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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Use the contest widget below to enter for a chance to WIN an Instant Pot 7 In 1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart. $99 value.
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Tired of Adulting? No Prob-LLAMA! Instant Happy Notes + More Fun Stuff to Beat the Winter Blues

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Being a grownup got you down? You’re never too old for a new lunchbox or a great set of colored pencils! In fact, when I spotted this Llama Lunchbox, I knew it would be perfect for holding all of my coloring and drawing supplies. It got me inspired, and since I figure I’m not alone in needing a little pick-me-up to help cure the winter blues, I put together a little list of fun and random stuff to make you smile.

Feeling happy can start with making other people smile, too! This book of 101 Instant Sticky Happy Notes can be used in your kiddos lunchbox, your spouses laptop bag, your co-workers cubicle or anywhere you and yours need a mini message of happiness. I got these in my January PopSugar Must Have Box and have been sticking them all over the place!

Winter is cold and flu season and that means lots of hand-washing to keep the germs away! Add some cuteness to your bathroom or kitchen counter with this adorable Bunny Ring Holder. It’s got a padded base and comes in other animal shapes and colors, too.

Feel like hybernating or catching an extra cat nap? This Cat Eye Sleep Mask is both fun AND functional. It’s purr-fect for helping you get more zzz’s and has gel inserts that can be chilled or warmed for added relaxation and rejuvenation anytime.

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11 Rainy Day Activity Ideas for Pet-Loving Kids

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Rainy Day Crafts Kids

Summer is a super FUN time of year for kids, but rainy days can have everyone stuck indoors and looking for something to do. We’ve put together a new list with lots of rainy day activity ideas for pet-loving kids. Some involve a little supervision, or some planning ahead, so take a look and pin this list for later so you’ll always be prepared to help your kids entertain themselves on the next rainy day!

Printable PAW Patrol Dance Game

PAW Patrol Pup Pup Boogie Dance Game: Nothing beats the rainy day blues like an indoor dance party! Use this free printable from PAW Patrol and get your tails wagging! Get the Free Printable Game Template and Instructions here.

 

DIY dog house

Kid’s DIY Cardboard Box Dog House: Every dog should have a super fun indoor dog house, and it’s easy to make one. Help your kids with this tutorial for parents on how to make an indoor dog house from cardboard boxes.

DIY Catnip Toy Kids Craft

Make DIY Catnip Toys for Cats:  Check out this simple and fun kid’s activity to make some sock fish catnip toys for your cat and all their neighborhood pals, too. It’s a great way to use some of those solo socks that are missing their partner!

How To Draw Dog for Kids

Draw a Portrait of your Dog or Cat: Search youtube for loads of helpful instructional videos on how to draw pets, like this one.  Also visit Crayola for a free printable How to Draw Dogs Coloring Page for Kids.

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11 New Gift Ideas for Pets: Kyjen Slo Bowl, Cat Playground, Mr. Bill Dog Toy + More

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11 pet gift ideas

Looking for some new and different gift ideas for pets? No need to wait for Black Friday to get started, because we’ve put together this list of 11 gifts for dogs and cats, so you’re sure to find something for every fur kid on your holiday gift list.

Each gift is also currently on sale and there are price points for every budget. Most items are also eligible for free shipping and free returns. Click any link to jump straight to the item shown, or click HERE to view them all. These Pet Gift Ideas are from Groupon Goods and their deals change frequently, so don’t wait if you see one you want!

slo bowl

Kyjen Slo Bowls for Dogs $13.99 ($24.99 reg)

cat playground

Tiger Tough Cat Playgrounds $29.99–$49.99 ($69.99-$139.99 reg)

dog boots

Protective Dog Boots $8.99–$11.99 ($23.99-$36.99 reg)

cute cat feeder

Wooden MultiCat Feeder $19.99 ($53 reg)

eddie bauer dog bed

Eddie Bauer Linen Gusset Dog Bed $39.99 ($79.99 reg)

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