Thinking outside the box: Part 3

Today we will consider a newer appliance with lots of possibilities for quickly helping with Thanksgiving preparations. While the Instant Pot was invented in 2010, it was not widely available until a few years ago. Some consumers try to use it for nearly everything they cook, but many use it only occasionally. If you are an occasional user, we have some suggestions for you that will help with Thanksgiving dinner.

Instant pot

There are recipes available for cooking stuffing in the Instant Pot. Typically, you will prepare stuffing in a smaller pan (spring-form or small bundt) inside the pot. Using a sling made of foil will help you remove it after cooking is complete.

If ham is on your menu, the instant pot can do a great job of cooking it, especially if your ham is a spiral sliced ham. The moisture inside of the Instant Pot will keep the ham moist and juicy. You can also cook pork tenderloin, beef, or turkey breast in the pot, too.

Desserts are also possible in the instant pot. I’ve made cheesecake in mine. Pumpkin Bread pudding would definitely be a flavor in keeping with the holiday.

This year, I will try to make my turkey stock for the turkey and rice soup I traditionally make on the day after Thanksgiving. I want to see if I can cut back on the time it takes to boil the turkey carcass.

No matter what is on your menu this year, consider all the appliances that you have in your kitchen to see how you can best prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoy!

Liz Meimann

I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Food Science at Iowa State University. I love to quilt, sew, cook, and bake. I spent many years gardening, canning, and preserving food for my family when my children were at home.

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