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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
More Useful Instant Pot Resources!
- Interested in more Instant Pot tips? These resources are sure to come in handy:
- My video course for new Instant Pot users, Instant Success with Jillee!
- My must-have printable Instant Pot cooking times cheat sheet
- Mistakes to avoid when using your Instant Pot
- How to make 5 everyday foods quickly and easily
- 40+ Must-try Instant Pot Recipes
Which of your kitchen gadgets has saved you the most money?