Looking for creative keto Instant Pot hacks that’ll rock your world?
Hey keto believers! If you’ve crossed over into Instant Pot heaven, you already know what a lifesaver this appliance is on busy nights. Who knew your Instant Pot could be this snazzy, though?
1. Use the handy built-in lid rest!
Whaaaat?! Did you know the lid can rest open on the top like this? #TheMoreYouKnow
Here’s a video to show how the magical lid rest works. 🙌
2. Use cheaper cuts of meat in your Instant Pot.
Inexpensive stew meat or a chuck roast with lots of caramelizing does well in the Instant Pot! No need for expensive cuts of beef (it can tenderize the most stubborn cuts of meat).
Pro tip: Do take your time and use a natural pressure release when possible – especially for roasts.
3. Take your Instant Pot on vacation.
Save time and money by bringing your Instant Pot along while traveling or camping. This can be especially money saving for a larger family!
4. No time to defrost? No worries!
Cooking meat from frozen is no problem with the Instant Pot. Just note that you’ll need to add additional cook time according to meat thickness. For instance, for a recipe that calls for fresh ground beef, you’ll need to double the cook time if it’s a frozen solid block of meat. Same for frozen chicken breasts.
5. Turn slow cooker meals into Instant Pot meals.
Even though the Instant Pot looks similar to a slow cooker, they cook in completely opposite ways. As a general rule: If the meat dish cooks in eight hours on low or four hours on high in the slow cooker, it will cook for 25-30 minutes in the Instant Pot. Also, make sure to add at least a 1/2 cup of liquid to the Instant Pot.
6. Freshen up a stinky ring or lid.
Try steam cleaning your Instant Pot naturally by running it on the Steam function for a few minutes with one cup of water, one cup of vinegar, and a few lemon slices inside. If the issue doesn’t resolve, consider buying additional sealing rings for savory and sweet recipes.
7. Meal plan like a pro!
Make a big batch of shredded chicken, beef, or pork to use in multiple meals for the week! Try this Italian Beef Roast for delicious shredded beef. SO good.
8. Make a low carb cheesecake in your Instant Pot.
One of the advantages of Instant Pot pressure cooking is the diverse meals and dishes you’re able to cook with it. Check out this popular Instant Pot Low Carb Cheesecake recipe and consider using a 7-inch Non-Stick Spring Form Pan that’ll fit perfectly inside the Instant Pot.
9. Skip the microwave and reheat food in the Instant Pot.
This tip comes in handy for warming leftover soups, chili, or a large amount of food you need to re-heat for a family meal! Just use the Warm or Slow Cook functions.
10. Cook an entire small turkey, turkey breast, or chicken.
This especially comes in handy because it frees up oven space for the holidays. Check out how I made delicious turkey and gravy in my Instant Pot.
11. Make easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs.
Cooking a batch of hard boiled eggs has never been easier than in the Instant Pot because there’s no boiling water on the stove! An easy way to remember how to cook them is to use the 5-5-5 method.
Just put eggs on the cooking rack that comes with your pot or in a steamer basket. Add a cup of water, then set on Manual (High) for 5 minutes. Let pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, and then place in an ice bath for 5 minutes! The eggs are crazy easy to peel.