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The good, the bad, and the awesome of Instant Pots in an RV.  A place to share recipes, tips for using an Instant Pot in an RV, and anything else we can think of. 

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  • RobinJones165
    RobinJones165 :
    I've read that you can put frozen meat into the Instant Pot and get "fall apart" meat. I've tried with two different cuts of beef, and both times it's turned out tough. Any advice?
    • Tue at 9:09 AM
    • · via mobile
    • RobinJones165
      Halfloaf Hmmm... I would usually say you need to cut it into smaller pieces, but it's frozen... perhaps cook it until it is thawed and then cut and cook more? Also, be sure to NPR meat (natural pressure release - let the pressure go down as it cools instead of rel...  more
    • RobinJones165
      RobinJones165 I was hesitant to cook it longer for fear it would dry it out more. Both times I've had the meat on the rack with the moisture below. When i used to cook meat in my slow cooker I'd have the water/broth almost covering the meat. Is that where I've gone wrong?
      • Tue at 9:19 AM
    • RobinJones165
      Border Collies 4 Us what meat did you use? A thick meat like a rump roast is not a good one to do frozen -- however, a chuck roast, pork chops, etc., will do nicely frozen when you add about 10 more minutes and like Halfloaf said, do a NPR. Hide 1 Reply
      • RobinJones165
        Halfloaf I like corned beef and at first as I had issues I thought it was about having the liquid cover the meat. But it turned out that, as other people were telling me, it was about the size of the cut... if it's too big, cutting it into 2 smaller chunks (just s...  more
    • RobinJones165
      Border Collies 4 Us also, depending on the cut I wouldn't use the rack - just put the meat in the broth. Hide 1 Reply
      • RobinJones165
        RobinJones165 Thanks? I have a pork tenderloin that I'll try.
        • Tue at 9:39 AM
    • RobinJones165
      M & C Rving Pork Tenderloin is too nice a cut to do in the IP.  Can you BBQ or roast?  It is such a lean cut and so easy to cook that I would think about cooking differently.  Back to your original question.  Yes, you can cook frozen - chuck being...  more
      • Tue at 9:34 PM
  • Halfloaf
    Halfloaf:
    Only the chicken breasts are Instant Pot (on the trivet, 4 minutes high pressure, at least 4 minutes NPR), still, useful to have a container of cubed chicken breast for whipping up an easy lunch.
    • December 8
    • · via iPhone
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    • Halfloaf
      Steve & Deb / NH Looks great!
  • SouthParkSteve
    SouthParkSteve :
    I have been snookered into providing mac and cheese for my church's Christmas potluck, and I was thinking this would be a good thing for the IP.

    Does anyone have any good, EASY, and basic mac and cheese recipes? I checked a couple of the web sites below...  more
    • November 27
    • SouthParkSteve
      Steve & Debbie Weishaar I used this recipe when I made mac and cheese in the IP and it was a hit.
      http://www.activehipmomma.com/instant-pot-mac-n-cheese/
    • SouthParkSteve
      SouthParkSteve Let the experimentation begin......

      Thanks, y'all!
    • SouthParkSteve
      Karen & Collins Facebook has an instant pot community & there are all kinds of mac & cheese recipes.  Just do a search on the site.
    • SouthParkSteve
      SouthParkSteve I'm testing a recipe as we speak, but now I have a follow up question..... My biggest challenge with the IP has been getting the liquid and the timing correct.  If I want to double these recipes, would I double the water as well?  What about th...  more
      • November 28
    • SouthParkSteve
      Karen & Collins Check the Facebook community, they can answer almost an question you have
      • November 28
  • Halfloaf
    Halfloaf:
    Had chicken and pasta for dinner - some oil, browned a chicken breast on saute, added some garlic. Pulled out the chicken and deglazed the pot with some water (can use water or stock but good to do something because the cooked-on chicken can cause the ins...  more
    • November 22
    • Deborah Thompson and 5 others like this.
    • Halfloaf
      Karen & Collins I made something like that the other night with some chicken I had left from roasting a whole one a couple nights before.  Here's my recipe.  So easy.  I'm making split pea soup tonight.  Yummmm https://www.copymethat.com/r/Mt8oDys/in...  more
    • Halfloaf
      Al & Mary-Tales from the back road Ooooooo, I love easy and delicious!! Thanks. 
    • Halfloaf
      Donna and Roy Sounds good m
      • November 22
  • Steve & Debbie Weishaar
    Steve & Debbie Weishaar:
    Relaxing with the windows open while camping with a group of friends. Enjoying a strawberry colada while the chili is cooking.
    • November 17
    • · via mobile
    • Mike and Donna Wagner and 7 others like this.
    • Steve & Debbie Weishaar
      texanrver Now that is living!  Enjoy your day of course, your chili.
    • Steve & Debbie Weishaar
      The Maynards - Terry & Joni Now that is roughing it smoothly.
  • SouthParkSteve
    SouthParkSteve :
    Just a heads-up for anyone looking for a new IP.......

    I received the "Black Friday" ad from my local Walmart. They are going to have a 5 quart, 7 function Instant Pot for $49, starting when they open on Thanksgiving evening.
    • November 9
    • Mike and Donna Wagner and 2 others like this.
    • SouthParkSteve
      texanrver Found the Bella Brand 6 qt. 10 one touch digital functions model at Lowes yesterday on sale for $49.99.  What a deal - can't wait to try this one out.  I love my microwave pressure cooker (Nordic) and am looking forward to using the electric one...  more
      • November 10
    • SouthParkSteve
      Mike and Donna Wagner Re PIP - I just ordered the PIP from Amazon for our 5 quart model.  So I'm looking forward to being able to do that!  
      • November 10
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      • SouthParkSteve
        Robbie & Alice I got a pyrex dish that fits perfectly for PIP.
        • November 10
    • SouthParkSteve
      texanrver Okay, newbie question - why use the pot in pot method - does it cook differently, or is it used for the ease of cleanup?  Or, do you use when wanting to bake?
      • November 17
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      • SouthParkSteve
        Halfloaf All of the above. And there are plenty of things you don't want in water. PIP allows you to use your Instant Pot more-or-less as an oven, which is fantastic if say, you live in a very tiny rig and have neither an oven nor a convection microwave.
        • November 17
      • SouthParkSteve
        SouthParkSteve Would that make meats come out tasting a bit less like they have been boiled?  For pot roast, stew, and things along those lines, the boiled effect is fine.  However, for ribs, BBQ chicken, regular roasts, etc., I would really prefer a roasted t...  more
        • November 17
      • SouthParkSteve
        Halfloaf No, the roast taste is a chemical process between protein and sugar that requires a higher heat. You can try searing things before you put them in the pot but it's never going to be same as broiling or grilling. I got a butane torch to try finishing thing...  more
    • SouthParkSteve
      Robbie & Alice I wouldn't buy a 5 quart..most recipes are for 6 quarts or more.  Saw one at Bed Bath and Beyond for $79.
      • November 17
    • SouthParkSteve
      Border Collies 4 Us when doing ribs (which I do quite often!) use the rack to keep the ribs out of the liquid (that way the rub you use won't wash off) and when they are done put them on a foil lined cookie sheet and broil for about 3-5 minutes. They come out perfect that wa...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • SouthParkSteve
        M & C Rving And  if you don't have a broiler, throw them on the grill to get that crispy finish. 
        • 1 hour ago
  • LewisinWa (Roy and Dana)
    LewisinWa (Roy and Dana) :
    As an Instant Pot newbie I have a question. I have cooked two things in our new instant pot. The first was a pot roast. I pressure cooked it for one and a half hours and then switched it to slow cook on high for another hour. My second try was a pork shou...  more
    • November 9
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    • LewisinWa (Roy and Dana)
      Cindy and Frank I think your IP is defective.  It should only take one hour to cook meat, then maybe keep it warm.  Slow cooker will take 7 to 8 hours.
      • November 9
    • LewisinWa (Roy and Dana)
      Bob and Barbara watts I have cooked about 15-20 different recipes in my instant pot. Nothing cooked on high manual pressure has taken longer than 25 minutes. The meat ( beef, chicken, pork and ribs) fall apart or off the bone every time. I think you either have a defective uni...  more
      • November 9
    • LewisinWa (Roy and Dana)
      LewisinWa (Roy and Dana) Thanks for all the answers everyone. I guess I didnt explain my situation well. My pressure cooker part of the instant pot works great. It’s just that when I use the slow cooker function on it, set to high(more) it doesn’t get as hot or cook as fast as my...  more
      • November 9
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      • LewisinWa (Roy and Dana)
        The Maynards - Terry & Joni It is true that the slow cooker function is not as good as a dedicated slow cooker but if you experiment with it I am sure you will adapt your recipes to it.  I would use the More setting and time it for the same time as “low” on the crockpot and see...  more
    • LewisinWa (Roy and Dana)
      LewisinWa (Roy and Dana) Thank you Terry and Joni, I will try that. Glad to know that the lower temps on slow cook are a trait and that it isn’t a malfunction. I think I can learn to compensate for the less power ( lower temps) on the slow cook function.?
    • LewisinWa (Roy and Dana)
      Halfloaf The other thing you can do is combine methods. Start or end with a few minutes at pressure cook and cook the rest as slow cooker. For example, I can make my slow cooker potatoes gratin and pressure at the end. It won't actually come to pressure because th...  more
      • November 17
  • Steve & Deb / NH
    Steve & Deb / NH :
    Hello...new to RVillage and to any type of on line forum. Love the IP! Great tool to have in the rig with so many uses! Hubby's favorite recipe - chocolate lava cake: <a href="https://www.adventuresofanurse.com/2017/01/31/instant-pot-better-sex-chocol...  more
    Instant Pot Better Than Sex Chocolate Lava Cake - Adventures of a Nurse
    • November 5
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    • Steve & Deb / NH
      Donna and Roy That looks good. 
    • Steve & Deb / NH
      Becca Ray Yummy!!!
      • November 5
  • Steve & Debbie Weishaar
    Steve & Debbie Weishaar:
    Made baby back ribs in the IP for lunch and we all enjoyed this easy recipe.
    Easy BBQ Instant Pot Ribs Recipe | Pressure Cook Recipes
    • October 30
    • · via mobile
    • Donna and Roy and 2 others like this.
    • Steve & Debbie Weishaar
      Donna and Roy That looks good. 
    • Steve & Debbie Weishaar
      Dean and Cheri I found this recipe:  https://thisoldgal.com/wprm_print/13605 The pork chops were falling apart and delicious.  I did not have any mushrooms and I used cornstarch rather than potato starch to make the gravy.   If the chops are ...  more Hide 2 Replies
  • SouthParkSteve
    SouthParkSteve :
    My local grocery store had a great sale on pork chops (bone-in, but very thick!), so I bought some. I would really LOVE to figure out how to cook them in the IP and make them taste as good as you all report, but I have not been very successful in the pas...  more
    • October 30
    • Donna and Roy and 2 others like this.
    • SouthParkSteve
      Donna and Roy I haven't tried pork in it yet. The first thing I made was chicken taco bowl. It turned out great. I did cook it longer (increase 10-15 minutes for elevation) and cut each of the chicken breast into a few pieces to help it cook. Debbie posted the recipe s...  more
    • SouthParkSteve
      Dean and Cheri I posted a recipe for pork chops on the post from Steve and Debbie Weishaar above.  
    • SouthParkSteve
      J & B White I have done thick pork chops several times & they turn out great. Season with pepper & any other seasonings and sear on both sides, remove to a plate. Saute onions & green and red peppers. Mix 1 8 oz can tomato sauce, 1 can water, pour into pot and deglaz...  more
    • SouthParkSteve
      SouthParkSteve I actually tried something that I had seen--not sure where--but it turned out okay.  I seared the chops, then stood them on their side (on the bone) and cooked them in a mixture of diluted BBQ sauce and, believe it or not, apple juice.  I am not...  more