You Just Bought an Instant Pot: Now What???

Instant Pot: Did you buy one? Are you wondering what to do with it?
You Just Bought an Instant Pot: Now What? How to start cooking and enjoying.

What is it about the Instant Pot? People are going crazy for it!

Of course they are.

The Instant Pot promises a home cooked meal in about 70% less time than traditional cooking methods. Not to mention, it has the ability to cook food from frozen.

No need to thaw your frozen meat before cooking it?

People, this is practically kitchen sorcery we are talking about here!

While there are so many pluses to an Instant Pot, many people are afraid to cook in them.

And rightly so.

A pressure cooker could blow up if not properly used and maintained. For that reason, you will actually need to read the instructions for your pressure cooker.

But if you will cast your fear aside, you will be rewarded with a quick and easy solution to the dinnertime dilemma. And the breakfast dilemma. And the snack dilemma. In fact, you will find you can make pretty much anything in your Instant Pot, including DOG FOOD!

HOW TO GET STARTED WITH YOUR INSTANT POT

#1 – BUY A HIGHLY RATED COOKBOOK

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The Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals

This is the number one best seller and it includes recipes like Pulled Pork, Black Bean Soup, and Baby Back Ribs.
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The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less than 30 Minutes

I am not a vegetarian. However, I try to add as many plants to my family’s daily diet as I can. This book came highly recommended for just that reason.

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Great Food Fast Bob Warden’s Ultimate Pressure Cooker Recipes

What I like about this cookbook is it has a “lighter” section and it gives nutrition information on all the recipes.

#2 – JOIN A FACEBOOK GROUP

There are more recipes and tips in these Facebook groups than you could ever get through in one day!

Here’s my helpful suggestion: If you choose to join an Instant Pot Facebook Group, you will want to turn off the group’s notifications. If you don’t, your newsfeed will be flooded with posts.

It is better to join the group, turn off notifications, then visit the group when looking for inspiration or help.

Listed below are the Facebook groups run by people I know that I have actually joined. However, there are tons of groups out there if you just do a quick Facebook search.

Instant Pot Community

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Meals

Real Food Instant Pot Recipes

#3 – TRY THESE FAN FAVORITE RECIPES

Quite simply, I’ve rounded up the recipes I’ve seen referred to again and again.

I’m a sucker for a good street taco so I’m excited to try these Korean Street Tacos.

Honey Bourbon Chicken sounds like a winner to me.

Butter, heavy cream, 2 kinds of cheeses… Yes, I believe this may be the Best Mac and Cheese.

This Greek yogurt recipe is the most referred to recipe in all my Facebook groups. It has great instructions.

I’m always in search of the perfect rice recipe – you know the kind – like you get in the restaurant.

Perfectly Hard Boiled Eggs – I gotta try it!

Don’t have your Instant Pot yet? What are you waiting for?

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How Much Juice Comes From One Lemon?

Juice One Lemon

Have you ever had a recipe call for “the juice from one lemon”?

How much juice comes from one lemon? What if you don’t have a lemon, but have lemon juice? How much lemon juice could you substitute?

Here’s your answer:

One Lemon yields 3 Tablespoons of juice

Now, is every lemon going to yield an exact 3 tablespoons? Not so much. But as a general rule, that is what a recipe means when it says “the juice from one lemon”.

And if you like this kitchen tip, be sure to read Seasoning Food in a Pinch.

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How to Use Cinnamon Sticks {You CAN Reuse Them!}

How to Use Cinnamon Sticks

Did you know cinnamon is the world’s most popular baking spice?

This time of year it will be showing up in hot drinks like cider, coffee, tea, and cocoa. A cinnamon stick makes a great swizzle stick that not only looks good, but it adds flavor.

But if you are only using that cinnamon stick just one time, you are wasting it! Cinnamon sticks can actually be used several times before they lose their flavor.

To reuse your cinnamon stick, simply rinse under hot water then allow it to dry.

To get the best flavor from your cinnamon stick the next time you use it, run it over a grater a few times to release the flavors. Just like new! You can do this 4 to 5 times before you need to discard your stick!

Grating Cinnamon

HOW tO USE CINNAMON STICKS:

  • Make your house smell great with a simmering pot.
  • Use in Hot Apple Cider Mix
  • Use in Pineapple Cinnamon Water
  • Steep a black tea bag, cinnamon stick, and dried orange peel to make Cinnamon Orange Tea
  • Steep a green tea bag, cinnamon stick and a teaspoon of crystallized ginger
  • Add a cinnamon stick to hot cocoa
  • Use in Russian Tea
  • Use for Chai Tea
  • Try adding a cinnamon stick to your next glass of lemonade

What great recipes do you have for using cinnamon sticks?

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Kitchen Tip: How to Evenly Dice an Onion

How to Evenly Dice an Onion

I love this kitchen tip for How to Evenly Dice an Onion. It makes quick work out of a kitchen chore that literally leaves a cook in tears.

Have you ever noticed how many recipes start with onion? I buy them in bulk at Costco we go through so many. Stored in a cool, dark place, an onion can last for quite a while.

Onions are also easy to freeze. Dice your onions per the video, lay them out on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and flash freeze them for about an hour. Then transfer the onions to a tightly sealed container and keep in the freezer for months.

Here’s how I evenly dice an onion:

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So that’s how I get evenly diced onions. Is this how you do it too?

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How to Easily Peel Ginger: Kitchen Shortcut

How to Easily Peel Ginger

Maybe you already know this technique on how to easily peel ginger. I learned this kitchen shortcut while watching a chef demonstration. When I went home and tried it, I couldn’t believe how easy it was.

Here’s the easiest way to peel ginger in my own quick 15 second video demonstration.

Can’t see the video? Click Easily Peel Ginger to view on The Greenbacks Gal YouTube channel.

Did you already know this kitchen shortcut?

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Make a Pie Crust Shield for the Perfect Pie Crust

Usually when I make a pie crust, I don’t go through the trouble of making a fancy edge. This is particularly true if I am simply making something like a quiche for dinner.

However, when making a pie for an occasion – such as Thanksgiving or a potluck – then I like to get a little fancy with my pie crust edges. As if I do it all the time. I think they call it “putting on airs”.

That’s me. The poser.

If I have gone through the trouble of making the perfect pie crust, I want to protect my edges from overbrowning. Enter the simple pie crust shield.

Made with aluminum foil, this is an easy way to have your crust get evenly brown without burning.

How to Make a Pie Crust Shield

    1. Tear off a 12 inch piece of aluminum foil
    2. Fold in half
    3. Fold in half again
    4. Cut out a semi-circle three inches in from the edge
    5. Unfold and your circle will fit perfectly along the edge of your crust


That’s it! Simple steps to making a foil pie crust shield and you’ll never have to cry over an overbrowned edge.

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“The GBG: It Works for Me” is a weekly series all about that thing you’ve started doing that you’d wish you’d known you should be doing all along.

Solutions, quick tips, and shortcuts. Time savers and sanity savers. It’ll all be right here.

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Upcycle Your Spice Jars | Flour Shaker

I have reader Amy to thank for this hot kitchen tip that comes just in time for all your holiday baking. In the comments on my Kitchen Shortcut: Seasoning Food in a Pinch Amy wrote:

I keep kosher salt in an empty spice jar, and also keep one with corn meal for shaking onto pans for pizza or artisan-type breads and one with flour for dough that’s just a touch too sticky or for slashing bread dough before baking.

I loved the idea of putting flour in a spice jar for evenly distributing flour on a sticky surface before using a rolling pin. Pie crust, cookies, gingerbread – they can all be a sticky mess to roll out if you don’t keep them dusted with flour. I put her spice jar trick to the test when I rolled out my homemade whole wheat pie crust.

It worked beautifully! It was easy to shake the flour exactly where I needed it. The surface had a nice dusting of flour and prevented the rolling pin from sticking to the dough and tearing it.

Thank you Amy. I have a feeling this will simplify holiday baking for many of us.

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“The GBG: It Works for Me” is a weekly series all about that thing you’ve started doing that you’d wish you’d known you should be doing all along.

Solutions, quick tips, and shortcuts. Time savers and sanity savers. It’ll all be right here.

Have a solution, tip, or time saver of your own? Let me know by filling out this form, I’ll try it then share it!

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