The Latest: Facebook Live and more

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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!

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The Latest: Facebook Live and more

No-Pressure book release!

Instant Pot No Pressure Cookbook

It’s here! My second book, The Instant Pot No-Pressure Cookbook, has arrived! It’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine cookbooks are sold. Get yourself a copy and tell your friends!

A little about the book: No-Pressure is for Instant Pot enthusiasts who are looking for new and creative recipes. Drawing inspiration from around the world, No-Pressure treats the Instant Pot as a functional part of your kitchen, and uses it to make fun and flavorful dishes.

No-Pressure book release!

Instant Pot updates

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Lots going on in the Instant Pot universe! I received a copy of the German edition of my first book (above), which is totally surreal. My next book comes out in a little over a month, and I’m working on a couple of videos (stay tuned)! Meanwhile, my book randomly made an appearance in a Bill Maher rant. Wowee.

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Below are some recent Instant Pot-related links I’ve enjoyed lately. I hope you enjoy them too!

 

Instant Pot updates

Pressure Cooker Cookbooks

If you already own my Instant Pot cookbook (THANKS!) and are looking for more recipes, I have a few favorite cookbooks to recommend for further reading:

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Dinner in an Instant by Melissa Clark

Clark is the cooking guru at the New York Times, and her recipes are always reliable and delicious. She’s become an Instant Pot fan and has solid pressure cooking recipes.

 

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Hip Pressure Cooking by Laura D. A. Pazzaglia

Pazzaglia is a dominant force in modern electric pressure cooking, and her cook times chart is something to behold. Her recipes are reliable and well researched.


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Indian Instant Pot Cookbook
by Urvashi Pitre

Pitre is well known by the Instant Pot web community for her butter chicken recipe, and for good reason. The Instant Pot is great for cooking Indian food, and this cookbook can be your guide!


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The Instant Pot No-Pressure Cookbook
by ME

Had to include my new book. 😉 It comes out on May 1st and you can pre-order it now!

Pressure Cooker Cookbooks

Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar Topping in the Pressure Cooker

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Now that Thanksgiving is upon us, I thought I’d share a recipe from my last book for brown sugar sweet potatoes. I’m often struggling to figure out how to squeeze everything in the oven on the big day, so moving one dish to the cooker is a big help. The potatoes steam in the cooker before being sliced in two. Each half is topped with a brown sugar topping and quickly broiled right before serving. Lightly sweet with a little crunch on top, these sweet potatoes are a top-notch Thanksgiving side.

Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar Topping
from The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook
Serves 6 to 8

1 cup water
6 medium sweet potatoes, pricked a few times with a fork
4 tablespoons butter, cubed
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch salt

  1. Add water to the pot and place a steamer basket or trivet on top. Arrange the sweet potatoes on the basket or trivet. Secure the lid.
  2. Cook at high pressure for 12 to 18 minutes (12 for small potatoes, 15 for medium, 18 for large).
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. Use your fingers to press the mixture together until a crumbly topping is formed.
  4. Once the cooking is complete, use a natural release for 10 minutes followed by a quick release.
  5. Preheat the oven to broil.
  6. Carefully transfer the potatoes to a large baking sheet. Slice each in half lengthwise and lay cut-side up. Sprinkle each half with 1 heaping tablespoon of topping and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until lightly crispy.
Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar Topping in the Pressure Cooker

No Pressure photoshoot

As the release date for my latest cookbook slowly approaches, I’d like to share a few behind-the-scenes photos from the photoshoot. Note that these are just from my phone, and that the lovely Staci Valentine‘s photos are MUCH better (stunning, really). Can’t wait to share the book with you all in May!

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No Pressure photoshoot

Instant Pot Ultra Thoughts

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I recently received the newest Instant Pot model, the Ultra, thanks to the kind people at Instant Pot HQ. Note that I did not receive it in exchange for a review or any other coverage, I just thought I’d share my thoughts about the Ultra for those that are considering upgrading or are comparing versus an older model. So here we go!

Steam release — There are two major upgrades to the Ultra, and one of them is the steam release. Instead of a single steam valve that you turn to seal or release, the Ultra has a separate button. This is great for two reasons:

  1. You don’t have to touch where the steam is releasing, making it a little safer and less likely to scald
  2. It automatically resets to sealing when you open the lid. Even though I’ve used the IP a bazillion times, I still forget to close the valve sometimes on the old model. The Ultra makes this impossible by closing the vent automatically.

Note that when you press down the button for a quick release, it takes longer to release the pressure than older models. You can force it to release steam quicker by pressure down the button harder, but then you’ll have to stand there the whole time pressing the button.

Cooking Options — The Ultra has even more automated cooking settings, which is all well and good, but I rarely use any of them other than Pressure, Sauté, and Yogurt. But! With the Ultra, you can make some over-arching settings to the whole machine, as well as on a per-use basis. I’m a big fan of these options:

  1. You can turn the sound off. You may not want to turn the sound off, but with the amount of recipes I make in my IP and the amount of beeps it makes (especially the Ultra), sometimes I just want some peace and quiet. Note that it won’t beep at all, even when food is done cooking, so this is not for everyone/all the time.
  2. You can disable the Keep Warm function. I pretty much never use this function and the vast majority of the time I want it turned off, so as to not inhibit the release of pressure or scald delicate items on the bottom of the pot. Unfortunately you can’t turn off the function universally, but you can turn it off beforehand each time you cook something.

Backlit Display and Knob — The most obvious differences are the backlit display (which was already available on the Duo Plus) and a knob that you turn and press to make all selections. The knob takes a little getting used to, but for no specific reason I like it. I think with all of the options on this version of the IP, you need a knob instead of a million buttons to push.

Another Thing I’ve Noticed — In my experience thus far, pressure takes a lot longer to release with the Ultra than the older models. Just keep this in mind when budgeting time for a recipe. I honestly sometimes end up slowly releasing the pressure when I just can’t wait any longer.

All-in-all, the older models still work great, and it’s up to you if the jump in price is worth it. As someone who uses an Instant Pot all the time to test recipes, I’ve very much appreciated the revised steam release and the extra adjustables. But I also still use my old IP all the time. Long live pressure cooking, regardless of what cooker you choose!

Instant Pot Ultra Thoughts