Most families are in a rush to get out the door in the mornings and don't have time to throw a meal into a crockpot for dinner to be ready when everyone gets home — because who feels like cooking after a long busy day? To fix both dilemmas, the concept of Instant Pot was born in 2010. Did you recently get one and feel like you're just not using your new appliance to its ultimate potential? Here are 10 Instant Pot hacks from Instant Pot fans who also have busy lifestyles and families to boot so you can optimize your new gadget.
According to the Instant Pot website, the company was founded by Canadian "technology veterans" who were looking to enhance food preparation based on their own lives. "Their objective was to find solutions that would enable busy families and professionals to prepare quality food in less time, promoting better eating and reducing the consumption of fast food," the website noted. In 2010, after a ton of research, they created the first Instant Pot and "incorporated the functions of five cooking appliances in one." These appliances included a rice cooker, slow cooker, pressure cooker, steamer, and warmer, according to the website.
Since 2014, Instant Pot is now the most advanced pressure cooker system in the market, and is a bestseller across all categories on Amazon. I myself do not have an Instant Pot, but after reading some of these hacks and recipes from these folks below, I might have to put one on my wishlist.