Instant Pot: Viva Review
One of the side benefits of adopting a Ketogenic lifestyle is that in order to effectively follow the Keto diet you need to KNOW what you’re eating stays within your macro nutrient guidelines (70% Fat, 25% Protein, 5% Carbs). That lends itself to doing a lot of your own cooking to ensure that you’re not getting hidden carbs & sugars that are typically found in processed foods, prepared foods & take out/fast foods. By staying with whole foods, lean meats, vegetables and healthy fats managing your macronutrient input becomes much easier. Learning to cook healthy, flavorful & delicious meals makes the transition to the Ketogenic lifestyle (or any program) that much easier and feel less like a diet. One of the tools that can really help on this end is an Instant Pot pressure cooker.
What is an Instant Pot?
So what precisely is an Instant Pot? Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that carries out the responsibility of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt creator, sauté/caramelizing skillet, and warming pot. It’s a solitary machine that carries out the responsibility of nine diverse kitchen apparatuses or devices. Sounds sort of amazing, like Ralph Kramden’s Handy Housewife Helpers… (Millennials will need to Google this reference…silly kids)
Pressure cookers offer a simple method to get nourishment on the table quick. Regardless of whether it’s an electric pressure cookers or stove top pressure cooker, a pressure cooker definitely lessens cook time by raising the breaking point of water and catching the steam. When your food is finished cooking, you can either release the pressure physically by unlocking the lid or hang tight for the steam to normally discharge.
Slow cookers are extraordinary for individuals who need to get back home from work to a hot supper hanging tight for them. They’re designated “set it and overlook it” machines for an explanation: Just toss fixings in the slow cooker toward the beginning of the day, and it’ll cook on low warmth for the duration of the day. You can frequently set them to cook for a specific number of hours and afterward have it change to a keep warm setting.
Crock-Pot is a famous slow cooker brand. Individuals regularly utilize its name reciprocally with “slow cooker,” like we use the term Kleenex for tissue, when “Kleenex” is a brand name. Crock Pot “the brand”, however additionally makes multi-cookers.
Instant Pot is the most well-known multi-cooker brand, and is quickly becoming the term for multi cookers like Crock Pot for slow cookers. It has huge amounts of capacities, including pressure-cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, steaming, warming, and sautéing — across the board machine that assists the cooking procedure.
The first Instant Pot was presented in 2010. Quick forward to 2019, and Instant Pots come in a lot of various models with sizes running from 3-quart to 8-quart. They’re all incredible for somewhat various reasons,
Instant Pot Viva
Initially made as a QVC-exclusive product (Now I know how my wife came to buy this model for me this past Christmas) the Instant Pot Viva comes in the 6-quart and 8-quart sizes… I got the 6 quart version. There’s no mini version available. In the 6-quart size, however, you can choose between different color options like eggplant, cobalt, or cinnamon.
The Viva is a 9-in-1 device — pressure cooker, slow cooker, sauté pan, rice/porridge cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, warmer, cake maker, and sterilizer. It has 15 built-in programs: Soup/broth, meat/stew, bean/chili, cake, egg, slow cook, sauté, rice, multigrain, porridge, steam, sterilize, yogurt, warm, and pressure-cook.
The Instant Pot Viva is similar to the Duo Plus, except it doesn’t have the blue display screen and status icons. The 6-quart model typically sells for around $130. That part hurts because I’m certain my wife spent this much for the Viva when I’ve found the larger 8 quart version on Amazon for considerably less
Make no mistake friends, the Keto Bandeeto is no chef or cooking guru… but he can certainly follow instructions and credit for any of the recipes that I link below should go to the folks that posted the videos. For the most part cooking in the Instant Pot is really easy and the best part is how awesome the meals taste when they come out. Particularly the meat…. fall off the bone ribs, beef stew where the meat practically melts in your mouth. Even a traditional holiday dish like Corned beef and cabbage can come out fantastic… not bad for someone who’s definitely not Irish and comes with absolutely no frame of reference.
This video comes from Jon and Kate “The Lighter Side of Us” YouTube Channel. The video is about 8 minutes long and ridiculously easy to follow. My kids absolutely love this recipe and they typically won’t touch one of dad’s Keto meals… why?because they’re yucky, of course
Chef Megan Mitchell from Thrive Market walks you thru my favorite recipe to make. One of my favorite “meals” to make as a kid was to open can of Chunky Beef Stew or Dinty Moore, especially on cold rainy days. I can see the look on your face…it’s the “yucky” face… tough luck, this is my childhood, not yours 🙂
This recipe comes from Karen’s Krazy Keto Life and while I can’t say that this is a favorite meal of mine, since we just recently spent St. Patrick’s Day in a self-imposed lock down I wanted to keep in the spirit of St. Patrick’s day and cooked this up for the family… completely expecting this to be an utter disaster. While I won’t lie to you and tell you that the kids have converted and now love cabbage… this meal came out fabulous and there wasn’t much left in terms of leftovers. In fact when I went to the fridge the next day I found a container that was devoid of corned beef… only vegetables were left… investigations are still ongoing.
Full disclosure, the Instant Pot is not inherently Keto Friendly, that’s solely the responsibility of the cook and the ingredients used to prepare meals. What is super cool about the Instant Pot is the speed in which meals can be cooked and the advantage of cooking in a pressurized pot can tenderize even the toughest meats. By the same token it can practically pulverize your vegetables as well, so you need to take that into consideration when adding veggies… they don’t need to be in the pot for very long… 3 to 5 minutes is more than enough, trust me I know… my critic call them “yucky”
All this said… I love my Instant Pot and I even dismiss the fact that we most likely overpaid for it because of the joy it brings me everytime we cook with it.
I would rate the Instant Pot Viva:
Five olé’s…(Oh yeah, that’s going to be a thing!)
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