2019 Mother's Day Gift Guide,  Cooking

Instant Pot Max 6 Qt

Instant Pot Max 6 Qt

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Instant Pot has been all the craze in our home lately. I have tried so many new things in it from steaming some of the best tasting broccoli that I have ever had down to making asparagus for the first time (husband approved). I never thought that I would ever become proficient with cooking in an Instant Pot but let me just say that I love the ease of cooking and the ability to make more fresh foods for my family than ever before.


When the Instant Pot Max arrived I was a little concerned that I would have trouble learning the touch screen because it is quite different than the other varieties I have tried, but honestly I have fallen in love with the ease of use.


The first recipe I threw together in the Max is a family favorite but called something a little different in the Instant Pot. The recipe I followed is Lazy Lasagna, but it is more like a baked spaghetti. Please ignore my “garlic bread” as we had some leftover hamburger buns to use up and I thought it would be easy. This recipe was following a bad case of food poisoning that I had and I needed something to throw together to feed my boys.

This literally involved me using the saute button to brown the beef (1 lb), draining the grease, adding in some dry pasta (1 lb) and adding in a jar of your favorite pasta sauce and whatever spices that you desire. I couldn’t believe we had dinner so fast!


The following week I got a little more brave. I wanted low country boil, a recipe that has been a family favorite for years. The smells that come from cooking that indoors are just a bit too much for me so I decided why not make it in the Instant Pot!

My favorite things to add into the low country boil are red potatoes, corn (the sweet variety), mushrooms, shrimp and kielbasa. I love using Zatarains crab boil seasoning and also Old Bay. My first round I made a boo boo and my shrimp was a tad bit overcooked, not to the point of being tossed in the trash but just more cooked than I prefer.

I had this done on high pressure in 4 minutes. I used baby red potatoes and fresh instead of frozen corn.


I have made chicken breasts to shred into chicken salad, tacos and other great things in literally minutes. The chicken is always so tender and easy to pull apart.


The Instant Pot Max has a canning feature that I will be experimenting with this spring and summer as my garden grows and we visit local farmer’s markets. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a post. I know the experience will be epic!


For more gifts to suit any Mom on the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday please check out our Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

Samantha hails from Virginia and is a proud wife to a retired Deputy Sheriff and mother to two amazing little boys named Jack & William. A veteran product reviewer; Samantha has been reviewing products for 8 years and offers high quality product reviews with original photography.

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