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I bought an Instant Pot last fall and I am documenting the good, the bad, and the ugly as I learn how to use a pressure cooker (without blowing up my kitchen)…Click here to see what I’ve been up to so far.
I have been using my Instant Pot pretty regularly and I am looking forward to showing you some of my favorite new uses for the pressure cooker over the next few weeks.
Every time I opened my Instant Pot cookbook, I would see the chart for dry beans and legumes. Whenever I looked at pressure cooking recipes on Pinterest, I noticed people swearing by dry beans cooked in the Instant Pot. Since I had NEVER used dry beans before, either stove top or in the Crock Pot, I didn’t really feel rushed to give them a try in the Instant Pot. However, after one particular canned-bean-heavy shopping trip, I wondered how much money (and pantry space) I could save by using dry beans. So I consulted a few recipes and decided to give it a try when I felt like I had some extra time to play around with the pressure cooker.
I ended up with an opportunity to cook dry beans right away. One evening, with company coming for dinner, I realized that I didn’t have a can of black beans on hand when I was getting my ingredients ready to cook one of our favorite casseroles. So, I crossed my fingers and got my newly-purchased bag of dry beans out of the cupboard.
I gave the beans a good rinse and then put them in the pressure cooker. I added some water and salt and then put the lid on the pot. Then I set the timer for 25 minutes on manual.
Once the cooking time was up, I waited for about ten minutes before releasing the remaining pressure. I had read in several posts that the longer you can let it sit after cooking, the less likely you are to have split beans. (I’ve also read that if you go ahead and give the beans a soak before cooking, they are less likely to split. I didn’t soak mine and I had very few split beans. We also didn’t have any…..ummm…..”magical fruit” issues.)
I’ll tell you what….opening the lid of that pressure cooker was like Christmas morning! I had perfectly cooked beans that were ready for my casserole by the time I had everything else cooked and ready for the oven. (Start to finish, it took about 40 minutes.) I was so excited about my first experience with dry beans that I totally forgot to snap pictures! As an added bonus, I think I like the taste and texture of dry beans over canned.
To make a short story even shorter…I’m converted and super excited to have one more use for my Instant Pot. I’ve definitely come a long way from the days when I was just using it as a glorified egg cooker.
What is your favorite thing to cook in your pressure cooker? Is there something you think I should try next? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.