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September 2, 2017

From Susan – Instant (Pot) Gratification

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 10:35 am

I LOVE my Instant Pot!  I bought it from Amazon with 1-click while hubby and I were watching someone cook with it.  John said, “We should buy one of those.”  I said, “It will be here tomorrow!”

It makes the best ribs, corn on the cob, HARD BOILED EGGS (that peel perfectly every time), and Coq Au Vin.  But yesterday I tried a recipe that had caught my eye for Salted Caramel Cheesecake.  OMG.  OMG.  The.  Best.

The picture from the Cookies and Cups Website

I bought a 7 inch spring-form pan and then followed the recipe as written.  You set the Instant Pot for 35 minutes, and then let the pressure release on its own.  I suppose it took an hour from start to finish in the Instant Pot.  My crust had “issues” because I didn’t use enough butter (long story).  BUT, it dropped out of the pan perfectly – just like on the Great British Baking Show!  The Ritz Cracker crust was crumbly and I suspected soggy.  I let it cool a while and then into the fridge.

After dinner I drizzled a piece with Smucker’s Salted Caramel Topping, so I did not sprinkle it with salt as directed in the recipe.  It was delicious – smooth, creamy, perfectly baked.  Not too sweet, not cloying and heavy like a lot of cheesecakes.  Perfection.  The crust was actually crispy, not soggy as I expected.  It was amazing.  Hubby RAVED about it!!  I like the smaller size, too.  Nice size for a small dinner party – or you could make a couple of different types if you had more people.  I would say it makes 8 small servings.

Smucker's Simple Delight Salted Caramel Topping, 11.5 oz

This could be VERY dangerous!!

PS to Surly: An Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker with a lot of settings to broaden its range of capabilities.  Do I use all of the features?  NO!  But the fact that you can set it and let it do its thing is wonderful.  My old pressure cooker had to be watched like a cat because it needed to get to the “rocker” stage and be turned down, etc.  You had to set a separate timer.  This just does the work for you.

I set eggs and corn on the cob for 5 minutes.  It takes 15 minutes total from start to finish.  The only problem I have is that I cannot hear the finish beep.  It is in my “hard of hearing” sound range.  John will say the beeper went off, and I did not hear one peep.  SO, what I do is set the timer on my range, adding 10-15 minutes to the time I set on the Instant Pot.  After the Instant Pot gets up to pressure, the timer you set kicks in, which is very visible on the pot.  I will sync my oven timer then, but I am always very close.  That is not a problem with the Instant Pot but with my own hearing loss!!

PS to Purrlie: Pressure cookers have been used as a replacement for slow cookers, often using the same recipe but very different cooking times.


  1. I have avoided the cheesecake recipes for the Instant Pot, as we are doing low carb right now. I’d love it if you post links to other recipes that you feel turn out well.

    Comment by Lee Cockrum — September 2, 2017 @ 1:29 pm

  2. Here is a fabulous recipe that I have made multiple times!

    Comment by Lee Cockrum — September 2, 2017 @ 1:31 pm

  3. I still do not really understand what an Instant Pot is.

    Comment by Surly — September 3, 2017 @ 9:10 am

  4. I got an Instant Pot for Christmas this year & I’ve used it a few times. I really need to dig it back out & use it more. It’s a neat, neat tool.

    Comment by Samina — September 3, 2017 @ 11:11 am

  5. Thanks for the testimonial, this will be the first item on my Christmas wish list! I’ve always steered away from pressure cookers because of the rocker and timing issues, so having a contraption which does it all automatically is obviously the answer. Sympathies on the hearing, neither DH nor I hear high frequencies well any more, great for ignoring crickets at this time of year but not good for noticing when the electric kettle has boiled. DH is convinced it’s the result of listening to too much loud rock music over the years, I suspect he’s right.

    Comment by Pru — September 5, 2017 @ 12:04 pm

  6. Can it be used in place of a slow cooker as well?

    Comment by Purrlie — September 17, 2017 @ 5:12 am

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