So now that you’ve either got your Instant Pot, or just decided that you want to get one, you should know about a few cool things you can do with it, right? For me, the Instant Pot was a great way to experiment in the kitchen and try some new things. Let me tell you, once you get the hang of it, it’s seriously so easy!
I’m going to go over the top 5 things that I think anyone should do with their Instant Pot. Who knew you could do so many different things with just one kitchen appliance? Ok, enough small talk, let’s get to the good stuff.
1. Make Homemade Yogurt
If you haven’t made yogurt before, it’s time to do it now that you’re an Instant Pot owner. This was probably the thing I was most excited about, to be honest. The process is fairly simple and all you need is a gallon of milk and 2 tablespoons of yogurt. Regular yogurt or Greek yogurt will work just fine. Just make sure there are active, live cultures in the yogurt, otherwise it will not work.
The entire process is surprisingly easy and there are a ton of recipes you can find online! Learn how to make all kinds of yogurt and in all different flavors too. Especially if yogurt is a hit with the family, learning how to make it at home will save so much money and be much healthier than opting for the store brand. Before we continue with the recipe, make sure you have a cooking thermometer on hand to check temperatures.
Homemade Yogurt in Your Instant Pot
- Sanitize the Instant Pot by steaming 3 cups of water for 5 minutes.
- Once sanitation is finished, place the cooking pot in the fridge for at least 5 minutes to cool off and dry.
- Pour in a gallon of milk and push the yogurt button until you see the “boil” on the screen. Set aside and allow to go through the boiling process.
- After boiling, check the temperature to make sure the milk got up to 180 degrees. If not, set it to go for another boil.
- Cool the milk down to 110 degrees by placing the pot in cold water, the sink would work well for this.
- When it’s at 110 degrees, add the yogurt to one cup of milk, then to the entire batch of milk.
- Put the pot back into the Instant Pot, press the yogurt button (the display will show “8:00” which you can adjust to 10 if you would like), and let the pot do its thing.
- Once the 8-10 hours have finished, place the cooking pot in the fridge, covered for about 8 hours.
- There you have it! Homemade yogurt, Instant Pot style.
2. Steel Cut Oats
Maybe breakfast was never your thing, but it doesn’t always have to be that way with an Instant Pot. You can make yourself (and your family!) a healthy serving of steel cut oats in a matter of 10 minutes! It’s never been this easy, so here’s how you do it.
How to Make Steel Cut Oats in Your Instant Pot
- Place 1 cup of water and the steam rack in the Instant Pot.
- Place 1 cup of oats and 1 2/3 cups of water (change measurements as needed) into a bowl that is heat proof.
- Lock the lid on and cook on manual anywhere from 6-10 minutes, depending on your personal preference.
- Add warm milk, sugar, butter, anything you would like to your oatmeal, then eat up!
3. Cook a Whole Chicken
If cooking a whole chicken always seemed intimidating to you, then it will blow you away how easy it is to do in your Instant Pot. Not only that, but it’s so fast too! Let me run down the process for you really quick:
How to Cook a Whole Chicken with Your Instant Pot
- Pour 1 cup of water and place the steam rack inside of your Instant Pot.
- Season your chicken with the seasonings of your choice.
- Sear your chicken in a separate, large skillet with 1 tablespoon of any oil of your choice (optional, but highly recommended).
- Place your chicken on the steam rack in your Instant Pot.
- Lock the lid, choose to set your Instant Pot on the Chicken setting on high pressure. Adjust time according to this formula: 6 minutes per pound of chicken + 2 minutes
- Make sure all pressure has been released safely before going to take the chicken out. Once that is done, your chicken will be fully cooked and ready to eat! Yummy!
4. Cook in Bulk
Because the Instant Pot can hold up to 8 quarts, you can use this space to bulk cook staples such as rice, beans, oats, and more. It’s easy to do. Simply cook larger portions and store the bulk in freezer-safe bags, in your freezer. Whenever you need something, just let it thaw overnight, or you can even use the Instant Pot to re-heat it! Just read on…
5. Re-Heat Leftovers in Style
We’ve all re-heated our food in the microwave and know that it can result in a less than appetizing meal. With the Instant Pot, you can re-heat your food without it getting weird or unevenly heated through. All you have to do is pour 1 cup of water into your Instant Pot, place leftovers in an oven-safe dish and on top of the steaming rack in the pot. Timing will vary depending on what you are reheating and whether or not it was frozen.