always a nice option and these Chicken Florentine Quesadillas are a nice break from the usual flavors without going so exotic that you can’t find the ingredients included.
  • This Chicken Fiesta Skillet makes a tasty one-dish meal served over tortillas or corn bread with some tortilla chips to the side.
  • Quick White Chicken Chicken Chili goes from frozen chicken to steaming chili on the table in under 30 minutes. Win win!

  • Chipotle Chile Chicken Nachos are a 15-minute meal that you won’t want to turn your back on once you’ve set it on the table. It will disappear in a matter of minutes!
  • Love the idea of chicken casserole with a crumbly topping but can’t afford all the fat and calories in the usual recipe? Then this lightened version of  Chicken Casserole is the answer to your dilemma.
  • Cheesy Chicken Casserole is the epitome of two simple words. Comfort. Food!

  • This Peach Chutney Chicken Salad is not your usual chicken salad when you add peach chutney, curry powder, and croissants.
  • When you’re craving Chinese, but your clock says no and your arteries can’t afford the deep fried meat, try this Cheater Chinese Chicken
  • Once you make this quick Tomato Basil Chicken Soup, you’ll never want to go back to canned soup again. Ever!

  • Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is not just for sick days. It’s also for busy days when you don’t want to use canned soup but really want some comfort food.
  • Chili Chicken Egg Rolls are great anytime, but especially when you need a main course that can be held in your hand, like soccer practice, picnics, football season or fill-in-the-blank ball season. And don’t be intimidated by the rolling process, you’ll be a pro by the third one, and then you’ll be so glad you learned!
  • Chicken Florentine Pizza makes for a nice twist on an all-time favorite. Using a prepared crust cuts down on prep time and you can even grill them if you’re feeling adventurous!

  • Garlic Chicken Pizza is the ultimate in flavorful cheesy yumminess!
  • Chicken Shepherd’s pie is the perfect use for cooked chicken and leftover veggies, or fresh veggies if you prefer.
  • Skillet meals are great for quick prep and less mess, and this Cajun Chicken Skillet adds a spicy cajun kick and pasta for a hearty one-dish meal.

  • This Skillet Chicken Curry is a tasty skillet meal with a delightful combination of curry and peach chutney.

As you can clearly see, there’s no shortage of ways to use cooked chicken from the freezer! The sky’s the limit on ways to feed an entire family quickly and inexpensively when you take a few minutes to prep your meats and freeze them ahead of time.

Which of the recipes from the Cooking Meats and Proteins for the Freezer in the Instant Pot have been your favorites? We would all love to hear your favorite recipes and ideas in the comments below. And thank you for joining us!

How to Cook Beef for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing how to cook different meats for the freezer in the  Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

Knowing how to cook meats quickly in the pressure cooker and being able to stockpile your cooked meats in your freezer will allow time to enjoy both a healthy meal and family time on these longer spring and summer days.

How to cook beef for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

First up, let’s look at cooking beef in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Here’s a quick video for you with tips for cooking beef in your pressure cooker.

Ideas for using frozen cooked beef

Beef and Noodles

  • BBQ beef for hot sandwiches or Korean beef Haystacks or Tacos.

  • Beef pot pie – Try adapting this Chicken Pot Pie by using beef broth and cream of mushroom or celery soup.  If you prefer, you can make your own white sauce instead of the soup, with this recipe for white sauce.

  • Beef tacos – add taco sauce to the beef to season it.

  • Beef Vegetable Soup

 

Tips for freezing cooked beef

  • You’ll want to have plenty of zip top freezer bags, freezer tape and a sharpie or two on hand. Even though you think you’ll remember what is in each freezer bag, it’s too easy to confuse bags once they’ve been frozen for a bit. Especially since cooked beef can be frozen for 3 to 4 months.
  • Go ahead and label them as shredded beef roast, along with the date you cooked the beef. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did later. If you have a specific recipe in mind for your beef, you’ll find some good ones listed in the next section, then include further prep instructions and sides that you may want to add.
  • Be sure to cool your cooked beef before sealing it in the zip top bags to prevent ice and freezer burn to set in.
  • If you are new to pressure cooking and the instant pot, check out my honest review of two brands I own, the Instant Pot vs. Cuisinart

Which recipe will you start with?

For those of you with an instant pot and the rest of us who now have one at the top of our wish list, it doesn’t take long to see how handy this little powerhouse kitchen appliance can be. And when you add some of my favorites from the 10 Best Instant Pot Accessories list, there are even more possibilities.

So which of these beef recipes will you be fixing for dinner this week? Share with us in the comments and be sure to check back next week for another post on cooking a different meat for the freezer in your instant pot.

And if you don’t own an instant pot, you can use your slow cooker for this too.  Either way, it’s so nice to have the meat cooked and ready to go when you need it.

Instant Pot Beans for the Freezer

I’ve been making this recipe for years in the slow cooker.  It’s one of my favorites, because you get a lot of bang for your buck and for your time.  But using the Instant Pot Beans for the freezer recipe makes it both easy and fairly quick for cooking beans. [Read more…]