Instant Pot Review + Tips, Hacks and Giveaway

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The Instant Pot is one of my favorite things! I’ve had mine for 2 years now, and still rave about it to everyone I know. I gave my parents one for Christmas and now they are hooked, too!

If you want to cut straight to the chase, you can check out some of my favorite Instant Pot recipes, hacks and cooking tips I’ve pinned to my Pinterest Board: I Love My Instant Pot.

What’s an Instant Pot

If you haven’t already heard about the Instant Pot, it’s a programmable electric pressure cooker that takes the place of 7 kitchen appliances/cooking functions. It’s a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer. Not only is it super versatile, but it also let’s you prepare healthy, tasty dishes up to 70% faster. It’s great for parties and entertaining since it keeps food warm for hours.

Instant Pot Bone Broth and Stew for Pets and People

In addition to cooking for your human family members, you can also use the Instant Pot to cook for your dog! Making bone broth is super easy in the Instant Pot and I usually make several batches each month and always make a batch with NO onions or garlic so that it’s safe for Daisy. I also make dog-friendly stew to store in the freezer in small portions for Daisy. Her favorite is a fish and sweet potato stew but I like to experiment.

How to Store Broth, Stew and Batch Cooking

I find the easiest way to freeze and store bone broth, stew and soup in small portions is using these Square Silicone Molds. Each tray holds 8 4oz cubes so portions are pre-measured when I want to pop a few out of the freezer to use them. I learned this tip from Michelle Tam at Nom Nom Paleo. She’s got amazing Instant Pot Recipes and Tips on her blog!

Easy to Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot

Another of my favorite IP tricks is making hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot. Although it’s not really much faster than other methods, the pressure makes them way easier to peel than any other way I’ve tried. I use this method as my guide but usually put them in a bowl of ice and water to chill them quickly as soon as they are done cooking.

Getting Started with Instant Pot

There are SO many things I make in my Instant Pot: steamed beets, carnitas, “baked” sweet potatoes, short ribs, corned beef & cabbage, shredded chicken…you can even make cheesecake although I haven’t tried that one yet!

If you don’t know where to get started, LifeHacker has done a list of The First 7 Things You Should Make With a New Instant Pot.

You can also join the Official Instant Pot Community Group on Facebook. You’ll connect with all kinds of IP Fanatics and real people sharing Instant Pot recipes, ideas tips and solutions.

In addition to what’s on my Pinterest board, these are some of my favorite Instant Pot recipes and resources:

 

Got a dad or hubby who loves to cook? The Instant Pot makes a GREAT Father’s Day gift idea!

Where to Buy an Instant Pot

If you’re wondering where to buy an Instant Pot, I recommend Amazon.com. I got mine on sale HERE and as new models come out, the previous version usually becomes a great bargain. You’ll also spot Gold Box deals on Instant Pot from time to time as well as Black Friday and Cyber Week deals.

Instant Pot Giveaway

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This is the Top Seller in Pet Supplies on Amazon Right Now

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No surprise that Amazon has some great prices on pet products but I’m often amazed at their selection and at the huge number of customer reviews pet parents are posting. Just take a look at the Amazon Top 100 In Pet Supplies list and you’ll see what I mean!

The #1 best selling item in all of pet supplies is this Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter with 11,868 customer reviews and a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Cat people sure are passionate about their kitty litter!

“A clay litter uniquely formulated combining heavy non tracking granules with medium grain. The result is an excellent clumping litter that prevents moisture from reaching the bottom of the litter box, while providing a clump that will not break apart. Ultra is perfect for multi-cat families and cat owners with sifting or mechanical litter boxes and it controls odor naturally without perfume, deodorants or chemicals.”

Got questions? There are 341 Customer Questions and Answers to give you “the scoop” on anything you want to know about this cat litter. Go HERE to read customer reviews, see customer photos and read answers.

Wondering what else made the Top 100? Visit the bestsellers pet supplies list here to see the most popular pet products updated hourly.

Off The Leash Doggy Doodles: A Rupert Fawcett Sketchbook For Dog-Lovers

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Fans of Rupert Fawcett’s Off The Leash cartoons will love this Doodle Sketch Book for Dog Lovers. Learn how to draw Off The Leash style doggies and then practice to your heart’s content in the pages of this fantastic doodle sketchbook!

Go HERE to grab a copy for yourself and be sure to pick up a few extra copies as gifts for your favorite dog lovers! Great gift ideas for Father’s Day, Birthday, Get Well and as a Thank You gift for your favorite dog walker, pet sitter or other special person in your dog’s life!

The book is on sale right now for only $2.69 ($19.99 list price) so hurry!

HOT Deal on a Cool Swimming Pool Made Especially for Dogs

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Help your dog beat the heat while saving $50 on this Frontpet Foldable Dog Pool and Pet Bathing Tub. It’s on sale right HERE for $69.99 ($119.99 reg) including free shipping. That’s 42% OFF for you and 100% FUN for your pets. Just in time to beat the summer heat and Daisy thinks it would make a paw-tastic idea for a Father’s Day gift, too!

This pet pool can be used for swimming, bathing or just playing around and cooling off. It’s portable so you can take it with you for a sleepover at grandma’s house or when you have a play date with pals. This is not your standard, plastic, off-the-shelf baby pool. This pool is made for dogs and it’s built to last, so it won’t tear or leak.

The pet pool is 12″ deep and 50″ in diameter, so large dogs can get completely soaked and cool off while either sitting, standing or lying down in the pool. This dog pool is portable easy to take on the go. When the pool is empty and dry, just fold and pack it up. Sounds easy!

Setting the pool up and taking it down is quick and easy. To set the pool up simply make sure the drain plug is closed and then place a running garden hose inside the pool to the desired depth.

When your canine friends finish playing, or when the water becomes dirty and the pool water needs to be changed, just release the drain plug and let the water empty out. Note, If you do use the pool on a hard surface, it’s best to place a durable bottom material, such as a tarp, beneath it for added protection. [Learn more…]

FrontPet Large Dog Pool Features:

  • Large Dimensions: 12″ deep and 50″ diameter so your dog can beat the heat no matter their size
  • Attached drain plug that allows you to quickly empty your pool
  • Paneled segments that allows you to fold your pool for compact storage
  • Your pool is always ready to go because there is no inflation required, simply unfold and fill
  • Durable bottom ensures your pool will not rip or puncture when your pet is enjoying the pool
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