I now own an Instant Pot, hazzah! I got one for my son to take to college, and decided it only made sense that I have one at home too. That way, I can try out recipes here, and he can just make the ones that are worthwhile in his limited free time.
I tried hard boiled eggs, and they were super easy to peel and turned out perfectly. Then we tried spaghetti and meatballs, and it was a failure. Didn't really save any time, and was definitely not as good as just boiling a pot of pasta and topping with sauce from a jar and meatballs from the freezer.
Rice is an obvious choice, and I've made four pots of it today. We found an article on
Green Healthy Cooking, where Lorena made many pots of rice to find the perfect way. I tried the 1:1 water to rice ratio, and it does work nicely!
On my first batch, I used the "rice" button on the machine, because it should work, right? It did make rice, but not as well as a rice cooker. I tried again using High Pressure instead, per Lorena's instructions, and it came out pretty nicely. Then I tried rinsing the rice first, and the rice was fluffier, a little softer, and less sticky. I tried it one last time, with more salt and some butter, and that did the trick for me! Nicely salted, subtle butter flavor and richness, and the rice didn't stick to the bottom of the pot.
Rice in the Instant Pot
Yield: about 2.75 cups cooked rice per 1 cup uncooked rice.Notes:
- Butter keeps the rice from sticking to the pot, makes the rice rich, and adds flavor.