Cheap, Easy Meals with the Not-So-Scary Instant Pot

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Instant Pot for RV Cooking - RV Pennywise

There are two words that, when spoken together, have the ability to revolutionize the way you’ve been thinking about RV cooking. These two words will give you the ability to accomplish quality cooking in a fraction of the time of traditional cooking methods. These two words will instantly broaden your culinary repertoire. These two words may even, dare I say, change your life. These two words are Instant Pot.

An Essential RV Kitchen Appliance

Now before you poo-poo the idea, let me just say that I was skeptical, too. I love to cook, and consider myself pretty venturesome with new flavors and ideas. So when my darling husband, that great buyer-of-the-gadgets, bought an Instant Pot (a.k.a. I.P.) for me last Christmas, he thought I’d joyously welcome it with open arms.

However, all I could think about was explosive tragedies and steamy burns. Not wanting to break it to him that I had no intention of jumping on this scary pressure-cooking bandwagon fad, I did what any good wife would do … I hid it away in the closet until, well, I don’t know.

Finally, after about four months, he kindly broke it out of I.P. jail and set it up on the kitchen counter so I couldn’t help but face its existence. He even combed the internet and purchased a couple of go-to cookbooks to spur on some interest. At last, he jump-started the effort by preparing a few simple meals in it himself.

Instant Pots Don’t Add Heat or Unwanted Smells in Your RV Kitchen

I must say, I was impressed. Start-to-finish, the meals he prepared were quicker, cleaner, and caused relatively no heat or unwanted smells in the kitchen (important in an RV). While I enjoyed the tasty outcome, I timidly approached the idea of cooking this way, as the visions of a potentially dangerous disaster still loomed heavy in my mind.

7 Kitchen Gadgets Safely Rolled into One

Instant Pot for RV Cooking - 7 Kitchen Gadgets in One
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I went to work researching, trying to approach this kitchen gadget with at least an open-ish mind, and with the hope that I’d learn how to use it safely.  

I learned about how and why the I.P. is safer, faster, and generally better than pressure cooking of old. For instance, the I.P. has the functionality of seven different gadgets: rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté pan, slow cooker (crock pot), warmer, and pressure cooker.

Also, compared to old fashioned stove-top pressure cooking, the I.P has modern safety upgrades to keep you from opening or releasing pressure in a dangerous way. There are layers of protection, so to speak, so that even the novice can safely use an Instant Pot.

I also found an amazing and humorous Instant Pot Community on Facebook, and combed  through discussions and recipes to find some tried-and-true offerings. With new-found confidence and excitement, I jumped in and created my own meals! 

Instant Pot Cooking in an RV

Then came the real test: Could we take this show on the road and expect the same results?

With a large family who loves camping, we decided to give it a go. Why not start with the first and most important meal of the day – breakfast? We wanted to try some easy breakfasts that would be filling while feeding a crowd. While there are a plethora of I.P. recipes, I whittled it down to a few versatile favorites, and we were not disappointed.   

Easy Instant Pot RV Breakfast Recipes

With some simple, easy-to-transport basic food items, you too can create a variety of hearty and satisfying quick breakfast meals that will tantalize your taste buds and keep your RV timetable on track. Here are a few breakfast staples.

Yogurt

Strawberry Yogurt Recipe

This fan favorite by FriedaLovesBread is recommended over and over again in I.P community  groups because it is cheap, healthy, and so easy to prepare.

There are variations, depending on the type of milk you have available as well as simple, detailed instructions for the beginner.

When your yogurt is done, you can add delicious toppings if you want such as fruit (fresh, frozen, or dried), granola, muesli, flax seeds, nuts, seeds, and more.

Instant Pot Blueberry Coffee Cake

Who knew baking could be this easy? With common ingredients like flour, sugar, milk, butter, blueberries, and egg, you’ll create a delectable  cake without an oven or open flame. All you need is your I.P. and an electrical outlet (see below for I.P. wattage needs). Serve this blueberry coffee cake for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.

Instant Pot Oatmeal

 A piping hot bowl of goodness without heating up your RV kitchen This particular oatmeal recipe also includes over 10 different ways to customize your morning oats. Think strawberries and cream, maple cinnamon,  apple pie, raisin nut, and even bacon and egg!

Orange Marmalade

Orange Marmalade Recipe

Orange Marmalade is a quick and delicious addition to slab of fresh bread or a hot, crusty piece of toast.

Swirl in a dollop to your fresh Instant Pot yogurt for a yummy treat. Incorporate it into your meat sauce, make stuffed french toast or spread over pancakes, or stir it into a cocktail.

This marmalade recipe cooks up in about an hour with plenty to share with your fellow travelers. Keep it in jars in the refrigerator.

Say Yes to Instant Pot in Your RV

Question: How much electricity does an Instant Pot draw in your RV?
A 3-quart Instant Pot needs about 700 watts of energy, a 6-quart Instant Pot needs about 1,000 watts, and an 8-quart Instant Pot needs about 1,200 watts. Learn more

Question: What size Instant Pot is best for my RV?
RV Pennywise recommends the 6-quart size. Recipes and accessories for this size are more readily available, you can cook for guests or campground potlucks, cut recipes in half, and save or freeze leftovers.  It won’t take up that much more space than the 3-quart mini, so don’t limit yourself.

Question: How do you release pressure on the Instant Pot in my RV?
Check out these How-To videos from InstantPot.com to learn about the steam release handle, pressure cook programs, and safety mechanisms.

Give it a whirl, and let me know how it turns out. I’d love to hear your favorite Instant Pot RV cooking adventures and recipes!

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