Tasty Black Beans in an Instant (Pot)
The new Instant Pot craze sparked a bit of intrigue in me. I spent the better part of last year denying the worth of this new appliance, touting it as the place where food goes to die.
Based on the fact that it’s a pressure cooker and my past experience with the risks and health benefits it does and does not offer, I resisted the following and decided quick cooking can do without the soggy mush pressure cookers will mostly serve.
But the familiar sensation began creeping in: fear of missing out. And I caved and bought one.
I thought about asking for one at Christmas so as to avoid shelling out the money, but then decided I did not want to hang the feeling I might hate it on the gift giver who will most likely ask later if I used it and liked it.
There are several conclusions I’ve come to concerning this small electric pot. If most of your cuisine for you and your family consists of heavy stick to your ribs kind of food, then this is your kind of short cut and I highly recommend it.
There was a “set it and forget it” mentality going on when using this device. I had short ribs in 55 minutes and they were fall-off-the-bone delicious. These beans were finished in 30 minutes and also tasty.
If you are a day by day shopper and that’s the only forethought for your daily meal you have time for, and that is me most of the time, then this pot will come in handy if you want a meal that requires hours to cook.
I know there are a ton of recipes that might refute that notion, I just feel it over cooks anything that doesn’t require lengthy cooking times.
There is a place in my life for this pot, but because I have changed my lifestyle and my home is absent of children, I do not see the benefits of the cost of this nor the added space for yet another appliance.
However, for those of you with a big family and children, I could definitely be on board with this beauty.
Beans are one of those meals that could take hours to make. But not with this pot. I used the same recipe I always use and it tasted just as homey and delicious. If you’re looking for a quick meal at the end of your hard day, this is that kind of meal.
1 lb. dry black beans
5 1/2 cups water
1 T. Salt (optional)
1 tsp. Onion powder
1 tsp. Garlic powder
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
Add the beans to the Instant Pot along with the water and salt and seasoning and cilantro. Close the lid and lock. Cook on manual high for 45 minutes.
Allow pressure to naturally release. Serve when the pin drops on its own. About 26 minutes.
Janet McCormick is the author of “10-Minute Meals” and owner of Let’s Eat in Huntington. She lives in Lawrence County, Ohio. She can be reached at 304-654-2003 or www.10-minutemeals.com.