5 Reasons Why This One Kitchen Gadget Is The Ultimate Money Saver

saving money with an IP

When I got my first Instant Pot a few years ago, I was mostly interested in the features that promised to make cooking faster and easier. If it did those things, I reasoned, it would justify the cost of buying it in the first place (and the storage space I would have to find for it!)

And while my Instant Pot certainly does make dinnertime faster and easier, that’s not all it does! It also saves me money, to the point where it has more than paid for itself!

So today I thought we’d explore some of those money-saving aspects of the Instant Pot. If you’re looking for ways to save money or stretch your grocery budget, here are some of the ways an Instant Pot pays for itself to help you do just that! :-)

5 Money-Saving Ways The Instant Pot Pays For Itself

saving money with an IP

1. Replaces Other Appliances

If you have an Instant Pot, you not only have a pressure cooker, but a slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, and more! If you don’t have already any of those, you won’t have to buy them, which could easily save you hundreds!

And even if you do already have those appliances, you can sell the ones the Instant Pot can replace. Or keep it simply by donating them, and at the very least you’ll free up some very valuable storage space in your kitchen!

saving money with an IP

2. Saves On Office Lunches

Whenever I cook a meal in my Instant Pot, I purposely cook more than we’ll eat. The leftovers make great lunches for Dave to take to work!

Having delicious Instant Pot leftovers for lunch saves him time and money. All he has to do is heat them up, saving him a trip off-campus to find something to eat.

saving money with an IP

3. Transforms Cheap Cuts

With other cooking methods, you’d normally want to avoid using cheaper, fattier cuts of meat. But those same cuts can be transformed into delicious, tender creations in the pressurized environment of the Instant Pot!

You can save money on your grocery budget while whipping up tasty dishes like pot roast, spare ribs, and more!

saving money with an IP

4. Cooks Frozen Foods

Buying frozen foods in bulk is a great way to save money, but only as long as you actually use them! So how are you going to put that giant bag of frozen chicken breasts from Costco to good use?

One of the great things about the Instant Pot is that you can cook frozen foods as-is! No defrosting or forethought necessary. ;-) To learn much more about cooking frozen foods in the Instant Pot, read my blog post here!

saving money with an IP

5. Makes Staple Foods Cheaply

You can use an Instant Pot to make many of the staple foods you’d normally buy at the store. And these homemade staples won’t just save you money, they’re often more delicious than the stuff from the store too!

Instead of buying them, you can make vanilla extract, strawberry jam, chicken and vegetable stock, yogurt and more with the help of your Instant Pot!

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Which of your kitchen gadgets has saved you the most money?


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Instant Pot Recipes & Tips

  • Don’t forget beans! With the instant pot, you can buy dried beans instead of canned and cook them up in a jiffy! Saves me tons of money for my growing family!

  • I recently discovered there is a low/med/high setting on the sauté button. You just have to hit the sauté button again and it changes settings. Great when making soups.

    • I think it depends on the model. Mine only does normal or more. And like Leslie said, it does get too hot. I found an easy work around. Once hot it stays hot for quite awhile. So if I notice the temp is getting warmer than I want, I either cancel the setting for a few seconds to minutes or put it on keep warm for a bit. When it seems I want more heat again, I just click it back on to Sauté. Sounds complex but it really just is clicking a couple buttons and absolutely no different than turning a burner up or down.

      I love my Instant pot and use it several times a week.

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