Here’s some recent things I wrote that are on the internet and, in some cases, not on the internet:
Last month I spoke to a fun group at the Arcadia Public Library about the Care and Feeding of Your Instant Pot. We covered buying an Instant Pot (and if you should buy one at all), different models, set-up, tips and tricks, cleaning and maintenance, and more. I also demo’ed a rice pudding recipe which is available below!
Instant Pot Rice Pudding
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes, plus cooling
1 cup short-grain white rice, rinsed well and drained
5 cups whole milk
2/3 cup sugar
1 pinch salt
2 large eggs beaten, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine the rice, milk, sugar, and salt in your Instant Pot. Whisk together and secure the lid.
- Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes and use a natural release.
- Whisk the cooked rice and milk mixture well. Temper the eggs by slowly adding 1 cup of the hot milky rice to the eggs while whisking constantly. Add that mixture to the Instant Pot slowly, whisking the whole time.
- Turn on the Sauté function. Whisk until the mixture is simmering and starting to thicken up. Turn off the Sauté function.
- Add the vanilla and mix well.
- Allow the rice pudding to cool. It will thicken greatly as it sits. Serve warm or cold.
Flavor ideas (add after cooling)
- Chocolate-covered cherry: mini semi-sweet chocolate chips and chopped fresh cherries or dried cherries
- Mango-lime: Diced ripe mango tossed in the juice and zest of 1-2 fresh limes
- Cinnamon roll: 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Peach-almond: Fresh diced peaches, slivered almonds on top
I’ll be speaking at the Arcadia Public Library this Saturday at 11:30AM! Talk will include a live demo and samples, how to choose, use, and maintain your Instant Pot, and lots more hot tips and tricks. I’ll also have copies my book handy. Come say hi!
My latest cookbook No Pressure was recently reviewed on Instant Pot Eats! Read the review here.
They also featured one of the recipes from the book, Vietnamese Brisket Tacos (pictured above).
I did a Facebook Live cooking demo in the Instant Pot Community Group this week, you can watch it here. I make Steamed Fish With Greens and Miso Butter and you can find the recipe here.
Some recipes from my new book No Pressure were also featured on Well + Good!
Other than cleaning the inner pot, it’s hard to know what else you need to be doing to keep your Instant Pot squeaky clean and working properly. For an exhaustive tutorial, read over this article from The Kitchn. Here are my quick tips:
Every time you use your IP:
- Clean the inner pot in the sink or dishwasher. If the pot becomes cloudy, use vinegar to clean. Don’t use steel wool.
- Use a small brush or thin, damp sponge to clean the crevice at the top of the unit. It often ends up with little spills or bits of dried food.
- Wipe the inside of the lid with a damp cloth.
- Wipe the outside of the unit as needed with a damp cloth.
Every few times you use your IP:
- Remove the silicone ring and wash in the sink or dishwasher. If it is smelly, soak it in vinegar before cleaning again.
- Remove the plastic piece snapped on the back that catches condensation and over-fill and clean.
Everyone once and a while:
- Remove the gadgets in the lid and clean. See steps 6-8 for details.
Quinoa is a relatively quick-cooking grain, but the Instant Pot makes it even faster. It’s also a very hands-off, heat friendly method—I don’t turn on my stove or oven unless I have to in the hot, hot summer. The IP makes quick and easy work of healthy quinoa without heating up my kitchen. Score.
Instant Pot Quinoa
1 cup rinsed and drained quinoa (any color)
1 1/2 cups water or broth
1 teaspoon oil
1 big pinch salt
Combine all ingredients into the Instant Pot and shake the inner pot to level the quinoa and make sure it is all submerged. Secure the lid and cook at high pressure for 1 minute. Use a natural release and fluff with a fork.