Having heard folks wax poetic about the Instant Pot for months, I had to see for myself what the fuss was about.  I was skeptical, as I am about all things that seem too good to be true, whether it’s a fat-shrinking diet pill or miracle face cream. Rather than risk a chunk of change on an untested appliance, I borrowed a friend’s Instant Pot and put it through the paces. After three weeks of trials, here’s my take:

The Instant Pot is pretty awesome. And I’m not the only one who thinks so. Consider this: of the 16, 392 Instant Pot reviews on Amazon, 93 percent are 4 star and above (84 percent are 5 star).

If word of the Instant Pot hasn’t hit your corner of the universe, let me fill you in:

It’s a single electronic appliance that effectively does the work of seven, including:

  • Pressure Cooker

  • Slow Cooker

  • Rice Cooker

  • Yogurt Maker

  • Food Warmer

  • Steamer

  • Saute pan

 I’ve experimented with most of the features to great success. 

Here’s what I like about it:

  • It can be used as a saute pan and then switched over to work as a slow cooker or pressure cooker. That means no need to dirty an extra pan to brown meat or saute onions before they go into the pot. I browned chicken thighs in the Instant Pot, then added a big splash of teriyaki sauce, set the pressure cooker for 15 minutes, and dinner was done. 
  • I’ve never used a pressure cooker before, and it feels like a small miracle happening in my kitchen. I cooked dried black beans in minutes rather than hours. I also made a perfect coconut curry dahl in eight minutes. Eight. And it was delicious.   
  • It makes a tender pot of rice. A rice cooker is a new-to-me appliance and this one made terrific brown rice with no worry that I’d forget it on the stove (as I so often do). 
  • It can replace my slow cooker, which I had planned to replace at some point anyway.
  • Though I’ve yet to try it out as a yogurt maker, I’m looking forward to experimenting with homemade yogurt.

Drawbacks:

  • It’s not small. It comes in two sizes, 6 quart and an 8 quart, and will take up space in your cupboard or kitchen counter.  My plan is to stow away my slow cooker and buy an Instant Pot to put in its place.
  • It’s an investment (though a bit of a bargain if you consider all that it does). A 6 quart pot, the most popular size, runs about $99.  You can pick up an 8 quart Instant Pot for $129.

If you are ready to bite the bullet on an Instant Pot, click the images below for purchase. And once you have yours in hand, head here for Instant Pot recipe ideas.



Click the image above to buy an 6 quart pot, good for everyday cooking for small to mid-size families.

Or click the image above for an 8-quart pot, better for larger families, for batch cooking large volumes of food, or if you plan to use it to feed a crowd (hello potlucks!).

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