Instant Pot in RV? Yes, The Best RV Kitchen Extra when not boondocking!
In between boondocking times, there are a modern inventions that are fun to play with. My husband and I love to cook! We cook often, and most times we tend to cook inside. But an Instant Pot in an RV? Yup! Cooking outdoors is great, but it is not always convenient. We live in our camper and we either parked at some time of campground setting or out in the wilderness.
People probably think we cook outside everyday. We do not. Sometimes, it doesn’t make sense for us to go outside and build a fire several times a day to eat.
Firstly, we don’t want to burn all of that wood. Also, it would take forever. We live in our RV, but we also work. So in between boondocking, when we are hooked up, we love to play with the other tools available for cooking.
Therefore, cooking often, and connected to electricity, there are few modern conveniences we indulge in.
Eating healthy and delicious meals is important to us, and doing it quickly is the bonus we are looking for.
Living in a tiny space with a tiny kitchen, means the kitchen gets messy really easily. The space gets used up quickly when chopping and preparing for any meal.
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Thankfully, it cleans up quickly too, but we have to be mindful of how we are using the space. If not, you wind up balancing your plate of delicious eggs and broccoli on the edge of the counter and next thing you know it has crashed to the floor! Whoops! -That just happened.
The convenience of the instant pot in an RV may seem odd at first glance. Hopefully, after this article, you will see how useful of a tool it is.
If you’ve never used an Instant Pot at home or in your RV, it is helpful to know the basics. I was definitely a little intimidated when I first opened this she beast device that does everything. Yes, she is a “her”. She is the ultimate multi-tasker. Completely new ? – Check out the official Instant Pot Website.
Instant Pot in RV? Yes!
First, the basics of safety and use. The DO NOT’S:
Do Not: Place your body parts over the hot steam! The steam releases quickly when you flip the toggle over. Never ever ever get your fingers in the way. Do not put your face over it either. It is not a facial. It will burn you.
Do Not: Place the top of your instant pot on the hot stove. I’ve caught myself, almost doing this many times. Be sure you place it somewhere it will not be damaged. Also, remember that it will have water dripping from it when you take it off. This water is also very hot. I always open it and hold it at an angle, allowing the water to drip into the pot. Then, turn it upside down and set it on the counter.
Do Not: Place the pot liner back into the device if it has any moisture or water on it. Be sure to completely dry it before putting it back. Avoiding this mistake will save your instant pot from frying out.
Do Not: Pull your hair out when the top won’t go on correctly. Most times you will find that the rubber liner is out of place. Turn the lid over and look at it, then, push it back into place. Be sure that it is lined up and then close. With some practice, you will have it down in no time.
I’m sure there are many other Do not’s, but these are the ones I find the most common and can cause the most damage.
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Instant Pot in RV? Yes!
What we tend to use the Instant Pot for in our RV.
We love to use the instant pot for boiling eggs. It does a fantastic job every single time. Even with farm fresh eggs, If you have ever tried to boil farm fresh eggs, you know, those shells do not come off. There is something magical that the steam does that makes the shells come off so easily.
Our method for boiling eggs in the Instant Pot in a RV.
I’ve seen several variations of methods. We came up with this one because it is easy to remember and it works every time. It is the 4, 3, 2, 1 method.
There are special tools to use for placing eggs in the instant pot. I have used any of them. Let me know if you’ve tried them, and like them! I just pile them in the bottom. It seems to work just fine. So, place your eggs.
4 – This is how many minutes you set the eggs to cook. Manual setting.
3 – This is how many minutes you let the eggs cook on L (low or warm setting). Keep an eye on the time, once it gets to this point. Get a bowl ready, one that will fit all of your eggs, and put some ice or cold water in it. Have a pair of tongs ready and place your bowl next to the instant pot. Also, prepare a space to put your lid.
2 – This is the amount of minutes your eggs need to cool. Now, this number doesn’t matter that much. They can cool for much longer, it is just a helpful way to remember it.
1 – Eat one! Enjoy now, or put away for later. Again, this number is just a helpful way to remember the 4, 3, 2, 1 method for boiling eggs in your instant pot.
Dried Beans Galore
I love to use dried beans. They are versatile, inexpensive, easy to find, and delicious. Boiling beans on the stove for hours is not a convenient option in an RV. The whole RV heats up really easily. That may be nice if the weather is cold, but not so nice when it is hot outside.
Also, when you have something that needs to boil for a long time, that means, it is taking up your burner for a long time. When you are cooking a meal and using multiple burners, on a three burner stove, it doesn’t work well.
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So enter the magical Instant Pot in RV again! The perfect tool for cooking beans. It can cook the beans from dry in a quarter of the time. It takes a little tinkering to get the timing right. I find most small beans will be done in about 20 mins and larger beans take about 35-40. Here is the chart commonly used.
Perfect Rice Every Time
We also make a lot of rice, and find it easy to make room on the stove for other things when we use our Instant Pot in the RV.
I love to make a double batch. We eat one for dinner and save the other. Most times we will have a bit with our eggs for breakfast the next day. Also, since it’s best to use cold rice for fried rice, we plan our fried rice day soon after. Yummy veggies and eggs, and sometimes even shrimp-divine!
Making rice in an instant pot is so simple. You literally put the rice and water inside, stir, put the lid on, now the big step….Press Rice. Done. Yum.
You can even bake in it! I haven’t played much with baking in it, please feel free to share your baking stories!
The Instant Pot in an RV doesn’t seem to make sense at first, but I hope you see now how convenient it is. It is my go to, number one friend in the kitchen. I love her. She is well worth the space she takes up. So, saute, steam, boil, pressure cook, and slow cook away!
This is the 3 quart version. If you are cooking for 1, this is perfect.
- All the features of the Instant Pot Duo 60, now available in a 3 Qt compact format
- The perfect companion to your existing Instant Pot, use it for side dishes, vegetables or other accompaniments such as rice
- Generous capacity, great for smaller families or where space is at a premium. In a dorm, RV or boat. The Instant Pot duo mini emits no steam, heat or cooking smells
- Features fully automatic pressure cook programs, 3 slow cook heat settings, saute, rice cooking, steamer, yogurt making, delay start and auto keep Warm
- 700W power to enable it to reach pressure quickly. All Stainless Steel internal components including lid and inner cooking pot. Lid and cooking pot dishwasher safe
- Power supply: 120V – 60Hz
This is the Middle Instant Pot, the 6 quart standard size most people use.
- Duo, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Marker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle
- Features 14 Smart Programs – Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button
- Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavors, nutrients and aromas within the food
- Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time.Product Dimensions: 14.17 x 14.84 x 13.31 inches
- UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors
- Power supply: 120V – 60Hz
This is the Largest Option, the 8 quart size.
The Plus Options come in each of the sizes and offer connection with Alexa skills.
Instant Pot Accessory Options
Since the Instant Pot came out, people have gone bonkers over it’s multiple uses and handy ways. Now, there are even more things you can add to it if you are so inclined.
Here are some accessories for your Instant Pot
SET of 8 PCS – Mlife Instant Pot Accessories Kits meet all you needs in making the best meals possible. They include 1* Stainless Steel Steamer Baskets, 1*Springform Pan, 1*Egg Rack, 1*Steamer Rack, 1*Egg Bites Mold, 1*Dish Plate Clip, 2*Silicone Oven Mitts and 1*Whisk.
17 different accessories to help you cook the perfect meal on time every time. Included are 2 silicone sealing rings, 1 tempered glass lid with anti-scalding handle, 1 steamer basket, 1 cheesecake pan, 1 egg bites mold, 2 egg steamer racks, 1 kitchen tongs, 1 dish plate clip, 1 silicone pot holder mat, 2 silicone oven mitts, 3 magnetic cheat sheet for common foods, 1 recipe book, and in addition, 100 parchment paper.
- ♥ NEW FUN DESIGN -New grandpa fun design gives you a lot fun during cooking.The release of steam through the ears of the funny looking character attached on top of the valve will never fail to give your friends and family a good laugh.
- ♥ PROTECT YOUR CABINETS FROM STEAM -Not only gives you fun but also keep your cabinets away from steam.The ears steam release path safely divert steam to the side instead of up directly to your cabinets.By this way,it keeps your kitchen mess free and clean and prevents moisture that may harm or cause molds on your wooden cabinets&ceiling.
PROTECT YOUR CABINETS: The Steam Boss is an accessory for your electronic pressure cooker designed to divert steam away from your kitchen cabinets, protecting them from the moisture and heat released during a quick pressure release.
CHOOSE THE BEST: The Pressure People, a U.S. small business focused on pressure cooking education and quality accessories. In fact, in 2018, The Steam Boss steam diverter was rated the #4 best accessory for Instant Pot lovers by CNN.[HIGH QUALITY AND EASY TO CARE FOR] – made with food grade silicone. Non-toxic and PBA Free. Easy to clean – top shelf dishwasher safe. Withstands temperatures up to 425 degrees. Will not tear, fade or lose its shape. Silicone is naturally bacteria, odor and stain resistant. [Cabinet Protector]: The PotHeadzSteam Vents Instapot Accessory directs steam where you need it to go. No more steam shooting up onto the bottom of your cabinets, onto your backsplash or onto your ceiling. Keep your kitchen dry and clean — helps eliminate bacteria, mildew or mold. Plus is greatly reduces your risk of burns.
Instant Pot Recipes and Info
I believe the best place to find recipes and information is by joining groups. There are some really great groups on facebook. Additionally, the people that use these groups try out recipes usually found online and tell you if they really work. They have useful information in a real world experience. I trust that more than most recipes!