Instant Pot Recipes

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  1. nhlakes

    nhlakes Well-Known Member

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    I'm not much of a cook and don't particularly enjoy it. Fortunately my wonderful wife of 30+ years is an awesome cook, enjoys it, and spoils me by cooking great meals every day.

    However I recently got the hint that camping may be more relaxing for her if she didn't have to cook all the time (although we do eat out a fair amount when traveling.)

    Anyway, I foolishly offered to try to do more of the cooking while camping. :shocked: We usually have power and have an Instant-Pot at the house, which I hear can be pretty fool proof.

    Does anyone use one of these while camping and, if so, have any easy recipes that can be prepped ahead of time? I did a search here and did not find much.
     
  2. kitphantom

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    Have you joined the FB Instant Pot page? Very active, but lots of questions and ideas.
    Look at thisoldgal.com, pressurecookingtoday.com, skinnytaste.com, twosleevers.com, and PM me for more cookbook and link ideas.
    We don't always have power for camping, so the IPs will be taking their first trip this week. Yes plural, we have three - 6 qt, 8 qt, and 3 qt, in order of purchase plus the new Gem multicooker, which is like a roaster/slow cooker, not a pressure cooker. (The Gem is a replacement for our huge roaster, though I decided not to take it this week.)
    We've meeting friends for Thanksgiving, so it's sort of a potluck set of meals. I'll be taking the 6 qt and 8 qt IPs. They're bringing a cooked ham, so we'll use one IP to reheat that. I'll cook sweet potatoes in the other. For another meal, we're doing crustless quiche, which is easy, and will use some of the ham.
    I'm still deciding on another option, it may be one of the Indian dishes from Urvashi Pitre's IP book (twosleevers) or something else.
    For other trips,t he Gem may be an option, since you can bake or roast in it.
    If you like soups and stews, you could prep the meat and veggies ahead of time and cook those at camp. Fro the most part, we actually cook at home, and take things in meal sized packages to reheat, so the IPs are used at home instead of camp.
     
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  3. nhlakes

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    Thanks for all the pointers! I'm not active on FB, but my wife is, and she's always on cooking sites, so I will share the pointers and enlist her help in the search. (although i should probably wait a week since we're up at our vaca home through Thanksgiving and if I get her going on the Instant Pot recipes she'll likely run out and buy another one for up here ;) )

    Edit: I spoke too soon. I found out our IP at home was a larger unit, you mentioned the 3qt, I watched this video https://twosleevers.com/unbiased-review-instant-pot-mini-duo/ from the site you mentioned, realized that one may be better for the Aliner with just the 2 of us, and now Amazon has one on the way. ;)
     
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  4. kitphantom

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    We bought the 3 qt mainly to be the replacement for our very good rice cooker. The non-stick liner in that peeled, in spite of being babied, and the IP wasn't a lot more money than the replacement liner would have been.
    We figured any use in addition to rice for the 3 qt is just a bonus. I used it for sweet potatoes earlier this week. This may be the one that gets taken more for camping, either solo trips for me or ones with both of us, when we have power.
    I'm taking the two larger ones this week, since it's easier for me to use the casserole inside the 8 qt than the casserole for quiche (same one I use for steel but oatmeal and custard) in that. The 6 qt will be good for the amount of sweet potatoes for 3 or 4 of us. (I had two long, skinny ones the other day, they rested diagonally in the pot.)
     
  5. nhlakes

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    We made butter chicken from twosleevers.com in the 3qt instant pot last night. I think it will be a great addition to the camper. Thanks again for the tip!
     
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    We used the 6 qt on our Thanksgiving camping trip. We decided that the 3 qt will be handier for camping, both for space and the way we might cook on trips. We do most ahead of time, but the option to cook with the IP on longer trips when we have power will be nice.
     
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    Kitphantom, thanks again for the 3qt instant pot recommendation. Made tiki masala with the 'fool proof' instant pot last night. I am working in MA for a few days, so I am up at our place in NH for the weekend, and my wife was not around to supervise (or help prep) the butter chicken recipe. So I took the even easier way out and just dumped in half of jar of store bought tiki masala sauce and a quartered chicken breast, hit the button and walked away. Then hit the the button on my little fool proof rice cooker (when the IP started to de-pressure) and again walked away. Came out great, despite my inattention. ;) . Looking forward to giving my wife a break and taking over some cooking duties on our trip to FL in the Aliner next month.
     
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  8. ArizonaJoe

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    I picked up the Official Instant Pot cook book at Sam's for my wife...still waiting for her to read it.
     
  9. yetavon

    yetavon everything is better around a campfire.

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    Got the DW the Mini for Christmas. We have always used slow cookers, got 3 sizes. Toss in the stuff and done when you get home. sometimes over done...Now that its just us 2, and living in a 340 SF 5ER, It seems like a perfect match. I'm looking for a recipe for tonight.
    It may go camping with us, the little SC has...but Cast Iron rules at the campsite
     
  10. roybraddy

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    We do alot of cooking with a high side electric skillet with lid. Momabear has alot of great meals simmering in one of those with a lid. Hard to beat a good ole pot roast with all the trimmings cooking away. Works best with shore power but I have on a few occasions fired up my 2KWH Honda Generator and cooked using the high wall 1200W skillet when I am charging my batteries like I do every morning for three hours when camping off grid... I sometimes have to watch what else I am using the generator for haha...

    I really need to pickup a high wall skillet with lid for the propane stove top I guess to make life easier.

    Roy Ken
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  11. yetavon

    yetavon everything is better around a campfire.

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    1st attempt.....Best hard boiled egg I ever had....well hard steamed egg.
    2nd attempt, Bourbon Chicken and rice.... Chicken turned out AWESOME... tender and juicy...
    The rice was delicious, but a bit overdone and mushy....
    2 chicken breast cut into chucks
    Bourbon liquid marinade pack
    4 carrots, 3 celery, 1 onion 3 garlic cloves. cut up in your preferred size
    1 box of zaterans cilantro lime rice
    2 cups of water
    Splash of olive oil
    pinch of salt and pepper.

    Hit sauté, oil, onion and garlic till soft
    add chicken and brown slightly.
    Dump in everything else and stir
    I ran high pressure at 12 minutes, but will try low pressure for the next run, cut back on time if the rice is still overdone.
     
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  12. Chloe

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    I love my 6 qt Instant Pot so much that I had to get a 3 qt one and I’m going to bring it on a camping trip soon! I’m not sure yet if I’ll cook with it or just use for reheating. I’m tempted to cook and freeze my fav IP (6 qt) dishes into meal sized containers and then just pop them in the small IP to reheat when needed. Or maybe I will prep my sauces/marinades beforehand and then cook fresh. Decisions! Since we’ll have electricity, I’m inclined to use that and spare the propane some of the time. Of course, grilled steaks and burgers are a must!
     
  13. kitphantom

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    We thought the 3 qt would be the one we'd use camping, but the 6 has turned out to be more flexible. If we're going to have power, it's often when we're meeting other people and doing pot lucks, etc. I bought the 231-quick and carry case for the 6 qt, after trying to wrap the IP in a towel. Supposedly you can squeeze an 8 qt IP in it too, in case we need to do a really large dish on some trip.
     
  14. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    What a coincidence this thread should be revived. I have a 6 qt coming tomorrow from Amazon.

    Our slow cooker broke and had planned to buy another. Someone told me that IP can be a slow cooker, too. So I ordered one. After talking about it on facebook today, I have found out they are not very good in slow cooker mode, too much liquid, steam has to be just right, and in IP mode veggies have to cook separate from meat.

    Honestly, I am completely confused now and this thing sounds like it may just be a big PITA. I have considered sending it straight back and ordering a old fashion slow cooker, especially for the camper. We often spend the day away from our campsite. I am used to throwing everything in in the morning and coming home to perfect dinner.

    I really don't want to come home from a day at the beach or river and have to fool with getting dinner, let alone if it all won't cook at the same time. I may use it at home, but don't see this in our camping future.
     
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  15. Chloe

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    A larger IP would be great for potlucks! We haven’t gone to any rallies yet, but I’ll likely do the same if we need to make a large quanty of food.

    Orchid, I agree, when using the pressure cooker, you want to do delicate vegs separately (put in for the last 15 mins), but root vegs can stand up well with meat. For example, when making a stew, I brown the meat, then pressure cook it with chunks of root vegs, and after releasing pressure, I add in other vegs like celery, zucchini, peppers, etc and cook until those are done. It’s another step but pressure cooking the meat reduces cooktime by a lot (great for a week/work night). I have slow cooked with it a few times and I like that I can brown the meat first. You can get a glass lid for it, but leaving the vent open accomplishes the same thing, I think. I’m no expert, though!
     
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  16. Sjm9911

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    I will never own a pressure cooker! When I was a kid the relief valve broke and the pot flew around the house spewing hot liquid in its wake. Think real mini volcano! I know the new ones have safteys to prevent this now but I still wouldent turn my back on one!
     
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  17. kitphantom

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    I much prefer food made in the IP to slow cooker meals, so I’m not the one with the best suggestions. Tortellini casserole is one of our standards, we used to only bake it.now, i can toss a package of tortellini into the IP, add a jar of good quality sauce, plus one of water or broth, cooked sausage or meatballs, and have supper in 15 minutes or so. (Pasta cooks in about half the time on the package, we add a minute because we live at 6000’.)
    The IPs aren’t for every one, but they don’t scare me, we use them (we have 3, one of each size) every week, some days 2 or 3 are in use, got rid of the 4 slow cookers. We don’t do a lot of cooking from scratch while camping, since we batch cook at home and freeze meals. That’s how we save time, if we have power, we can use the microwave.
     
  18. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    I do a lot of that, too! In fact, most of our meals are pre-cooked and frozen. We even have an entire freezer in our pup, in addition to the fridge, because of this. Unfortunately, we can only fit a dorm sized freezer and it only holds so much.

    Even so, because we camp as long as two weeks, with as many as 7 or 8 people, we always run out and have to make a trip to the grocery store. Haven't been on a trip yet that second week was mostly fresh cooked food, and I like it easy.

    I think I just need to quit dragging all the grown kids and grandchildren along. [LOL]
     
  19. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    I, too, am old enough to remember the old fashioned pressure cookers! Never seen one explode, but had the fear of God put in me, by my grandmother, to stay clear of the kitchen when one was in use.

    This is one of the main reasons I said I'd never own an IP. I'm recovering from surgery and too many drugs in me, I had a weak moment the other night.
     
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  20. Sjm9911

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    I plan on scratch cooking. I do not at home , I'll do it on the road. I grill all year round and do everything on it. Additionally , I'll be making fast skillet meals. And yes there will be the hot dog on a stick over the fire for the kid. And I can't wait to use the pie iron on the road. I tried it out a few times at home and I think will be a great tool for quick , good eats.
     
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