munchies.vice.com – These are boom times for the Instant Pot, a kitchen appliance that’s amassed a rather alarming number of acolytes in a remarkably short amount of time. It’s a crossbreed of a pressure cooker and a slow cooker that’s been around since 2010, though it’s been riding a wave of rabid popularity since late 2016. Since then, it’s endeared thousands of American customers to its bewitching number of functionalities; there’s even a bustling genre of cookbooks dedicated to it.
Food blogger and recipe developer David Murphy is one of those followers. Murphy, a New Jersey resident who worked in fine dining for over two decades, has had a 6-quart DUO Plus Instant Pot for a few months now. During the early days of his affair with the Instant Pot, he came across a meme on Facebook sarcastically asking why no one has figured out how to stick grapes inside a crockpot and make wine from it.
It was a joke. Murphy took it as a challenge.
Murphy pored over the scores of Instant Pot recipes floating in the ether, but he hadn’t been able to find any other Instant Pot wine recipes, just some for mulled wine that began with store-bought wine as their base. So he decided to develop an Instant Pot wine recipe himself.
Murphy, a member of the Instant Pot Community Group on Facebook, pummeled the group’s administrators with endless questions about different settings.
“Then, my a-ha moment happened,” he wrote MUNCHIES over email on Wednesday. “The Instant Pot has a Yogurt function, and you can use less heat. Before you knew it, I was shopping on Amazon and running to the store to grab juice and to test out my theory… and it worked!”
It resulted in a recipe he posted to his blog in early February, walking readers through the remarkably involved process that involves a 64-ounce bottle of Welch’s Grape Juice, a cup of granulated sugar, a packet of Lalvin Red Wine Yeast, clear packing tape, and a funnel. (The recipe is too intricate and diffuse to paraphrase here in full; it’s best you head directly to his site.)
This is great for the independent white woman who loves to host her fellow white women for some recreational wine & cheese nights. Since the bachelor finale is our “Super Bowl” type event, this pot of wine will easily take the place of a crock pot filled with buffalo chicken dip. I’m in no way coming at BC dip, but we need more than just the dip! Wine will always take priority over food therefore, I deem this basic approved.