Is the 3 Qt. Mini Instant Pot right for you?
Hi there folks!~ Is the 3 Qt. Mini Instant Pot right for you to invest in? I am not here to sell you on one by any means. Chances are you already have one or two pots. I am simply here to share my experience with the 3 Qt. Mini Instant Pot. I do not work for Instant Pot, and get no extra perks from them. I should though, just sayin’ 🙂
I will tell you though the 3 Qt. Mini has brought more joy to me than I had anticipated. What I love most about it, is the size, and pleasantly all that you can make in the pot. To answer the question right of the bat, yes it was worth it for me and I think you will agree in the long run.
Any recipes we do in the larger Instant Pots can certainly be adaptable to the mini. The mini is especially nice for a family of two. Empty nesters, campers, retirees, and even a young couple, or a single person, apartment dwellers and more! Heck the mini is even small enough to take along on your boat if you have one:) It is easy to store, or even leave on your counter. You can dress it up nicely with the 3 Qt. Insta-cover to protect from dust and it will look nice and neat on your counter. Find the 3 Qt. Insta-cover HERE.
The 3 Qt. Mini Instant pots capacity is as follows: 8 cups of soup, half gallon of yogurt or more, 4 1/2 cups of uncooked rice 2 1/2 lbs. of meat, chicken (approx. 4 chicken breasts at a time), roast or pork. You can find my killer pot roast I recently made in the mini HERE.
A lot of Instant Pot users are always under the assumption that because you have less in the pot, that cook time would be less, or vice versa in the larger pot you must add more time. This is not true in most cases. Cook time pretty much remains as the same as long as it is the same quantity. Remember even in the 6 Qt. not all recipes are filling the pot to capacity. What I also adore about the mini is that while I am whipping something up in my 6 Qt. I can easily be making my sides like a potato salad in the 3 Qt. It sort of looks like a Mother and daughter duo in the kitchen:) One Momma, and her little gal next to her. The wattage on the 3 Qt. mini is 30% less than the 6 Qt. Instant pot, hence it may take an extra few minutes to pressurize, which means adding to your cooking time.
I just so happen to carry in our Home Pressure Cooking line a custom made pan made specifically for the 3 Qt. Mini. Find the mini flower bundt pan HERE
This pan however can be used in all models of the Instant Pot 3 Qt. and up. Some of my friends and fans have even bought two so they can stack in their larger pots. Two gorgeous breakfast casseroles coming up! That nifty little egg steamer stackable here comes in handy.
If you looking for some basic recipes and sides to make in your mini, I have put together a small compilation below as follows:
Meatloaf in the Mini HERE
The ultimate pancake HERE
Amazing pizza omelette HERE
Gorgeous little summer cake HERE
Get creative and make it your own. Lemon cake, with mandarin oranges and some lemon zest, or perhaps a pineapple cake with cherries on top. As you can tell my imagination runs wild!
Heck even make two cakes and stack them, such as my devil dog cake HERE
The mini flower pan is a 3 cup capacity so half a cake mix is what it will fill at a time. Hence, you will want to make two. They cool down pretty fast and ready for flipping, then you can filler up again and make your other cake. Basically two cakes in less than an hour in your Instant Pot.
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and of course the Insta-Pans.
Newest addition to my line is the Flower Bundlette pan made for the 3 Qt. mini and up.
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