If you’re looking for a healthy, easy, and budget-friendly meal idea to serve your family or friends, chances are you’ve heard of the Dry Beans Instant Pot. However, if this is the first time you’ve ever used it before, it could be a little confusing trying to figure out what all these buttons actually do!
Luckily for you, we put together this blog post that’ll show you just how easy your life can be with an Instant Pot.
Dry Beans Instant Pot: What You Should Know About This Tool
First Thing’s First, What Is An Instant Pot?
An Instant Pot is a multi-functioning kitchen device that lets you save time and prepare your meal in half the time it would normally take. With its pre-programmed settings and monitoring systems to keep an eye on the temperature, pressure, and time, you can set it once and forget about it.
The Most Basic Instant Pot Settings
Before we jump into what all the buttons do on your Instant Pot, here’s a quick run-down of some of the most basic settings you should know about.
One of the most basic settings that we have to warn you about is the ‘Manual’ mode. While not a common setting for most people, if you’re planning on cooking super fast and want to check the time yourself, use ‘Manual’ mode.
Most Instant Pot recipes aren’t super fast so this isn’t something you’ll be doing often, but it’s there if you need it.
Easy and Fast Recipe to Make of Dry Beans Instant Pot
So without further ado, here’s one of the easiest and fastest recipes you can make with a dried beans Instant Pot. Just follow this quick how-to and you’ll be away!
Easy Recipes to make Dry Beans Instant Pot with Vegetables and Meat
1 cup Dry Beans Instant Pot (White Beans, Great Northern, Pinto)
2 cups Water or Low Sodium Chicken Broth (or Low Sodium Beef Broth) The liquid consistency should be at least 2 inches above the beans when the pot is closed. Don’t fill it too high because there will be a little bit of expansion.
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter (or Coconut Oil)
2 Carrots, peeled and diced into rounds the size of the beans (or you can use the same amount of Kale and one cup of Onion chopped)
1/2 head Broccoli, cut into small florets small enough to fit with the beans. Optional: 1/3 cup Fresh Mushroom, sliced thinly. The slices should be only a bit wider than the beans.
3/4 cup Ham, diced into 1/2 inch cubes. If you want to make it slightly healthier, you can use Turkey instead.
1/2 teaspoon Salt and Pepper, or to taste (Optional)
How to Make Dry Beans Instant Pot with Vegetables and Meat:
Step 1: Set the Instant Pot on the ‘Saute’ option and add in the Butter or Coconut Oil. Make sure it’s spread out on the bottom of your pot so that it covers most of the surface area.
Step 2: Make sure the ‘Manual’ (or ‘Saute’) mode is selected. Then, change the stove to ‘Saute’.
Step 3: Add in the diced carrots and broccoli. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. You should be able to hear that sizzling sound of the butter (or coconut oil).
Step 4: Now, add in the ham and saute for another 5 minutes. Add in the beans and 1/2 teaspoon salt, then give it a good stir.
Step 5: Now, add in the Broth (or Water). It should be enough to cover all ingredients with 1 inch to spare. If it looks like it’s not enough liquid, add more until you have at least 2 inches of liquid above the contents of your Instant Pot.
Step 6: Close the lid and seal your Instant Pot by twisting and locking.
Step 7: Set the Instant Pot to ‘Pressure Cook’ for 8 minutes. When the timer goes off, release it pressure and wait for 10 more minutes before opening.
Result: You will enjoy a perfectly cooked meal that has flavor and texture you can’t get from a slow cooker! Enjoy your Easy Recipes to make in an Instant Pot by adding your favorite toppings or sides. You can also adjust your cooking time according to how you like them cooked.
HOW DO I STORE LEFTOVER COOKED BEANS?
If you have any leftover cooked beans, you can either store them in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze them for later use. To freeze them, cover a baking tray with parchment paper and spread the beans on top of it. Put it in the freezer and wait for about 45 minutes. Then, transfer your bean into freezer bags for future use.
For better results, let it sit overnight before using because the cold temperature can make the beans dry up a bit harder and affect their texture.
A FEW HINTS FOR COOKING INSTANT POT DRIED BEANS
The above instructions are just one of the many ways you can cook dried beans in your Instant Pot. There are also other options you can use to cook dried beans in your Instant Pot.
You can check out our detailed step by step guide on how to make Dry Beans Instant Pot. You’ll learn how to cook the beans with or without onion, bell pepper, and seasonings; the time and temperature settings for cooking; as well as a few things you need to consider while cooking dry beans in an Instant Pot.
Another thing you can do to cook your beans is add it to your favorite slow cooker. You’ll still have the same great results by cooking the beans without any preservatives or additives; but for those who are on a time constraint and aren’t familiar with cooking dry beans, using your slow cooker instead of an Instant Pot will save you some time.
How long do dry beans take in Instant Pot?
The cooking time for dried beans in an Instant Pot is pretty much the same as any other slow cooker, but the advantage you have when using an Instant Pot is that you can cook your dry beans without preservatives and additives.
The only downside is that you have to monitor it more closely because of the high boiling temperature and pressure. If you’re not used to this kind of cookware, using a slow cooker would still be a great idea since it’s more forgiving when it comes to overcooking your food.
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