Instant Pot

First Instant Pot Experience

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People have been raving about the modern day pressure cooker/multi-cooker. I jumped onto bandwagon and got one for Christmas. This is the cooker with the brand name Instant Pot.

Instant Pot
Instant Pot

Recipes

My Instant Pot came with a cookbook, but all of the recipes require a lot of ingredients. I searched the internet for Instant Pot recipes with 10 ingredients or less and found this one for Black Bean Soup.

This recipe called for: dried black beans, a small red onion, 3 garlic cloves, a red pepper, vegetable broth, and a few other ingredients.

I decided to watch a video to learn how to chop an onion properly.

I also wanted to get better at handling garlic.

I was surprised to find out I only needed half a bunch of cilantro and only the stems. Now I have a bunch of cilantro leaves that I will end up throwing away. I appreciate the fact that meal kit vendors send you just the amount of herbs and spices you need.

Cilantro stems and leaves
Cilantro stems and leftover leaves

I used the pot’s saute mode to cook the onions, garlic, stems, and red pepper. That step was nice and easy.

A steamy saute.

Then came the beans, broth, spices, and some extra water. Total cooking time was 30 minutes. Once the soup was done I used my Ninja to blend it. I should probably buy an immersion blender to do this task in the future.

I was happy with the soup’s flavor, but I should have added more water. The soup was more like a paste.

The important thing is that learned how to use my new Instant Pot! The best part of the experience was not having to use a skillet to do the sauteing. Oh, the wonders of modern technology.

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