Electric pressure cookers — like the Instant Pot — rose to cult status with their ability to cut conventional cooking times by as much as 75 percent. You no longer have to tend a pot of beans on the stovetop all day long, because the Instant Pot is here to cook them with just a few minutes of high pressure.
The Instant Pot does well with breakfast staples and speedy dinners, but where it really shines is during weekly meal prep. Sure, it cooks a pot of beans well, but it also cooks grains, whole chickens, large hunks of pork, and even whole spaghetti squash at great speed. Plus, cooking these things in the Instant Pot frees up the oven and stovetop for other cooking chores.
Here’s how to utilize the Instant Pot for smarter big batch meal prep.
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