Did I ever think a day in my life I could find another true love? I mean seriously, my husband is the ONE and only. Sadly, Mike might be taking a back seat, and he may be back there alone:). I have fallen madly in love with the instant pot. You see it all happened by accident. I wasn’t even looking. Isn’t that the way it always is?
Today I am sharing an Italian beef stew recipe in the instant pot.
I didn’t even know what an instant pot was up until a few weeks ago. We have all heard of pressure cookers. And God knows I love my crock pot. I don’t even have the room to keep this new instant pot anywhere but on the counter for now. Perhaps I will wind up retiring the crock pot to Goodwill. I do really feel this instant pot will take her place. Affair gone bad. Its time to say goodbye.
I bought the 6 Quart pot and it is plenty big enough. I would say for a larger family the 8 quart would work out great. When I say larger I mean 6 or more.
Pretty much the minute my new instant pot arrived I was very child like on a Christmas morning. I tore the box apart and quickly got out the manual. That in itself is unusual because I hate reading directions. For this pot though, I knew I had to. This was a bit intimidating for me.
I decided I would start of with a simple stew recipe. The meat was going to be the true test for me seeing how fast and tender it really was.
I even had the guts to hop on facebook live and do the whole process from start to finish on a live video. Of course, it is 3 parts because you have to wait some for everything to cook.
What I love most about this pot is the saute feature. So many times even using my crock pot I would saute the meats, or hamburger before throwing it in my crock pot. Everything always tastes a little better if a little saute is done before hand. Depending on what you are making that is.
Because I did not snap photos of the step by step I will simply write them down for you here.
Very, very, very simple. Did I say simple?
Did I mention the instant pot makes desserts too? Yes, you can make a cheesecake, brownies, creme brulee..OH my… this pot is brilliant.
If you would like to see my Facebook live demo you can check that out HERE.
The first thing I want to recommend, is PLEASE read the manually before using. You have to clean the inner stainless steel bowl and the lid before use. Then there is a testing option with water. I did everything accordingly.
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