Quite a few of you have let me know that you ordered the Instant Pots today. I believe Amazon has now sold out but they are offering a “Smart” model. It’s about $130, which is close to half off the regular price. It’s probably smarter than I am but had it been that price this morning, I would probably have ordered that one. Someone on the Facebook IP group said that you can write your own programs .. she did one for her yogurt to hold longer at 180º. Anyway . . that’s what’s available now.
For those of you who have purchased new pots, please don’t forget to check out Pressure Cooking Today. I have tried many of her recipes and they’re all delicious.
Here are a couple of things I do almost every day:
- Steel Cut Oats – Place 1 cup steel cut oats in cooker. Add about a teaspoon of butter and saute til oats are a bit toasted. (That step is optional. I sometimes do it and sometimes don’t.) Add 3 cups of water and a bit of Half & Half (or milk) . . a bit is about 1/4 cup. Add a bit of salt if desired and a couple tablespoons sugar if desired. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release. Stir the oats. If they are runny, let them sit for just a minute and they will absorb the liquid. Really, add whatever amount of oats you want and add 3 times as much water. For the two of us, I’ve been using 3/4 cup of oats and then I just add 3 of the 3/4 cup measuring cup of water.
- Rice – We eat a of rice – gumbo, gravy, stir fry . . I don’t think most people eat as much rice as we do but it’s probably my Louisiana heritage. For rice in the Instant Pot, I use 1-1/2 times as much water as rice. If I use 1 cup of rice, I’ll use 1-1/2 cups of water. If I use 2 cups rice, I’ll use 3 cups of water. Add a little salt and hit the “Rice” button. Walk away! I let it release naturally and if I remember, I turn the pot completely off after it’s released and let the rice sit in the pot, with the lid . . undisturbed . . for another 10 or 15 minutes. Perfect, fluffy rice every time!
And, if you have any questions, post a note here, even if it’s a totally unrelated topic .. someone will see it and help you.