The "Taste of Home Instant Pot Cookbook" is an absolute must for anyone seeking recipes for their Instant Pot.
There is a talent for cooking in the Instant Pot that must be developed through experience. Or, I guess some just cook by faith. Unlike the stove top or oven, you can't see what is happening. Therefore, you are cooking "blind" and trusting the pot to get it right for you.
I love to cook, but I don't like wasting my time and food on a recipe that my family cannot eat. When testing a new recipe, I am careful to choose the timing. I want to make sure there are dinner alternatives available for us should the recipe end in disaster.
I also love cookbooks! Some might even say I enjoy collecting cookbooks. Let's face it, not all recipes in any cookbook are wonderfully perfect for every family. If I see a few recipes in a cookbook that I want to try, I'll buy it. Therefore, I do have a very nice collection of cookbooks.
One of my most recent cookbook acquisitions was another gift from my parents. They gave me two new cookbooks for Christmas this year. One of them was the "Taste of Home Instant Pot Cookbook". My son also gave me two new cookbooks. Christmas night I was sitting on the couch with my mom pouring over my new cookbooks and getting really excited about testing new recipes. I have tiny post-its poking out in all of them that mark recipes I want to try, but I started with a recipe from my Taste of Home Instant Pot Cookbook .
Recipes in the Taste of Home Instant Pot Cookbook
Taste of Home Instant Pot Cookbook:
Over 100 Recipes Made Easy in the Instant PotThe first meal I cooked was a Cranberry-Mustard Pork Loin. It was delicious! We will be having that meal again. It took less than an hour to prepare and cook the pork loin. The sauce was quite unique and one I would expect a professional chef to devise.
The second recipe I tried was a little more risky in my opinion. I've never been keen on mushrooms and the recipe for the Beef Tips called for Portobello mushrooms. After reading the ingredients and instructions several times, I decided to try it. After all, I could shove all of mushrooms onto my husband's plate since they are cut into slices. It just sounded too delicious to pass up. The Beef Tip recipe is the best new recipe I have cooked in decades!
The savory beef tips are served over, or alongside, mashed potatoes with the thickened sauce they cooked in. This meal is so easy to prepare, and again, in an hour.
Both of these meals taste like you spent hours cooking and years to perfect. They were both fabulous on the first try. No wasted time or food. And no need for multiple tests and trials before I got them right. They were excellent prepared exactly the way the cookbook recipe instructed.
The only concern or challenge I have had with this cookbook is choosing what to cook next!
Using the Taste of Home Instant Pot Cookbook
The inside cover of this cookbook has "flaps" that can be used as bookmarks. I find them extremely helpful, especially when cooking a specific recipe and referring back to the page for more directions.
This cookbook, like all of the Instant Pot cookbooks I have, uses generic terms like "select manual setting". I don't have a manual on my Instant Pot, but I have learned that means "PressureCook" on my cooker's settings. I can only assume this varies by brand, model, or age of manufacturing.
I recommend reading through the recipe completely before you begin cooking so you know what to expect.
I also recommend pre-measuring ingredients and setting them around your pot. It would be easy to overlook an ingredient in a recipe, but if you have it already sitting out, you will notice it before you close and lock your lid. Keep in mind, Instant Pot cooking is not like simmering a pot of stew all day. You can't add a forgotten ingredient an hour into cooking and it not matter.
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