Cooking in the kitchen has taken on new meaning – all because of ONE appliance. Funny how that works – right?!
It’s not that I didn’t enjoy cooking before… because I did. But this one appliance just made it incredibly FUN to be in the kitchen.
Pull me out now well… that might be hard. I love to be in the kitchen.
I have personally had my Instant Pot since December, 2015 – and I can’t honestly say I have missed cooking in the Instant Pot even for a single day. Sometimes I wish I had a few of them in order to get more accomplished, but for now it’s just me and this single appliance.
Fun times 😉
Beans are one of the most rewarding things to make in the Instant Pot – because face it: before this appliance, most of us were making them in our Crock Pot, or… boiling over a hot stove. I live in Phoenix, so boiling over a hot stove is NOT an enjoyable activity in the summer when you are trying to keep your electricity bill down – the extra heat in the house makes everyone sweat buckets, and therefore doesn’t encourage anyone to really cook much of anything.
Welcome Instant Pot.
If you haven’t used it to make beans, you are in for a fun time – it’s SO incredibly easy. Dump, twist and open – that’s basically it!
Dry beans can cook in your Instant Pot in just 40 minutes (more or less). If you opt to soak your beans (and we often times do) it cuts the time down even more – between 20-25 minutes is sufficient. You will want to soak them if you have a hard time digesting them – soaking is actually preferred because it cuts down on the phytic acid content.
- 1 C. dry white beans (Cannellini, Great Northern or Navy)
- 4 C. water or other (broth)
- Salt/pepper, seasonings (to taste)
- Sort & rinse your dry beans, then add directly to the Instant Pot.
- Pour 4 C. of liquid in the Instant Pot (water or, broth).
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot, close the valve, and push Manual (high) for 40 minutes.
- Since there is quite a bit of liquid in the IP, your IP will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure (more or less) - then it will count "down" on the front panel to tell you how much time is left.
- Once the time is complete, the pot will beep - allow to release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release.
Always add the salt & seasonings after the beans are cooked. Here are some other tips:
- 1 C. Dry Beans = 3 C. Cooked Beans
- 1/2 C. Dry Beans = 1 1/2 C. Cooked Beans
- Always add 4x the liquid to dry beans when cooking
- When making beans that have been soaked, add 3x the liquid
- Salt & season beans after they are done cooking
- Never fill the instant pot over 1/2 full
- You can use the manual setting or, the beans option, both will yield the same results