Top 6 Reasons You Need An Instant Pot

Oh, Instant Pot, how did I ever manage in my kitchen without you? You make my life so much easier!

  1. Never before have I been able to do a full week’s worth of meal prep in the span of a few hours, with so few dishes.
  2. 2. Never before have I been able to dump spaghetti sauce, gluten-free noodles, and (browned) ground beef into a pot, pressed a button, and walked away, only to come back to a fully cooked one-pot lunch in less than 10 minutes.
  3.  Never before have I made perfect, gelatinous bone broth, in any less time than 4 days – except now I can make it in 8 hours!
  4. Never before have I been able to make “dump and walk away” yogurt, even in a crock pot. Until my Instant Pot.
  5.  Never before have hardboiled eggs been so magically easy to peel, making deviled eggs a regular thing instead of a tedious treat.
  6. You can make beef stew in less than 1 hour that tastes like it’s been simmering away all day.

Ya’ll, seriously – if you don’t have an Instant Pot, you need one. It has completely revolutionized how I cook, how I clean up, and the amount of time I can spend with my family.

In Nevada I worked an average 9 hours a day at my job, and by the time I got home I was pretty exhausted. Meal prepping has always been my saving grace (check out my book, Dirt Cheap Nutrition, for details on meal prepping on a tight budget!), but especially in the late days of pregnancy, it was a lifesaver.

The NPR (natural pressure release) feature is probably my favorite feature when making main dishes. Maybe it’s just a mental thing, but I find it very relaxing to know that my food isn’t going to overcook if I don’t jump right up and run into the kitchen the moment the timer goes off. I can actually relax, put my feet up, and not worry about hovering over pots, pans, and the oven.

There are so many options for size and style of Instant Pots. Personally, I have the 7-in-1 DUO60 6qt. I specifically chose the 7-in-1 because it has the yogurt button feature and I knew I would use it frequently. For our small-but-growing family, I find it to be the perfect size, with plenty of room for leftovers. For larger families or families with multiple teenagers, you might consider the 8qt. I know of several couples who find that a 3qt is the perfect size for their RV or to bring camping with them.

I waited months to purchase my Instant Pot, watching for the perfect price. Knowing how I love a good frugal challenge, Peter suggested I wait to purchase one until I could buy it for $50 from our regular weekly budget. I am very pleased to report that after the Kohls cash, Ebates rebates, and a bit of money from a freelancer article I wrote, I spent a total of $25 from our weekly budget.

Need to know where to find an Instant Pot? I have seen great deals at Target, Kohls, and Amazon. I hear rumors that Amazon had deep discounts on their IPs on Black Friday and probably will again (they sold hundreds of thousands of them on Prime Day!), so be watching for that.

Do you have an Instant Pot? Do you love it as much as I do? Be sure to follow my IP boards on Pinterest for loads of healthy recipes your family will love!


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12 thoughts on “Top 6 Reasons You Need An Instant Pot

  1. I love our instant pot! We make steel cut oats in it every night, set on delay start to cook in the morning. And baked potatoes are so fast! And dry beans with no soaking cook up in a couple hours—amazing. How do you make your broth?

    1. I usually roast the bones for about a half hour in the oven, then add them to the pot with onion, garlic, celery, salt and pepper, water to cover, and about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and let that sit for 15-20 minutes (just a habit from my crock pot days, I’m honestly not sure if it does anything). Then cook on manual for 240 minutes, I did 2 rounds of this. Strain and put it in the fridge until you can remove the thick layer of fat.

  2. Um, I may be shaking over hear with anticipation. None broth in 8 hrs? Quick and easy yogurt? Easy to peel eggs?? I NEED one of these. When they first came out I thought they were a fad, I’ll admit. But seriously, I’ve got some money saved from selling my goats milk soap and I think I know just how to spend it now. Thanks!

    1. How exciting! You will love it! Be sure to follow my Pinterest boards too for tons of healthy, yummy recipe ideas. Enjoy your new toy!!

  3. This has been on my wish list for the year, but I didn’t know you could hardboil eggs in it! Now I’m really sold!!

    1. I LOVE batch-cooking hardboiled eggs! I do a dozen at a time, and I am so happy I don’t have to watch for the pot to boil, then turn down the heat, then set a timer…in the pot, set the timer, walk away until draining time. You will love it!

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