What I will say is that I ordered one from Amazon Prime (remember Prime=hero!!!) and while we were waiting for it to be delivered we heard through the grapevine that the Kroger in Wylie had them for $40.00 less that what I paid for it on Amazon so away we went…We arrived at Kroger and walked the entire store before we found a promising aisle in the middle of the store in the “kitchen gadgets” section. (I know, duh!) There was a young girl restocking things and we couldn’t find the pots at first so I asked. She pointed to one on a baron shelf and said it was their last one………C’mon now!!!!! Do you honestly expect us to believe that this is the last Instant Pot in all of Kroger’s infinite inventory of all that is holy????? Of course it isn’t!!!! So, as I tucked my head and tried to rub the word “Sucker” off of my forehead, I grabbed the box and ran (not walked) to the checkout line….I had already purchased enough food to feed a small army and couldn’t wait to try this amazing “change your life” aparatus…….
I then got home and already started experiencing remorse…NOT because of the Instant Pot but more worried that I had just spent a small fortune on food and what if I tried to use this device that potentially requires a masters degree to use and I wasted all of that amazing food???? Despite my normal fly by the seat of my pants attitude, I decided to dial it back and start small……..
I used an old, stone age technique called a cast iron pan and made sesame stir fry beef…I decided to use the Instant Pot to make some Jasmati rice and although it takes patience and the reading of directions MULTIPLE TIMES the rice was PERFECT!!!!! It really was as simple as adding water and rice to the Instant Pot and 4 minutes later we had perfect rice…..
Needless to say I was impressed!!!!! In fairness I have to say that the rice stuck a little to the bottom of the pot but nothing that couldn’t be remedied with hot water and a quick scrub…..
With everything turning out the way it did, I was feeling a tad bit more confident now and decided that I will try a lunch recipe, chicken wings……..I don’t eat them often but I am OBSESSED with lemon pepper wings from Wing Stop!!!!! So, this seemed like a formidable challenge…..The recipe says it only takes 9 minutes to cook wings….of course what some don’t tell you is that you do have to wait for the Instant Pot to “warm up” but that took less than 5 minutes and all I did was pat dry the thawed frozen wings, put salt and pepper on them and put them in the pot with 1/2 cup of broth….. The Pot said “ready” and we were off to the races….. Sure as the Cowboys won’t make the playoffs in the very near future (Sorry Cowboys!) in 9minutes we had fall of the bone, fully cooked wings…..I prefer them a little crispier so once I removed them from the Pot, I put them on a baking sheet and turned on the broiler to high. After 5 or or so minutes, I tossed the wings in the sauce and had the MOST AMAZING wings!!!!!!
I really, really wish I had a picture of the finished product but we ate them so fast that it didn’t even occur to me until 5 minutes after I had licked the plate clean of all of the lemon pepper and butter sauce that I messed up but I am hard pressed to say that I am sorry because they were just that good!!!!!!
Now….on to the next “task”….I am using the bones, some carrots, celery, onion and herbs and going to put the Instant Pot on “slow cooker” mode and make chicken broth to use on another future adventure……stay tuned!!!!
Be safe out there and be kind to one another!!!!!!!