Some fun and unusual stuff you can do. I.e. make vanilla extract, cheese cake, and can in the instant pot

So you have an Instant Pot and you’ve been using it regularly to cook all the typical pressure cooker dishes. You put it to good use for your Sunday roast, whip up a quick last minute dinner during the week, and even cook oatmeal in it a few times per week for breakfast. In short, the Instant Pot has become a staple appliance in your home.

Then you start to wonder what else this electric pressure cooker can do. I’m here with some fun ideas for unusual ways to make the most from your Instant Pot. While these may not be the things you will be making on a weekly or even monthly basis, they are fun to try and have their good uses.

Bake A Cheese Cake

The Instant Pot makes some of the yummiest and easiest cheese cakes. Yes, that’s right. You can sort of bake in your instant pot. You’ll need a spring form that fits inside your instant pot, a rack for the baking pan to sit in and of course a delicious cheese cake recipe.

A quick search will bring up an almost endless supply of yummy recipes to try. Pick one and start stirring your pot. Before long you’ll be making one of your favorite indulged desserts in the Instant Pot. This is perfect for when you want to impress your guests or bring something unusual to the office pot luck.

Can Some Jam

Traditional pressure cookers are great for canning all sorts of fruits and vegetables. While the Instant Pot wasn’t designed with canning and food preservation in mind, you can do a little small batch canning in it.

This is perfect if you want to turn some of those ripe fruits from the local farmers market into some artisan jam. Use the Instant Pot to preserve and pressure seal your jars. Since you’re processing in small batches, you can try out various different and fun recipes and end up with some delicious jams and preserves to enjoy throughout the year.

Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

Do you use vanilla extract in your cooking and baking? I go through quite a bit, particularly during the holiday season. There’s nothing quite like real vanilla extract, but let’s be honest, it’s outrageously pricey. Why not make your own homemade vanilla extract in your Instant Pot?
That’s right… you can make your own homemade version using real vanilla beans and vodka or other high spirit. Not only is it some of the best tasting extract you’ll ever use, it’s also a wonderful gift to give to loved ones.

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