The Instant Pot®, the spiralizer and the Air Fryer are three new(ish) gadgets that can help you save time in the kitchen and eat in a healthier way. What are they and how can you use them? I will give you a quick run-down on each and suggest cookbooks to help you out.
The Instant Pot® is one of several Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cookers out on the market right now. Depending on the cooker and version, it may have the following functions: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge maker, steamer, yogurt maker, and sauté pan—all in one machine! Apparently, you can also make giant pancakes and cheesecakes—neither of which I’ve tried yet in mine. This gadget is popular for its versatility as well as its relatively compact size.
If you’re interested in the Instant Pot®’s background, check out this New York Times article.
Instant Pot® Cookbooks:
Beginner? The essential Instant Pot cookbook: fresh and foolproof recipes for your electric pressure cooker by Coco Morante
Love foods from other countries? Indian Instant Pot® cookbook: traditional Indian dishes made easy & fast by Urvashi Pitre
Have you heard of zoodles, also known as zucchini noodles? Spiralizers turn vegetables (and some fruits) into noodles, making them popular with people who are gluten-free and/or just trying to limit carbs. They are fairly easy to use and come in at least three different varieties: hand-held, countertop and as an attachment to a stand mixer.
Spiralize this!: 75 fresh and irresistible recipes for your spiralizer by Martha Rose Shulman
Skinnytaste fast and slow: knockout quick-fix and slow cooker recipes by Gina Homolka with Heather K. Jones, R.D [This one has Instant Pot® recipes and some using the spiralizer]
I have to admit, the air fryer is the one device of these three that I don’t own, but I’m so curious about it. My dad uses his all the time. According to the website Kitchenweapon.com, “[an air fryer] works by cooking your food using super heated air that it circulates within its chamber. A fan inside the air fryer helps circulate the hot air,” creating a chemical reaction that gives the food the taste of real fried food.
Air Fryer Cookbooks:
This one has everything: Skinnytaste One and Done: 140 No-Fuss Dinners for Your Instant Pot®, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer, Sheet Pan, Skillet, Dutch Oven, and More by Gina Homolka
Have you used any of these gadgets? If so, what are your favorite recipes?