A small Canadian-designed kitchen appliance called the Instant Pot has become a legit phenomenon among time-strapped home cooks. Why? It’s a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan and warming pot, all in one… and the possibilities have people spinning out all over the Internet.
The innocuous little appliance was the most popular item on Amazon Prime Day in July (more than 200,000 were sold) and it has inspired nearly 17,000 Instagram hashtags where amateur cooks and bloggers breathlessly document their experiments (and their devotion). Aside from making quick meals — 20-minute chicken, 3-minute steel cut oats, speedy risottos, broths, stews and curries — cooks have also used the Instant Pot to make Sunday roasts, homemade applesauce and bone broth in a fraction of the typical cooking time.
We at Chatelaine don’t yet know if the Instant Pot lives up to the hype, but we’ve got one on order, and the kitchen team will test it and report the results. In the meantime, here’s what savvy home cooks have whipped up:
Homemade pho soup and brisket
Perfect medium-boiled eggs