Instant Pot, Recipes

Instant Fail

And I was so hoping my maiden voyage on the SS Instant Pot would be a success!

I jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon.

And it seems I promptly fell off. Face first into a dried pile of something that vaguely might pass as dinner. We’ll see.

Until this, I’ve never used a pressure cooker before. I tried meatloaf the other day. Except for not holding its form, it turned out pretty well.

On this particular night, I set out to make Swedish meatballs. I found a recipe online and followed it for the most part (read: changed up some seasonings for my picky eaters). Somewhere along the lines though, it went off the tracks. It ended up not the “creamy dreamy” pasta and meat dish the post touted, but a layer of solidified noodles on the bottom and some semi-coated meatballs on the top. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the original recipe and everything to do with my lack of skills in this particular area though. I even declined to post the link to the recipe here so that no one would hold it against the original poster.

The other posters make it look so easy! And, well…instant dammit!

It was anything but! First off, it took nearly twenty minutes for it to preheat to even start the twelve minute cooking time estimated. Second, I definitely should have opted for more water. I’m not even sure some of the liquid didn’t evaporate during the preheat stage. I only know there was not enough moisture in that pot after it finished doing its thing. And finally, I think I let it sit too long afterward.

My learning curve, I think, stems from the fact that I’m a pretty visual cooker. I like to see my food as it’s cooking. With the Instant Pot, it’s more like a big surprise at the end. Don’t get me wrong, I usually like surprises. Not so much when cooking maybe. So, with this, the timer goes ding! and then you open the lid and see what you end up with.

As a side note: the flavor was good and it was edible. They ate it, so that was a success.

See, too dry.

Too much guesswork for me. I’m determined to try and master this thing though.

Do you have an Instant Pot (or another brand) pressure cooker? Was there a learning curve in getting used to it?


3 thoughts on “Instant Fail”

    1. It’s been a learning curve for sure. This was a previous post I just remembered I forgot to publish. Luckily, I’ve gotten a lot better at it and my efforts are less of a surprise at the end!


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