Ten Cool Things You Didn’t Know Your Instant Pot Could Do

Posted on Nov 28 2016 - 8:00am by Markell

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The Instant Pot is the latest craze in the kitchen. It’s turning non-chefs into gourmet dinner makers. It’s simplifying things in the kitchen, and lemme tell you, it’s amazing. 

If you don’t have one already, this is the one I would recommend getting. {Click on the picture to be taken to Amazon to purchase}


7-in-1 6 qt model. It does yogurt, and has adjustable pressure settings. The 6-in-1 does not.

This bad boy can do a lot of amazing things. It’s a rice cooker, a soup maker, a yogurt maker, it has the ability to saute foods, and many other things. There are some things it can do that I didn’t even realize until I’d been using it for over a year! I just wanted to share a few of those with you! 

  1. Make Vanilla Extract. I plan on trying this soon! Usually it takes MONTHS for vanilla extract to process. This recipe is saying you can do it in 30 minutes! 
  2. Cook Cheesecake. I haven’t tried this yet either, but I want to! You use the pot-in-pot method to do this. Any oven safe metal pan can go into your instant pot (assuming it fits of course)!
  3. Make Popcorn. I HAVE done this. It’s super easy and super quick! 
  4. Make Bread. Same as the cheesecake, you use the pot-in-pot method for this! 
  5. Sous Vide. This is a type of French cooking where you cook the food in a bag for a long time and low temperature. You need this tool to be able to do it. The bag is immersed in water, and the tool circulates the water and keeps it at an ideal temperature. This is on my list of accessories to buy next time it goes on sale! 
  6. Make Bone Broth. It’s MUCH faster to make bone broth in an Instant Pot than it is on the stove. And no need to watch it!
  7. One Pot Meals. This should be obvious I guess, but for so long I just cooked rice or chicken in the Instant Pot. There are SO MANY one pot meals you can make in the Instant Pot. Like spaghetti! And butternut squash risotto! and Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice!  
  8. Lotion Bars. Ya. Cool, right? 
  9. Boiled Eggs. THE easiest to peel hard boiled eggs you will EVER make. Set the eggs on the trivet with about a cup of water. Manually set the pressure to 5 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes. Put in ice water for 5 minutes. The shells will FALL off. 
  10. Applesauce. Another thing I haven’t made yet, but I am planning on making soon! 

What cool things have you made in your Instant Pot??? Please share in the comments! 


30 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Eleanor December 1, 2016 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Am I missing a link or information where to buy this? You have just sold this to me, I need it in my life. Thank you!

  2. Ange December 1, 2016 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    I need one of these! I am such a lazy and terrible cook 😀

    • amouseinmykitchen December 1, 2016 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      Me too! This makes it way easier.

  3. Rose December 1, 2016 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    I have never made yogurt before but now I know I need this pot to make lotion bars and the popcorn idea sounds fun. I hate buying one kitchen appliance after the next. A person has only so much counter space.

    • amouseinmykitchen December 1, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

      That's one reason I love this. I got rid of my slow cooker and rice cooker, plus it does all these other things!

  4. Ashlea December 1, 2016 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    This definitely looks like something I need. I keep seeing it in store but never knew all you could do with it.

    • amouseinmykitchen December 1, 2016 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      SO much! Today I cooked cheesecake, ribs, and yogurt in it!

  5. Erlene December 1, 2016 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    I've seen other bloggers posting about this and I'm super curious about it now. I have a dedicated rice cooker, but it would be awesome to be able to consolidate kitchen appliances.

    • amouseinmykitchen December 1, 2016 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      It's pretty cool!

  6. imaasuquo December 2, 2016 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Wow, I didn't know a couple of this.
    I'm definitely trying out the Vanilla extract and the Apple sauce as soon as I can find the time to 🙂

    • amouseinmykitchen December 2, 2016 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Let me know how they turn out!

  7. Abigail December 2, 2016 at 3:06 am - Reply

    This looks incredible! Def a handy kitchen appliance

    • amouseinmykitchen December 2, 2016 at 9:13 am - Reply


  8. MyYellowApron December 2, 2016 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Guess what!!!I just ordered this and I definitely nneded this pst.

    • amouseinmykitchen December 2, 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      Awesome! Im glad it was helpful!

  9. Mihaela Echols December 2, 2016 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    OK that's just awesome that it can make bread!

    • amouseinmykitchen December 2, 2016 at 6:44 pm - Reply


  10. jmporter54 December 2, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    This machine sounds like it's worth investigating. It sounds like a crock pot on steroids with a magic wand built in!

    • amouseinmykitchen December 2, 2016 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      A crock pot with steroids is a good way to put it!

  11. Sandra crespo December 2, 2016 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    I need one !!! Lol great gadget for my kitchen!

    • amouseinmykitchen December 3, 2016 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      For sure!

  12. Tyler December 3, 2016 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Oh this is perfect! I'm so lost with kitchen appliances.

    • amouseinmykitchen December 3, 2016 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Hopefully this helps!

  13. myteenguide December 3, 2016 at 10:30 am - Reply

    This appliances is so incredible! I like this want and i want it! It may help me to cook easily! Thanks for this!

    • amouseinmykitchen December 3, 2016 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      It really is cool!

  14. Michael December 5, 2016 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Would have never thought of bread as an option….

    • amouseinmykitchen December 6, 2016 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      Pretty cool, huh!

  15. lifeispoppin85 December 6, 2016 at 9:23 am - Reply

    I just got one of these and had no idea what to do with it! Thank you for this list!!

    • amouseinmykitchen December 6, 2016 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      You're welcome! Enjoy!

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