There seems to be no end to the amount of things you can do with your Instant Pot. You can make soup, stews, and stocks. You can cook an entire chicken. You can whip up a mean risotto. You can even hard boil eggs inside (and you’ll be amazed by how easy the IP lets you peel off their shells).
But thanks to one genius food blogger we are all forever indebted to, we now know that you can also make wine in your Instant Pot. Um … WHAT.
Seems almost too good to be true, right? Except that it is. David Murphy of the blog FoodNService recently put his Instant Pot to the test, using some Welch’s Grape Juice, a cup of sugar, a packet of Lalvin Red Wine Yeast, some clear packing tape, and a funnel.
Of course, there is a catch: Instant Pot wine doesn’t exactly happen instantly. Murphy reports that it took a good 48 hours to brew his wine, after hitting the IP’s Yogurt function and waiting patiently. But hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day, people!
According to Murphy, the whole process is a little involved — after brewing the wine, you have to place the juice back into the Welch’s Grape Juice container and wrap it up securely in the clear packing tape, while providing some ventilation for the carbon dioxide to seep out. But it’s definitely way easier than you’d think. And at the end of the day, it’s INSTANT POT WINE. How cool is that?
Seriously, this opens up so many new possibilities. Just imagine how much cash you’d save in any given week if you brewed your own vino? And how fun Girls’ Night In would be if no one had to run out to the liquor store, because you had your very own freshly made wine stash already chilling in the fridge?
“I seriously didn’t think this was going to work at all,” Murphy writes in his post. “I was expecting a failure, but I was patient and played that annoying waiting game. Honestly, it was so much better than some of those cheap bottles of wine that I’ve bought. Dare I say, even better than the 2 buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s!”
Say no more — I am totally sold.
To check out the full recipe, head to FoodNService.com for Murphy’s in-depth tutorial.