Previous to my plant-based lifestyle, I never used to set one foot in the kitchen. I either visited fast food restaurants, or my husband, Frank would cook. Now, I LOVE MY KITCHEN, and the foods that are in it, and I set my happy feet in it daily. I eat a huge variety of healthy, and delicious foods that are jammed packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, I could go on and on.
Anyway, my post today is about kitchen gadgets. I just purchased my first substantial one; the Instant Pot. Instant who?? I know, that was my reaction too!!
Instant Pot is a multi-function programmable cooker and does the job of five appliances in one, including
- a slow cooker,
- a pressure cooker,
- a rice cooker,
- a steamer, and
- a keep-warm pot.
The benefits of Instant Pot can be summarized in five aspects.
- Convenience: Delay timer of up to 24 hours, reducing cooking time by up to 70%. Instant Pot has 10 one-key operation buttons for the most common cooking tasks, including:
- Multigrain rice,
- Meat & Stew,
- Beans & Chili,
- Steaming, and
- Slow Cook
These buttons are programmed intelligently based on thousands of experiments to achieve the best cooking results.
Take the “Rice” button as example. During rice cooking Instant Pot estimates the amount of rice and water by measuring the pre-heating time. The pressure keeping duration is then varied based on this measurement. Detailed considerations are taken during every rice cooking stages of soaking, blanching, steaming and braising.
Preserving nutrition values with tastes: The Instant Pot smart cooking functions do the best job to preserve nutrition in the food ingredients. Pressure cooking also brings out the best natural taste of the food.
Clean & pleasant cooking experience: With multi-function cookers like Instant Pot, the cooking experience becomes so clean and pleasant. The cluttered kitchen space, messy spills, and the suffocating experience in the kitchen become forgettable memory of the past.
Energy efficiency: Instant Pot is one of greenest kitchen appliances, saving up to 70% electricity in comparable cooking to other appliances, e.g. oven, boiling pot + stove, steamer, etc.
5. Leading safety and dependability: Instant Pot has 10 level of safety protections:
1. Lid Close Detection
If the lid is missing or not closed properly, Instant Pot will not activate pressurized cooking. Only the keep-warm and sauté (in applicable models only) functions work with the lid being open.
2. Leaky Lid Protection
In the case that the cooker lid has leakage (e.g. the steam release not closed properly, the sealing ring being missing), the cooker will not reach preset pressure level. Allowing this to continue would risk burning the food. Instant Pot detects this by measuring the pre-heating time. If the pre-heating is unusually long, the programming will be switched to Keep-warm to avoid burning the food.
3. Lid Lock under Pressure
If the cooker is still pressurize, the lid will be locked to prevent accidental opening.
Anti-jam shield prevents jamming of the steam release
4. Anti-blockage Vent
During cooking, food particles could jam the steam release vent. Instant Pot has specially structured vent shield (see picture on right) to prevent jamming the steam release.
Thermostat under the inner pot
5. Automatic Temperature Control
The thermostat under the inner pot regulates the temperature of the inner pot to be within a safe range, based on the type of food being cooked.
6. High Temperature Warning
If the cooker is operating without water or moisture, pressure will not be built up in the pot. Over heating become the most likely outcome. Excessive temperature may also build up due to situations such as, missing inner pot, inner pot not in proper contact with heating element, or inner pot having heat dissipation problem (e.g. burnt starch at the bottom of the inner pot blocking heat dissipation). Under such conditions, Instant Pot will stop heating when the temperature is over a certain limit.
7. Extreme Temperature & Power Protection
Instant Pot is equipped with a special fuse which disconnects power at excessively high temperature, i.e. 169°C ~ 172°C or 336°F ~ 341.6°F, and extremely high electrical current. A extremely high electrical current drawn by the cooker indicates an unsafe situation.
8. Automatic Pressure Control
The patented pressure sensor mechanism (shown in diagram at the top) keeps the operating pressure between 70kPa-80kPa, or 10.12psi ~ 11.6 psi.
9. Pressure Regulator Protection
If the pressure exceeds 105kPa (15.23 psi), the steam release (comparable to the pressure regulator in stove-top pressure cookers) will be pushed up to allow the steam being released to bring down the pressure inside the pot.
Over-pressure leaking mechanism between the lid and inner pot
10. Excess Pressure Protection
If the pressure becomes too high and pressure regulator protection malfunctioned, Instant Pot’s internal protection mechanism will activate, shifting the inner pot downwards to create a gap between the lid and the inner pot. Steam will be released from the gap into the internal chamber and heating stopped.
Here is a picture of my new love….I mean Instant Pot:
Why do you ask, did I invest in this awesomeness? It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy, and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion. In other words, I eat a lot of beans, rice and whole grains, and vegetables! This new sweetness of a kitchen appliance is saving me heaps of time spent in the kitchen (even though I secretly love my kitchen too).
If you live a fast-paced, health-oriented and green-conscious life style, Instant Pot is designed specifically for you.
So, if you would like to get your hands on this sexy, bad mamma jamma, bad boy kitchen gadget, CLICK HERE. Use coupon code: PBJ925 to receive $45 off + Free Shipping (within the continental U.S.). This is an awesome deal!
- **NEW** Instant Pot IP-DUO60
- Instant Pot IP-LUX60
- Instant Pot IP-LUX50
Here is link to order:
Here is link to ordering instructions:
IMPORTANT: Click “View Cart” after you add desired items to your cart, to get to the page where you input the coupon code PBJ925.
You will get emailed receipts from both PayPal and InstaPot. Paying via pay pal will save money as you won’t lose over the exchange rate to Canada.
SHIPPING NOTE: If you are outside of the continental US (ie Hawaii, Alaska, or elsewhere) Please check with Instant Pot as they will charge you additional for shipping. For example, to ship to Hawaii cost them $63, but they will charge you $50 under this agreement.
Instructions, Recipe and Cooking time table in English, Spanish, French and Chinese are included.
NOTE: I am just a girl who LOVES HER NEW KITCHEN GADGET, and wants to share the love!
Speaking of love…I LOVE MY HUSBAND! I tried out my new gadget yesterday. I batch cooked three different beans, and oodles of rice in less than an hour and a half. This normally would have taken me almost all day, or at least over half the day. Anyway, my husband was wonderful as usual, and cooked me dinner last night with the beans and rice I just made.
We love to chow down on Mexican food. What is a MUST HAVE when eating Mexican? Correct…beans and rice. We make our own refried beans, and normally we use the refried bean recipe from Lindsay Nixon’s book, Everyday Happy Herbivore.
This time, my husband took it upon himself to create a masterpiece. He literally threw together a few ingredients, and came up with what he calls “Frank’s Awesome Bleeping Refried Beans” (you can fill in the “bleep” he said). These had to be the best “bleeping” refried beans I have ever tasted, and I am not just saying that because he is my husband. Oh My Goodness!! Again, because he literally just threw everything together, here is the recipe to his monumental dish:
There you have it folks! For those that know me, you know that I LOVE to post pictures of our food, and meals. However, this time we did not get a chance to, because we literally inhaled those refried beans. The next time we make this (which might be tonight, because they were so dang good), I promise to behave and take a picture, and post a more “formal” recipe in the recipe section of our blog. The recipe section can be found at the top of the page. Also, we normally do not share our “secret” thrown-together recipes, but this one HAD TO BE SHARED. Try this recipe for yourself, and come back here and share your thoughts, by leaving us a comment. We would love to hear your feedback.
Anyway, thank you for letting me ramble on about my new kitchen gadget, and Frank’s Awesome Bleeping Refried Beans. It has been a pleasure!
(Picture of Frank’s Awesome Bleeping Refried Beans)
I told you we would make them again soon, lol!!
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Frank's Awesome Bleeping Refried Beans
By October 28, 2012Published:
Previous to my plant-based lifestyle, I never used to set one foot in the kitchen. I either visited fast food restaurants, or my …
- 3/4 cup Water
- 2 tbsp Tamari Sub Liquid Aminos, or Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp Vegan Worcestersire Sauce
- Garlic Powder season to taste
- Onion Powder season to taste
- Dried Basil season to taste
- Chili Powder season to taste
- Ground Black Pepper season to taste
- Red Bell Pepper chopped
- Green Bell Pepper chopped
- Yellow Bellow Pepper chopped
- Onions chopped
- Mushrooms chopped
- Broccoli chopped
- Jalepeno chopped
- 15 oz can Pinto Beans rinsed and drained
- 15 oz can Northern Beans rinsed and drained
- Sauté vegetables in 3/4 cup of water (he used vegetables that were being used for our fajita's...red, yellow, and green peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, and chopped jalepeno. Stir in Tamari, and Vegan Worcestershire sauce.
- Sauté vegetables with garlic powder, onion powder, basil, chili powder, and black pepper. He is sorry, he does not remember the portion of the seasonings, he said he just seasoned to taste.
- Once the vegetables are to your desired tenderness, drain the stock (liquid for those that are not cooking savvy; like I used to not be) from the vegetables. Set aside vegetables to use for fajita's, then pour vegetable stock back into skillet.
- Once vegetable stock is added back into skillet, add your beans to the skillet. Fill the beans all the way up to the top of the vegetable stock. We used a mixture of pinto beans, and great northern beans.
- Mash the beans with a potato masher, or a fork. Once it becomes "soupy", cook on high heat until it begins to boil. Once it begins to boil, turn down to med/high heat and constantly stir beans until desired thickness is achieved. (beans will thicken as it stands).
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