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The Greatest Canadian Invention EVER!

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Carroll, Queen's Square | April 2, 2018

By now most people have heard about the Instant Pot phenomenon. In case you haven’t, here’s a quick primer: the Instant Pot is the greatest Canadian invention of all time. Invented by Robert Wang (who incidentally has a PhD in computer science with a specialty in artificial intelligence) in 2010, the Instant Pot (or IP to its cult-like following) is a 7 in 1 appliance designed to save you time and space in the kitchen.

This small appliance can do it all – it’s a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, food warmer and sauté pan all in one convenient package. It’s a great way to cook healthy meals on those busy days when you’d normally default to take-out, or pizza as it speeds up cooking by 2- 6 times and using up to 70% less energy in the process. It comes equipped with 24 hour delay start time, and there is also a handy Bluetooth version that lets you program and execute complex recipes wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet.

Perhaps the best benefit I have enjoyed from owning an Instant Pot is that kitchen clean-up is a breeze. While everything is cooking, I can clean up the counters, the measuring cups and spoons, cutting boards, put my leftover ingredients away and set the table. This has allowed me to enjoy dinner with my family more, as I only have the Instant Pot stainless steel insert to wash at the end of the meal, which is a snap because virtually NOTHING sticks to this baby!

And I haven’t even begun to touch on how quickly some of my favourite foods cook therein! The easiest-to-peel hard-boiled eggs you have ever seen cook in 2 minutes. Perfectly cooked steel cut oats in 10 minutes. Beets in 7 minutes. A whole chicken in 25 minutes. And if you like curry, you can make the most delicious curries with incredible flavours in 15 minutes. You can even make cheesecake in your Instant Pot!

Check out some of these books for added inspiration:

How to Instant Pot Instant Pot Obsession The Essential Instant Pot cookbook Indian Instant Pot Cookbook

And don’t forget to join us at Queen’s Square on Saturday, April 14 from 3:30-4:30pm for an Instant Pot Recipe Swap – whether you are new to the world of IP or an old pro, come and join us! Bring your favourite IP recipes to share with the group and we’ll give you some of ours, too!