With all of the buzz about the Instant Pot, a lot of people think they’re getting passed by because they don’t eat enough to justify the big, 6 quart, cooking pot on the standard model. While it’s true that many small families and single people really do enjoy cooking in large quantities to make copious leftovers for lunches, not everybody feels that way. For them, Instant Pot makes a smaller model, the 3 quart, that’s just right for one or two people, and then maybe some leftovers for one day. That seems to be the perfect size for students cooking in a dorm room, elderly people that don’t eat much, and those just wanting to cook one sit-down meal and be done with it.
The 3 Quart Can Still Make A Lot Of Food
If you’re worried that the 3 quart is too small, remember that 3 quarts of homemade chili should be enough to feed a person for about 4 meals. That’s plenty for most single people or a couple. Plus the smaller size is just right if you have several pieces of chicken and you want to make a chicken with rice meal.
It cooks up just fine in about 20 minutes total and a couple of people can finish it off with few leftovers. Then your Instant Pot Mini, will be ready for the next meal, whatever you want to cook.
You Can Easily Cut The Recipes In Half
What you’ll find when you go online looking through the millions of recipes that the Instant Pot fans have uploaded is that most of them are designed for the 6 quart machine. However, since the 3 quart is exactly half of the 6, it’s not a huge math problem to just cut all of the ingredients in half. Besides that, most recipes aren’t very particular about all of the ingredients being exact. You’ll want to have the right amount of water for the rice, but if you have three pieces of chicken instead of two, it won’t make a bit of difference.
When Choosing The Right Instant Pot For Your Needs
If you’re living in a dorm room with very little counter space, maybe no kitchen at all, or working in a far-away city and sleeping in a motel, you won’t have any fridge space to store leftovers at all. In that case you can usually make enough for two meals and warm up the second meal right in the Instant Pot Mini and never use a fridge.
Most meals, especially those cooked in a pressure cooker, won’t go bad for at least a day or two. The Instant Pot has a nice tightly sealed lid that will keep out germs and insects so you can just reheat your leftovers and finish them off later in the day. That makes the Mini, the best choice for a lot of people living in situations where there is limited room, no fridge, and only a small amount of food that needs to be cooked.
When thinking of getting an Instant Pot, don’t let the large size scare you away. You can use the Mini and get the same great flavor, super fast cooking times, and healthy food almost anywhere you are.