I Didn’t Know What an Instant Pot Was. Now I’m in Love | Working Mother

I Didn’t Know What an Instant Pot Was. Now I’m in Love

It's totally worth the hype.

Instant Pot

The author with her instant pot

Photo: Katie Shane

I know what you’re thinking: what the h-e double hockey sticks is an “Instant Pot”? My husband asked me the same thing when I said I was jumping on this newest kitchen craze. If you haven’t heard, the Instant Pot is a must-have for 2017, just like the slow cooker or “Crock Pot” was in the 1970s. And look at us now; could we even live without at least ONE slow cooker in our kitchens?

At first my husband thought the Instant Pot was a portable potty for our two-year-old who is thisclose to being potty-trained. Then he thought I was getting into some sort of illegal business. That’s not even close, but I was flying high when I got this thing home and out of the box.

That’s because the Instant Pot is basically the working mother’s dream come true. It’s an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker and all around glorious kitchen appliance. It’s like if your slow cooker, stovetop pressure cooker and a brilliant personal chef had a baby (which I admit would be weird).

I first learned about the Instant Pot from my neighbor who is always two steps ahead of me. She’s one of those girls that’s perfectly organized. I’d hate her if she weren’t always showing me things that I can’t live without. I asked to borrow her slow cooker when I was on a chili making marathon. She showed up at my front door with this large silver thing that looked like a cross between a slow cooker and a spaceship. My confusion must have been written all over my face because she pushed past me, set it on my kitchen counter and said I could thank her later. After using the Instant Pot for three days to make everything from yogurt to soup to pot roast, I now know why she always has it all together. It’s because she has the Instant Pot.

To say this thing is perfect is an understatement. If you’ve been terrified to use a traditional pressure cooker, you can use the Instant Pot without the fear of it exploding in your kitchen. You literally put food in, put the top on and bye-bye! It’s programmable, easy to clean and can even sauté! And unlike slow cookers, the Instant Pot doesn’t make your entire house smell like beef stew for days.

Dinner is always a challenge at my house. Most nights it’s already 6:30 p.m. and I don’t have the time, energy or mental stamina to stand over a stove while playing dress-up with my kids. This is where the Instant Pot is a dream sent from the heavens. It’s much faster than a Crock Pot and can bang out a 6 to 8 hour slow-cooker meal in just an hour!

I’ve only been a mom for four years but in that time I’ve learned more than my five years in college. I’m not naïve to think I’ve got this working mother thing mastered, but what I do know is that as a woman chasing two kids and a full-time career I’ve got to take the help where I can get it, even if that’s from a kitchen gadget that kinda sounds like a portable potty and looks like a spaceship. Whatever gets the meal on the table, right?!


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