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How To Convert Crock Pot Recipes To Instant Pot

Instant Pot Crock Pot

Up until a couple of years ago, the Crock Pot was the kitchen gadget every busy family needed to own. It made getting delicious, healthy meals on the table a cinch, which can be so hard in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We all prepped our dinners before leaving the house in the morning, set our Crock Pots, and walked into the house that evening to the aroma of a home-cooked dinner.

But then, the Instant Pot hit the market and changed the entire game. Gone were the days of searing a roast at 6 a.m. so you could have dinner at 6 p.m. The Instant Pot did everything a Crock Pot did, but faster and more efficiently. It's safe to say that the IP is now the one gadget we can't live without. But what to do with all of those delicious Crock Pot recipes you knew and loved? Not to worry: you can still make them in your IP (albeit a whole lot faster!).

If your Crock Pot is collecting dust because you use your Instant Pot so much, you're going to love these tips for converting Crock Pot recipes to make in your IP. The IP does it all: pressure cooking, slow cooking, sauteing, braising, and more. While a slow cooker cooks foods for long periods of time at lower temps, the IP can cook those same foods in a fraction of the time it takes in your Crock Pot. But first, you need to make some adjustments.

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For meats, the most important thing to remember is that you'll need to adjust your cooking times. For example, meats that cook for eight hours on low in a slow cooker will be done in 25-30 minutes in the IP (not including the time it takes your IP to come to pressure). Nearly every IP you can buy has different meat buttons, so make sure to check the users manual to find out how much time per pound you need to cook at.

In addition to adjusting cooking times, remember that you need to add more liquid to recipes than you did with your Crock Pot! For your IP to function properly, you need enough liquid to bring it to pressure (make use of the basket to keep foods out of the liquid if you're concerned about texture).

Finally, it's crucial to understand which ingredients should be left out of the Instant Pot during cooking. Milk isn't a great liquid option, since it will easily scorch on the bottom of your IP. Also, if the recipe calls for a thickener like flour or corn starch, best to add these at the end of the cooking process to avoid a huge mess. But with a little experimentation, you can easily turn those tried-and-true Crock Pot classics into quick and delicious Instant Pot meals for your busy family!

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