Maximize the use of your Instant Pot by using it to its full potential. Here are 9 Clever Ways to Use Your Instant Pot!
9 Clever Ways to Use Your Instant Pot
#1: Proof Bread
If you have a yogurt function on your Instant Pot you can use your IP to proof dough (raise dough) faster. It works so well. All you do is oil the pot so that the dough doesn’t stick. Place the dough in the bottom of your pot. Then select the yogurt button. Use the adjust button to cycle through until the light is on the “less.” My pot says 24 hours on the display. Then cover the pot with a glass lid or a plate. DO NOT use the normal Instant Pot lid. If you do the dough might raise so high that it pushes the valve up and indicates to the pot that there is pressure. You won’t be able to open the pot and the lid will be stuck. Let the dough double in size (or follow the instructions in your recipe). My dough only took 30 minutes to raise as opposed to the normal hour it would have taken sitting on the counter.
Here are some yeast breads that I’ve made with the help of my Instant Pot (click on the caption to get the recipe)…
Homemade jam tastes amazing on toast, biscuits, crepes, pancakes, waffles, french toast and more. My Instant Pot strawberry jam is tart and sweet and addictive!
More Instant Pot jam recipes:
Homemade yogurt takes some time (mostly all hands off) but tastes great and is very inexpensive. It lasts for 4 weeks in the fridge and can be used it all sorts of recipes (think as a substitute for sour cream!). You only need a gallon of milk and 2 tablespoons of yogurt to make this recipe.
#4: Soup and Chili
Soups, stews and chilis and the Instant Pot are a match made in heaven! The Instant Pot can cook potato chowders, rice soups, noodles soups, beef stews and bean chilis in a fraction of the time they would take on the stove.
Here are a few of my favorite Instant Pot soups (click on the caption to get the recipe)…
There’s just something about casseroles that remind me of childhood. They are comforting and an all in one pot meal. Try some of my favorite Instant Pot casserole recipes.
#6: Cheesecake and Pie
Click on the caption to get the recipe…
Related: Instant Pot Pumpkin Pie
#7: Steam Vegetables
Steaming vegetables in the Instant Pot is so easy and some vegetables only require a ZERO minute pressure cooking time! Here is a video where I demonstrate how to steam veggies in the Instant Pot:
Related: Instant Pot Homestyle Vegetables
#8: Rice Cooker
I love making all sorts of rice recipes in my Instant Pot. Here are some of my favorites. Click on the caption to get the recipe…
#9: Egg Cooker
Whether you prefer copycat Starbucks egg bites or hard boiled eggs the Instant Pot is your BFF. Try some of these fun egg recipes. Click on the caption to get the recipe…
If you need a bunch of chopped boiled eggs for a recipe I have a great trick for you. Some people call this “egg loaf.” Basically you crack as many eggs in a dish that you need and then cook them very quickly in your Instant Pot. Once the eggs are cooked you can cut them up easily on a cutting board. This saves so much time because there is NO PEELING!!! I like to use these eggs for cobb salad, avocado egg salad, egg salad or potato salad. Watch the video below to find out how!
What is your favorite way to use your Instant Pot???
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