I joined a cult.
I purchased an Instant Pot.
A little while ago, I stumbled across this particular page, and I was immediately intrigued by the effective photography showing a French dip sandwich, and a hearty looking Italian soup. As I read through the page, I discovered the existence of this seeming Jesus-level appliance known as an Instant Pot, that was a capable of pressure cooking a wide variety of delicious looking foods in fractions of the times they would normally take if cooked traditionally.
Whole chickens and pot roasts and corned beef in less than an hour? Just throw shit into the pot, press a few buttons and wait like 15 minutes for the food to cook? Color me interested.
Anyway, the saturation of Instant Pot on social media and the rest of the internet was no help at resisting the allure of possibly getting one, but the final straw snapped when I just so happened to be out and about bouncing around antique stores, and then I came across this one indy store and I found out that they had actual Instant Pots at reduced costs.
Needless to say, it wasn’t a hard choice to just bite the bullet and get one. I now have an Instant Pot, and have joined a cult.
At the time I’m writing this, I’ve only made two things in it, but damn if it hasn’t been pretty interesting using it. Both were soups, but once the materials were thrown into the pot, it literally was a little less than 20 minutes for each of them to fully cook. The deceptive thing about Instant Pots is the variable time in which the appliance takes to pre-heat and get up to pressure, before it actually starts cooking at the advertised 10-minute, 15-minute; whatever shockingly low denomination of time to fully cook whatever it is you’re cooking.
The results have been very positive, and I’m pretty sold on the Instant Pot. I look forward to exploring large hunks of meat in the future, and delving into like whole chickens or making pulled pork or something. The sheer fact that I can take minimal time to prep and chop things, but then shove it all into a singular pot and push a few buttons, and after sitting on my ass for like 25-30 minutes, food is prepared quickly, efficiently, and cooked to near perfection.
Hopefully this cult will lead to a lasting future of easily made dishes that makes eating in and preparing for leftovers for lunches way easier and more time and cost efficient.