Just read through the many testimonials and you’ll understand why the Instant Pot pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, warmer, and rice cooker has been dubbed a “miracle machine.” Sure, it’s great for stick-to-your-ribs winter stews but it’s also great for warmer spring and summer nights when you have little to no desire to turn that hot oven on (since Instant Pot keeps all its cooking heat trapped within the air-locked vessel). It does breakfast too.
An Instant Pot is also an ultra-safe cooking machine perfect for students living in dorms and other small spaces; a great alternative to accident-prone hot plates. The Instant Pot Mini 3-quart model—currently on sale for less than $45 at Walmart—is small enough to fit on nearly any counter and most recipes just call for dropping protein, sauce, stock, and other ingredients right into the base for a fast, healthy, and flavorful one-pot meal. From chicken chili to tender pulled pork, and hearty vegetable soups to Whole30 compliant meals, Instant Pot recipes often require minimal prep beyond a bit of chopping or dicing, with many clocking in well under an hour from start to finish (and most of that time it’s doing all the work, so you can concentrate on other things, like studying…or catching up on Netflix).
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Snag the convenient Instant Pot Mini on deep discount for your dorm and encourage healthy eating and fewer trips to the all-you-can-eat cafeteria or greasy pizza stop.
The Instant Pot Mini is the perfect programmable multi-cooker for small jobs, college students, or households with more modest cooking needs (or limited counter space). It combines the power and speed of a pressure cooker with the ease of an advanced digital programming system for increased safety and accuracy. Make tender meats, quick and easy soups, stews, rice dishes, yogurt, macaroni and cheese, and much more in mere minutes. Cleanup is a breeze, too, with just one single stainless steel pot to rinse. Buy Now