Instant Pot Classes



Hi and welcome to my Instant Pot Cooking Classes Information Page! Here you can find where & when  (& how) I'm teaching Instant Pot cooking classes both in person and online. I offer a variety of Instant Pot classes from my Basics series: teaching you how to start off with the water test to showing how to bake a New York Style Cheesecake or more specialty classes such as making Instant Pot Desserts, Hearty Main Dish Salads, Breakfast Meal Prep, and more. Please check out the class descriptions and find the class most accessible for you!

image of a plate of Lebanese Lamb pitas with Moroccan baby carrots and Greek wild rice salad



MN Central Kitchen Fundraiser--A Mediterranean Instant Pot Feast!
Thursday, May 13th 2021 6:30-8pm Central

In this special class I'll be demonstrating Lebanese Lamb* Pitas, Moroccan Baby Carrots, and Greek Wild Rice Salad recipes — all created using the electric pressure cooker. In this class we’ll discuss how to maximize effort in the kitchen with multitasking menus, how to save money by stretching proteins, how to save time using frozen meats, and how to boost nutrition with easy vegetable and grain side dishes.

Comprehensive handout with recipes will be provided along with the Zoom link. There will be time for questions during this live cooking class, and afterwards you’ll receive access to the recording so you can cook along at your convenience.

*This recipe can also be made with ground beef, ground turkey, or plant-based ground meats.

100% of the proceeds will benefit Minnesota Central Kitchen to help prepare and distribute meals for those in need in our communities.

Click here to purchase your ticket!



Online Classes (taught via Zoom)

Instant Pot Main Dish Salads May 18, 2021 6:30-8pm Central Click here to register for Main Dish Salads-May!

Summer Sippers with River Market June 1, 2021 6:30-8pm Central Click here to register for Summer Sippers

Instant Pot Summer Side Salads June 15, 2021 6:30-8pm Central Click here to register for Summer Side Salads!

Instant Pot Main Dish Salads July 8, 2021 6:30-8pm Central Click here to register for Main Dish Salads-July!

Local Produce in the Instant Pot July 14, 2021 6:30-8pm Central (registration link coming soon)



In Person Classes (Subject to Change)

  • I'm not planning any in person classes for the summer.

Class Descriptions

Breakfast Meal Prep: Set yourself up for a successful start to the day by preparing healthy breakfasts ahead of time. In this class we’ll use an Instant Pot electric multicooker to make (and sample!) Meat and Potato Lover’s Breakfast Bowls, Steel Cut Oats Five Ways and—for an easy on-the-go protein snack—two flavors of Egg Bites: Spinach Parm and Hearty Sausage. Additional make ahead breakfast recipes included in the handout.

Cook Along With Me Noodle Soups: Discover how easy it is to make soups in the Instant Pot and have a pot of hot soup ready to eat at the end of class! In this online class Kirsten will walk you thru making Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup while you follow along in your kitchen. She will also demonstrate Chicken Wonton Soup and a vegan Minestrone soup while our meals are cooking. Participants will receive an extensive recipe handout and ingredient list along with the link to join prior to class. There will be ample time for questions during the session, and participants will receive a link to the recording afterwards.

Instant Pot Desserts: Creamy Cheesecake, decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake, light Upside Down Summer Berry Cake and more—what do all these treats have in common? They’re made in an electric pressure cooker! Join me online via Zoom to learn how to create your own Instant Pot Desserts. Participants will receive an extensive handout along with the link to join prior to class. There will be ample time for questions during the demonstration, and you will receive a link to the recording afterwards so you can follow at your own pace.

Instant Pot Basics #1 Intro to the Instant Pot: You’ve heard about this new kitchen appliance. Maybe you got one as a gift but haven’t yet opened the box. Now is the time! In this introductory class my goal is to get you comfortable with your electronic pressure cooker. I'll be making appetizers like deviled eggs from Easy Peel Hard Cooked Eggs, Fast Rosemary ‘Roasted’ Potatoes, and Cocktail Meatballs. We’ll talk about the pressure cooker terminology and share ideas for how you can best utilize your Instant Pot in your household meal planning.

Instant Pot Basics #2 Cooking from Frozen: Forgot to thaw the package of meat and it’s dinnertime already? No worries—the electric pressure cooker can help. In this class we’ll discuss cooking frozen meats under pressure while I demonstrate Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup. Handout includes tips for how to prepare larger cuts so that they are ready to go direct from freezer to Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Basics #3 All in One Instant Pot Cooking: Use the electric pressure cooker to prepare your entree and a side vegetable at the same time, freeing you up to enjoy a more hands off kitchen experience. In this class we’ll discuss several methods of all in one cooking while I demonstrate Turkey and Wild Rice Meatloaf with Sweet Potatoes and more.

Instant Pot Basics #4 Pot in Pot Cooking aka Egg bites, Cheesecake, and more!: You’ve got an Instant Pot. You may have some staple recipes you make time and again, but are you PiP curious? In this class we’ll delve into Pot-in-Pot cooking in the electronic pressure cooker. From Sous Vide Sausage & Egg Bites, to Individual Steel Cut Oatmeal, to my personal favorite—Instant Pot New York Style Cheesecake—I'll help you on your way to being comfortable using this terrific kitchen tool. 

Instant Pot Holiday Hacks: Save time and precious stove space by enlisting your Instant Pot in your Thanksgiving preparations! In this online class Kirsten will demonstrate how to prepare Make Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole, a simple cranberry sauce, fast Turkey Broth, and the perfect last minute side dish—Garlicky Green beans. Participants will receive an extensive handout along with the link to join prior to class. There will be ample time for questions during the session, and participants will receive a link to the recording afterwards.

Local Produce in the Instant Pot: Do you ever find yourself gathering produce with the best of intentions, only to end up staring an overflowing crisper without ideas or motivation? The electric pressure can help! Join Kirsten online via Zoom for a live cooking class where she demystifies this kitchen tool while giving tips and tricks to turn the bounty of local produce—from the market, the farm share, or your garden—into dishes on your table. Recipes demonstrated during class include Herbed Barley Salad, Raspberry Beet Smoothie Bowls, Strawberry Lemon infused water, and a Summer Squash & Potato Vegetable Tian. Recipe handout will be provided with the Zoom link prior to class. There will be time for questions during this live cooking class, and afterwards you’ll receive access to the class recording so you can follow along at your convenience.

Main Dish Salads: Are you ready to add some new recipes to your Instant Pot regular rotation? Let’s keep the kitchen cool while eating well this summer by using the electric pressure cooker to quickly cook proteins and grains for hearty main dish salads. Join Kirsten in her kitchen via your computer or phone as she demonstrates Instant Pot Chicken Caprese Salad, Southwest Shrimp and Corn Salad, and Wild Rice Greek Salad. Participants will receive an extensive handout along with the link to join prior to class. There will be ample time for questions during the session, and participants will receive a link to the recording afterwards.

Summer Side Salads from the Instant Pot:  Looking for variety in your summer meal planning? Join Kirsten in her kitchen via your computer or phone while she demonstrates a variety of light and fresh summer side salads including Colorful Quinoa Salad, French Green Lentil Salad, and Italian Cauliflower Salad. Participants will receive an extensive handout along with the link to join prior to class. There will be ample time for questions during the session, and participants will receive a link to the recording afterwards.

Summer Sippers: Quench your thirst during the dog days of summer with this trio of treats. In this class Kirsten will demonstrate how to do a water bath canned Bumbleberry Syrup which is a shelf stable sauce that you can flavor sparkling water or cocktails to get that summer flavor any time of year. She will also make two infusions that can be stored in the fridge: a Blueberry Ginger Shrub and a Rosemary Lemon Syrup. These concoctions can be added to cocktails, iced tea or lemonade, or fizzy water to cool off with homemade flavor.