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Get those instant pots, air fryers out of boxes and into use

Serina Marshall • Jan 14, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Education happens everywhere you look, and the kitchen is no exception.

The Instant Pot Cooking School, presented by the Times News and Johnson City Press, strives to bring the community together through cooking and learning. And, this year, instant pots aren’t the only things that can be learned and utilized through this program. An air fryer is another useful tool that makes cooking easier and convenient for those who use it. Both of these helpful kitchen assistants will be explained and demonstrated to participants at the Instant Pot and Air Fryer Cooking School.

Programs will be held on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 21 at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Meadowview Convention Center in Kingsport and on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 2 and 7 p.m. at DoubleTree Hotel in Johnson City. Tickets are $25 and include a copy of the Instant Pot Bible (which can be found on Amazon currently at a $20 value).

Those at the Instant Pot Cooking School make it their mission to teach and guide participants on how to make the best use of those kitchen appliances. Every participant who comes to the school will leave with the knowledge of how to prepare meals that will make them feel as though they are chefs in their own right.

“The Instant Pot and Air Fryer Cooking School gives people a chance to learn how to use the most popular kitchen tools in America,” says event host David Hyde. “More instant pots and air fryers (are) given as Christmas gifts than any other present, and they generally will sit unopened. We wanted to give people a chance to learn how to use them (so that they) become invaluable in the kitchen.”

The program teaches the basics of the instant pot and air fryer.

“Participants will learn the basics from unboxing to general use and what the various features on the Instant Pot do; all this is demonstrated on several recipes,” Hyde explains. All participants will be taught at the highest level of professionalism and patience, so they can obtain all they need to move from the Instant Pot kitchen to their own kitchen and beyond.

The program is designed for novices, and specifically works to help cooks “not be afraid of these kitchen tools,” Hyde said, so that they can learn “how they work and how they help make cooking simple, quick and healthy.”

Participants will leave feeling confident they can easily make wonderful dinners using these two handy kitchen tools. It is true that almost anyone can cook! You just have to take that first step toward the kitchen.

Participants interested in taking part in one of these programs can purchase tickets online by visiting contests.timesnews.net/instantpot/ or mail a $25 check with your name, email address and phone number to: Johnson City Press, Attn: Instant Pot School, 204 West Main Street, Johnson City, TN 37604.